Sandwich MA - Dexter Grist Mill Town Hall Wall Repair Update
Sandwich MA - Dexter Grist Mill Town Hall Wall Repair Update is quite a lengthy title. Well, the project has been a long time coming, too. But now the project is under way and repairs are being completed.
While I was filling up some water bottles at the Sandwich Free Spring, there were backhoes, and work men working with drills, and barriers and all kinds of digging going on. I engaged a passerby, who had a camera and was snapping pictures, in a brief conversation about the work.
It turned out to be none other than Ron Muise (in the video in this link) who is a longtime worker in the Dexter Grist Mill. He gave me a brief description of the mill and how it produces too much corn meal. He said they often can't sell it all.
He was up to date with the goals of the restoration project for the wall and fish ladder. We talked about new uses for the grist mill that might be more current and would change the use a little. I suggested that he is the one to raise the idea in Sandwich that the mill be converted to an electric generator.
It seems a logical progression from the old use. It works well as a grist mill, so it could probably be converted pretty easily to generate electricity. And, if it generates as much electricity as it did corn meal, maybe it will make money for the town. and it might provide power for lights around the pond, the town building, the mill itself, and more.
My chat with Ron Muise was pleasant and he went away smiling and snapping more pictures of the activity. One of the last things he said as we parted was that he'd talk to the town about the generator possibility. Who knows, the oldest town on Cape Cod, may have the first electric generating mill sometime in the future.
Oh, and here's a pic of the work in progress.