Norwell: Officials deny land deal rumors amid parcel control article

Representatives from the Norwell Conservation Commission appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night, to discuss a citizen’s petition article that would transfer a selectmen controlled parcel of land over to the authority of the Conservation Commission.

The Conservation Commission voted to support the article to transfer the field, located on Main Street, across the street from the Osborne Athletic Fields and which the town leases as farm land, from the selectmen, to the care and custody of the con com.

Resident Marie Molar said she submitted the petition article after hearing rumors that selectmen were considering a deal to purchase the abutting property, so some use could be made of the parcel.

“We’re losing a lot of our open property in the town to housing and there are rumors, whether they’re true or not, I have no idea, but it was on the street that this land was going to be used for something. Usually where there’s smoke, there’s fire but I can’t prove it – I’m not privy to it, but, it’s on the street,” Molar told selectmen.

However, Norwell Selectmen Chairman Ellen Allen vehemently denies that the board has any plans to do anything with the field, which can’t be used for recreational purposes, because of the high tension electrical lines on the property.

“Categorically, there is no truth to any of these rumors that the selectmen are talking about doing anything with this property. So that’s clear for the planet to know, that those rumors are completely false. Secondly, I think it’s getting a little late for us to sponsor the article. I wish you’d come to us sooner, like you did to conservation,” Allen said.

Selectmen said they would vote whether or not to support the petition article at their next meeting.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.