This is an exciting time for Weston. Now that a committee has been put in place to oversee the happenings on the town-controlled portion of the Lachat property, there should be some real progress in determining what to do with this beautiful piece of Weston’s past, present and future.
The top priority of the new Lachat Committee should be to do something — anything, really. It’s been 20 years since the town and the Nature Conservancy purchased the property; 20 years that it has been nothing more than a really pretty view as motorists or bicyclists cruise by on their way somewhere else. While lovely pieces of open space have their place, townspeople deserve to do more than just look at this gem.
The committee has its work cut out for it — there are plans going out to bid any day now to find a contractor to shore up the foundation and make the farmhouse safe and stable. That project will certainly need the oversight the committee has been charged with.
It has also been charged with determining what the public wants to do on Lachat and how best to implement that vision. That means soliciting input, gathering information, as well as coming up with a master plan. In short, this committee will be doing a lot of listening.
That means it’s time for the public to step up and start doing some sharing. Brainstorm with your neighbors, friends and families. Go walk the property — bring a picnic or a camera or an easel or a dog or child or two. Explore the field, the hill, the plants and trees. Discover what’s there and what’s not. Chances are ideas will start to flow about how to make Lachat “user friendly.”
Then, keep an eye out for notice of when the committee is going to meet and go share your ideas. Be part of the collaborative effort to move things forward. Don’t let another 20 years go by just hoping something useful will be done.