Public hearing on Lang Pond Road plans set for Oct. 30



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RAIN RUNS OFF the gravel surface of Lang Pond Road into Mirror Lake in this photo taken by Dave Ford during a rainstorm on July 23. (Courtesy photo by David Ford) (click for larger version)
October 24, 2013
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's Mirror Lake Watershed Committee hopes to have a good turnout at the stakeholder's meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the old Town House on Route 109A.

Committee member Dave Ford, speaking on behalf of the group, said that anyone who uses Lang Pond Road is invited to offer their thoughts on how to slow erosion. The objective is to protect the lake while retaining the rural character of the road.

The committee would like to revise the road project, currently under design by H.E.Bergeron. That project, anticipated to cost around $5 million, includes straightening the road, which would involve a loss of vegetation and removal of trees, and encourage greater speed.

Ford said the committee members are "getting along quite well," despite a sometimes fractious public hearing last July 29. It was formed at the suggestion of Ted Wright, a state legislator and head of Tuftonboro's Budget Committee, and is comprised of residents, many of whom expressed their opinions at the hearing.

"We want to build community support for a solution that meets the needs and will receive support from the majority at town meeting," said Ford.

He has led several forums in his capacity as Director of Public Works in Wolfeboro, and agreed to use the Context Sensitive Solutions approach that has proven effective in allowing everyone to offer input into the process.

The committee, Ford said, is in general agreement that the design currently underway is too much and too expensive for a three-season road. In his view, it would be more applicable to a road such as Bay Street in Wolfeboro, for example, that gets a lot of traffic. The committee would like to offer a scaled-down approach.

Exactly what that approach should be will depend on input from stakeholders. The committee will share its ideas in the process.

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