WILTON — Selectmen unanimously agreed Tuesday to pursue a plan to correct seepage issues at the Wilson Pond dam.

Installed in 1883, the dam has been there “a long time and served us well,” Clayton Putnam, superintendent of the water and waste treatment departments told the board.

Putnam will seek approval of the repair plan from the Department of Environmental Protection. The department has done some repair work.

“We’re tentatively planning to perform more work this fall,” he said.

The expected cost of $562.50 is based on buying gravel and other materials and using an excavator for at least five hours.

The current balance in a dam maintenance account is $7,504.49, he told the board.


Putnam also inquired about starting a capital fund and options for future repair or replacement as there is increasing evidence of deteriorating wood components in the structure.

The town previously budgeted $4,000 a year for dam maintenance but stopped a few years ago because the funds were not being used, he said.

“It’s time to think about going forward,” he added.

At times, the wastewater department releases water from Wilson Lake through the dam to maintain the water level in Wilson Stream. A certain level is needed to offset discharge from the plant and keep within the regulations of its discharge license.

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