Public Safety Warning: Needles

RPD is reminding citizens should you come across a discarded hypodermic needle, do not touch it or remove it. So far this year we have had 4 calls to remove found needles. All four instances the needles were discarded along the roadside as if being tossed out a car window. To ensure a safe removal, please call the PD and we will remove and dispose of them.

Fireworks 

The Police Department would like to remind all that fireworks in Rollinsford are illegal unless the user has first obtained a Fireworks permit from the fire department.  

At this point it is too late to obtain a permit for the July 4 holiday. Illegal fireworks will be seized and the user subject to a fine. We encourage all to have a safe holiday.

Parking at Town Hall During Drainage Project

Gagnon Construction has begun the exterior drainage work at town hall. Chief Ducharme has agreed to help provide parking logistics during the duration of the project. 

Gagnon Construction will be starting on the side of town hall where the RPD currently parks its vehicles. RPD vehicles and officer vehicles will be parked on Fourth Street during the duration of the project. Town Hall visitors and Town Hall officials/staff will continue to park in the front of the building. 

When work moves to the Main Street side of the building, Town Hall visitors and Town Hall officials/staff will park on the side of the building. We may be able to provide some parking in the front as well.  

If you are disabled or require some special assistance reaching town hall during this time please call town hall or the RPD.

The Select Board appreciates the town’s patience during the duration of this project and thanks Chief Ducharme and the RPD for its logistical help and RPD vehicle accommodation.

Baseball with the Police Department

The Rollinsford Police Benevolent Association’s annual trip to see the NH Fisher Cats play the Portland Seadogs in Manchester is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, at 6pm. The RPBA has tickets to the event which includes bus transportation to and from the Rollinsford Grade School, and meal ticket which includes a hot dog,chips, and a drink. There will be a fireworks display after the game. The tickets are FREE and available on a limited basis. To reserve your tickets please contact Chief Robert Ducharme at 742-8549, ext. 303, or at rducharme@rollinsfordpolice.org

Police Space Needs Committee Meeting

The Police Department Space Needs Committee will be meeting Thursday at 6:30 pm at 472 Silver Street to do a walk through of the property. Afterward, the Committee will be checking on the property at the intersection of Rollins Road and Pease Lane, and then the Turcotte Field.

Coffee with the Chief

On May 13, at 10 am the Police Department will be open for a Coffee With the Chief meeting. The Chief will be available to answer any questions or address any concerns, and receive any feedback from the community. This will be the first of many open discussion forums with the Chief in the future.  

Project Updates from the Select Board

Here is the status of the large projects that the Board is currently busy with. We are writing this on April 21. (If you are reading this in the newsletter distributed with the tax bill, please know that further progress will have been made on all of these projects).

Culverts and Storm Drain ($435,000 authorization with $385,000 bond authorization and $50,000 from the culvert reserve fund)

Project: Hoyle Tanner and Associates are the project engineers; they are working on the bid package that will be published soon. We expect to award the contract sometime in May and have the work begin in June. We are procuring easement rights from the affected property owners and thank them for their cooperation. We expect to complete the project by the end of October.  

Financing: the town has been approved for a 30-year loan from the USDA for upto $380,000 at 2.75% interest. The loan amount will be determined at closing based upon actual project costs.

Transfer Station Improvements ($190,000 bond authorization)

Project: the town has awarded the paving and retaining wall contract to Pike Industries for $139,685. The town has contracted with Atlantic Recycling for the purchase and installation of a new compactor and compactor canister for $30,195. The remainder of the budget will be used to fund concrete pads and the town is in the process of soliciting quotes.

Financing: the town has been approved for financing ($190,000) from the NH Municipal Bond Bank. The interest rate and term have not yet been set but we should know by the end of May.

Purchase of New Fire Engine ($450,000 bond authorization)

Project: the Select Board signed a contract with Toyne Inc of Breda, Iowa for $449,280.73, payable upon delivery of the fire engine scheduled for December-January.

DERA Grant: on April 19, the Governor and Council approved the town’s grant application through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The award amount is $109,336.  

Financing: the town has been approved for financing from the NH Municipal Bond Bank ($450,000). The interest rate and term have not yet been set but we should know by the end of May. The Board has also applied to USDA Rural Development/Community Facilities; if approved the Board will consider which has the better terms. With either loan, we will not need to borrow the full authorized amount because of the DERA grant. The loan amount from either NHMBB or the USDA will be $339,944.73

Town Hall Drain ($55,000 authorized via warrant article)

CivilWorks New England is the project engineer and they guided the RFP process in February. On April 10, the Select Board awarded the contract to Gagnon Construction (Rollinsford, NH) for $38,228. Construction not yet scheduled.  

The town contracted with NP Giroux Excavating (Rollinsford NH) to do interior repair work in the RPD and it has been completed for $2,250.

Road Work ($225,000 authorized via warrant article, $75,000 in operating budget)

The town contracted with Pike Construction for the road work on Pinch Hill Rd and Foundry St (with under-drain installed at the corner of Foundry and South). The amount of the contract is $292,293 and the work is scheduled to start before the end of April.

RPD Space Needs

The Board conducted a workshop on April 8 and has appointed a space needs committee that will report to the Board on June 12 with a preliminary recommendation. The Board will schedule a public hearing shortly thereafter to solicit citizen input. The committee members are: Chief Ducharme, Lt. Uraskevich, Michael Rollo (ex officio, Board), Bill Irving, Denise Knowles, Kim St. Hilaire, Charlie Putnam, Howard Hammond.

Drug Take Back Day

The Rollinsford Police Department is one of many local departments participating in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday, April 29. Members of the community are encouraged to drop off unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs.
The Police Department will be open Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm for the collection. If residents are not able to make it that day, arrangements can be made at anytime for the items to be collected and held at the station.
If a resident is not able to drive to the department, arrangements can be made for an Officer to come to their home to pick up the items.

For further information or to arrange for pickup or drop off prior to Saturday, please call the dispatch center at 742-2724, and the on duty officer will make whatever arrangements necessary.