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The Dispatch, July 9th, 2024

July 9th, 2024

Town Clerk: Did you forget to license your dog? Or do you have a new dog? NH State law requires that all dogs must be licensed annually by April 30th or, in the case of a new dog, as soon as possible once you bring them home. A current rabies certificate is required.

Important dates for voters:         NH State Primary Election, September 10th
                                                            (The cut-off date to change your party affiliation was June 4th, 2024)
                                                                       NH General/Presidential Election, November 5th.

Tax Collector: Property Tax bills have been sent out and will be due for payment by July 1st. If you would like to pay online, please visit: the EB2 Gov website for property taxes payment. Search for your account using map/parcel number, account ID, address, or last name. Once you've located your account, you can view your current balance, forecasted balance and your payment history.

Any information or questions regarding the tax billing, liens, and deeding should be directed in writing to the Town of Peterborough, Finance Department, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, by telephone to (603) 924-8000 ext. 113, or by email to (emarsh@peterboroughnh.gov).

Questions regarding assessing, exemptions, abatements, or ownership should be directed to Ali Kreutz (akreutz@peterboroughnh.gov) at (603) 924-8000 ext. 112.

Peterborough Community Power Committee: announces new rates for residents and small businesses who purchase electricity from Peterborough Community Power (PCP). The new rates will be in effect from August 1, 2024 through January 31, 2025.

A new, fifth, rate option has been added to the four rates options previously offered by PCP. As of August 1, the new option called “Peterborough Local” will become the default option for customers enrolled in PCP. That rate will be 9.3 cents/kWh which includes a 0.7 cent/kWh adder that will be placed into a discretionary reserve fund to be used for projects in Peterborough such as local renewable energy development.

The five rate options, along with their renewable energy content and new rates, are:

option                         renewable content %      rate

Clean 100                        100%                            12.0¢

Clean 50                            50%                             10.0¢

Granite Plus                      33%                              9.3¢

Peterborough Local       24.3%**                        9.3¢ (PCP Default Rate)

Granite Basic                   24.3%*                          8.6¢

*Percentage of Renewable Energy to meet the NH Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) obligation: 24.3% in 2024 and 25.2% in 2025 subject to a pending reduction by NH Department of Energy

** Meets the NH RPS obligation and adds contributions to the Peterborough discretionary reserve fund for local renewable energy projects.

All PCP rates except Clean 100 are lower than the proposed new Eversource rate for the same time period (10.458 ¢/kWh pending PUC approval).

Everyone who is currently on the default rate, Granite Plus, will be placed on Peterborough Local as of August 1 unless they opt otherwise.

Any Peterborough resident or business wishing to change their rate option, or to opt into or out of PCP, may do so at any time by calling the Customer Service number, 1-866-603-POWR (1-866-603-7697), or by visiting www.CommunityPowerNH.gov/Peterborough. If possible, they should have their account number (printed on their electric bill) available.

Peterborough Community Power is part of the statewide Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH), a nonprofit power agency established by New Hampshire cities and towns, providing the tools to build a more prosperous and sustainable Granite State energy economy. All administration and electricity procurement for PCP is managed through CPCNH.

Peterborough Recycling Center Advisory Committee (PRCAC): Did you know this is Plastics Free July? Communities around the globe are concerned about plastic ending up in landfill and polluting the oceans… That’s why hundreds of millions of people worldwide are choosing to be part of Plastic Free July!
Choose what you will do: Avoid single-use plastic packaging OR target the takeaway items that could end up in the ocean OR go completely plastic free…

The PRCAC will have a table at the Farmers’ Market with information to join the conversation and will have a craft project available to make your own no-sew reusable shopping bag from animal grain bags.

The Peterborough Recycling Center is committed to facilitating optimal plastic recycling of #1 (polyethylene terephthalate PET) & #2 (high density polyethylene HDPE) plastics including bottles and jugs and containers. Please remove the caps and clean any residue from all recyclable items.

There is also a plastic film collection bin where single use plastic shopping bags are accepted. The CLEAN plastic film items that can be recycled are plastic bags, grocery bags, retail bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags, produce bags, zipper bags and newspaper bags, overwrap for beverage cases, paper towels, bathroom tissue and shipping packaging such as shipping pillows, bubble envelopes, backing bubbles and plastic shipping bags.

Need a summer heat cool down? Peterborough Recreation Department has two options for you: Cunningham Pond and Adams Playground and Pool complex.
Cunningham Pond passes are mandatory at the pond. Passes can be purchased at the Recreation Office at 64 Union St. The pond is staffed from mid-June until late August and weather permitting.

Adams Pool hours and schedule can be found at https://peterboroughnh.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

The Recreation Office is open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm (except federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving)

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