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Community Farm Advisory Committee Hits Stumbling Block

by Bobby Blair
October 26, 2018

Community Farm Advisory Board members found themselves between a rock and a hard place Thursday eve. The construction of  tentativley scheduled septic system for the house located on the property at 34 Rogers Road has been left in doubt. Board members were under the impression that town funds had been secured for the project. The advisory committee had gone to lengths to begin the process and Paul Saulnier from Civilized Solutions had donated his time for gratus doing soil sampling, a survey and plans for a new spetic system. A local contrator had volunteered his services to construct the system if the Advisory Board could provide the construction materials. Yet another local electrician had volunteered his time if the committee would provide the electric supplies. The engineering plans by Civilized Solutions had been approved by the Board of Health. The monies the committee had planned on were from a town meeting vote to purchase the property. Those funds included monies to tear down the house.  Wanting to keep the house, board members asked selectmen if the house could stay on the property. With town counsel approval, selectmen agreed to save the home. Chairwoman Kris Westland was recently informed by Town Administrator Jeff Ritter that any funds left over in the account had recently been returned to the towns general fund. When the Advisory Board constructed a privacy fence between a neighbors home and the farm, committee members instead of spending $10,000 from town funds to erect the fence by a contractor, agreed to erect the fence themselves for $4,500 with the understanding that the savings to the town could be earmarked for the septic system project.

It has now been suggested to Westland that the item could be placed on the warrant for voting at the Annual Town Meeting in the spring. The materials for the septic job amount to $8,500. Westland is afraid the contractors who are volunteering their time may not be available come spring and the price tag for the job could amount to over $30,000

Westland said she will seek advice from selectmen for a way forward. While the Friends of the Community Farm have monies, those are slated for the repair of the house foundation and the repair of the barn roof on the property.

 

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