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The Dispatch March 26th, 2024

March 26th, 2024

Timeline for Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 27: First day for candidates to file declarations of candidacy.

Tuesday, April 2: Deliberative (First) Session at 7pm in the Town House upper hall.

Friday, April 5: Last day for candidates to file, Town Clerk’s Office open from 3-5pm to file declarations of candidacy.

Tuesday, May 14: Ballot / Elections (Second) Session, at the Peterborough Community Center.

Wednesday, May 15: Open (Third) Session, Town House upper hall.

Wednesday, March 27:  The Fire & Ambulance Building Committee invites Peterborough residents to participate in the final conceptual Fire Station Design Input Session. The session -which will focus on the proposed site plan, floor plan, and budget for the proposed facility- will be on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00pm in the 1833 Room of the Peterborough Library. 

The session will be held by SMP Architects, which has been retained by the Town of Peterborough to lead the design of a new fire and ambulance station to be located on Elm Street, adjacent to the Peterborough Community Center. The professional services team will present updated information about the project since the last two public input sessions held in October, and then actively gather feedback and ideas from the community for incorporation into the design.

No sign-up is required. All are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts and ideas on this important community project with those who are directly involved.  The session will be filmed and posted online for those that cannot attend. Questions about this session can be directed to DPW Director Seth MacLean at 603-924-800, ext. 102 or by emailing seth@peterboroughnh.gov.

Tuesday, April 2 – Deliberative Session:  The first session of Peterborough’s Town Meeting will start at 7:00pm in the Upper Hall of the Town House.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to discuss the following warrant articles before they are moved to the ballot for voting on May 14th:

Article 3 – Budget for Fiscal Year 2025 - $17,589,895

Article 4 – Pay-as-You-Throw Special Revenue Fund - $120,000

Article 5 – Police Department Fleet Management Capital Reserve Fund - $125,000

Article 6 – Fire Department Apparatus & Equipment Capital Reserve Fund - $210,000

Article 7 – Public Works Fleet Management Capital Reserve Fund - $500,000

Article 8 – Roadway Systems Upgrades Capital Reserve Fund - $400,000

Article 9 – Recreation Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund - $15,000

Article 10 – Adams Pool Improvement Capital Reserve Fund $20,000

Article 11 – GIS Capital Reserve Fund - $18,500

Article 12 – Bridges, Culverts & Dams Capital Reserve Fund - $500,000

Article 13 – Establish West Peterborough District Expendable Trust Fund - $1,417,389

Article 14 – Establish Greater Downtown District Expendable Trust Fund - $695,200

Article 15 – Establish South Peterborough District Expendable Trust Fund - $2,644,428

Article 16 – Revise Code Book of the Town of Peterborough Chapter 59 Animal Control – By Petition

The final articles, including the Fire & Ambulance Station and Municipal Campus bond article, will not be discussed at this session, but will be discussed and voted on at the Third Session of Town Meeting on May 15th.  For more information, please visit our website: https://www.peterboroughnh.gov/government/town_meeting/index.php

Recycling Center Blue Bag PAYT price change: Effective Monday April 1st, Town of Peterborough Recycling Center trash bags will increase roll prices. The four local vendors selling the blue bags are Agway on Rt. 202 south, Belletete’s on Rt. 202 north, Shaw’s on Rt. 101 west and Nature’s Green Grocer at 347 Union St. SMALL BAGS in rolls of 10, 15gal sized bags are $11.50 LARGE BAGS in rolls of 10, 33gal sized bags are $23.00. The vendors who host these sales will begin charging the new prices on Monday April 1st.

Spring Hydrant Flushing: The Peterborough Water Department will begin its biannual hydrant-flushing program on Monday April 1st, to run through until the end of May. Flushing will occur between 8:00am and 3:00pm. These dates and times are approximate and are subject to change due to scheduling and/or weather conditions.

Customers may experience discolored water, low water pressure, or a disruption in water service during this time. Residents are urged to reduce water use and consumption during flushing periods.  Please wait until the evening hours (after 4:00pm) to do laundry, and refrain from using bleach, as bleach enhances iron levels in the water and can cause discoloration in clothing. If you find that your water appears cloudy or discolored, open all cold-water faucets, and wait until the water runs clear before using it.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water. For more information, please visit our website at: www.peterboroughnh.gov/departments/public_works/hydrant_flushing

Town Clerk: Please remember to license your dogs by April 30th as is required by NH State law. A current rabies certificate is required. Dog license renewals may be done by mail or online through the eb2gov system on the Town of Peterborough website; or you may come by the Town Clerk’s office M-Th 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Employment Opportunity: The Peterborough Department of Public Works is accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Laborer. This is a temporary/seasonal part-time position that will be staffed approximately 28 hours per week.  The starting pay for this position is $15.50 per hour, but is negotiable based on experience.

Job responsibilities will include routine mowing and maintenance of cemeteries, parks, recreation grounds, and facilities grounds. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent.  Specific experience operating mowing and landscaping equipment is preferred but training can be provided.

Interested persons may obtain an employment application on the Town’s website at www.peterboroughnh.gov. A paper application can be picked up in person at the Town House.  Applications can be emailed to trose@peterboroughnh.gov or mailed and addressed to: Tim Rose, Highway Superintendent, 1 Grove St, Peterborough, NH 03458 or dropped off in person at the Town House on 1 Grove St. as well as the Highway Garage at 35 Elm St.

Peterborough Renewable Energy Project (PREP) is looking for volunteers to help with our work implementing the Town’s renewable energy plan. Our website, prepnh.org, will show you what’s happening now, but more is planned, and we’d love for you to be involved to whatever extent fits your schedule. While all who are interested are welcome, we are looking particularly for individuals with interest and skill in the following areas:  social media, Graphic design, Writing for a general audience, Leadership potential, Grant writing, Research, Data analysis. Please write to info@prepnh.org if you are interested in learning more.

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