ABOUT TOWN: Revson

Are we finally at the point of “success” reworking Revson Field?

The administration deserves a victory lap for finishing the project. Revson’s new ball fields will be ready in time for the fall term.

Watching from afar, it has been painful to see yet another municipal administration have to face this issue. Revson Field is a place for both active recreation and the location of the school system’s septic fields. All this on soils that have an impermeable layer not too far from the surface.

But I am pleased to report that our municipal leadership has succeeded! The Board of Selectmen, sitting atop the rest of town government, proved that it has what it takes to make the strong decisions that were necessary, and to follow through.

What was the secret? Parks and Recreation staff leadership, aided by the town engineer’s know-how, plus good fortune in finally getting both a good contractor and good weather.

Three cheers for the Parks and Recreation Commission, too! As a body that provides services to Westonites of all ages, they are right at the forefront of our summer activities.

Lachat

Weston was an agricultural community not that long ago.

Beginning in the late 1980s, the town purchased several large, still open parcels. One of these was the Lachat farm on Godfrey Road.

Why did these purchases not happen earlier? Because they didn’t have to. Weston had the good fortune to be home to some of the original Aspetuck Land Trust founders. And since the water company owned open lands feeding into the Saugatuck Reservoir, it made sure to keep them open. The private sector did the job for us.

But it took action by the town, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, to save the Lachat farm.

That final special town meeting that authorized purchase of the hillside field rocked! Everyone spoke! Or so it seemed to me. Many stood to recount their own moments of enjoyment at the farm. Some had used Mr. Lachat’s ski-tow in winter. Other memorable moments were recalled. Saving Lachat farm was definitely a winning political idea!

Following a grace period, the town formed a committee to figure out what to do with the land. An initial concept of using the house for Nature Conservancy facilities did not come to pass.

Now the Board of Selectmen has appointed a new Select Committee. What will the 21st Century volunteers come up with? I hope it will include re-use of the farmstead.

As the Friends of Lachat say, what’s a farm without a farmhouse?

NOTE: “About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at aboutweston.com. This week’s guest is Toni Boucher, state Senator, 26th District.

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