, Derry, New Hampshire


December 20, 2012

Adams Pond talk still on residents' minds

DERRY — The future of Adams Pond and its dam is still on the minds of residents.

Even after a Town Council vote not to take town ownership of the failing dam and a subsequent vote to not reconsider that decision, many people are still hoping for a different outcome to save the historic waters.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives led a brainstorming session Dec. 13 to keep the pond and dam in the news and try to find some ways to make sure the waters remain safe.

The dam is owned by developer Jean Gagnon, who gave the town an option of taking over his deficient dam and a 0.73-acre parcel nearby.

He is also planning a subdivision — Deer Run at Adams Pond — near the pond.

But the town said no.

About 20 people attended the meeting last week to pitch quick ideas to see what could be done now that the town has decided not to take control.

“I would surmise some here are in favor of keeping the pond and some are not,” Ives said. “Where do we go from here?”

Ives said she called the meeting to keep the discussion going after many people approached her saying they had viable ideas to somehow protect the pond.

“There has been a lot of discussion,” she said. “Protecting the water is the most important part.”

Many say if the dam goes away, the pond may go away as well.

Ives said the ideas she is hearing are very creative, ranging from forming a citizens group to somehow paying for the required dam repairs, taking it off Gagnon’s hands, and also writing to councilors to see if there is any way they may take another vote on the dam’s outcome.

Getting the word out is key.

“How do we get the Town Council to reconsider again?” resident Leslie Seboyer asked. “And how do we get funding in place to move ahead?”

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