Annual Town Report
The 2013 Annual Report of the Town of New Hampton is now available
They will be available at the Town Office, Transfer Station, Gordon Nash Library, and the New Hampton Post Office. They will also be available at the elections on March 11th.
Click here for a PDF version of the Annual Report.
2014 Town Meeting
Town of New Hampton
State of New Hampshire
2014 TOWN MEETING
To the inhabitants of the Town of New Hampton, New Hampshire, in the County of Belknap, qualified to vote in town affairs:
The First Session was held at the New Hampton Public Safety Building, 26 Intervale Drive, New Hampton on Tuesday, the 4th day of February at 7:00 p.m. The First Session consisted of explanations, discussion and debate of the warrant articles and those voters present had the opportunity to propose, debate and adopt amendments to the warrant articles.
Click here to view the Power Point presentation made at the First Deliberative Session on Feb. 4, 2014. This includes the amendments made that evening.
You are notified to meet for the Second Session of the 2014 Town Meeting, to vote by official ballot on the election of town officers, zoning amendments and the warrant articles as they may have been amended at the First Session, to be held at the Town House, 86 Town House Road, New Hampton on Tuesday, the 11th day of March next. Polls for voting by official ballot at the Town House will open at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. unless the town votes to keep the polls open to a later hour.
In addition to the website, the warrant is posted at the Town House, Town Office, Public Works Department and the Gordon-Nash Library.
Please note the extended time for voting due to the Special State Election for the Executive Councilor. The polls will be open on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 8am to 7pm to vote by official ballot on the Executive Councilor, election of town officers, zoning amendments and the warrant articles as they may have been amended at the First Session.
Click here to view the 2014 Town Warrant with amendments made at the First Deliberative Session
Click on any of the following Sample Ballots to view them:
For further detail on each of the amendments being proposed for the New Hampton Zoning Ordinance click on any of the following:
Newfound Area School District
Don and Pat Bergeron's Gift to New Hampton
For Immediate Release
New Hampton Expands Snake River Conservation Area
The New Hampton Conservation Commission has acquired another 5 acre parcel on the west side of the Snake River off Winona Road, with approximately 700 feet of river frontage. The property is a gift to the town from Don and Pat Bergeron in memory of Marilyn J. Bergeron.
Property Closing Photo — L to R:
Ralph Kirshner, Chairman-New Hampton Conservation Commission, Pat Bergeron,
Chuck Braxton, President-Windy Waters Conservancy, Don Bergeron,
Bill Fitzgerald-Horizon Settlement Services
The Snake River runs between Winona Lake and Lake Waukewan, and contains wetlands and forested buffers that serve to filter the water entering Lake Waukewan, Meredith’s water supply. That lake then drains into Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. Protecting the water quality also protects property values in the watershed.
Pending approval from their Board of Selectmen, Meredith will hold a conservation easement on the property, as it does on the rest of the area, monitored by the Meredith Conservation Commission. Two other lots on the New Hampton side of the river were acquired by the New Hampton Conservation Commission in 2010 and 2013. Center Harbor has designated the east side of the Snake River as prime wetlands.
The New Hampton Conservation Commission plans to update its Stewardship Plan for the Snake River Conservation Area to include the Bergeron Property. The plan and its appendices are available online at: http://tinyurl.com/o9juwh9
The Windy Waters Conservancy ( http://wwc.waukewan.org/ ) assisted the property transfer by underwriting the survey by Bryan L. Bailey Associates of Gilford, NH. The Conservancy and Horizon Settlement Services donated legal services.
The Snake River Conservation Area now has almost a mile of river frontage that provides diverse habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic species of plants and animals.
to view a map of the area along the Snake River, including the Conservation Area.
NEW HAMPTON TOWN OFFICE
2nd Floor Meeting Room
6 PINNACLE HILL ROAD
NEW HAMPTON, NH
The New Hampton Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 20, 2014 beginning at 7P.M. at the New Hampton Town Hall, pursuant to the provisions of RSA 231:163 and 43:2, for the purpose of considering amending all existing pole licenses to include language regarding taxation pursuant to RSA 72:23.
