North Country
11:50 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Northern Pass Holds First Town Meeting On New Route

Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR
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Northern Pass officials held the first in a series of town meetings Monday night to explain – and convince residents to accept – their new route.

“The purpose is to share information, answer questions and get feedback,” said Northern Pass spokesman Michael Skelton.

The initial meeting was held in Millsfield, an unincorporated place, between Errol and Colebrook. It only has about two dozen residents.

Instead of a seated audience asking questions, there were displays among which residents could move, asking questions about topics including the route, regulatory process, environmental impact and construction.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

“I think they’ve done a good job in their presentations. I think it is something they should have done a long time ago,” said Rick Samson, a Coos County Commissioner who represents Millsfield.

About four dozen people attended, including many from nearby communities.

Meetings are planned along the entire route, according to Northern Pass. Here are those scheduled so far:

Tuesday August 13 – Stark & Dummer

Stark Fire Station

1276 Stark Hwy

Stark, NH 03582

Wednesday, August 14th – Stewartstown & Clarksville

The Outback Pub at the Spa Restaurant

869 Washington Street

West Stewartstown, NH 03576

Tuesday, August 20th – Pittsburg

Community Hall at the United Methodist Church

US Route 3

Pittsburg, NH 03592

Wednesday, August 21st – Groveton

Carter Hall at the United Methodist Church

Church Street

Groveton, NH 03582

Each open house will run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.