6:30 -9pm at the High School(New)
The link to our Town Website with all the documents is at the end of this post, the report is about 700 pages(geesh) and took 10 years to complete since the Town was informed it’s dam was deficient. I did read a great deal of the report over the weekend. Really, about the same amount as the major players, I checked.
I hope we skip some of the technical studies and get to the meat tonight.
Here is my short list of the “big” issues that are buried amidst all the technical jargon in the report.
The Mill Apartments- The Mill has a pipe at the dam from which they charge their sprinklers and distribute another portion to their AC chillers. They own that pipe( this agreement goes way back) and any drop in water level at the impoundment will mean that intake will have to be lowered, maybe. The Town might have to pay for that work so the Mill continues to receive free water. The Town also has a few fire hydrants that with fire engine vacuum applied can draw water from the Mills pipe, known as a penstock.
The Town has an intake for our water system near Gilman Park, that intake may need adjustments. I have to continually clean toilets here because of that water which in the Fall is loaded with organics, the leaves and such that build up in a River that is not free running.
Exeter Academy withdraws about 50000 gallons of free water for a boiler and sprinkling playing fields.
Most of the fixes to retain the Great? Dam include regular massaging by DPW. I can remember that we had an issue once with water levels and when dispatched to lower to water the mechanical device was not in working order, and the gears had broken teeth. There is a hokey inflatable device being proposed for the Great? Dam that would require many regular man hours for maintenance.
The View? Most pictures being taken of the Dam are from the String Bridge not the Great Bridge. There is a natural Dam , a granite shelf that will still provide a waterfall, and the water spilling over will not be dead water . I took many pictures of the draw down of the River the great experiment conducted to check the look. Yes, it looked a bit raw, but I could easily imagine it’s Spring appearance.
Very few if any people took the time to view that, I was all over the River on many days and witnessed no knots of citizens gasping in horror.
The Great? Dam is only a few feet of concrete sitting on that shelf.
In time you will love the free river once it readjusts from it’s long imprisonment, new bank vegetation will appear, and fish will be able to migrate . You will be able to hear it flowing,it will sparkle. The water will contain oxygen.
The River Study Committee took too long to present a report and now here we are in Summer and we want to have a public discussion?
The Great? Dam should be removed .