Dam project needs more study, public input

Nov 07, 2019

Selectmen and town government staff have not made the case for a change as radical as removing the Montgomery Dam in the downtown.

This proposal will affect the entire community for years to come, including the iconic downtown, the river and the lake.

Residents have not voted for this move and have not had much opportunity to speak out on the subject so far.

It is easy for someone to make an argument that this is better for the environment and fish. However, the reality is that current configuration has been in place for a long time, and so leaving it as it is will not mean a major change to what is considered one of the most beautiful and prosperous towns in Maine.

Removal of the dam, on the other hand, could mean drastic changes that may have a negative impact on the community and its industry.

We need to consider the affect this could have on businesses such as The Camden Deli and Marriner's.

Major projects and developments need careful analysis and thoughtful consideration in small Maine communities.

Residents who are concerned about this project need to raise their voices, attend meetings and demand a say in what happens.

Camden's downtown should not be treated as an experiment. It is too important to the livelihoods of the residents.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Karen A Grove | Nov 08, 2019 08:13

If there is a meeting for public input, and I think there should be more than one, it should be at a time in the evening or weekend when its easy for the majority of people to attend.  I have always maintain that any meeting that is town focused should be later than 5:00pm.  Too many of us still work and getting to a 5:00 or 5:30 meeting is not possible.  The Select Board and Budget Committees meet after 6:00 why not school budget meetings and public input meeting?



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