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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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North Adams Councils Approves $800K in Capital Borrowing

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of infrastructure upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoir dams. Mayor Richard Alcombright said the borrowing will be rolled into a long-term bond in the next couple years. The ability to borrow at this point comes from the stabilization of the city's finances because reserves are up and a significant amount of debt is falling off.

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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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