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October 11, 2012

Residents still weigh options over Adams dam

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Others said they loved the pond, but it wasn’t up to the town to take on Gagnon’s responsibilities for the failing dam.

“The taxpayers of Derry should not be responsible for paying for Mr. Gagnon’s dam,” Redfield Estates resident Janet Wetherbee said.

As Gagnon builds his new homes near the pond, she said, the new homeowners should bear the brunt of the dam costs.

Kelly Martin said she appreciated the emotional response to the dam’s future but more information is needed.

“It’s in the developer’s best interests to retain those scenic views,” she said. “This is a private matter and not one the taxpayers of Derry need to resolve and certainly not pay for it.”

Ellie Sarcione said it’s time for the town to take over the dam and save the pond.

“Save the dam, save the pond,” she said. “This is worth it to all of us.”

The council may vote on the dam issue at its Oct. 16 meeting, when the full board will be in attendance.

A public hearing brought out residents for for and against the town taking control of the Adams Pond dam. The dam is currently owned by Londonderry developer Jean Gagnon and is listed as failing by the state.

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