River work may cost Nashua $100,000
The water has been lowered in recent weeks to allow a new crest gate dam to be built at Jackson Falls Dam, a project spearheaded by developer John Stabile. He is constructing Cotton Mill Square, a multi-million dollar housing project.
“The dam is not going to fall down,” Lozeau told the aldermanic Budget Review Committee this week, acknowledging she was a little nervous about the dam holding up.However, since the water has been lowered and the Nashua River embankment is clearly exposed, Lozeau said experts have determined that the embankment on the right side of the dam is not as wide as it should be.
Although some people may argue the city should not bear the cost of the river embankment widening since Cotton Mill Square is not a city project, Lozeau stressed that the dam is still owned by the city.
In addition to the embankment repairs, Lozeau is also suggesting that an additional $15,000 in escrow funds be used to clean out the river while the water level is low. Damage from ice storms, hurricanes, and general debris and trash will be removed from the Main Street area where the dam project is under way to Coliseum Avenue, said the mayor.
“That is an amazing amount,” said Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly, who has been vocal about cleaning up the river before the water is restored to its normal height in October. “… It is a lot of area to cover for $15,000.”
The new adjustable crest gate for the 180-feet dam is being constructed in an effort to decrease the water level of the Nashua River by about four feet during flooding, essentially taking Cotton Mill Square and dozens of other properties out of the flood zone.
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