Friday, March 12, 2004
ConsCom tries to solve the Greenough problem
It was almost 11 p.m. on the night of February 26 when the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) decided on a way to get unstuck from its Greenough tar-baby. Their solution was a pair of Warrant Articles to be presented at the May Town Meeting.
There are problems with both the Greenough cottage and the barn, both of which were included in the town's 1973 purchase of the Greenough Land. If the cottage is not occupied, it is almost certain that the handsome barn will succumb to vandalism. In the past, maintenance was done by a tenant in exchange for rent, but the cottage is unoccupied now because of asbestos and lead, and most recently, a broken-down furnace. The ConsCom does not have the $33,000 estimated for repairs and needs.
In addition, the Greenough Dam on the property needs to be repaired. Consultant engineers have estimated the cost of repairs at $18,000.
A three-pronged solution to some of these problems was agreed to at the meeting on February 26.
In the event CPA funds are not available, ConsCom has entered a Warrant Article for the $33,000 to repair the cottage.
The third choice, if Town Meeting does not approve of the $33,000 repair Article, is a third Warrant Article to authorize money to tear down the cottage. The catch here is that the cost of demolishing the cottage is expected to be in the same range as the cost of repairing it.
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