Canton boat launch plans unveiled

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CANTON — Leon Bucher of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife showed a detailed drawing of the proposed boat ramp on Whitney Brook, an outlet of Lake Anasagunticook to selectmen Thursday night.

Bucher was asking for a deeded easement for public water access to be placed on the June 25 warrant for town approval. The water district owns the land that would be used for the road leading from Staples Hill.

The boat ramp would be in conjunction with the new dam. Bucher said that they have engaged Kleinschmidt Engineering for the boat ramp and Kevin Cooley will be the engineer for the dam and the boat ramp.

“IFW has worked with Kleinschmidt before and found them to be very reputable people,” Bucher said.

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He said the site is excellent in that it is far away from the water source for the town water, is on an outlet stream and the town already owns the property.

In answer to questions on maintenance, Bucher said the state would be responsible. He said three-fourths of the money for the launch comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. State funds to match the cost come from gas tax, sportsmen license plates and other sources.

According to the plans Bucher handed out, access to the ramp would be from Staples Hill Road. There will be a circular driveway leading to the planked ramp. Parking will accommodate 12 trailers and seven cars.

Selectmen will work on an article for the warrant and Bucher asked that the wording be approved by Inland Fisheries before being placed on the warrant. A public hearing will have to be scheduled on the easement.

In other news, Selectman Shane Gallant showed a sign that will be placed at the transfer station: “Absolutely No Dump Picking.”

Selectman Donald Hutchins suggested the board must start working on what to do with town property as requested at the last town meeting. Hutchins said he would like to get together a Town Land and Building Committee and suggested that anyone interested in being on such a committee should let a selectman or the town office know.

Chris Dailey complained that he was not allowed to put a letter in the “Town Crier” stating why people should vote for all official meetings to be videotaped. He was told that the “Crier” was for town information and his letter was an editorial.

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