Pembroke water wheel appeals in motion

By Mike Melanson
Wicked Local Pembroke
Posted Jun 04, 2013 @ 09:41 AM

Pembroke —

Selectmen are appealing a Conservation Commission order of conditions that Selectmen Chairman Bill Boulter says will keep a historic water wheel out of the Herring Run to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Selectmen also voted 5-0 on Monday, June 3 to authorize Boulter and town counsel to file an appeal in Superior Court.

"That has to be filed by the end of June," Boulter said. "I don't want to be late in filing that."

Boulter was chairman of the 300th Anniversary Committee, which commissioned the water wheel, and is keeper of the wheel.

The wheel was removed from the Herring Run after the Conservation Commission ordered it lifted out of the water in order to protect herring.

Boulter later filed a notice of intent with the Conservation Commission, and during an April 8 public hearing, said the wheel was removed because there was no way to lift it safely or to prevent it from being stolen.

On Monday, Boulter said the commission's conditions make it impractical to keep the water wheel at the Herring Run, and that is a disappointment.

"There's probably a lot of people wondering why it's not down there," he said.

Boulter said the appeal to the DEP centers on state law, while an appeal to Superior Court would center on the town bylaw.

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