NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Thursday, August 7, 2014

6:30

Town Hall

The RCC will hold a public hearing to answer any questions about the proposed Selective Timber Harvest in Scoutland and the perimeter of the Turcotte Field. This is a recommendation from the Forest Management Plan prepared by Moreno Forestry Associates. A copy of the plan is on the website.

For background info see the Scoutland page on the website.  Materials will also be available at Town Hall.

The Public Hearing will be followed immediately by a meeting of the Conservation Commission to vote on recommending the Selective Timber Harvest contract to the Select Board.

Openings on Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)

The Select Board seeks volunteers who are interested in serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.   We are looking for one member plus an alternate member.

The Board does not have regular meetings.  Meetings are scheduled when the ZBA has a case to review.

If you would like more information on the role of the ZBA, please refer to this handbook published by the NH Office of Energy and Planning.

If you are interested in serving, please send an email.

 

Board fills positions

The Board has recently made appointments to two vacant positions within the town:

  • The Board is pleased to announce that Shawn Glidden (Baer Road) is our new Health Officer.  The Board’s recommendation of Mr. Glidden to the NH Department of Health and Human Services was accepted by DHHS in June.
  • The Board is also pleased to announce that Caroline Lamoureux (Silver Lane) has been appointed as the new Administrator of Direct Relief.  Ms. Lamoureux attended a training session sponsored by the NH Local Welfare Administrators Association in June before assuming her new duties.

The Select Board is grateful to both Ms. Lamoureux and Mr. Glidden for their willingness to serve the town in these capacities.

Board votes to contract with York Ambulance Association

At its meeting of June 19, 2014, the Select Board voted to enter into agreement with York Ambulance Association to continue emergency services for the town through the end of December 2014 at the same cost as the town’s prior contract with South Berwick Rescue.  South Berwick Rescue, a private non-profit had been facing financial problems for some time and has recently been absorbed by York Ambulance Association, also a non-profit.

The Board also reviewed a proposal from privately owned American Ambulance of Somersworth that offered similar services at no cost to the town.  Despite the no-cost proposal, the Board was concerned about response time from Somersworth and elected York Ambulance Service.  York Ambulance will maintain the current South Berwick rescue station, located on Norton St.

The Board will be re-examining this issue for the 2015 budget cycle and would be interested in hearing opinions from residents re emergency services.

Community Yard Sale

The Rollinsford Firefighters Association is hosting a community yard sale Saturday, August 23rd from 8AM-1PM! We need sellers! Have items at home you’d like to get rid of and put some money in your wallet? Rent a space! We are selling spaces in and around the fire station for you to sell your items. We are located in a high traffic location and will be advertising and putting out plenty of signage!

Location: Rollinsford Fire Department, 17 Roberts Road

Date: Saturday, August 23rd time: 8am-1pm (please no early birds)

space cost: $15 for a 10×10

space tables: supply your own or rent from us for $5 each

If interested in renting a space please contact by email

“SEEN BUT NOT HEARD” EXHIBIT AT WENTWORTH HOUSE

Toy trains, a Lindy airplane, a miniature cast iron cookstove, a Boy Scout bugle – what do these items tell us about the children who used them?  “Seen But Not Heard: Childhood in New England,” a new exhibit this summer at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, explores the lives of children in New England in the 19th and early 20th centuries through the objects they used.

Featuring toys, dolls, clothing, games and other items, the exhibit runs from July 6 through September 7 at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford. The exhibit and the Wentworth House are open on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm and at other times by appointment.

Hands-on activities for children will be featured on Sunday, July 13 and again on Sunday, August 17. Children and other visitors will be able to try out early American toys and games such as graces, ball and cup, and nine man’s morris, and make a thaumatrope to take home.

The circa 1701 Wentworth House is the oldest house in New Hampshire associated with the Wentworth family, and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH).  For more information, consult the website or call (603)742-4747.

Updates on the Chinburg Property Development

 Severino Trucking Co. Inc has begun the roadwork at the Chinburg property behind St. Mary’s Church.   Severino’s normal work hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; occasionally they may need to work beyond 5:00.   They do not expect to work weekends.  There is ledge in a couple of locations; they will first try to remove the ledge without blasting.  Should they need to blast they will use the town’s blasting notification process which includes a pre-blast survey of property within 250 feet.

The town has hired Jay Stephens of Civil Consultants (South Berwick) to oversee the roadwork construction.  His costs will be reimbursed by Chinburg Properties, Inc.  Mr. Stephens held a pre-construction meeting with representatives from Severino, Chinburg and the town (Police, Fire, Highway, Selectboard), to review the roadwoark schedule and process.   Severino expects to complete the roadwork within a couple of months.

On Monday, June 23, the Select Board approved a building permit application from Chinburg Properties to build a house on the development site.  It is possible that the house construction will occur before the road is completely built.