Shaw farm trail grant
By Tom Reilly
Town Administrator Jim Smith said at the selectmen’s Oct. 21 meeting that the town has received a $22,354 trail grant for Shaw Farm from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
He said that the town has applied for this a couple of times before but that this time it was successful. He thanked town planner Jen Hager for her work on this. He added that there was also a 20 percent match for in kind contribution from the town. He said that this was mostly for the work done by the Highway Department in clearing the trails and demolishing some of the back buildings behind the Shaw home. They also intended to clear the brush and gravel near the farmhouse and off of Central Turnpike. There will also be GPS trails and an accurate map of the trails on site.
He said the buildings might be dealt with via controlled burning by the fire department and that these buildings are currently being checked for asbestos. He said the land at the top of the hill would be cleared for a crushed gravel parking lot eventually.
Selectman Ken Stuart said it was wonderful to see things happening at Shaw Farm, something he considered an “absolute investment.” He asked Smith if he was looking at volunteers to work on this project and Smith said he thought this would happen eventually. He said John Whittier had built a 50-foot bridge at Shaw Farm and Smith said he would like to see another one get built at a different site. Volunteers would be needed to do that.