Salem docks could go up for public sale
It recently came to the attention of town officials that two Olson Road residents were using the docks to tie up their pontoon boats, and now the town is working with those residents to see if there is a way they can take ownership of those docks.
“Those docks have been there in some form for a number of years,” said Town Manager Keith Hickey. “There has been some question over what use for that piece of property was in the past.”
However, Hickey said town staff found documentation indicating the property was taken over by the town between 20 to 30 years ago.
With the wider road, Hickey said the town began getting some complaints about people using the path for four-wheelers and other activity.
Hickey said he has been working with the property owners using the docks to come up with a solution that is amenable to both sides.Nimo Parikh of 6 Aulson Road said that the town easement to get to the dam runs through his property and was originally a small dirt path before being widened, leading to the increased traffic.
During that time, he said both families have worked to maintain the docks and the area along the lake.
“We do not want to just put up docks,” he said. “Our intent is to keep this as a resource for our family and for Gina and her family.”
Selectmen agreed that they would have the town staff look into the possibility of selling the property through a public auction, giving the families an opportunity to buy it.
However, because it came to the board’s attention that boats were docked on public property, they asked Parikh and Osgood to remove their boats to avoid town liability.
Hickey said he would also speak with the public works department to see if they could put a gate or barricade.
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