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Fake grass, real issues

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 11, 2007 09:30 AM

NEWTON

State Sen. Cynthia Creem is bullish on fake grass. In fact, she's the lead sponsor of a bill to allow payment for artificial turf out of Community Preservation Act funds.

But those who believe artificial turf is environmentally suspect and others who think it's too expensive aren't happy about the Newton Democrat’s bill.

If approved, it would set to rest a long-standing controversy over the rules for preservation funds. Newton is currently facing a lawsuit over its use of the preservation funds, which come from a one percent surcharge on property taxes, for artificial turf.

Cream's amendment would change the definition of “recreational use” to permit the rehabilitation of facilities such as athletic fields, bathrooms, refreshment stands, and parking at sites such as gardens, trails, playgrounds, and parks. Under her proposal, "recreational use” would not include horse or dog racing, however.

-- Connie Paige

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