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Public Works

Public Works consists of four departments: Utilities, Highway, Building & Grounds, & Recycling. Striving to provide “Our Town” with a clean, safe and wonderful place to live, these departments work very hard at their responsibilities to make this happen. Administering all of these departments is Seth MacLean, Public Works Director.
For general inquiries, please call the main administrative line at 603-924-8000 ext. 101. If you know which department head you need to reach, you can find their direct e-mails and phone extensions in the complete staff directory under Contact Us.

If you need to contact DPW during non-business hours, please call the Peterborough Police Department at 603-924-8050.  If you have an emergency situation to report, please call 911. 

Effective Monday, March 7, 2022, the following roads will be posted temporarily prohibiting all vehicles weighing in excess of (6) six tons from traveling on these roads until further notice:

Bogle Road                                     Old Bennington Road

Burke Road                                     Old Dublin Road

Carley Road                                     Old Greenfield Road

Condy Road                                      Old Jaffrey Road

Cornish Road                                   Old Mountain Road

Cunningham Pond Road            Old Sharon Road

East Mountain Road                     Old Town Farm Road

Four Winds Farm Road                Powersbridge Road

General Miller Road                       Richardson Road

Gulf Road                                              Sand Hill Road

Hunt Road                                             Slab Road

MacDowell Road                               Spring Road

Middle Hancock Road                     Windy Row

Murphy Road

Pursuant to RSA 231:191 any person who violates the maximum weight limits shall be required to restore the highway if the Town has reason to believe that the highway damage or disturbance is attributable to vehicles or activities under such person’s control or responsibility.

As per RSA 231:191, Paragraph III, written permission to drive a vehicle on the aforementioned roads may be granted subject to imposition of reasonable regulations such as bonding and restoring the highway, or other limitations. Such permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Highway Superintendent depending upon such factors as weather and road conditions.

As per Section RSA 231:191; Paragraph VI, Any person who violates any provision of this section or the rules or regulations made under authority under this section shall be guilty of a violation if a natural person, or guilty of a misdemeanor if any other person; and in addition, shall be liable for the cost of restoration of the highway to a condition satisfactory to the person empowered to give such written permission

The weight limit will be lifted as soon as the roads sufficiently dry in the coming weeks to allow normal traffic without causing pavement and shoulder breakup.

Water and Utilities
The Water/Utility Division consists of the water and the wastewater department and is responsible for overseeing the water and wastewater facilities, as well as all aspects of our water and wastewater system, distribution and collection systems, monitoring our wells and sewer system. Along with all the daily tasks and projects, the crew is also responsible for repairing fire hydrants and breaks in the water and sewer system.

Permit to Excavate in a public street Download form here

Our Highway Crew, along with all the many large projects, is also responsible for such things as repairing or replacing street signs, stop signs and guardrails, patching potholes, roadside mowing, cleaning up debris, etc. They are also actively involved with many other projects around town.

Recycling Center
Just some of the daily responsibilities at the Recycling Center include sorting and baling all recyclable materials to prepare for shipment; tracking and maintaining records of these shipments; keeping the center clean and orderly; and helping customers with the recycling process. Our “Pay as you Throw” program was implemented on November 1, 1999, and as a result there has already been a noticeable reduction in the amount of trash disposal and is creating an increase in the amount of material being recycled. Overall, the end result means a major decrease in disposal costs. Thanks to all of our patrons for helping make this happen.

Buildings and Grounds
Buildings and Grounds is responsible for keeping “Our Town” beautiful and clean by maintaining and cleaning the Town House, Police Station, Library, Cemeteries and Parks, and many other projects that involve general maintenance, painting, landscaping, etc. There are approximately thirty-seven (37) acres of town-owned land, parks, and cemetery lawn to mow, fertilize and maintain, and in addition, the fall season brings the project of leaf clean up and disposal, with snowfall clean-up following not much further behind. This department is also responsible for the monitoring and cleaning of the Town Hall rentals for events such as: dances, weddings, performances, etc.

Weather Emergency Related Websites
Here you can find the links to the National Weather Service websites that we use in preparing for and managing our response to weather-related emergencies.

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