Assessing Site Visits

Over the next few week’s, the Town’s assessors, Avitar Associates will be conducting data verification of property records. This is part of the review cycle we are required by the state to do every five years. Some of you have already been visited over the past several years. This year’s area is largely the northern and central part of town. They will be driving white vehicles labelled with their company name and all of their staff will be wearing identification badges.

Roadside Mowing

 

Be alert for the Highway Department conducting roadside mowing during the week of October 21st.

Equipment will be at various locations throughout town between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

Be alert for the Highway Department conducting roadside mowing during the week of October 21st.

Equipment will be at various locations throughout town between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

Planning Board Survey

Help the Planning Board identify a future land use vision and propose ordinances to support that vision.  Take the survey!  http://svy.mk/16m7F25

The Planning Board needs your input to help select a future land use vision for the town and shape how that vision is implemented. Please take the online survey by October 14th.

Progress will be posted to the Community Planning project website. The Board has recently completed a series of interviews with farms, businesses and land owners in town. A summary of what we heard is now available on the Downloads page along with information from the summer workshop.

Thank you for your continued interest,

The Litchfield Planning Board

Burglary Investigation breakthrough

Police Department burglary investigation breakthrough.

On September 16, 2013 the Litchfield Police Department conducted an undercover surveillance of an area in Litchfield that has been a “hot spot” for burglaries over the past couple of weeks. The residents of Litchfield have been victimized in the north end of Litchfield with approximately 11 burglaries.
The Litchfield Police Department initiated a CODE RED notification on September 5, 2013 to residents alerting them of the burglary problem. The residents responded with numerous tips to the Police Department. The CODE RED service was initiated this year by the Town of Litchfield as a mass notification system. The system notified 2,800 residents almost immediately via telephone or text message. Numerous calls relating to suspicious persons and vehicles were called in over the next couple of weeks allowing officers to identify potential suspects.
Undercover surveillance identified two suspects linked to possibly 9 burglaries. A subsequent search warrant was secured for a residence in Litchfield and potential stolen items were recovered. A search of several area pawn shops was conducted and several articles of stolen jewelry have been recovered. This investigation is ongoing and has the potential to clear several more burglaries in the future.
The Litchfield Police Department is in the process of compiling data for other local communities experiencing this same unusual increase in home burglaries.

 Small selection of recovered items.
Small selection of recovered items.

NH First Case of Human West Nile Virus

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has recently identified a probable human case of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus (WNV) in an adult who resides in Chesterfield, NH. The individual was hospitalized and has fully recovered. Confirmatory testing is underway.

Please visit http://litchfieldnh.gov/lmdc/ for more  information

 

 

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has recently identified a probable human case of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus (WNV) in an adult who resides in Chesterfield, NH. The individual was hospitalized and has fully recovered. Confirmatory testing is underway.

This year WNV has been detected in 9 mosquito batches. Additional trapping and testing of mosquitoes is ongoing in several areas of the state and mosquito batches have also tested positive this year in: Kensington, Nashua, Stratham, Pelham, Sandown, and New Castle. Prior to this case, the last human WNV case in NH was reported and confirmed in August 2012. Nationally, as of September 3, 2013, a total of 497 human WNV cases have been reported by 36 states (49% neuroinvasive disease; 20 deaths).

For additional information, please refer to previous Arboviral Update HANs:
View or download NHHAN Messages at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/han.htm

Also visit the Town of Litchfield Mosquito Control District site for more specific information regarding Litchfield and our plans.

Mosquito Barrier Spraying Sept 9

The Town and it’s mosquito control contractor will be barrier spraying for mosquitoes starting at 7 pm on September 9 around all town recreation fields and school playing fields. This is a ground application that is contained within the area it is being sprayed and is not an aerial spraying of the entire town or those properties. This spraying is based on an elevated concern about the presence of EEE infected mosquitoes in recent testing.

Peak of Mosquito Season, starts now!!!

We are at the peak of our mosquito season. Several surrounding communities, include Litchfield have tested positive for EEE. It is extremely important that all residents and vistors to Litchfield take all precautions necessary to try and prevent being bitten.

Please watch this PSA notice that will be posted on our PEG channels shortly.

Mosquito Borne Illness Prevention

Mosquito Borne Illness Prevention

Tips provided for limiting exposure to EEE and West Nile Virus

This is the time of year when risk of exposure to EEE and West Nile Virus increase. These diseases can be carried by mosquitos. Below are some suggestions of how to enhance your protection during this season.

  1. Eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding locations around your property. Please do not attempt to drain or alter natural waterbodies for mosquito control, since the management of ponds and wetlands is regulated by the Department of Environmental Services and any planned alterations will require a permit before work may begin. In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days!
  2. Remove old tires from your property.
  3. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other containers. Don’t overlook containers that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.
  4. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside.
  5. Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  6. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered and keep covers free of standing water.
  7. Aerate garden ponds or stock them with fish.
  8. Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least twice weekly.
  9. Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  10. Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
  11. Be aware of where mosquitoes live and breed and keep them from entering your home.
  12. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes, including several species commonly associated with West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
  13. Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors or broken screens. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes.
  14. Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by using sweeping motions under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.
  15. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  16. If outside during evening, nighttime, and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, children and adults should wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
  17. Consider the use of an effective insect repellent, such as one containing DEET. A repellent containing 30% or less DEET (N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) for children and adults. Use DEET according to the manufacturer’s directions. Children should not apply DEET to themselves. Repellents that contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 have also been determined to be effective. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3.
  18. Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.

Future Land Use Workshop

Future Land Use Workshop – Tuesday, June 25th from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Litchfield Town Hall, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, N.H.

This workshop will follow up on the recent Community Survey results and kick off efforts by the Planning Board to update the Zoning Ordinance to best reflect current community goals.  The focus will be on asking:

·         Where are good places for stores and businesses?

·         How should our farms and rural areas be preserved?

The Planning Board will also have a booth at the Town’s Strawberry Festival on Saturday June 22nd from 11 AM – 3 PM to capture input from others that may not be able to attend the workshop and to help get the word out.

The Planning Board is holding a Future Land Use Workshop on Tuesday, June 25th from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Litchfield Town Hall, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, N.H.
This workshop will follow up on the recent Community Survey results and kick off efforts by the Planning Board to update the Zoning Ordinance to best reflect current community goals. The focus will be on asking:

· Where are good places for stores and businesses?

· How should our farms and rural areas be preserved?

 Land Use Workshop flyer
Land Use Workshop flyer