Public Notice | Processing absentee ballots received before Oct 31, 2020

Public Notice | Processing absentee ballots received before Oct 31, 2020

Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire
PUBLIC NOTICE

Public notice is hereby given pursuant to the Laws of 2020, Chapter 14 that at 09:00 AM on October 31, 2020, at Litchfield Town Hall, ​2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052, ​the Moderator of the Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire shall partially process absentee ballots received prior to October 31, 2020 for the November 3, 2020 New Hampshire State General election. Members of the public or political parties wishing to observe this partial processing are invited to attend.

Authorized by Frank A. Byron, Town Moderator

Public Notice | Transfer Station Not Accepting Brush

Public Notice | Transfer Station Not Accepting Brush

Transfer Station Not Accepting Brush 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE RESIDENTS OF LITCHFIELD, NH
Litchfield Board of Selectmen – October 2, 2020

Due to fire danger caused by severe drought and Governor Chris Sununu’s proclamation banning open brush pile fires on public and private lands, the Litchfield Transfer Station will no longer accept brush effective Saturday, October 3, 2020 until further notice. 

Contact Information: David Mellen, Dmellen@litchfieldnh.gov or 424-6900. Please visit the Town website at  www.litchfieldnh.gov for news and updates. 

Public Notice | Completing Your Absentee Ballot

Public Notice | Completing Your Absentee Ballot

Last Friday, the absentee ballots requested by Litchfield’s voters were distributed throughout town via mail.  As your Moderator it is my responsibility under state law to inspect the forms of each absentee ballot ensuring that it is correctly completed prior to allowing your ballot to be counted as part of the election.  During the September 8th NH State Primary election, while inspecting the absentee ballots, we found several that required me to hold the ballot from being cast until corrected.  While I did personally contact each voter who submitted a defective ballot form and informed them of the problem providing  them an opportunity to correct the deficiency, that creates a lot of problems for all concerned.  As of Wednesday September 30th, Litchfield voters have requested approximately 800 absentee ballots with over a month to go before the November 3rd election.  Normally, we have approximately 300 +/- absentee ballots requested for this type of election.  With the high number of absentee ballots requested, I wanted to take the opportunity of providing you with information on how to correctly complete your absentee ballot forms. 

Your absentee ballot pack is composed of three parts; the actual ballot on which you will mark your vote for your choice of candidate, the outside mailing envelope that will be used to send you ballot through the mail and finally, the inner envelope that contains two squares containing statements requiring your signature and attestation called the affidavit envelope.  

To complete your absentee ballot, mark your choice of candidates on the ballot as if you were voting in person at the polls on election day.  Use a pencil to darken in the small oval next to your favorite candidate’s name or darken in the oval and write in a name following the instructions contained on the ballot. Fold the ballot and place it into the affidavit envelope and seal that envelope. On the outside of the affidavit envelope, you will find a lot of wording requiring your attention and signature.  THIS IS IMPORTANT, DO NOT SEND IN OR DELIVER AN ABSENTEE BALLOT WITHOUT COMPLETELY FILLING ONE OF THE AFFIDAVIT SECTION OUT AND SIGNING.  Select one of the two reasons for using an absentee ballot that fits your situation; either an “Absence from the city or town” or an “Absence Because of Religious Observance or Physical Disability” which included COVID. Completely read the appropriate section and print in the name of our town “Litchfield”.  You do not need to fill in the name of a “Ward” as there is only one ward and that encompases all of Litchfield.  Read completely the attestation stating that you certify that you’ve read the instructions and have personally marked the ballot then sign the form and print your name below.  Note that you only have to fill in one section of the affidavit stating you’re either out of town or can’t attend due to a religious observance or disability.  If you have a disability and can not fill in the information on the affidavit, then someone can assist you but they must both sign and print their name below the attestation on the affidavit envelope.  

Once the affidavit forms are completed you must seal your affidavit envelope into the mailing envelope.  Place your name and address onto the mailing envelope’s return address location and either send or hand deliver it to the Litchfield Town Hall or bring it to the polls on election day and drop it off. Please be aware that each absentee ballot must be completed and processed as described above in its own envelope.  Placing several ballots into one mailing envelope must never be done.   If you hand deliver someone else’s absentee ballot, you become under state law a “Delivery Agent” and will most likely have to complete and sign separate forms before the other person’s delivered absentee ballot can be accepted and processed.  

Errors that I’ve encountered or heard of that are found while opening absentee ballots that will cause your ballot to be held for correction include:

  • Failure to fill out or incompletely filling out the affidavit envelope with the required information;
  • Placing the actual ballot inside of the mailing envelope but outside of the affidavit envelope;
  • Placing an actual ballot into the mailing envelope and returning it without the affidavit envelope;
  • Placing multiple affidavit envelopes containing actual ballots into one mailing envelope;
  • Absentee ballots delivered after 5 PM on election day;
  • Affidavit envelopes placed into the mailing envelope of another voter from the same household (i.e. inner information does not match mailing envelope information); 

Should you have any questions or concerns on this topic please do not hesitate to contact me.

