TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Properties Committee meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, was unable to convene due to a lack of a quorum. The six-member committee required a minimum of four members to officially convene; the meeting was short one member. Karen Chapman, Laura Shifrin and Andrea Wood were the members present.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss the recommendation of Article 19 of the Special Town Meeting warrant. The article was submitted by the Conservation Commission, of which Chapman is a member and the Properties Committee's representative. It requests the town vote to authorize the purchase of 35.3 acres of land intersecting Old Meetinghouse Park, to be managed by the Conservation Commission.

"(The purchase) would be to complete Old Meetinghouse Park," Chapman said. "The piece cuts the land in half."

The cost of the land is $52,775. Chapman said the Conservation Commission plans to apply for a grant from the LAND Program to pay for 62 percent of the cost. The remainder would then come from the Conservation Land Fund. The article is contingent on being awarded the grant funds.

"It would be free to the town from the grant," said Chapman. "If we don't get the grant, we wouldn't buy it."

The article has been discussed at prior meetings, but had never been voted upon.

"We can't speak about it because the rest of the committee didn't show up," Chapman said.


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Chapman said there would not be time for the committee to meet again prior to Special Town Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 14 and will not be able to offer a recommendation.