The select board on Monday clarified guidelines for bird watchers at the town lagoon

LANCASTER — The select board on Monday clarified guidelines for bird watchers at the town lagoon. By a 2-0 vote, board member Leon Rideout and Shane Beattie reaffirmed that bird watchers will have access to a town-owned, 10-foot buffer along the lagoon perimeter, with parking available on a section of public road. Board Chair Troy Merner was not in attendance. Selectmen had made their position on the matter clear with an informal decision late last year. In December, the board denied bird watches access to the fenced in town lagoon, citing concerns over liability, public safety, and proximity to solar panels located on site. However, as a compromise, they allowed perimeter access. Signage was installed so that birdwatchers would know where to go. The area is a draw, because sewer lagoons are considered prime bird watching locations. With Monday’s vote, the board formally approved the policy.