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EXETERâ€”On Monday evening, the town council went though a short agenda, addressing one of the more unique public safety issues that the town faces every year. During the early summer months, beavers flock to Exeterâ€™s waterways, building dams and blocking flow.
â€śWhatever waterway we have, they plug it up with their dams,â€ť said Department of Public Works Director Steve Mattschek. â€ś[The damming] contributes to flooding, soil erosion, and saturation around the culverts.â€ť
â€śThey will build a dam in a matter of overnight, so we have to keep on it two days a week in at least six different locations.â€ť
Mattschek noted that the town has screens at the openings of the townâ€™s which are used to remove the dam structures, but he emphasized that it is a time consuming process.
â€śIt takes an hour to clean the screens, and unfortunately we donâ€™t have enough,â€ť said Mattschek. â€śWe stay on it, but the most difficult part is dealing with the private landowners when [the beaver dams] block on private properties and backup on the town roads.â€ť
During the open portion of the meeting, resident Rodney Santos reiterated his opposition to the townâ€™s resolution to have the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office approve concealed weapons permits for the Town of Exeter.
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the July 4 issue of the Standard Times.