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Friday, July 30, 2010

ConsCom to seek ad hoc committee for bog house repair

At the urging of Warren Lyman of the Land Stewardship Committee, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) will recommend that the Board of Selectmen appoint an ad hoc Cranberry Bog House Preservation Committee to guide the renovations to the building on Curve Street. When Lyman spoke to the ConsCom on July 22, he indicated that the Town Administrator and two town residents with relevant structural and historic preservation expertise are willing to serve. The committee’s responsibilities would include preparing a Request for Proposals, selecting the best contractor and monitoring the project.

In May, Town Meeting unanimously approved using $164K in Community Preservation Funds to repair damage to the structure from insects and water, prevent future water seepage, repair holes in the floors, improve insulation and bring the building up to code so the apartments can be used. (See “Article 21: Town Meeting gives solid support for Bog House,” Mosquito, May 14.)

Commissioner Tricia Smith approved of an ad hoc committee for the Bog House, but she suggested the town might benefit from a permanent building committee. She thinks it would be better to have a standing committee with the expertise to implement projects and let other boards serve as advocates. The commission will include this recommendation to the Selectmen. ∆

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