Londonderry residents say 'not in my backyard'
The walking trail has been a bone of contention for many Nevins Active Adult Community residents who are worried about pedestrians being too close for comfort. If the town accepts this offer, the trail won't get built.
Following a lengthy debate with property owners, attorneys and town officials this week, the Town Council opted to table the issue until its April 7 meeting, with a final decision on the matter to be made sometime next month.
Gilcreast Property Holdings are the current developers.
Attorney Morgan Hollis, who spoke on behalf of the Nevins residents, said the trail would lead pedestrians through at least three of the residents' backyards and underneath bedroom windows.
"It became apparent there really isn't a need, nor the desire of the town to give up the easement right itself," Hollis said. "So we're requesting the town (instead) release all rights to build the walking trail, but keep the easement."
Town Manager Kevin Smith said that if the town agrees to the deal proposed by the current developer, the $35,000 would be put into an account for "future enhancement of neighborhood trails" in other parts of the community.
Resident Greg Carson said he "doesn't think we should let the developer off the hook for $35,000."
Council Chair John Farrell said he agreed, "the amount needs more zeros after it, but this is a negotiation."
Conservation commissioner Mike Speltz noted that the Nevins trail site is "clearly labeled as a conservation easement," meaning the easement is currently in public trust and any amendments to that agreement would require approval from the Attorney General's office.
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