At a special Whitefield town meeting tonight, Whitefield residents voted not to pursue ownership of the Clary Lake dam just like they did at a similar meeting held last spring. I don’t know about anyone else, but I certainly didn’t expect a different outcome. At least the meeting was well attended! Jefferson held their own special meeting last night and only about 20 people showed up. They too voted (again) not to pursue ownership of the Clary Lake dam and the meeting was over in less than 5 minutes. It was over so quickly that Paul Kelley, who arrived a few minutes late, was walking into the meeting while everyone else was walking out.
Paul Kelley was at tonight’s meeting as was Richard Smith, Manager of Aquafortis Associates LLC. Ellis Percy, President of the Association stopped by long enough to present Kelley with a revised offer on the Clary Lake dam. So far, attempts to meet with Kelley to discuss the Association’s purchase of the dam have been unsuccessful but we remain optimistic that the Association will end up owning the dam sooner or later.
Tonight’s meeting pretty much wraps up Kelley’s obligations under the statute. Next step is his consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection.