CANTON – The Canton Dam Core Group, which has been working on a solution for the defunct Whitney Brook dam on Lake Anasagunticook, will meet Monday, March 3, to consider two options.

Chairman Malcolm Ray, who has been out of the country for several months, will attend.

The panel has been meeting since last summer in order to monitor the activities of dam owner Ray Fortier in complying with a state-issued dam safety order. Fortier has been accruing fines at the rate of $500 per day since October for failure to submit a fix-up plan to the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Bowen’s report stated.

The group also has been preparing recommendations to Canton and Hartford and the Canton water district on how to proceed.

Both options developed by the group depend on getting grants to tear down and rebuild the dam.

The group believes the best option is for the Canton Water District to acquire the dam, if Fortier sells it for a minimal price or abandons it. The cost to rehabilitate it is estimated to be between $200,000 and $300,000 and the work would take about a year. Voter approval would not be required, but the group is not sure how it would pay for the work.

The other option is for the town to own the dam. It would be eligible to apply for community development block grants, and people would need to be involved in the process.

The meeting of the group begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office.


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