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Town of Fort Ann – Lake Hadlock Dam Collapse (2013M-60)

Released: May 24, 2013 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to review the Town’s accounting for the two capital projects associated with the collapse of the Dam for the period July 2, 2005, to September 10, 2012.


The Town of Fort Ann is located in Washington County and has a population of approximately 6,200 residents. The Town Board which comprises five elected members – the Town Supervisor and four Board members - governs the Town. The Lake Hadlock Park District, which was created on October 21, 1976, has 349 parcels which are assessed a special district tax to pay for the District’s maintenance and improvements. The District’s 2011 expenditures were $468,021.

Key Finding

  • The Lake Hadlock Dam, which is located in the Lake Hadlock Park District, was under repair from September 2004 to May 2005. On July 2, 2005, the Dam collapsed causing extensive damage to the Dam and the surrounding area. There were two capital projects initiated as a result of the Dam collapse with a combined cost of approximately $6.7 million. One was for the reconstruction of the Dam and the other was for the repair of Goodman Road. We found that the Town properly accounted for the proceeds received and spent on these capital projects.

Key Recommendation

  • There is no recommendation for this report.

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