Canton committee formed to deal with dam

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CANTON – Residents from Hartford and Canton met Tuesday night to form a seven-member committee that will be charged with writing a mission statement for a permanent solution to the failing dam on Lake Anasagunticook. They will designate which members will work on solutions, based on their areas of expertise.

Canton Selectman Rick Ray chaired the group and presented an agenda to people heading seven subcommittees.

Michael Poulin of Hartford is the legal counselor.

The engineering group will be headed by engineer Malcolm Ray. It will study the cost of putting in a permanent dam and the location.

Rick Ray will take over searching for available grants for a new dam.

The Lake Association will be represented by Polly Bessier until it meets to choose a representative.

Debbie Hutchins will represent the water company.

Hartford will be represented by Selectman David Bowen.

Selectman Lisa Cummings will represent Canton.

The next meeting of the committee will be Tuesday, July 31, in Canton.

Poulin said the biggest question to answer is who is the best person or entity to own and operate the dam.

The 1814 structure at the Canton end of the lake is in need of major repair. Owner Ray Fortier was ordered by a state official to leave the overflow sluice gates open, lowering the water level in the lake significantly and effecting properties around the shore.

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