The Community Preservation Committee has its eyes on another piece of property on Taylor Avenue.
This time, they want to tear down a pair of houses next to Bartlett Pond Brook in order to improve access to the brook for Department of Public Works vehicles, CPC Chairman Bill Keohan said. As residents of White Horse Beach are well aware, during major storms the brook becomes clogged with sediment and debris. That, Keohan said, results in water that normally flows through it getting backed up, flooding yards and basements. Local septic systems can also suffer, he added.
The CPC is asking Town Meeting for $230,000 to buy the property and tear down the houses, Keohan said. They’ve already negotiated an agreement with the property owner, who has held the land for 45 years. The plan also includes closing up the failed septic system on the property.
Some White Horse Beach leaders are skeptical of the plan. According to Dawn Dillon of the East White Horse Beach Association, town vehicles already have sufficient access to the beach. The real problem, said Christine Bostek of the Sands off White Horse Beach Association, is the speed at which the DPW shows up to fix the flooding problem.
Another kind of access is also a concern for Bostek. In her case, she worries that visitors will enter the beach from the area. Bostek says that property owners in the area of exclusive rights to access and use the beach in that area. She is also concerned that people may illegally park there. Keohan told the Advisory and Finance Committee, at its Wednesday night meeting, that the property will be fenced and gated.