Puffer's Pond: Paradise of Amherst
Amherst Town Meeting will vote a creative funding deal for repairs at arguably the town's #1 recreation attraction, Puffer's Pond.
Last spring Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved $15,000 to repair the fencing around the dam to keep pesky youth (and photographers) from climbing the rocks.
Since that article passed Conservation staff subitted to the state a grant proposal for $36,000 for additional repairs to the trails and beach area. The grant requires a 50% match, so the town will use the original $15,000 already appropriated along with $3,000 in private donations to cover the match.
Damn people keep climbing up onto the dam
Article 8 calls for authorization of the full grant amount ($36,000) and applies the $18,000 in available funds towards that amount to cover the matching grant requirement.
If the state approves the $36,000 grant request, thereby giving us an additional $18,000 to work with, it has to be expended before June 30, 2014. If the state turns down the application, Amherst will simply use the original $15,000 to repair/install fencing.