Funds for Hocomonco Pond trail plan pass

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Funds for Hocomonco Pond trail plan pass
A proposal would add walking trails to a portion of Hocomonco Pond.

WESTBOROUGH — Town Meeting has approved a transfer of $30,820 from free cash to create a possible trail system for Hocomonco Pond.

The vote on Saturday, March 25, was 157-29.

The Hocomonco Pond Reuse Committee, which sponsored the article, will use the funds to create bid documents.

According to Mark Silverberg, the Planning Board’s representative to the committee, the bulk of the request would be used to install a fence around two landfills.

The committee will pursue other funding sources, such as grant program through the University of Connecticut for technical assistance.

“I feel the technical assistance could give us more guidance,” said Shelby Marshall, the Select Board’s representative to the committee. She added that UConn would conduct a full site assessment should the grant application be approved.

In a related matter, Fire Chief Patrick Purcell provided an update on the regional dispatch center recently approved by Westborough, Grafton and Southborough. Purcell said an application has been submitted to the state for $13 million. He added that the center — which would include the building and a microwave tower — would not go beyond the current footprint.

 

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