A good turnout of ready to work neighbors and town officials came out Saturday morning to continue the improvements on the Town owned States Landing beach area and hear about the possible plans for the future.
While the amount of work that needed to be done was less than last year, the community accomplished all that it was tasked to do. The major focus was to talk about the work that has been done and get some direction as to how to proceed going forward.
The park and beach areas were raked, new picnic tables were given a coat of sealer and new wooden sign posts were installed.
Recreation Department Director Donna Kuethe opened the day and explained the plan. Presentations with Q&A were made by Doug Grenier, landscape architect who spoke of the overall concept, Ray Korber who talked about the five or so options for the Castle Shore intersection ( no clear winner yet), Town Planner Bruce Woodruff who provided an update on the Moultonboro Bay Inlet Study along with Pat Tarpy from the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association. Police Chief Wetherbee spoke of the role of the MPD in controlling the ongoing speeding problem in the area.
DPW Director Scott Kinmond provided the tools and materials for the workers, Donnna Kuethe and Dan Sturgeon handled the setup and food ( hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by Chris Shipp and Jean Beadle) and it was a productive and informative four hours.
At this time, the dredging for the swimming area is a bit iffy as we await the results of the inlet study and determine as best we can the cause of the muck. The cost to dredge is quite high and we need to fix the cause first. The consensus was that the idea to work on the "park" area for now is reasonable.
Ray Korber explained that the State wants to see the big picture and once that is established, we will obtain permits for all the planned work. Beyond that, the wetlands delineation was just completed and now a more detailed study of the property can be done.
Overall, a work in progress, but progress has been made.
A thank you to Donna Kuethe, Dan Sturgeon and Scott Kinmond who spent considerable time behind the scenes getting ready for this day ( as well as afterward) and to Chief Wetherbee and Bruce Woodruff for making themselves available on a Saturday to support this effort. (Hopefully I didn't miss anyone.) Thank you also to the community members who came out to participate.
Also present was a Lake Host, Bob Goffredo, who did an 8 hour shift checking in watercraft and providing info on milfoil. Thank you Bob and all the other Lake Hosts.