Many of you have been asking what’s going on regarding this spring’s weed treatment of Flannagan Pond. I dropped by the Conservation office at Town Hall this morning just as Becky was responding to my e-mail message, since I had also asked the same question.
Mr. Pontbriand, the Town Administrator, took care of all the contract paperwork weeks back after ConsCom voted to award the contracts.
Things are progressing, though they are slow. Having part time staff for only ten hours a week is not a great situation when you are dealing with the bureaucratic process required for satisfying all the requirements of MassDEP. Other delays relate to the due diligence being exercise by Lycott Environmental, since they haven’t the familiarity with Flannagan Pond that ACT does.
The water level appears to be adequately low with a single board removed from the dam, so I do not expect that to be a delay. However, Mr. Rob Wheaton of Lycott is coordinating his efforts with Fire Chief Pedrazzi to best determine what should be done prior to treatment.
Mr. Wheaton has submitted his herbicidal application permit with DEP, which has about a 2 week turnaround. So to summarize, the process is slow and tedious, but we are on schedule for June treatment. Stay tuned.