Review of Litchfield Inspection Services

Litchfield Inspection Services Review conducted by MRI

The Town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, retained the services of Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI) to conduct an evaluation, prepare a written assessment and report relative to the Town’s current inspections and permitting processes, and to subsequently make recommendations that effect staffing, job duties, and assigned workload that is consistent with Industry-wide Best Practices. Also, this report considered the Town’s most recent decision to integrate the duties of the Code Enforcement Officer and the Fire Prevention Officer, again from the perspective of Industry-wide Best Practices, to determine, what the impact of this decision has had on inspection/permitting services to date.

Release: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Reach Agreement on Consent Decree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 20, 2018

CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Reach Agreement on Consent Decree

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), represented by the Office of the Attorney General, and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) announced today they have reached an agreement to permanently provide safe drinking water to 302 properties in portions of the towns of Bedford, Litchfield, and Merrimack, New Hampshire in addition to the over 450 properties already being addressed.

“We are extremely pleased that NHDES and Saint-Gobain were able to reach agreement on connecting all of the disputed properties to an alternate water source,” said Robert R. Scott, NHDES Commissioner. “I understand the frustration felt by the residents of Bedford, Litchfield and Merrimack with the amount of time it has taken to come to this point, but we believe that it was vital to negotiate a comprehensive agreement. The positive outcome of these negotiations will serve the residents of this area well over the long-term.”

NHDES and SGPPL have been working cooperatively and without a formal agreement for more than two years in response to the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in groundwater in the area. During this time, more than 1,500 samples have been collected from groundwater, surface water, and water supply wells in the impacted towns. In addition, SGPPL voluntarily provided bottled water to residents living in the towns, provided point-of-use treatment systems for more than 50 properties, and connected more than 450 properties to municipal water lines.

“Since first learning about the presence of PFOA in Merrimack, Saint-Gobain and NHDES have focused on finding solutions as quickly as possible. This collaboration has enabled us to accomplish a lot of work in a relatively short amount of time given the size and complexity of this issue,” said Tom Kinisky, CEO of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “We’ve been a part of this community for many years and our top priority was always to take a leadership position in our response. With this Consent Decree now signed, we remain committed to working with community partners to finalize the work left to be done.”

In addition to the work that SGPPL and NHDES have already completed, the Consent Decree will provide for:

  • Municipal water line connections to 121 properties in Bedford and point-of-entry treatment (POET) systems for four additional properties in Bedford where it is not feasible to extend municipal water lines.
  • Municipal water line connections to 41 additional properties in Merrimack.
  • Municipal water line extensions to 27 additional properties in Litchfield.
  • Curb stops installed to 109 currently underdeveloped properties in Bedford, Litchfield, Manchester, and Merrimack so that municipal water may be provided to such properties in the future if those properties are developed.
  • Site investigation activities including, but not limited to, groundwater, drinking water, surface water, soil and air testing.
  • Source remediation if necessary.

Every effort will be made to connect properties with an existing waterline extension design before the end of 2018, weather, contracting availability and other similar factors permitting. Water line extensions to properties where design plans need to be completed will be done as soon as possible, but no later than November of 2019.

Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the State did not waive any private right of action by any individuals or parties.

A meeting will be held for all affected communities (Bedford, Litchfield and Merrimack) at Campbell High School at 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH 03052, on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 pm to discuss the specifics of the agreement and the steps that will follow.

For Live video coverage of the meeting click on the following link: http://trms.bedfordtv.com/CablecastPublicSite/watch/3?channel=1

or follow the instructions below.

Streaming Live Access Through the BCTV Webpage:

Go to the BCTV webpage: www.bedfordtv.com

On the home page under the Channel 16 icon click on “Watch Live”

For those cannot attend the meeting office hours with NHDES personnel to discuss the settlement will be held at the following times and locations:

Thursday 22 March:

8:00 am – 10:00 am Bedford Town Office Building, 24 Amherst Road

10:30 am – 2:30 pm Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bedford Town Office Building

These times are not for fixed presentations. Affected citizens are welcome to attend whatever times they can make and their questions will be answered in order. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

For additional information on this agreement, please contact:

For New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services:

Jim Martin

603-271-3710

James.martin@des.nh.gov

www.des.nh.gov

For Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics:

Dina Silver Pokedoff

610-893-5518

dina.pokedoff@saint-gobain.com

www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com

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2018 Town Postion Election Results

Budget Committee – 3 Year Results

  • Brion Hodgkins – 1239
  • Nicole Fordey – 9

Budget Committee – 2 Year

  • Jessica Martin – 1102
  • George Lambert – 702

Cemetery Trustee

  • Steven P. Calawa – 1356

Checklist Supervisor

  • Shirley Ann Reed – 1367

Libary Trustee – 3 Year

  • Gail Musco – 1370

Library Trustee – 2 Year

  • Donna Ferguson – 1335

Moderator

  • John G. Regan – 1396

Selectmen

  • Steven Webber – 933

Trustee of Trust Funds

  • Steven P. Calawa – 1328

Town Office Elected Positions Open

The Town of Litchfield has several elected positions open this voting season. Those interested can announce their candidacy between January 24th and February 2nd at the Litchfield Town Clerk’s office. The office is open Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m

  • (2) Budget Committee – 3 Years
  • (2) Budget Committee – 2 Years
  • (1) Cemetery Trustee – 3 Years
  • (1) Checklist Supervisor – 3 Years
  • (1) Library Trustee – 3 Years
  • (1) Library Trustee – 2 Years
  • (1) Moderator – 3 Years
  • (1) Selectman – 3 Years
  • (1) Trustee of Trust Funds – 3 Years

Notice of Public Hearing – Issuance of Bonds or Notes in excess of $100k

Town of Litchfield
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Issuance of Bonds or Notes in excess of $100,000
New Fire Station

Pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33), the Litchfield Board of Selectmen hereby gives notice that it will hold a public hearing on January 11, 2018 at the Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, NH to discuss the proposed issuance of a bond or note that will exceed $100,000. Said hearing will commence immediately following the Budget Committee town/school budget hearings schedule to start at 7:00 p.m. The proposed bond or note is for constructing and equipping a new Fire Station building, and all related activities necessary for said construction, and to borrow, in the name of the municipality, by issuance of serial notes or bonds, a sum not to exceed $5,500,000.00. Residents wishing to speak on this matter are invited to attend.

LITCHFIELD BUDGET COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING & MEETING NOTICE TOWN & SCHOOL BUDGETS / WARRANT ARTICLES

LITCHFIELD BUDGET COMMITTEE
PUBLIC HEARING & MEETING NOTICE
TOWN & SCHOOL BUDGETS / WARRANT ARTICLES

The Litchfield Budget Committee will hold 2018 School and Town budget hearings on Thursday, January 11, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Campbell High School, 1 Highlander Court, Litchfield, New Hampshire. All residents are urged to attend. Following the close of the hearings, the Budget Committee will convene at the same location to take action on the proposed budget and warrant articles.

Holiday Hours

TOWN OF LITCHFIELD
HOLIDAY HOURS

Recycling & Solid Waste

Tuesday (12/26/17) – “SPECIAL HOURS” 8am to 4pm
Wednesday (12/27/17) – 12 to 7pm
Thursday (12/28/17) – 7am to noon
Friday (12/29/17) – 2pm to 8pm
Saturday (12/30/17) – 7am to 4pm

Town Offices:

Closed Christmas Day
Closed New Year’s Day

Police, Fire and Highway
Always ready and able to serve!

The Board of Selectmen and all of the staff would like to wish
you and your family a very happy Holiday Season!