HARTFORD – Lake Anasagunticook had one private boat launch that was open to the public but due to fears of liability by the owner over the condition of the launch, it has been closed.

But town officials and boat launch owner Mike Mickeriz met Thursday with state Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Dixfield, to discuss the possibility of the town purchasing the launch on Route 140 and three acres from Mickeriz. An official from the state Department of Conservation was supposed to meet with the group to discuss grants but failed to appear. When contacted by phone, he said the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was interested in the project and another meeting will be set up.

Mickeriz said he had met with an official from DIFW and was told he needed a three-acre parking lot before they would consider any grants. Since then Mickeriz acquired an option to buy three acres across the street. The option runs out June 1.

Mickeriz, who is building a subdivision across the street, is offering 200 feet of lake frontage and the three acres for parking to the town for $80,000.

Selectmen’s Chairman David Bowen, who was present at the meeting, said the board could not put the request on the upcoming town warrant without assurance of grant money.

Comprehensive Plan Chairman Judy Hamilton said one concern of her committee is that sand from the road is being washed into the river. Another is the possibility of invasive plants being introduced into the lake on boats. She thinks they will need monitoring.

Bryant said accessibly to the lake is a major concern. There is no public boat launch into the lake, and it is important for the state to have access for restocking, Bryant said.

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