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Cheshire Dam No Longer Considered a Risk

The state Office of Dam Safety has lowered the severity level of the Kitchen Brook Dam from a significant hazard to a low hazard.

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Cheshire Has Time to Make Dam Removal Decision

The Selectmen have until the end of the year to make a decision on whether or not to remove Kitchen Brook Dam using state funds. Eric Ford, a wetlands ecologist with the Division of Ecological Restoration, met with the board and the water commissioners on Tuesday. Although he was able to answer some of the town's questions, the selectmen still were unsure which way to go.

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Cheshire to Meet With State Over Dam Removal

The Selectmen will hold a meeting with the Division of Ecological Resources and the Water Department before making a ruling on the Kitchen Brook Dam. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that a representative from DER is willing to meet with the town and better explain the possible state-funded removal of the defunct dam.

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Estimate for Cheshire Dam Removal at $568K

It could cost more than a half-million dollars to remove the Kitchen Brook Dam. Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Ecological Restoration had completed a survey and reconnaissance study on the West Mountain Road dam and its removal.

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