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Monroe to view paper mill site park plans

  • The wooden Ramage paper mill, before it was demolished last year. Recorder file photo

  • The site of the old paper mill, after demolition this fall. Recorder file photo



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

MONROE — The Selectboard, acting as the town’s Conservation Commission, will hold a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Town Offices, 3C School St., regarding the former Ramage paper mill foundation.

The dilapidated wooden mill building that teetered over the Deerfield River was demolished this past fall, but so was the cement retaining wall beneath it. According to regional Health Agent Glen Ayers, the cement slab of the mill’s first floor was attached to the cement retaining wall. When the floor was taken out, the retaining wall collapsed.

The town has received preliminary plans for a new retaining wall from Stantec engineering services. Last year, in addition to grants for the demolition work, the town received $370,000 from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs state office to construct a public park on that site.

On Monday, Jan. 29, the Selectboard will hold a “public design session,” in conjunction with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the state Environmental Affairs Office, to discuss what the park overlooking the Deerfield River might look like. That meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Town Offices.