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Londonderrry neighbors worried about Kendall Pond 'mischief'

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

December 06. 2017 10:59PM
The graffiti on the kiosk at the Kendall Pond Conservation Area has been a topic of discussion for the town’s Conservation Commission. (CHRIS GAROFOLO/UNION LEADER correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — Several town boards and a group of neighbors near the Kendall Pond Conservation Area are on a fact-finding mission to address concerns about “undesirables” at the 57-acre site.

Representatives from the Londonderry Conservation Commission, speaking to the Town Council this week, said they would like to increase the parking lot size near the Kendall Pond trailhead, clean up the nature path and picnic tables, as well as better promote the site as a resource in the community. But first, the commission has spoken with abutting homeowners, who say the conservation area has been recently used for potentially illegal activities and other mischief.

Earlier this fall, the police department responded about two dozens times to the site after there was a spike of reported graffiti and litter.

The kiosk near the trailhead on South Road has been vandalized. The parking lot entrance for any vehicle is rough, and massive potholes are unavoidable.

Marge Badois, chairwoman of the commission, said the conversation group, police officers and neighbors will return to the council Dec. 19 to discuss possible solutions to lessen the potential for what was described as “undesirables” at the site.

She said this was a better solution than shutting down the conservation area, which was suggested at the council meeting this week.

Some of the abutters are expected to meet Thursday with the assistant town manager.

Badois said while neighbors have reported activity at the area to police, she has worked with officers this fall to install a deer camera at the site and asked for additional patrols at the trailhead and on the path in an effort to observe and curtail any mischief. Officers went out roughly 80 times, she said, and found nothing.

“There’s nothing on the deer cam to show there’s been any bad behavior,” Badois said, worried hysteria may cause the town to temporarily close the trail. “What about the good people who are using it?”

The conservation area includes a flat mile-long loop and a picnic area near Kendall Pond. She said many employees from some of the nearby retail stores will eat their lunch on the premises and dog walkers are the norm along the pathway.hicle is rough, hicle is rough, and massive potholes are unavoidable.

Marge Badois, chairwoman of the commission, said the conversation group, police officers and neighbors will return to the council Dec. 19 to discuss possible solutions to lessen the potential for what was described as “undesirables” at the site.

She said this was a better solution than shutting down the conservation area, which was suggested at the council meeting this week.

Some of the abutters are expected to meet Thursday with the assistant town manager.

Badois said while neighbors have reported activity at the area to police, she has worked with officers this fall to install a deer camera at the site and asked for additional patrols at the trailhead and on the path in an effort to observe and curtail any mischief. Officers went out roughly 80 times, she said, and found nothing.

“There’s nothing on the deer cam to show there’s been any bad behavior,” Badois said, worried hysteria may cause the town to temporarily close the trail. “What about the good people who are using it?”

The conservation area includes a flat mile-long loop and a picnic area near Kendall Pond. She said many employees from some of the nearby retail stores will eat their lunch on the premises and dog walkers are the norm along the pathway.


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