Great Woods payment reimbursed to Treasurer
The Great Woods Study Committee recently presented Town Treasurer and Tax Collector Joan Cutillo with a check for $28,735. The money came from the Commonwealth as reimbursement for last year's Great Woods acquisition of 109 acres of conservation land.
The Great Woods Study Committee was formed at the 1972 Town Meeting to study and make recommendations concerning the future use of the Great Woods. Their duties include evaluating natural physical conditions and the impact of highway development, and establishing developmental alternatives and controls.
In 1973. the town meeting appropriated funds to follow through on the Committee's recommendation to appraise a total of 35 parcels of land for possible acquisition.
In 1974, the Town Meeting authorized the Committee to purchase 109 acres to be set aside for conservation.
In 1975, because of the changing economy, the Committee voted to curtail previous acquisition plans in favor of just one parcel; the historic Taylor Hill. The Town Meeting voted favorably on the parcel, and the Committee is now awaiting verification of "self-help" matching funds from the state.
The Great Woods Study Committee meets at Town Hall the first Wednesday of each month Chairperson Marydee Flynn said recently, "We are now setting priorities for 1976, keeping in mind the current economic conditions and the necessity for balanced growth in Mansfield."
The Committee is made up of one representative each from the Conservation Commission, the Recreation Commission, the Planning Board, the Board of Health and three members at large.