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November 29, 2012

Town Council won't reconsider Adams dam deal

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"That pond means a lot to me," she said. "This is a diamond. Save it."

She noted a group of residents worked successfully to save the historic Upper Village Hall in East Derry, also earmarked for potential demolition.

"We saved the Upper Village Hall, why can't we save this?" she said.

But Childs said it was apples and oranges. In the East Derry situation, a large group of citizens had a concrete plan in mind to take ownership of the hall and had a detailed plan to pay for its renovations.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margie Ives said she hoped Gagnon would consider wetland and pond studies before taking action.

She is concerned about the waters at Adams Pond and what might happen if the dam is removed.

"I hope that the town and Mr. Gagnon can come to some decision that is sound, based on hydrological studies and that preserves our history," she said.

Sarcione said she wished Milz had a chance to speak at the last meeting as new information may have been useful.

"Shame on those people for doing that to the pond; shame on them for killing a part of our history in Derry," she said.

Councilors said it's a done deal for the dam.

"This motion fails as far as it sits today," Benson said.

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