Neighbors Upset by Plans to Drain Pond

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HONESDALE -- People who live by a pond in Wayne County have been told if no one buys the property the pond will be drained.

They don't want that and are trying to find a way to keep it the way it is.

Bunnell's Pond is just on the edge of Honesdale borough, a short drive out Cliff Street.

Honesdale Wayne County

Wayne County

About a dozen families live around the pond. It has new owners with new plans for the property which might not happen if someone else buys it first.

Angela and John Zerga moved to Honesdale several years ago, specifically to Bunnell's Pond. The couple beams when they talk about the summers spent with their grandchildren on the pond.

"When I first saw this place I thought I was in heaven. It's really beautiful place," said Angela Zerga.

Then this month the Zergas and their neighbors got a letter in the mail from Rogue Investments, LLC; the new owner of Bunnell's Pond. The letter says unless someone buys the pond, the company plans to drain it.

"When we first got the letter we went into total shock, we could not believe this place could be disrupted," said John Zerga.

"I just cried because I couldn't believe something like that could happen," added his wife. "This is such a beautiful place where would all these animals and birds go?"

In that letter to neighbors, the new owners of Bunnell's Pond say the pond's dam is too costly to repair, so instead it would be more cost-effective to drain the pond and divvy up the land for development.

Honesdale Wayne County

Wayne County

"I don't know if I could stay here anymore, it wouldn't be the same thing," said Angela Zerga.

The previous owner, Stephen Putzi, said he's been trying to sell Bunnell's Pond for years. In 2004, he bought the pond, nearby land and the dam for nearly $700,000.

Then, he sold to Rogue Investments for $35,000 last year.

A quick internet search lists an address for Rogue Investments at 100 4th Street in Honesdale. It's the Honesdale Professional Building, the same building Putzi owns and where he has an office. Putzi, however, denies any personal connection to Rogue.

Wayne County Commissioner Jonathan Fritz also lives next to Bunnell's Pond and is working with others to find a way to keep the pond a pond.

"We're going to do everything we can to better where we live. That's a lake, it's absolutely pristine and beautiful," said Fritz.

State environmental officials said the Bunnell's Pond's owners would have to get approval to drain the pond then would need another approval to build on the dried-up land.

Putzi said has no financial interest in the pond now.


  • Tim

    Call this process to simple. But the owners of the land made it clear you want to save this pond BUY it and do just that.
    I noticed some people never change, they want things to stay the same never grow or make and changes. Ask others to change, get others to maintain what you think should be preserved.

    • Mike

      Maybe there is some historical fact about the dam that could be found to help save it! You know how people are about preserving history! I for one played in a community band in the summertime as a young teen at Bunnell’s Pond. Fond memories…….

  • nevermind

    I don’t want the pond drained either….reinings pond is gone….lowerswoods is drained…but funny how THIS gets reported on and not three school busses shot at by a kid and the parents never being notified….just the kids being switched to another bus…the driver being traumatized to the point she STILL isn’t driving????!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    Buy it for $700,000.00 then sell it for $35,000.00! I smell something fishy going on here! Call your State Rep. and contact the DER. Start a Grassroot Movement to save the dam at all cost. Tie this thing up in court for years until he deeds the lake over to all land owners around the lake. Good luck! P.S. Might just as well get the I.R.S. involved. Can’t hurt.

    • Todd Reeder

      I agree. Sounds fishy to me. It might be against the environmental laws to drain it. Speaking of fish. Maybe someone could get a grant to buy it and turn it in to a fishing club. Or it could be made state property.

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