For 10 years the Park Department has collected $14000 a year for the lease of land at Milton Landing.

That $140,0000 was spent on work on the town baseball fields, according to Town Administrator Michael Dennehy. 

Article 1 in the Dec. 2 Town Meeting Warrant would set up a Milton Landing Revolving account so that funds collected from the Landing were spent on the property at Milton Landing.

The issue came to light last summer when the building the Milton Yacht Club rents from the town needed a new roof and the town’s Consolidated Facilities Department made the repairs.

The Warrant Committee began work on making its recommendations on the 10 articles facing the December Town Meeting Oct. 28.

The committee voted to recommend favorable action on:

• Article 1 which creates a separate fund for Milton Landing. The money will be handled through the Select Board’s office rather than the Park Department.

• Article 5 is a home rule petition to take the position of harbormaster out of civil service. The town is planning to hire its first paid harbormaster.

Select Board Member Richard Wells, who chairs the Milton Landing committee, said the town’s police and fire departments are under civil service but the rest of the town employees were exempted from civil service back in the 1970s. He pointed out that the article does not ask for money. 

Michael Zullas, chair of the Select Board, said the plan is to have the town administrator hire and supervise the harbormaster. The position will be part time.

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