EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO STATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS

The Select Board met on Tuesday, September 20 to review the state’s guidance on the drought conditions in the state of NH.  The guidance came to us via a phone conference call on Friday, September 16 with the state’s Drought Management Team. The Board voted to institute 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 covers the watering of residential lawns and will become active on Tuesday, September 27.  We encourage residents to read the entire ordinance and to pay close attention to the fines.

Additionally, we are providing resources that you can refer to for more information on the drought situation in the state.

The situation is a serious one. We will enforce the ban of required restrictions We also encourage residents to look for voluntary ways to conserve this most precious of natural resources by avoiding the following:  washing vehicles, hosing off paved surfaces, filling swimming pools, power-washing houses.

We have created an informational page about the drought for residents. Please refer to it for important information for homeowners with private wells, information on the severity of the drought, and links to resources such as emergency financial assistance to help mitigate water issues.
View the Rollinsford 2016 Drought page »

Rollinsford Hydroelectric Project

On behalf of the Town of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Consolidated Hydro New Hampshire, LLC (CHNH) is preparing to relicense the Rollinsford Hydroelectric Project (Project) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission). CHNH, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), operates and manages the Project under a lease agreement with the Town of Rollinsford. The Project (FERC No. 3777) is located on the Salmon Falls River, which establishes the border between the States of New Hampshire (NH) and Maine (ME), in Strafford County, NH and York County, ME. The FERC license expires on August 31, 2021.

In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, on August 31, 2016, the Town of Rollinsford commenced the relicensing process by filing its Notice of Intent (NOI) to file an application for license and Pre- Application Document (PAD) for the Project. Also, pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, the Town of Rollinsford requested the Commission’s approval to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP) for this Project.

The purpose of this email is to distribute copies of those documents to potentially interested federal and state resource agencies, Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations, and members of the public.  A copy of the NOI, PAD, and TLP request is available for download at the FERC website using the following FERC eLibrary link: http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20160831-5132.

Paper copies are available upon request, please contact Kirk Smith at ksmith@gomezandsullivan.com or 603-428-4960.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kevin Webb, Hydro Licensing Manager at 978-935-6039 or by email at Kevin.Webb@enel.com.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PRESENTATION

SELECT BOARD

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

Monday, September 19, 2016

6:00 pm

Town Hall

MS4 Permit and Stormwater Subdivision Regulations

 

The Town of Rollinsford holds an MS4 permit from the US Environmental Protection Agency  which constrains the town to manage stormwater runoff in responsible ways so as not to further impair local waterways such as the Salmon Falls River, Rollins Brook, and Fresh Creek.

 

The town received a grant from the Piscataqua Regions Estuary Partnership (PREP) to review and develop stormwater-related regulations to be included with the town’s subdivision regulations.   Liz Durfee, a planner with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, serves as project manager of the grant and she will provide an overview of the committee’s work.
The Planning Board will be formally reviewing the proposed stormwater regulations and will hold a public hearing on these changes in the ensuing months.   This meeting is an information presentation of the topic.

Select Board Meetings

Thursday, September 8, 2016

4:30 PM at Water and Sewer District (Off of the Lower Mill Parking Lot) 

The Select Board is meeting with the Water District Commissioners in order to review the rights and responsibilities associated with WDC work that is done on the town’s public roads.

and

6:30 PM at Town Hall

The Select Board is hearing budget proposals from Department Heads for the 2017 fiscal year.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SELECT BOARD

TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

Proposed Sale of Property in South Berwick

The Select Board proposes to sell to Lawrence Fogarty of South Berwick, Maine a 0.56 acre portion of the parcel of land located in South Berwick, Maine, across the Salmon Falls River, next to the Town hydroelectric plant.  The land in question is not required to operate the hydroelectric plant and has no impact on the FERC operating license.

