Voters to Decide Whether to Spend $1.75 Million Toward Sagamore Hill Open Space

One of the articles getting the most attention on Saturday’s Town Meeting warrant is Article 2-47, which asks Hamilton voters whether they want to spend $1.75 million in Community Preservation Act money toward a conservation easement for Sagamore Hill. Below is the language of the article followed by an explanation from Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

ARTICLE 2015/11 2-47 – Conservation Restriction on Sagamore Hill.   

To see if the Town of Hamilton will approve the making of a grant to the Essex County Greenbelt Association, as part of its $5.1 million purchase of conservation land; that the Town be authorized to accept the gift of a conservation restriction from the Essex County Greenbelt Association on a portion of the land to be acquired by the Essex County Greenbelt Association located in the Town of Hamilton, of approximately 170 +/- acres owned now or formerly by Donovan Conservation, LLC as described on Assessors Map 32, Parcel 2; Map 26, Parcels 1, 2, and 4; and Map 25, Lot 1, to be held by the Conservation Commission of the Town of Hamilton in accordance with Chapter 40, Section 8C for conservation and passive recreation purposes; that a sum of money be appropriated to make this grant;  that to meet this appropriation, money be transferred from the undesignated fund balance or specified reserves of the Community Preservation Fund,  and the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, be authorized to borrow money under and pursuant to Chapter 44B of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore;  that the Town Manager be authorized to file on behalf of the Town of Hamilton any and all applications deemed necessary under the Landscape Partnership Grant Program or any other applications for funds in any way connected with the scope of this acquisition, and, further, that the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission be each authorized, as they deem appropriate, to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments, as may be necessary on behalf of the Town of Hamilton to effectuate the purposes of this articleapprove the purchase of a Conservation Restriction on a parcel of land of approximately 170 +/-acres owned now or formerly by Donovan Conservation, LLC as described on Assessors Map 32, Parcel 2; Map 26, Parcels 1, 2, and 4; and Map 25, Lot 1, to be held by the Conservation Commission of the Town of Hamilton in accordance with Chapter 40, Section 8C for conservation and passive recreation purposes; that a sum of money be appropriated to pay the costs of this acquisition; that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, be authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44B of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issues bonds or notes therefore; that the Town Manager be authorized to file on behalf of the Town of Hamilton any and all applications deemed necessary under the Landscape Partnership Grant Program or any other applications for funds in any way connected with the scope of this acquisition, and, further, that the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen and the Conservation Commission be authorized, as they deem appropriate, to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments, as may be necessary on behalf of the Town of Hamilton to effectuate said purchase, or take any action thereon or relative thereto. (Expected amount $1,750,000)

This article, if approved, will provide $1.75 million in funding to the Essex County Greenbelt for the purchase of land to be maintained as open space accessible to the public.  A Conservation Restriction will be held by the Town.

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