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Fall Eyed for Milford Pond Dedication

The Milford Pond Restoration Committee is looking at some type of dedication ceremony next fall to mark the completion of the recent $6 million U.S. Amy Corps of Engineering dredging project.

Town Engineer Vonnie Reis told the committee on April 21 that the project is "99 percent done," with Chairman Dino DeBartolomeis noting that settling a final budget and having a close-out meeting with the Army Corps of Engineering remain to happen. Because Reis was leaving the town's employ at the end of April, he asked her to prepare a summary written report of the project.

Reis noted that the Army Corps of Engineers will remain involved in the project for a few more years to monitor the reclamation areas – areas where the dredged material was pumped into to form man-made islets – and to remove the stakes holding the coir logs surrounding the mini-islands. The federal agency also will return in a year or two to plant white cedar trees on those islets, she explained.

One of the conditions of the dredging project is that the own maintain the pond to prevent weed growth from recurring, Reis said. To that end, the Milford Water Company has pledged $5,000 per year and the town budget now contains a matching $5,000 line item to pay the estimated $10,000 annual cost of weed control, she said. "We want to make sure we protect our investment," DeBartolomeis said. "We want to make sure it stays like that for a long time."

Committee member Reno DeLuzio suggested putting up a sign at the Cedar St. (Rt. 85) boat ramp that clearly states what the rules and regulations are for boating and fishing on the pond. DeBartolomeis also suggested forming a Friends of Milford Pond group – similar to the Friends of the Upper Charles Trail – to assist in keeping the pond clean.

Reis said the town's total share of the dredging project in terms of cash and in-kind services contributions amounted to roughly $2.15 million. "It was a substantial project," she said.


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