According to RSA 41:14-a, a process authorized by the March 2016 town meeting, the proposed sale requires the review of the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission followed by two public hearings, scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, September 6, 7:00 pm:  PLANNING BOARD Review/Recommendation

Thursday, September 8, 6:30 pm:  CONSERVATION COMMISSION  Review/Recommendation

Monday, September 12, 6:00 pm:  PUBLIC HEARING #1

Monday, September 26, 6:00 pm:  PUBLIC HEARING #2

Monday, October 3:  SELECT BOARD vote (as part of regular meeting)

All meetings/public hearings will be held at the Town Hall

 

Political Advertising & Signage

State primaries and national/state elections will be fast upon us. In light of that, the Select Board would like to remind residents that, per RSA 664:17, no political advertising shall be placed on, or affixed to, any public property including highway rights-of-way; nor shall they be placed on private property without the owner’s consent. The town reserves the right to remove such signs on public property.

The full statute is as follows:

664:17 Placement and Removal of Political Advertising. No political advertising shall be placed on or affixed to any public property including highway rights-of-way or private property without the owner’s consent. All political advertising shall be removed by the candidate no later than the second Friday following the election unless the election is a primary and the advertising concerns a candidate who is a winner in the primary. Signs shall not be placed on or affixed to utility poles or highway signs. Political advertising may be placed within state-owned rights-of-way as long as the advertising does not obstruct the safe flow of traffic and the advertising is placed with the consent of the owner of the land over which the right-of-way passes. No person shall remove, deface, or knowingly destroy any political advertising which is placed on or affixed to public property or any private property except for removal by the owner of the property, persons authorized by the owner of the property, or a law enforcement officer removing improper advertising. Political advertising placed on or affixed to any public property may be removed by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel. Political advertising removed prior to election day by state, city, or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel shall be kept until one week after the election at a place designated by the state, city or town so that the candidate may retrieve the items.

Salary Review Committee Meeting

The 2016 Salary Review Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm at  Town Hall.  The members of this year’s committee are:  Myles England, Denise Knowles and Sheila Reilly.   Select Board member Suzanne Huard will be there to review the Select Board’s charge to the committee and potential sources for comparative data.   The committee has been asked to review the stipends of elected officials with particular attention to the position of Town Clerk.

Public Hearing: Disposal of Domestic Animal Waste

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

SELECT BOARD
TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD

June 20, 2016
6:00 pm
Town Hall

Transfer Station Ordinance:  Disposal of Domestic Animal Waste
In the past few years the transfer station has experienced some unfortunate incidents associated with the disposal of domestic animal waste in the trash compactor.  In order to safeguard public health and well-being, the Select Board is proposing the following amendment to the transfer station ordinance (93-1).  The amendment clarifies that only domestic animal waste is allowed in the compactor and only as part of a bag of solid waste.  No singular containers of domestic animal waste, capped or uncapped, can be disposed of in the trash compactor.
Proposed amendment to Ordinance 93-1
Ordinance 93-1, Section II.  General Use, A. Acceptable Materials:

Solid Waste Placed in the Compactor

    1. All household non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste will be placed in the compactor to be taken to Waste Management Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, NH.
    2. The disposal of animal waste shall be limited to domesticated, household pets and must be properly contained within a bag with other household waste. Waste that is not properly contained will not be accepted.   Disposing of a singular container of animal waste, either capped or uncapped, will be considered a violation.

The entire ordinance can be found online or at Town Hall.

Grant Awarded for Stormwater Management

The Select Board is pleased to announce that the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) has awarded the town a grant of $6,500 to assess its stormwater management standards and adopt model stormwater regulations (via public hearings and ballot votes).

The town has been identified as an MS4 regulated community which requires the town to come into compliance with US EPA stormwater management standards;  these are most commonly implemented by municipalities through zoning or regulations, requiring public hearings and ballot votes.

The Select Board will be acquiring the services of a consulting engineer to help guide this project.  We expect to conduct a public hearing this fall to introduce the town to the issues associated with the EPA stormwater management requirements.