By Kim Siebert MacPhail
Donald Cullis of Page Road was appointed by the Selectmen on October 7 to serve a one-year term on the Land Acquisition Committee. Cullis has lived in Bedford for nine years and said he recently came to the conclusion that he needed to become more involved in the community. Cullis’ background is in business and science which, he said, has given him the experience of handling complex mathematical and analytical tasks.
Asked why he had a particular interest in the Land Acquisition Committee, Cullis said that he was open to serving on any committee but “one of the things that’s nice about the Land Acquisition Committee—especially given their current task of improving connectivity—is that I do spend a lot of time on the trails and I enjoy them. It’s great to be able to get around town and it’s great for the kids. I would certainly like to play a part on that Committee.”
The purpose of the Land Acquisition Committee, according to the Town website, is to “plan and carry out land acquisition projects for the preservation of natural resources, open space, future municipal uses, and passive and active recreational opportunities within the Town.”
The Committee also researches open land availability, contacts and initiates discussion with property owners, and recommends land protection and land purchase options that would promote public open space, connectivity, wildlife corridors, affordable housing or future municipal use in accordance with the 1997-2002 Open Space and Recreation Plan, the Community Action Statement of 1996, the 2002 Comprehensive Plan, and the updated Bedford Comprehensive Plan, now in draft form.