This week every household in town received the Town Meeting Warrant in the mail. Of key interest to the Friends of Flannagan Pond are Articles 31 and 38. Art. 31 is the Stormwater article and Art. 38 is our citizen petition. Both are vital to our interests and require discussion prior to Town Meeting.
The Ayer Gun & Sportsmen Club has opened their facility to us once again. We need to gather before the Annual Town Meeting to review our objectives and strategy for the meeting.
Do not grow complacent, as we still have a long way to go. The Town Meeting article that we placed on the warrant by petition sets the stage for providing a comprehensive, ongoing, and systematic care and maintenance program for Flannagan Pond.
I am convinced that if we, as engaged citizens, can align ourselves with the Conservation Commission and Town Hall, we will continue to find sources of revenue through various channels.
Think ahead to modern dam improvements, a beaver control program, natural mosquito control programs, maybe even dredging. These are all attainable as we work together and stay committed to moving forward.
Part of what we must discuss on Tuesday evening is the Stormwater Management Article that is on the warrant for Town Meeting. There is potential benefit for us, but only if Town Officials are prepared to address key objections that were raised at last year’s meeting, such as; 1) how will surcharges be assessed, 2) what formula will the Selectmen use to determine in setting annual rates, 3) what assurances do taxpayers have that certain percentages of the revenues will actually be allocated to Pond Maintenance programs, versus storm drains, 4) why call it a fee, when it is really another tax?
So on Tuesday evening, we need to see you all come out to the Gun Club from 7:00-8:30 PM. It’s always fun to gather with the neighbors, so come out for a bit. We’ll make sure you get out early so you get your well needed rest.