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Voters to decide on Berlin Pond access

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Residents will decide if there should be an official access area at Berlin Pond.

The pond has been at the center of a debate since a Vermont Supreme Court ruling this spring found Montpelier does not have the authority to limit public access to its drinking water supply.

Despite requests from the city, the town of Berlin has been reluctant to help limit access to the pond. Town officials this week did agree to restrict some parking on the north side of Mirror Lake Road. They'll also ask voters in November whether a small parcel the town owns on the east side of the pond should become an official public access point.

"It's a tough issue, it's an emotional issue. So at this point, the select board is really just trying to get as much information they need to try to figure out what the best thing to do is," Berlin Town Administrator Jeff Schulz said.

So far, Montpelier officials have said they do not plan to file a petition with the Agency of Natural Resources or get help from the Legislature to restrict access.

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