Stormwater Management Projects

The Select Board has contracted with Public Water Systems Services/Scott McGlynn to provide the following services:

  • PWSS will again be conducting water quality tests at the town’s three outfalls on the Salmon Falls River, an impaired waterway:  one set of tests will be done in the spring and one set in the fall.
  • PWSS will be installing check dams in Stockdale Circle in the deep gully that flows into Partridge Lane.   PWSS will check with homeowners prior to installing the check dams if S. McGlynn needs to cross onto owners’ properties.   The check dams are not permanent installations and will be providing the town with diagnostic feedback regarding the causes of the erosion and silt depositions that happen at the outfall across from the American Legion.

We anticipate that these services, except for the fall testing, will occur in the first two weeks of May.

Select Board Continues Water Ban

On September 20, 2016, the Select Board voted to implement a ban on water usage in the town per RSA 41:11-d.  This ban covers residential usage and pertains to residents with private wells as well as residents on the town’s public water system.   The ban prohibits the watering of residential lawns.

 

The Board checked in with state officials re drought conditions in southeast NH and because we are still in moderate drought, the Board did NOT lift the ban prohibiting the watering of residential lawns.  (There is no other water usage ban in effect).

Following is the feedback that we received from the State of NH:

The NH Drought Management Team recently issued this press release: http://www.des.nh.gov/media/pr/2017/20170413-drought-update.htm

According to the US Drought Monitor map: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NH  Rollinsford remains in the Moderate Drought area.  

The NH Drought Management Team is concerned that much of NH remains in drought status as we head into peak water usage time.  Groundwater resources have not returned to normal as they lag behind surface water. At a minimum voluntary restrictions are recommended. If we see below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures, NH could easily be in severe drought once again.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity 

Police Space Needs Committee

The Select Board is currently looking for residents to volunteer on the Police Space Needs Committee. The committee will work with the BOS and Rollinsford Police Department to consider options and gather supporting documentation for the future space needs of the Rollinsford Police Department. 

If you are interested in being considered please send a note of interest and any relevant background information by April 17 to: admin@rollinsford.nh.us

Meeting Regarding Reassessment

The Select Board will be holding an informational session regarding the reassessment of properties currently underway. The Department of Revenue requires that each city and town reassess all properties at least once every five years. Rollinsford is undergoing this process this year. Come with your questions and find out more about the process and how it affects you as a taxpayer. Please join the Select Board and representatives from our assessing firm Avitar on:

Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm at the

Rollinsford Town Hall