Council Passes Resolution Supporting Wild Goose Boat Launch

(From NH Fish and Game Report)

State Commission Established to Help Decide Project's Future

At the recent Claremont City Council meeting, councilors passed a resolution supporting the construction of a public boat launch at Wild Goose in Newbury, NH. The action followed a request from Claremont resident Don Clarke, representing the Sullivan County Sportsmen, for the support. Clarke told the council that there was “strong opposition from landowners around the lake” and that it would be very helpful if the City offered its support. “It would strengthen our position,” he said. “This is a public rights issue. The residents of Claremont, Newport, surrounding towns, are most affected by this."

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The resolution in part read, “...the...City Council fully supports the construction of the public boat launch at Wild Goose. We ask that the NH Legislature, Executive Council and Governor move forward with the funding and construction of this project which has been delayed for over 25 years. By making this project a reality, the public will...have access to a public boat launch as prescribed in RSA 233-A.”

A similar resolution was passed by the council in June of 2009. The City listed a number of reasons for supporting the project then, including that the site was suitable for convenient public boat access and such access would benefit City residents and local businesses that sell boats and related equipment as well as encourage tourism and help the economy. The State Beach site, proposed as a substitute, was deemed “unsuitable for aesthetic, safety and environmental reasons.”

In September, Governor Chris Sununu established a commission to help decide the future of the controversial Wild Goose property along Lake Sunapee in Newbury. “Trying to salvage a flawed and controversial idea that has not gone anywhere in over 20 years and that was left without funding by the Legislature is not a viable plan to increase public access on Lake Sunapee,” he said in a statement. “My priority remains bringing forward a real proposal that will actually allow Granite Staters greater access to our Lake Sunapee.”

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