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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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Cheshire Wants to Sell Reservoir Land to the State

"The state has expressed an interest in the past and ... you will never know the difference if you own it or the state owns it." — Mark Webber

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