The Board will also consider adopting a revised Pole and/or Conduit License form which will include language regarding taxation pursuant to RSA 72:23.
The hearing is being held to determine if it is in the best interests of the public good to amend the pole licenses so that they are consistent with the property taxation statutes (RSA 72:23).
Board of Selectmen
Town of New Hampton
February 17, 2014
Click here to see the draft Pole and/or Conduit License form
Road Weight Limit of 10 Tons
Effective March 1, 2014
Pursuant to RSA 41:1 and per Selectmen’s orders,
please be advised that the town’s roads within the Town of New Hampton
will be posted on or about Saturday, March 1st for a weight limit of 10 tons.
It may be possible to receive a special permit to operate over posted roads for a job or operation for specific dates and times based on weather and road conditions. These permits are available from Public Works Director Jim Boucher. Please contact him to request a permit or if you have further questions at 744-8025, or leave a message at 744-3669.
Thursday, March 20th @ 7:00 pm
The New Hampton Historical Society will present a program in Commemoration of
the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War:
Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire's Civil War Monuments and Memorials
New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars, but the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire’s towns, individuals and veterans' organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. In most towns across New Hampshire and throughout the US, monuments can be seen in town squares and parks. New Hampton did not erect its monument until the 1920's and until very recently little was known about the monument. It was rededicated in 2012 and stands in the town common area on Main Street.
Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s commemorations. Mr. Morrison is a former teacher and Civil War historian. The program is being held in the auditorium at the Gordon-Nash Library, Main Street New Hampton.
The program is free and open to the public and is made being made possible from a grant by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For more information contact: Gordon DuBois 279 0379.
Police Department Warns of Phone Scam
The New Hampton Police Department would like to make residents aware of another phone scam that has occurred here in town. There have been at least two calls that we know of. The caller claimed to be the grandson of the resident and explained that they needed money to get them out of jail in Florida. In this case, the grandchild did live in Florida and it was plausible that the grandchild could have been in a jail in Florida but the resident was wary and did not send money. Please be cautious of callers that claim to be a family member. These callers are smart and will say things to make you believe it is actually a relative calling. It is possible through the internet to get person’s dates of birth and address so they may even have some personal information of the family member. If you receive a call like this and believe it to be true, obtain a call back number and call a police officer at the New Hampton Police Department. We can verify for you if the call is legitimate.
Please contact Sgt. Cunningham at the New Hampton Police Department, 744-5423, if you have any questions or concerns.
2014 Transfer Station Stickers Available
Residential stickers for 2014 are required and are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office during business hours. There is no charge for the sticker.
Construction of the Nature and Fitness Trail to Begin in the Spring
In the fall of 2013, roughing in of the trail system was done by volunteers. Then trail construction began, which included stumping, grubbing the sites, installation of culverts, grading and leveling the trail surface. In the spring, when conditions allow, the final surface of the Fitness trail will be put down then construction and installation of the 20 fit stations will begin. Volunteers will be needed who can help with the raking, and piling brush, assembly and installation of the fit stations, signage, etc.
In November, a Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was applied for and granted to the Town for the Nature and Fitness Trail Fund, in the amount of $4,000. This grant is for the purchase of ledge pack to improve the access and provide a firm trail surface for the elderly or disabled that will be ADA compliant.
This Nature-Fitness Trail is in the wooded area behind the Public Safety Building near the Pemigewasset River. The Trustees of the Trust Funds have created a separate expendable trust fund, "Nature-Fitness Trail Fund”, for the purpose of receiving donations to cover the construction and continued maintenance of this trail system. The Nature Fitness Trail is not only for fitness buffs for people to walk, jog, or use the exercise stations while enjoying the sights and sounds of the river and the natural world around them.
