The Town Needs Your Help!

Towns provide many functions. Some of them are more visible to residents than others. Some are required and others are more discretionary. Some of the functions are provided by volunteers. Rollinsford needs more volunteers. Many of the appointments to the boards and committees are expiring in March. We will be voting to fill some of them. Others are appointed by the Select Board right after Town Meeting. Thank you to all of the people who dedicated their time in service to our community this past year. The following are boards and committees on which volunteers serve.  Please read the brief excerpts about them and consider offering your name to be considered for appointment. Each has its own level of commitment which often is not very much time per month. Come meet more of your neighbors!

Planning Board

Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. This is an essential function we must offer to property owners wishing to subdivide or develop their property, start or expand a business or change the use of a property, for example. There is typically no outside work required and meetings are typically not more than two hours. Members should become familiar with the Zoning Ordinance and other planning regulations. There are two vacancies for full-memberships and one alternate position open.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Meets at the call of the Chairperson when there is a case to be heard (typically 3-5 times per year). This is an essential function we must offer to property owners who feel aggrieved by a land use decision made by the Planning Board, Town or planning regulations. It is a quasi-judicial body.

Conservation Commission

The group manages the conservation land along the Salmon Falls River known as Scoutland, the area beyond the community garden on Foundry Street, and discusses topics important to our natural environment. Some development requires a review by the Conservation Commission and their opinions can inform planning regulations.

Space Needs Committee

This committee worked hard for two years to determine a location for the police department. It was their recommendation to build a new facility to include the town office on Silver Street. This option was not put on the ballot this year. The Select Board will create a new charge for this group to address questions about the condition of the town hall and cost to renovate, locations for a potential police station and other ways we could potentially move forward to meet the needs of the Police Department.

Recreation Committee

These volunteers are the super heroes who recreated the summer recreation program which would otherwise have been discontinued just a few years ago. Recreation could not function without this group. They also manage the youth basketball program and are exploring options for senior programming.

Highway Safety Committee

This group only meets when there is a topic for discussion. They meet to discuss matters of public safety including, but not limited to traffic concerns. They make recommendations to the Select Board regarding roadways, when appropriate.

Stormwater Committee

This committee is necessary for keeping the Town compliant with our MS-4 permit which allows us to discharge stormwaterinto the Salmon Falls River. This is a federal permit which obligates the Town to engage in public outreach and public engagement regarding public activities which pollute waterways as well as water testing and data compilation.

Energy Committee

There are many ways in which the Town could save money with renewable energy. The specific charge of the committee has not yet been created but we know we could change street lights to LED’s or install solar panels on town buildings for example. The Select Board cannot make decisions without people presenting options and associated costs.

Historical Committee

We live in a small town with a lot of history. This group meets monthly to discuss topics of historical significance to Rollinsford and the Salmon Falls region. You don’t have to be an expert on local history to join, just interested in learning, sharing, and preserving the fascinating stories of our town. This group is flexible in making the most of each member’s strengths and interests and setting meetings to work for all members. They provide educational programs, history hikes (2 a year), and in 2019, plan to take on the first (modest!) restoration project, so handy people are especially welcome! 

Call for Volunteers

To: Residents of the Town of Rollinsford

From: Select Board

Date: March 20, 2018

Call for Volunteers

The Town of Rollinsford has several important boards, commission and committees peopled by interested and engaged volunteers who wish to serve the community.   If you are itching to become an interested and engaged public servant, please consider volunteering for one of the groups listed below by sending an email or by calling town hall.   (An asterisk signifies that there are no openings today but if you are interested we’d still like to hear from you so that we can keep you name on file).

If you would like to know more about a particular group, feel free to contact a Board member or Caroline Kendall our administrative assistant.

Please let us know by Monday, March 26th. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Commissions, Boards and Committees of the Town of Rollinsford

Ad Hoc Committee to Study Town Manager (authorized at Town Meeting)
Capital Improvement Plan Committee
Conservation Commission
Planning Board
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
*Highway Safety Committee
*Historical Committee
*Recreation Committee
*Stormwater Committee

Town Completes Work on Grant to Develop Stormwater Regulations

In the summer of 2015, the town received a $6,500 grant from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) to propose stormwater regulations for development and redevelopment.   The committee was formed later that fall and worked throughout 2016 to complete a proposed draft, based upon model stormwater regulations developed by the Southeast Watershed Alliance.  Here is the final report submitted to PREP and the draft stormwater regulations.    The draft is now in the hands of the Planning Board who will take the next steps to review and act upon the regulations.

Committee members were Pat McLin (Planning Board), Mike Lapoint (Water District Commission), Mike Rollo (Select Board), and John Krebs, the town’s planning consultant.  Liz Durfee from the Strafford Regional Planning Commission served as the project manager/consultant.   The Select Board is grateful to the committee for their time and effort, to Liz Durfee who guided us through our paces and kept us on target and to John Krebs who generously donated his time to the grant.

The Town of Rollinsford is an MS4 stormwater permittee requiring the town to manage its stormwater runoff responsibly.

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.