The Block Island Times

Land Trust awards mowing bids, reviews finances

By Judy Tierney | Jan 23, 2013

At its monthly meeting on Monday, January 15, the Land Trust awarded bids for 2013 landscaping work on its properties.

An $892 bid by Bill Connelli won him the Turnip Farm mowing job, compared to a $1,440 bid by Revo. The trust also accepted Connelli’s $190 bid for mowing the K&H property, over Revo’s $640 bid.

Revo offered the lower bids for mowing at Fresh Pond: $1,600 versus Connelli’s $1,650; Revo also offered the lower bid for the Nevis lots, $600 versus Connelli’s $744.

Islandscape, the only bidder for hand clearing the Oceanview, was awarded the job for $1,300.

Land Trust Clerk Heidi Tarbox reported on finances for November and December. The Land Trust Operating Account for November 2012 held $1,818,419.81. The Reserve Fund for annual Debt Service was increased to $500,000 because that amount will be needed in 2014. Expenses for legal fees in November amounted to $7,770.25, the bulk of it to Joe Priestley, general counsel ($4,057.15) and the rest for pending litigation matters to attorney Barry Kusinitz ($2,057.10) and Dan Prentiss ($1,656).

Land Trust property transfer fee income for November 2012 was $100,467, and $143,257.50 for December 2012.

Trustees accepted a draft audit of 2012 finances with one change of wording on FDIC insurance.

A planned discussion on controlled burning on the Fresh Pond tract was delayed until next month as Harold “Turtle” Hatfield, who was to research the subject, was not able to attend this month.

Over an hour of the meeting was conducted in closed session. Subsequently one motion, to grant a raise to Tarbox, came out of that session.

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