As 2009 closes, the city of Northampton is mired in controversy. One, a proposal by the Recreation Commission to build soccer fields on land (the Bean Farm) that's been traditionally used as agriculture has raised the ire of the Whole-Foods crowd, who want the land to stay in farming. Two, the city's choice to purchase homes and land near its landfill in a $1.2 million lawsuit settlement has left the accounting mechanism known as the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund with a gaping hole.
This enterprising citizen presented a novel idea to the council on its last meeting of the year—give one of the city-owned landfill properties (The Fedora Farm) to the soccer people, and donate the house to the fire department for training, which would save the cost of demolishing it.
(Some city officials continue to insist that the homes bordering the landfill can be sold again, while others express skepticism that any money at all will be recouped.)
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