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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 16, 2013
Towns gear up for Walker Pond opening
Grand opening celebration July 20

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by Rich Hewitt

The towns of Brooksville and Sedgwick are gearing up for the summer season on Walker Pond.

The Sedgwick-Brooksville Town Landing Committee, which is composed of the selectmen from the two towns, has been working this spring to ready the new town landing in Sedgwick for summer use. On May 8, they awarded the contract for road work to Skip Eaton. Eaton’s bid of $1,735 was the low bid for the road work which will include grading, work on the shoulders, ditching and 30 feet of hot top.

The town has received a $1,400 grant from the state’s Courtesy Boat Inspection program that will help to fund the inspection of boats being launched at the landing for invasive species. Nathaniel Allen has been named the inland harbor master, having completed the state certification program. Among his duties will be to monitor boat traffic on the pond and check for milfoil on boats going into the pond from the landing. On the inspection program, he’ll be working with John Kimball who earlier this year the committee appointed as milfoil coordinator and the liaison with the Friends of Walker Pond. Members of that group are among the volunteers who help with the invasive species monitoring program at the pond.

Committee members voted to pay Allen $550 per week for the 16 weeks during the summer and $40 per week for the rest of the year.

The floats already have been installed and the committee plans to install buoys to mark the swimming area. Signs for the area were scheduled to be installed last weekend during a Saturday cleanup.

The committee hopes to develop a forestry plan for the 28-acre parcel that surrounds the landing. They will work with forester Jake Maier to develop the plan that, according to Brooksville Selectman John Gray, would allow the towns to harvest some of the wood on the property and still keep it forested and suitable for walking paths.

On the business end of the landing operation, the committee earlier voted to have Jim Wadman, CPA, conduct an audit of the town landing accounts. That will cost $500 with each town paying half the cost. They also authorized Frieda Peasley, the Sedgwick-Brooksville Town Landing Committee treasurer, to open a new account that will be used strictly for Walker Pond Landing activities.

Although the landing was open last summer, the two towns are planning to officially mark the completion of the landing with a Grand Opening celebration scheduled for July 20. Details of the celebration are still being planned.