Conservation Commission To Pay Remainder of Oil Spill Insurance Costs
The board agreed to pay the $3,565 remaining in costs on last December's oil spill at the East Boston Camps.
The Westford Conservation Commission has agreed to pay $3,565 toward the cost of last year’s emergency oil spill at the East Boston Camps following their meeting on Wednesday night.
Of the $11,000 in damages from the December spill, most of it was covered by the insurance of East Boston Camps caretaker George Fletcher, who caused the spill when diesel fuel leaked out of his tractor and onto trails at the camp and on the way to his home on Plain Road.
The incident could not go out to bid due to the urgent nature of the cleanup.
During the agenda item on the topic, the board also discussed whether the town’s insurance should have been involved in helping to pay off the debt, or whether Fletcher’s role as an independent contractor absolved the town of responsibility in that aspect.
Although policies may change at some point in the future, the board agreed to pay for the remainder of the cleanup from the Land Management account and a rotating fund approved by the 2011 Town Meeting that will begin at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2012, which occurs on July 1.