Dock Improvements Planned

A decades-old dock may receive some shoring up in order to enable summer residents to continue to enjoy their historic property.

The Derry Conservation Commission heard a preliminary report from Luke Hurley of Gove Environmental Services regarding improvements to the dock at 37-39 Taylor Brook Road, owned by Dan and Anne Connelly of New Jersey.

Hurley told the Commission at its July 14 meeting that the application for the improvements has not yet been filed but he was giving the Commission preliminary information. Hurley said the property is on a private road on Island Pond and involves two summer homes. Anne Connelly owns #37 with her husband and #39 jointly with her sister, he said, and the property has been in the family for generations.

There is currently a 4×10 foot dock on the 37 Taylor Brook property, Hurley said. A stone wall has been located near the dock for years. The Connellys rebuilt the wall a few years ago and did not have a permit, “so this is after the fact,” he said. The Connellys also want to extend the dock from 4×10 feet to 4×24 feet, he said.

They also want to put in two railings to help with access, he said.

They have not yet applied for their dredge-and-fill permit, he said. The project does not need a shoreland permit because they are not applying to build additional structures, he said.

Chairman Margaret Ives said she looked forward to hearing more about the project.