After nearly a year of discussions and negotiations between the ConCom and the seller, the BoS tonight agreed to the purchase and sales agreement for the Lees Pond Preserve negotiated by the Conservation Commission. The purchase will preserve and protect a 37 acre parcel of land which has significant water resource, wildlife and historical co-occurrence attributes in our town. The property has frontage on route 25. The sale price is $287,000.
It is a bit of a complicated process that begins with a conservation easement and fundraising to raise $325,000 for purchase and stewardship. The easement ( Phase 1 of the purchase) will be 100 feet in width and 3,800 feet in length located along the shore of the Red Hill river and along the shore frontage of Lee's Pond. Public access will be limited to low impact uses, such as walking trails, nature kiosks, viewing benches, canoe/kayak launch, snowmobiling,fishing and birding.
Phase 2 will be a fee simple title to the entire 37 acre parcel within 24 months.
The ConCom is meeting this Monday at 7pm at Town Hall and will be able to answer all questions on the details of the transaction and provide more information.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated members of the ConCom who worked very hard to make this happen and preserve this important piece of property for the benefit of the town at minimal cost to taxpayers.
A perfect example of what can happen when we work together toward a common goal for the benefit of all.