Friday, March 7, 2003
Towns split cost of Chelmsford dam repair
The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) and two delegates from the Chelmsford Conservation Commission reached an agreement on repair of the dam at the Cranberry Bog on February 27. The dam is located in Chelmsford but water flowing from the unnamed pond behind it is critical for operation of the cranberry bog that farmer Mark Duffy leases from the Town of Carlisle.
The ConsCom has been concerned about the condition of the dam for some time. The wooden flume has deteriorated, the metal parts have rusted out, and, according to Duffy, "It's safe to say it is in failure." If it fails completely and the bog is flooded, Duffy's cranberry operation will collapse and the upstream wildlife habitat will be compromised. Duffy, Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conser-vation administrator, and a Chelmsford representative met some weeks ago and estimated it would take $8,000 to repair the dam. The cost of repair has been a problem in completing the work.
The whole matter was moved from the back burner to front and center at the February 27 meeting when Duffy, Chelmsford commissioners Dave McLachlan and Pete Onobono met with the Carlisle ConsCom. McLachlan, speaking for Chelmsford, said, "We feel we have an obligation [to help in the dam repair]." He suggested splitting the estimated $8,000 dollars cost of repair. "If the two towns split the cost, we would pay for the materials and look to Duffy for labor," he suggested. This offer was agreeable to both Duffy and the commisssioners, and a joint project was agreed upon. The possibility of help from either Carlisle DPW and/or Chelmsford highway department was part of the agreement. The project will start when the weather permits, with early April the earliest possible date according to Duffy.
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