2017 Warrant Article #13 - Architectural & Engineering Fees for the New Fire Station


To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $66,000.00 for the purpose of funding architectural and engineering services to revise and update existing building and site plans for the future construction of a new fire station at Liberty Way. This sum to come from the unassigned fund balance and no amount to be raised from taxation. It is anticipated that an additional $34,000.00 shall be spent from the Fire Station and Municipal Office Impact Fee Accounts for this purpose. Estimated 2017 tax rate impact: $0.00.

Learn about the current status of the fire station by reading the Fire Station Study

Watch the recent "In Litchfield" show with John Latsha; where he receives a tour of the current fire station with the Chief Fraitzl and Deputy Chief Nicoll - YouTube

PFC Update - First Results in Latest PFC Blood Testing Round are Being Mailed to Participants

NH Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant Street – Hugh Gallen State Office Park Concord, NH 03301


PRESS RELEASE Public Information Office FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 603-271-9290 January 31, 2017 Twitter: NHDHHSPIO Facebook: NHDepartmentOfHealthAndHumanServices

First Results in Latest PFC Blood Testing Round Are Being Mailed to Participants

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is mailing perfluorochemicals (PFCs) blood test results to individuals from different communities affected by PFC drinking water contamination who had their blood tested for PFCs. These test results include 175 participants who lived on or worked at the Pease Tradeport and 147 participants from several Southern NH communities where PFCs have been found to have contaminated private drinking water wells. The regions of exposure, Pease and Southern NH, are not connected and the potential sources of PFCs are different.

A summary of the preliminary results can be found at http://m1e.net/c?219495888-ZmvofQ9kKm9TE%40389041230-tffgyaF.HceW6

“Finding PFCs in drinking water has understandably raised concerns among residents about the possible impact to their health,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, New Hampshire State Epidemiologist. “While our understanding of how PFCs affect human health is limited, we hope the blood test results will provide people with helpful information about their levels of exposure so they and their healthcare providers can be proactive about their health.”

The PFC blood test is not a medical test that will help determine the cause of a health problem or provide information on treatment. The blood test will tell participants how much of each PFC is in their blood at the time of the test. Blood testing provides participants with information about their individual levels of PFC exposure, and some individuals have expressed interest in knowing their blood levels because it may provide information in the future as research continues and more science emerges. Due to uncertainty about the health effects of PFCs, further study is needed to know how PFCs in a person’s body may impact their health.

PFCs are a family of manmade chemicals that have been used for decades as an ingredient to make products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water, such as non-stick cookware, weather resistant outdoor clothing and gear, and stain resistant carpeting. PFCs have been found in drinking water supplies in several areas of the State and DHHS is offering PFC blood testing for qualifying individuals. Because PFCs have been widely used in many different industrial and home products, the source of PFC contamination is different between communities. Individuals receiving bottled water in the Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford, and Amherst areas of investigation qualify for DHHS sponsored blood testing. People who lived, worked or attended child care on the Pease Tradeport are also eligible.

In May 2014, a well on the Pease Tradeport was found to have higher levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS). The affected well was immediately shut down. In response to the Pease community concerns about exposure to these chemicals, NH DHHS conducted two rounds of PFC blood testing between April and October 2015 during which 1,578 individuals had their blood tested for various PFCs. The report of these test results can be found at: http://m1e.net/c?219495888-Vz5ZEzLDQti5E%40389041232-Yy8dydjoOVfSk

Beginning in March 2016, PFOA was discovered in private drinking water wells in several Southern NH communities initially around the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack. Additional communities subsequently have had drinking water tested for PFC contamination: http://m1e.net/c?219495888-1enQ.3kme9dhw%40389041234-bXbe6PK0nop6U

DHHS is also testing a random sample of 200 people who are customers of the Merrimack Village District (MVD) public water system to address concerns about possible low-level exposure to PFCs. MVD participants will receive their results at the conclusion of the assessment.

For more information on the DHHS PFC blood testing program, please visit http://m1e.net/c?219495888-nfQqKe6vHK4q6%40389041236-LYtlBxaLxpqVQ or call the DHHS inquiry line at 603-271-9461. For those who would like help interpreting their lab reports, the New England Poison Center is ready to assist in answering questions. They can be reached at 1-800-562-8236. For information related to your own health, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider.

To read more about the investigation and the blood testing program, visit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services at http://m1e.net/c?219495888-FfLHOoNdj8Lf2%40389041232-KZEwLOGC/LaKg To learn more about the Department of Environmental Services’ testing of drinking water due to PFCs visit http://m1e.net/c?219495888-mCm1Xqpi0PjaM%40389041238-WZXgKxF1oyBD6

Notice of Public Hearing

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will conduct public hearings on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Town Office Meeting Room, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH to discuss acceptance of NH Department of Safety Grant funds pursuant to RSA 31:95-b, in the amount of $3,600.00 for Police Department E-Ticket Equipment and, pursuant to RSA 41:9-a, to change the cost of a single grave site from $400 to $600 and to change the perpetual care fee from $100 to $150. Residents wishing to speak on this matter are invited to attend or residents may send comments by email to: Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov or mail to Town of Litchfield, Troy Brown, Town Administrator, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052.

Notice of Public Hearing - Tax Cap Adoption

Town of Litchfield
Tax Cap Adoption

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. at the Town Office Meeting Room, located at 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH to discuss the adoption of the provisions of RSA 32:5b, to implement a tax cap whereby the budget committee shall not submit a recommended budget that increases the amount to be raised by taxes, based on the prior fiscal year’s actual amount of local taxes raised, by more than $175,000.00. Residents wishing to speak on this matter are invited to attend. Residents who are not able to attend may send comments to: Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov or Town of Litchfield, Troy Brown, Town Administrator, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052.