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During Monday night's Town Council meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Speltz sought the council's help in finding a solution to finish the project.
In 2012, former Londonderry town attorney Barton Meyer advised members that it was OK to move forward with the project under the assumption that the commission would be able to use $37,000 in OSPF dollars as its funding source.
To date, the Conservation Commission has already spent about $9,000 from the fund on the project. That money must now be put back into the account.
This week Speltz asked the Town Council to either consider adding the project to the coming year's budget or to place a warrant article on the March ballot asking voters to approve a language change on the OSPF policy to specify stewardship among the permitted uses.
"Even if such a warrant were to pass, the policy change might not be retroactive," said Councilor Tom Freda, who is also an attorney.
Town Manager Kevin Smith said the Conservation Commission has about $8,000 in another trust account that is used for general operating expenses.
Council Chairman John Farrell said it's time to take a detailed inventory of the Conservation Commission's current and anticipated expenses, with the help of the acting town attorney.
"We're dealing with two different problems," he said. "One is that we've already spent money out of a fund we shouldn't have. The other problem is we need about $28,000 to finish what we started, and we don't know where that money is going to come from."
The council and Conservation Commission will discuss the matter further with Ramsdell and at an upcoming Town Council firstname.lastname@example.org
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