Surry awaits state ruling on comprehensive plan



SURRY — The town of Surry may hear in December whether the state of Maine approves or rejects its revised Comprehensive Plan.

Having a state-approved plan can help municipalities qualify for certain state grant and loan programs as well as provide legal protection for zoning ordinances.

Selectman Dale Sprinkle said the Comprehensive Plan Committee submitted the plan in October. The town should hear on whether the plan has been approved around Dec. 16.

In other business, progress is being made toward eventual construction of an alewives ladder to help the fish reach a culvert under Route 172.

Alewives move from Patten Stream into their spawning ground on lower Patten Pond.

Surry Treasurer Tom Welgoss said an engineering study would be done in January or February.

“It’s a pretty complex project,” Welgoss said. “It’s not just rocks sitting in the stream. They’re talking about fastening the rocks to the bedrock with rebar to hold them fast so they’re not washed away.”

Surry intends to re-establish alewife access to historical spawning grounds in Upper and Lower Patten ponds.

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