On May 19th the towns of Fairlee, Thetford, and West Fairlee each approved ballot measures which will allow them to proceed with the rebuilding of the Lake Fairlee dam this summer. The measures were supported by 76% of the voters in Fairlee, by 78% in Thetford, and by 85% in West Fairlee. This result is most gratifying to those of us who have devoted many hours over the past three years learning what could be done for the dam and developing a plan to bring it about. It also represents a welcome level of cooperation among the three towns that we hope can be replicated in other areas.
The contractor is set to begin work on the dam sometime in mid June. Recreational use of the lake should not be affected at all. In the near future each town will select delegates to the new Tri-Town Commission which will take over responsibility for the dam in the future. We will keep you advised of our progress.
Thank you to all who helped make this happen. Today’s decisions are a victory for our lake’s ecosystem, for fiscal sustainability, and for common sense.