Conservation Commmission to host Adams Pond meeting

Union Leader Correspondent
December 04. 2012 10:17PM

DERRY - For the moment, the Adams Pond Dam is not going away and neither is the discussion on how to save it.

Conservation Commission Chair Margaret Ives recently announced an open meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Derry Public Library at 7 p.m. to discuss ways the town can save the dam and Adams Pond.

The issue was initially raised when the state dam bureau deemed the dam as unsafe, and charged dam owner Jean Gagnon with either repairing or removing the dam by 2014.

Gagnon stated he did not want to spend the money to repair the dam and would remove it, but the town and Gagnon reached a tentative agreement for the town to take control of a .73-acre parcel of his land that includes the dam.

However, after the Town Council deadlocked 3-3 on the vote to take over the property in September, the motion was defeated.

A second move by the council to reconsider the original vote was also defeated.

However, Ives and a number of other town residents have not given up on looking at ways to save the dam.

"I've been talking to people about that and we are cognizant of the Town Council vote," said Ives.

"However, I am going to institute something people have been asking me to do for those who are interested in brainstorming some possible solutions to save the pond."

Members of the Conservation Commission, the Heritage Commission, the Go Green Derry Committee, and the public at large have been invited to take part in the meeting.

"We're going to put our thinking caps together to see what kind of possible ideas we can come up with," said Ives. "I think it is a good start to hold this before the holidays and see who wants to chair the meetings from then on."

In addition to the potential of the dam removal draining a significant portion of Adams Pond, Ives said the site has an interesting history.

She said the first mill on the pond began operation in 1721 and that there have been three mills at the site, the last closing around the beginning of World War II. The Heritage Commission holds a two-acre conservation easement on the site of the mill that includes its stone remnants.

In addition to the planned meeting, some residents have established fund for donations to save the dam at the town offices.


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