Friday, May 17, 2002
Ailing Greenough needs first aid
The conservation commission has taken short-term steps to ensure continual maintenance of the farmhouse and agricultural fields on the Greenough Conservation Land. Their actions will provide a two-year breather while long-term plans are drafted and approval sought by Town Meeting vote.
The first step, which was completed at the May 9 meeting, okayed renewal of a two-year license agreement for Jerry Cupp to hay the four-acre fields on the southeastern side of the property. However, the Acton farmer was warned by commissioner Tom Brownrigg that the possible presence of breeding bobolinks could delay a first cutting until late July.
The second step involved critical repairs to the old farmhouse. Following a site visit by building inspector Bob Koning, conservation administrator Sylvia Willard and resident overseer Paul Booth,it was agreed that timely renovations were essential, and Booth was asked to give a cost estimate. He could then perform the work in lieu of rent.
The repairs will be broken down into three discrete packages, probably as follows:
• Rebuild porch and deck,
• Rebuild 20 x 14 feet of the front wall and
• Shingle the front roof.
Under the state's Uniform Procurement Act, the renovations can be licensed in three $5,000 packages without having to go to bid. Booth felt the critical work could be completed within a year, laboring as his schedule permitted, at an estimated total cost of just under the $15,000. A specific agreement will be presented for approval at a later meeting.
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