EGREMONT -- Voters at Monday's special town meeting approved borrowing $100,000 that would allow for the purchase of 25 acres of land off Mount Washington Road near the town's main water supply.
The purchase, advocated by the Nature Conservancy, was unanimously approved 80-0, according to Selectwoman Mary Brazie. The town's borrowing is expected to be reimbursed with funds from the Nature Conservancy and the funding from the state's Drinking Water Supply Protection Grant.
Both the Select Board and Finance Committee recommended the purchase.
Leslie Luchonok, the Western Massachusetts program director for the Nature Conservancy, said the purchase was made with the intent of protecting the forest and water supply and also rare species in the area.
"This is an example of one of those ideal cooperative land protection projects," she said.
The purchase was one of four articles that passed at the special town meeting. The other articles related to transfer of funds, the renaming of the police station after an Egremont veteran, and funding a work-off tax abatement program for veterans.