Click here to see the proposed Fitness Trail with station locations.
We are so thankful for the many donations from individuals and businesses that have made this project successful. Since May 2013, over $21,000 was raised by donations alone to construct and maintain the trail.
You can still donate:
Tax Deductable Donations in the form of a check must be to:
"Nature and Fitness Trail Fund”
c/o New Hampton Trustees of Trust Funds
6 Pinnacle Hill Road
New Hampton, NH 03256
New Hampton Stage Curtain Restoration Project
The New Hampton Stage Curtain Restoration Project is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The New Hampton Historical Society and the Town of New Hampton have been awarded a grant to restore two painted stage curtains found in the Grange Hall and the Town House, which will be a Fall through Spring community project.
A hundred years ago, grand drapes and painted backdrops were the primary artistic feature of the cultural life of almost every village and town in Northern New England and were found in town and grange halls, theaters and opera houses. Curtains Without Borders is a conservation project dedicated to documenting and preserving historic painted scenery.
Curtain painted by Arthur S. Ives (1896-1955)
Curtain painted by George A. Thompson (1905-1983)
Scoping Comments Still Encouraged
Northern Pass Proposed Improved North Country Route
LET YOUR POSITION BE KNOWN!
Scoping comments are still encouraged and should be addressed to:
Brian Mills, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE-20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585;
or by fax at 202-586-8008.
Click here for the comments submitted by the New Hampton Board of Selectmen on Nov. 5, 2013.
U.S. Department of Energy held a second round of scoping hearings, at the end of September. These hearing were required based on the proposal is to place 1,200 megawatt power lines through New Hampshire to bring electricity from Quebec into the New England grid. The first hearings were held in March 2011. Northern Pass has now proposed a new route consisting of 160 miles with eight miles of it being buried in the North Country.
PSNH and Northern Pass announced the new proposed route at a Press Conference. The new plan includes major investment in underground construction.
Click on any of the following for further information:
The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected an integrated team of professionals from three environmental consulting firms to prepare the DOE Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing the Northern Pass Presidential Permit application. This integrated team is composed of SE Group www.segroup.com , Ecology & Environment www.ene.com, and Lucinda Low Swartz www.lucindalowswartz.com.
A description of the Northern Pass NEPA contractor team is now posted on the EIS website, along with the Memorandum of Understanding and disclosure statements concerning preparation of the EIS.
NORTHERN PASS WILL MAKE APPLICATION TO THE STATE SITE EVALUATION COMMITTEE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. SEE THE STATE WEBSITE THAT DESCRIBES THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE PROCESS: WWW.NHSEC.NH.GOV . YOU WILL FIND CONTACT INFORMATION AND THEIR JURISDICTION DESCRIBED UNDER RSA 162-H:1-20 Energy Facility Evaluation, Siting, Construction and Operation.
Help Save Jackson Pond
Jackson Pond is disappearing, as passersby will have noticed. Provest Land Associates, LLC, who own the dam at the outlet of the Pond and 11 adjoining acres, have started draining the Pond and are planning to remove the dam after the necessary permitting processes are completed.
Provest’s owners, Tony Randall and Don Latulippe, stated in a meeting at the New Hampton Town Offices on February 19th that they would prefer to sell the lot but have been unable to do so because responsibility and upkeep expense for the dam is tied to the property.
A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Friends of Jackson Pond, is being formed to save the Pond, but it needs help to meet Provest’s asking price. The organization will take over the responsibility and expense of maintaining the dam, keeping the property in Current Use, and continuing to provide access to the Pond for New Hampton residents.
The Charlotte Palmer Phillips Foundation has offered Friends of Jackson Pond a $5,000 challenge grant and will match all contributions dollar-for-dollar. The Friends urgently welcome any contribution, large or small, to meet this challenge and support their efforts. Please contact email@example.com. Updates and more information to come shortly.
Click here for this information with additional photos of Jackson Pond in New Hampton.
Police Department Activity
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