Frank A. Byron
Town & School Moderator
fbyron@litchfieldnh.gov

Public Notice | Absentee Ballots Processing – September 4, 2020

Public Notice | Absentee Ballots Processing – September 4, 2020

Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire
PUBLIC NOTICE

Public notice is hereby given pursuant to the Laws of 2020, Chapter 14 that at 12:00PM on September 4, 2020, at Talent Hall, ​10 Wood Hawk Way, Litchfield, NH 03052, ​the Moderator of the Town of Litchfield New Hampshire shall partially process absentee ballots received prior to September 4, 2020 for the September 8, 2020 New Hampshire State Primary election. Members of the public or political parties wishing to observe this partial processing are invited to attend.

Authorized by Frank A. Byron, Town Moderator

Public Notice | Absentee Ballots – September 8, 2020

Public Notice | Absentee Ballots – September 8, 2020

Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire
Public Notice

Public notice is hereby given pursuant to the Laws of 2020, Chapter 14 that at 08:00AM on September 8, 2020 at the Campbell High School gymnasium, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH 03052, the Moderator of the Town of Litchfield shall final process all absentee ballots for the New Hampshire State Primary election.

Authorized by Frank A. Byron, Town Moderator

Public Notice | Voting Machine Testing – September 1, 2020

Voting Machine Testing – September 1, 2020

Town of Litchfield
Public Notice

Notice is provided to the public that at 10:00 AM on September 1, 2020 at the Litchfield Town Hall, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052 voting machines to be used during the 8 September 2020 NH State Primary Election shall be tested and verified for proper operation.  Members of the public who wish to attend must wear masks or observe at a safe distance.

By Authority of:

Theresa  Briand, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Litchfield, NH

2020 Town Open Positions

Sign-ups begin on January 22, 2020 and close on January 31, 2020 for town offices.

1 – Town Moderator
2 – Selectmen
3 – Budget Committee
1 – Cemetery Trustee
1 – Checklist Supervisors
2 – Library Trustee
1 – Trustee of Trust Fund
1 – Town Clerk/Tax Collector

1 Year Term
3 Year Term
3 Year Term
3 Year Term
6 Year Term
3 Year Term
3 Year Term
3 Year Term

Forms and details can be found at the Town Clerk’s office during business hours.

Notice of Public Hearing – Appropriation of Unanticipated Funds

Town of Litchfield
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Appropriation of Unanticipated Funds

The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing in accordance with RSA 31:95-b on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Town Office Meeting Room, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH for the purpose of receiving public comment concerning the acceptance and expenditure of $68,205.54 for 2020 paving projects and purchase of a wood/brush chipper for the Highway Department. 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. 

PSA – Pennicheck Water Shut Down Alert

Due to a leak found on Albuquerque Ave near Talent Rd, Pennichuck will shut down water on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 9am to 4pm. Affected Roads are 65 through 116 Talent Rd, Albuquerque Ave, Pheasant St, Martin Ln, Blackbird Ln, Cardinal Ln, Mulberry Ln, Foxwood Ln, Country Ln, Bayberry Ln and Sparrow Ct. (see map below). For more information or if you are experiencing colored water contact Pennichuck Customer Service 800-553-5191 or visit their website at www.Pennichuck.com

Eversource – Scam Artists Targeting Customers

New YearSame Old Scams

Eversource and NH PUC offer ways to avoid becoming a victim in 2019   

MANCHESTER, N.H. (January 28, 2019) – The New Year is in full swing and so are scams targeting utility customers across the country and right here in New Hampshire. Already this year, customers in many towns around the state have been approached by scammers, either on the phone or at their door. To warn customers, Eversource and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) are teaming up to ensure that people know the tell-tale signs of scams, so they can avoid becoming a victim.

“The scammers, often sounding legitimate and quite convincing, threaten to shut off electric service immediately unless instant payment is made,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. “These scammers can be relentless but they’re only successful if they catch our customers off-guard and scare them into making a payment. We remind customers, if something doesn’t sound right or feel right, trust your gut, and don’t pay.” 

“One similarity in many utility scams is a sense of urgency, with scammers often convincing consumers that payment must be made immediately,” says Amanda Noonan, Director of Consumer Services and External Affairs for the NHPUC. “The more we educate consumers on the basic red flags of a scam, the less likely they are to become victims.”

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim: 

·     Eversource representatives never demand instant payment over the phone, require the use of pre-paid debit cards or request customers meet at a payment center to make the payment.

·     Never provide personal financial or account information to any unsolicited person on the phone, at the door or online, even if they seem legitimate.

·     Beware, some sophisticated scammers can manipulate their caller ID to say the caller is with Eversource.

·     Customers who are scheduled for disconnection due to nonpayment receive a written notice that includes information on how to maintain their service.

·     Customers can verify they are speaking with an Eversource representative by asking for some basic information about their account like the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance. 

Customers can verify they are speaking with an Eversource representative by asking for some basic information about their account like the name on the account, the account address, and the exact past due balance. Eversource urges anyone who has doubts about the legitimacy of a call, visit or an offer, to contact the company directly at 1-800-662-7764. Eversource.comprovides more information on how to protect personal information and avoid being a victim of utility scams.

Check out this story to learn how one business avoided falling victim to a scammer.