Community Preservation Committee (CPC) – Public Hearing – Ayer Pond Weed Control Project

Hawk by Harold MacAlear

a Hawk and his prey by Harold MacAleer

The Ayer Community Preservation Committee will be holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, September 7th, at 7:15 PM at the Ayer Town Hall. Selectman Gary Luca, a member of the CPC has submitted a proposal to the CPC for long-term funding of pond management. His proposal would also provide funding for Article 38, the Friends of Flannagan Pond article that passed at Town Meeting.

The Public Notice, as published in the newspaper states: “The purpose of this meeting will be to present the application for the Town of Ayer for CPA funds to commission a long-term pond weed control management study and to fund Article 38, for weed treatment of Flannagan Pond, as passed at Spring Town Meeting 2011.  All residents, members of the general public, and any person(s) desiring to listen to the discusions or be heard on the matter of Community Preservation may appear at the time and place indicated.”

I encourage neighbors to take the time to attend and to show support for this proposal.  I also suggest that you take time to read about the Community Preservation Act of 2000 at the CPA website.  At that site you will be encouraged that recreation projects and conservation projects are prominent.  I do believe that the reclamation of Flannagan Pond certainly warrants consideration as both recreation and open space.

I hope to see you at Town Hall wednesday evening.

Chuck

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About saveourpond

I am a lifelong resident of Ayer who lives on Flanagan's Pond.
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3 Responses to Community Preservation Committee (CPC) – Public Hearing – Ayer Pond Weed Control Project

  1. Debra Faust-Clancy says:

    Chuck,

    Hubby out of town, but I’ll be there with bells on! Very noisy those bells. See ya at
    7:15. thanks for the heads up.

    Debra Faust-Clancy

  2. saveourpond says:

    Excellent Deb, see you there. I’ll wave to you across the pond when I leave for Town Hall.

    Chuck

  3. a Sportsman says:

    re: http://www.communitypreservation.org/enews/Water_ResourcesJP.htm
    CPA Preserves Water Resources

    Several CPA communities have used CPA funds to preserve and restore important water resources that are integral to their unique character. Water-related projects have taken several different forms – from purchasing land for the protection of drinking water sources to eliminating invasive species from key water bodies. Coalition intern Ali Kleyman wrote a short report on how this is done under CPA.

    You might wonder how water preservation projects relate to the purpose of CPA. Section 2 of the CPA statute defines open space as including “land to protect existing and future well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, watershed land…fresh and salt water marshes and other wetlands, ocean, river, stream, lake and pond frontage, beaches…and other coastal lands” (M.G.L. ch. 44B, section 2).

    also

    re: http://www.maccweb.org/documents/comment_letters/Community%20Preservation%20Act%20testimony%204_13_11.pdf

    Testimony Submitted by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions in support of S.1841 & H.765,An Act to Sustain Community Preservation
    Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business
    April 13, 2011

    The primary responsibility of Conservation Commissions is to protect the wetlands and water resources within their communities. CPA funds may used for the preservation of degraded water resources or protection of watersheds. For instance:
     CPA funds have been used for invasive weed control in numerous communities including Lake Mascuppic in Tyngsborough and Bare Hill Pond in the Town of Harvard.
    ==========
    There are many more references to using CPA funds for such purpose. Seems like the Ayer CPA committee didn’t do their homework in advance.

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