Rules proposed for Aragon Mill Pond use
The millpond in Aragon is part of the community’s history and a site where families have gathered for decades.
The first mill was built in 1898 by Wolcott and Campbell of New York Mills and later owned by a number of other companies until a fire destroyed the plant on Aug. 6, 2002.
Today, residents still enjoy such events as Kids’ Day when youngsters are treated to contests, games and opportunities to excel in field day activities near the millpond.
And, it is a quiet place where people come to relax and enjoy a quiet morning walk or afternoon stroll. Additionally, it is a gathering place for those who enjoy fishing.
Duel Mitchell, Aragon
city council member, said it is because of the popularity and regular use of the pond that rules should be established to protect the area. These include:
Mill Pond - open from sunup until sundown, no littering, no alcohol, no loud music, no firearms or fireworks, no boats and no swimming or wading.
Fishing - 16 or older, must be licensed, limit of 10 fish per fisherman, fish must be caught by rod, reel or pole, no bows or nets, bream or pan fish must be 6 inches long, catfish must be 8 inches long, bass must be 14 inches long, and all fish to be released must be done so safely.
“I want this area preserved for the enjoyment of families who bring their children to enjoy this scenic area,” he said. “I have seen litter floating in the water and even hanging on the bushes.
“There are too many people who don’t consider the fact that this is a residential area.”
Mayor Ken Suffridge applauded Mitchell’s ideas but asked the group to postpone voting on the matter until city ordinances and state laws can be checked to assure there are no conflicts.
Curtis Burrus, mayor pro temp, said he also favors establishing rules to protect the historic site.
In other business, city council members heard a presentation from Larry Pittman, who questioned the notice received by the Aragon Historical Society regarding liability insurance.
Following discussion, council members reaffirmed the City would cover liability insurance for the events hosted by the historical society after an intergovernmental agreement is signed by both entities.
Local residents enjoy Aragon Kids’ Day at the Aragon Mill Pond earlier this month. New rules have been proposed by the City of Aragon to govern use of the pond by local residents to help protect the treasured resource.