Rockingham Seeks New Talks With Dam Owner

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The Rockingham Selectboard wants to re-open negotiations with the owner of the Bellows Falls dam and hydroelectric station over payments the company will make to the town beyond their taxes.

The town has sent a letter to TransCanada to talk about a letter sent several years ago in which the company said it would pay the town an additional $48 million-dollars over 14 years. The letter was sent while the town was about to vote on whether or not to make a bid for ownership of the dam.

A TransCanada official says they’ve received the letter, but wouldn’t discuss its substance.

Interim Town Manager Francis Walsh tells the Brattleboro Reformer the town wants to continue to have a positive relationship with TransCanada, but would like to again about the promise of additional payments.

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