Rock Farm, 650 South East Street
Tonight Amherst Town Meeting will be asked to tap Community Preservation Act funds -- that reserve of money that falls from the heavens -- to the tune of $125,000 to complete a public/private land deal that essentially only benefits neighbors living along South East Street.
I was surprised to learn no environmental study of the land had been completed, as a even a cursory examination of the property reveals potential environmental hazards: three rusting 55 gallon oil drums.
Just one of the downsides brought on by using Other People's Money: a lack of due diligence.
55 gallon oil drum near collapsed structure
Another 55 gallon drum under debris
Rock Farm, South East Street Amherst. with 55 gallon drum hiding in plain sight
More good reasons to vote NO on Article 24C