Letter Concerning Barnstable Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee

from County Commissioner Ron Beaty

Editor:

In 2005, the Barnstable Town Council created the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee (LAPC).

According to its venue on the municipal website, the public body’s official charge is supposed to be to recommend parcels of land for acquisition to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC); leveraging, in conjunction with the Town Manager and the Town Council, funding, other than Community Preservation Act funding, for purchase of land; reviewing conservation restrictions before Town Council approval; keeping the Open Space and Recreation Plan and open space section of the Comprehensive Plan updated and current; implementing the approved Cape Cod Pathways Plan.

Moreover, a member of the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee serves as the Town's representative on the Santuit Preserve Management Committee; LAPC allegedly assists Town departments in the management of the Land Bank lands acquired under the Land Bank Act in accordance with the Act and its provisions.

Said Committee meets on a monthly basis.

It is now the Spring of 2019, and to be completely candid, from my viewpoint, it strongly appears that the so called “Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee” has achieved absolutely nothing in probably about a decade or so.

It meets and serves the purpose more as a local social club more than anything else.

At this stage, the board has apparently failed in its charge bestowed upon it by the Barnstable Town Council.

In reality, the Committee serves no useful purpose, if indeed it ever did. It presently is of no use to our community whatsoever! It should be dissolved and/or disbanded.

I respectfully suggest that the Town Council reassess the dysfunctional LAPC, and its non-productive existence, and seriously consider what changes need to be made, or as I suspect is truly the case, get rid of it altogether.

Ron Beaty

Barnstable County Commissioner


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