Rules pro­posed for Aragon Mill Pond use

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - From Staff Re­ports

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.

Kevin Myrick/SJ

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.

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