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September 26, 2013

No sign of duck signs at Mall


Some members of the Bartlet Mall Commission, including chairman Walt Thompson, have expressed frustration that it is taking so long to start improvements, such as the implementation of signs.

Thompson recently outlined part of the commission’s plan. He said, “Reduce waterfowl fecal matter in the water by asking for funds from the community (with approval by the city) to post small signs similar to the one here that is at the boardwalk by the Merrimack River.”

Thompson also asked the city to refrain from cutting the lawn near the pond. Panel members say that higher grass will hide small organisms that serve as food for wildlife, and the grass also serves to block foul water that seeps down from streets and walkways.

That matter, too, is being studied by city officials, who say they have to be aware of the interests of neighbors who like a tidy park, as well as commissioners who feel cutting the lawns would benefit the pond.

Thompson said, “The Bartlet Mall Commission was pleased with the mayor’s professional handling of our request for signs. The signs are part of an ongoing public education about the unsafe water quality in the Frog Pond.”

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