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Arlington Pond land not for sale, Salem officials say

SALEM — The town has no interest in selling a piece of property it owns on Arlington Pond off Aulson Road.

Earlier this summer, it came to the town’s attention that two Aulson Road residents were using the docks to tie up their pontoon boats. The town asked the residents to remove those boats, while the residents asked town officials if there was a way they could purchase or lease the land and docks from the town.

The Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Selectmen all indicated they have no interest in selling the land.

Town Manager Keith Hickey said the fire department raised the possibility of using the property as a town dock, but noted that there is insufficient parking and access to the property.

“That’s not a reasonable alternative to my mind,” said Hickey.

The state’s Department of Environmental Services was informed about the use of the docks, and the state asked that the docks be removed, Hickey said.

“If there is no interest in the property, we will work with the individuals moored there to have the docks removed,” said Hickey.

At some point, the town could tie the property to land it already owns along the pond to make it one large piece of property, said Selectman Stephen Campbell.

Nimo Parikh of 6 Aulson Road said the town easement to get to the dam on the pond runs through his property and was originally a small dirt path before being widened, leading to increased outside activity.

Parikh said he has lived on the lake for a dozen years, while neighbor Gina Leone-Osgood and her family have lived there for nearly 30 years. During that time, he said, both families have worked to maintain the docks and the area along the lake.

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