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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Great things happen when people work together

Today was one of those days. The neighborhood "clean up and green up"  day as well as community update for the States Landing facility was a great success. Kudos and thanks to Carter Terenzini, Scott Kinmond, Donna Kuethe and Dan Sturgeon for going above and beyond to put this together and thank you also to the 30 or so community members who came armed with gardening tools and ready to work. The beach was raked, many plants were planted ( with guidance from Doug Grenier, landscape architect) the grass and grounds were cleaned up and a cedar fence was installed. Hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled by Russ Wakefield and Chris Shipp and then the possibilities for the area were presented and the public gave their feedback and input.
There is still a long way to go before even a final plan is developed beyond the current conceptual designs, but at least we now have an outline of what the process will entail and some very rough numbers in terms of cost. The biggest obstacle sounds like it will be dredging the water of the 1-4 feet of organic material ( muck as Carter referred to it) so that it can again be used as a swimming area. The cost ranges from $100k to $400k depending on how deep it is dredged. Controlling run off into the lake will also be a challenge but a necessary one that needs to be met. Parking, possible layout of the 7 or so acres as well as the boat launch area were also discussed.
As I said, there is a long way to go, but the possibilities for this beautiful town owned lakefront property are exciting. Next up, now that some direction has been provided, options will presented to the BoS for whatever the next steps may be.
















16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way better expenditure than sidewalks!!!

Anonymous said...

Way better expenditure than sidewalks!!!

Anonymous said...

My recollection is that some people allow their dogs to run loose on the beach. Will anything be done to stop this? Who wants to watch where they step???

Anonymous said...

The place looks terrific, and I hope those who use it will keep it that way! also hope that dredging will be allowed.

Yep, Dead Leaves.. said...

One to four feet of dead leaves....as predicted....My goodness, that lake bottom has NOT been maintained for a long time. Clean swimming areas do not just happen, they need to be raked once a year, for leaves, branches, and acorns. Leaves degrade into small 1/4 inch chips, but seem like muck to the city kid. They are light, and swirl when disturbed, and can be nicely handled with a bamboo rake I am afraid we will use a nuclear bomb solution to remove a tree stump approach. That could ruin the smooth bottom.
First thing now is a report on water quality, done on the 4th of July, on water quality coming down Shannon Brook. If that detects sewage, that will be the first issue to fix. Would be a waste to clean up the lake bottom if it will be posted NO SWIMMING. Fecal contamination.
Many thanks to all who turned out. The next step will be to pressure town hall to get a knowlegable person to head up this clean-up.

Dog Lover but not on the beach said...

Suissevale beach has a no dog policy which works well. What's the towns policy?

Anonymous said...

Shannon Brook isn't the only source of pollution. States Landing Road is like a funnel that directly contributes to silt, salt and debris into the lake. Anyone that walks the road regularly particularly during Spring thaw or after a rain storm can attest to the damage this spillway is doing to Moultonborough Bay.


Dogs Do Doo.. said...

WHO WANTS TO WATCH WHERE THEY STEP ? At my age, I watch every step. I winter in a Florida RV park. Everyone has a dog, all on leashes with a small bag dispenser clipped on the leash. If not, you are asked to leave. Pick-up participation is much better. Also helps to have public areas with a bag dispenser on a post, and a garbage can.
The most fun we have is telling an old guy. " hey, you forgot your dog poop "

Anonymous said...

States Landing beach is a real gem. So nice to see the town take some interest in it. So many depend on the lake, it should be more of a priority.

Anonymous said...

You have more supervision in a RV park than on one of our beaches. If there is a NO DOG rule, we won't need doggy poopoo bags. Goal is clean beach, no dogs. I'm with Suissevale on this!

Pick It Up said...

There is NO supervision in an RV park, other then your peers. And some of the old Q-tips are vicious.

Anonymous said...

Suisvaille is a private community and they can make whatever rules they want. States Landing is town owned and should be open to all in town, including their dogs.

Anonymous said...

I completely disagree. Some dog owners are responsible, and some are not. To be safe, keep Fido at home with his bone.

Anonymous said...

I will continue to walk my dog on the beach and in the water regardless of any rules or ordinances. What will be next, no kids swimming because they pee in the water? I pick up after my mutt. Why can't I enjoy taking my dog swimming? The hell with the rules. I pay taxes too.

Anonymous said...

Let's get back on topic and give the dogs a rest. This was a perfect example of cooperation among community members working toward a common goal. Great job, all of you!

Citizen Jane said...

What a really fine effort! Congratulations (and thank you) to all who worked on this -- very nice job.