I promised an expanded post from Thursday evening, so here it is. On the evening of April 28th, we had filled the Town Hall meeting room with neighbors from all around the pond, for the Conservation Commission meeting. We had fifteen minutes on the agenda, and by the time it was over our matter had gone over fifty minutes.
After introducing ourselves and our singular focus, the well-being of Flannagan Pond, we presented an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the spring weed control treatment of the pond. After a fair amount of discussion the ConsCom voted to work with the Selectmen’s Office to issue the RFP immediately, either as the full RFP, or as an amendment to the RFP that has already been issued for Sandy Pond and Pine Meadow. The FOFP RFP was drafted by one of our neighbors, Patrick Hughes.
On Friday afternoon, I spoke with Robert Pontbriand, the Town Administrator, and he explained that legal counsel advised that we must issue the stand-alone RFP, since our draft exceeds 10% of the value of the original already issued by the Conservation Commission. This extends the timeline for the entire RFP process, but it does not jeopardize our ability to mobilize the spring weed control treatment.
On Friday, FOFP provided a draft letter for review from ConsCom, to authorize removal of the dam boards to begin lowering the water level for treatment.
So we are making tremendous progress in recent weeks. Later today, I will post a notice about a meeting at the Ayer Gun Club on Tuesday, May 3rd, to discuss the upcoming Town Meeting and our next steps.
In the meantime, thank you Terry Whalen & Michele Riggs for getting people to the meeting. Thank you Patrick for providing related document to help reduce any administrative burden our efforts are placing on Town Hall staff. And thank you to the Selectmen, Finance Committee, Conservation Commission and Town Hall Staff who have listened to us and rallied to make this a priority.