650 South East Street, Rock Farm
It did not take Greenfield Savings Bank long to do their due diligence on the property located at 650 West Street. I had expressed concern about three 55-gallon rusty oil drums right before the town bought it last week. I guess a $500,000 deal stimulates clean up motivation -- especially for a bank.
The town purchased the property using $60,000 in Community Preservation Act money, private funds from helpful neighbors, and flipping two building lots for $132,000 each. Of course the town cannot cut the bank a check until July 1st, start of the new fiscal year.
The clean up crew from Environ International Corporation will be done by the end of the week. A senior associate said two of the drums were empty and the one with some content still in it was specially packed for removal and the contents will be analyzed. As will soil around the other two empty drums.
But he was optimistic at this stage contamination was not a concern.
666 South East Street, trees with notices are marked for extinction
Meanwhile right next door another environmental action was playing out, as the Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee met to discuss the clearing of trees by a homeowner for a new, safer driveway. The committee could not muster a quorum, so no vote was taken.
The Amherst Select Board would have the final say if an appeal is made of the Tree Warden's decision.
The costs to the homeowners, Christopher Benfey and Mickey Rathbun, with such a large grove of trees using an inch-per-inch replacement calculation could total as high as $12,000.
The Amherst Planning Board and Tree Warden have a joint meeting