Norfolk earmarked to get state land for recreation

NORFOLK -- Residents face funding a bunch of building and equipment items at Tuesday's fall town meeting, along with the acquisition of five acres of state land for recreation.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at King Philip Middle School off King Street.

State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, has been working to get the state to transfer about five acres of Department of Corrections land to expand the Pond Street (Route 115) recreation complex.

The land would also provide forest and water supply protection, conservation, environmental education, and public access.

Just $5,000 is being sought to cover various costs to acquire the land.

"We're going to take any we can get. We do need to expand land down there" for fields, selectmen Chairman James Lehan said. "It's a steal."

Building and equipment items, often referred to as capital items, are routinely funded at the fall town meeting.

Some of the capital requests involve spending water enterprise funds for the water department.

The Community Preservation Committee is looking for $310,800 for affordable housing from the Community Preservation Fund funded by the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge.

Also, the energy committee is requesting $15,000 for energy audits of town facilities to come up with energy conservation measures. Those steps will enable the town to meet the requirements for Norfolk to become a state-designated Green Community that makes the town eligible for related grants, including $140,000 initially.

The planning board has submitted a few zoning bylaw changes but most are relatively minor.

Another warrant article would allow members of the Council on Aging to serve more than two consecutive terms.

This also marks Town Administrator Jack Hathaway's last town meeting as he is departing the position he has held for 15 years Dec. 1 for a move out of state.

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