At tonight’s Charlestown Town Council meeting (that’s Monday, May 14 at 7 PM), there should be some decision about whether town taxpayers should pay the Charlestown Land Trust $475,000 so they can buy the abandoned, over-priced 27.5 acre Westerly YMCA Camp on Watchaug Pond.
Too bad the Westerly Land Trust wasn’t the one at the core of Y-Gate, because if they were, we might not have such a divisive issue before us.
According to the New London Day, the Westerly Land Trust just completed the purchase of another old camp ground, the 72-acre former
from the Girl Scouts
of Rhode Island. Camp Wahaneeta
But unlike the Charlestown Land Trust, the Westerly Land Trust seems to have gotten a much better deal on their property and didn’t need
taxpayer money. Instead, they received a grant from the Lattner Foundation
(also a major funder of the RI Statewide Coalition Foundation).
The Westerly Trust recent campground purchase involves almost three times as much land, a more public-friendly plan to use the land and fewer problems than the Y Camp the Charlestown Land Trust wants
taxpayers to fund.
In another way, the Westerly Land Trust is very different than the Charlestown Land Trust. The Westerly Sun reports the town of Westerly is going forward with its plans to site two commercial-sized wind turbines in Bradford to supply electricity to municipal buildings.
One of the sites is the Bradford Preserve which is one of the Westerly Land Trust’s properties. The Land Trust agreed to the partnership to help the town after determining “