Thursday, April 6, 2017

Water and Sewer Bills Are Going Out

We are in the process of mailing the 1st Quarter Water and Sewer bills and we should have them all out within by tomorrow.  Please remember that we bill quarterly in arrears so this bill is for January, February and March.

Included with the bills this quarter are the following two reminders:



TOWN-WIDE REVALUATION PROJECT

As required every five years, the Town of Waterville Valley is reviewing all property values in Town and making necessary adjustments over the next three to four months.  Workers from the firm the Town uses for assessing services will be visiting properties and reviewing town records from now until mid-July.  Property value adjustments will be set, reviewed and approved by the Selectmen and then notices mailed to all property owners.  During the month of August the assessors will hold hearings with interested property owners, then review and set final values.  We plan to have new property values set and reported to the Department of Revenue Administration by the beginning of September.  We will send out additional notices as the work proceeds.  If at any time you have questions regarding the revaluation, please feel free to call the Town Office at (603) 236-4730.



TOWN DOG ORDINANCE
At the Town Meeting on March 16th the Town voted to defeat the proposed amendment to the Local Dog Ordinance.  We want to remind everyone that this action did not change the existing ordinance which requires everyone to keep their dog under control at all times.  You can read an informational flyer prepared by the Public Safety Department at this internet address https://www.watervillevalley.org/police-department/pages/forms-documents on the Town website.  If you have any issues with dogs around town, please contact the Department of Public Safety at ph. (603) 236-4732 when the incident occurs.  This is the only way that they can respond in a timely manner and address your concerns.  Working together, we can ensure a friendly and safe environment in which everyone can enjoy their pets and everything the Valley has to offer.


We will finalize the project schedule for the revaluation on April 20 and then will get right to work.  We will continue to update you on the progress of the work through this blog and on the Town website.

The Dog Ordinance reminder is just another attempt to make sure that people are aware that the rules did not change on control of dogs around town.

As always, if you have any questions about the reval or the dog ordinance, give us a call at Town Hall (603) 236-4730.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ice Arena Is Closing Early for the Season

Unfortunately the Waterville Valley Ice Arena had an issue with its Fire Sprinkler System and it cannot be fixed quickly.  Therefore, the Arena has been forced to close TODAY (March 23rd) instead of closing on Sunday, March 26th as planned.

The Arena management is working on having repairs made and we look forward to the facility opening again sometime this summer.  Stay tuned and we will make sure that we let you know when opening day of the 2017-2018 Season will be.

The Waterville Valley Ice Arena:


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dog Ordinance Reminder

For anyone who did not have an opportunity to attend Town Meeting last Thursday we just want to reiterate that the vote which defeated the proposed amendment to our Town Dog Ordinance DID NOT change the existing law at all.  Police Chief Dave Noyes sent out the following reminder to citizens via our NIXLE messaging system:



I wanted to take the opportunity to remind the residents and guests that despite the defeat of warrant article 11 at town meeting, the town ordinance regarding dogs has not changed and is still in effect.
Apparently there was some confusion after the meeting. Town ordinance #7 has not changed. It reads:

"Pursuant to RSA 31:39, the Town of Waterville Valley acting under Warrant article #37 of the 1987 Annual Meeting held March 10, 1987, adopts the following ordinance:

I. It shall be unlawful for the owner or the keeper of a dog to allow said dog to run at large in the Town of Waterville Valley.

A. In this ordinance, “at large” means not under the control of the owner or any person by means of personal presence and attention and/or by means of physical restraint so as to control the conduct of such dog.

II. Any person authorized by the Board of Selectmen may seize, impound, or restrain any dog found in violation of this ordinance and may deliver such dog to a person or shelter authorized to board dogs. The owner of such dog shall be liable for any fees incurred.

III. Any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of not more than $50.00 for a first offense, and not more than $100.00 for each subsequent offense. A person may choose to pay a civil forfeiture of $25.00 to the Town Clerk within 96 hours of the time notice of violation is provided and shall thereby waive the right to be heard in district court and shall not be prosecuted for that offense. For each subsequent offense by the same person, the amount of civil forfeiture shall be $50.00. However, civil forfeiture may not be paid after three (3) offenses in one (1) year, but rather their case shall be disposed of by district court proceedings and fines.

Adopted under Article 37 at the 1987 annual T own Meeting, March 10, 1987, by a ballot vote. Yes 25 -- No 16"

The Department of Public Safety will continue to enforce the ordinance as we have in the past. We ask that you contact the police for all dog related incidents. The data illustrates that when we get involved in dog complaints, we are getting compliance with the dog ordinance.

Thank you . Responsible dog ownership starts with YOU!

To read our Dog Owner Etiquette Brochure copy and paste this line below.
https://www.watervillevalley.org/sites/watervillevalleynh/files/u91/dog-ordinance-brochure10-15_0.pdf
Contact Information:
David Noyes
WVDPS
603-236-8809
pdchief@wvpublicsafety.com

Please let us know if we can answer any questions on this ordinance.  We want to ensure that all residents, guests, and dogs are safe during their time in the outdoors around Town!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Well and Pump House COMPLETE!

On Friday, March 10, 2017 representatives from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office, NH Department of Environmental Services, the Waterville Valley Board of Selectmen, the Construction Contractor, Project Engineer and Town Staff met at the new Water Treatment and Pump House building off of West Branch Road to conduct a walk-through of the new facility.  Here are a picture of the group as they reviewed the new building with Mr. Wes Wilson of Infrastructure Construction Corporation (ICC):





The walk-through went very well and the building, piping and pumps were all certified as operational.  The water from the new well in the White Mountain National Forest has been tested and passes all of the state requirements for drinking water.  We are now using the new well in our distribution system, rotating with Well #2 on a daily basis.  There are some minor requirements of the contract that will need to be finished in the spring, but USDA Rural Development has certified the project as substantially complete and we have submitted the required paperwork for the final payment from the grant portion of the project.

We will have a community-wide open house for the new facility once the weather gets a little better and we can improve access to the building.

The next priority for the water system is an evaluation of our existing Well #3 to see if we can determine what is causing a persistent bacteria contamination of the water being pumped from the well.  We have included funding from Town Meeting of $25,000 to conduct this evaluation with hydro-geologists and engineers over the spring and summer.  The intent would be to determine likely sources of the contamination and develop ways to fix the problem and get the well back on-line.

Town Meeting Date Change

Town Meeting Day has arrived, but so has a significant snow storm!  To ensure that we are all safe, the Town Moderator has postponed the Town Meeting election and deliberative session until Thursday, March 16th. Voting will still begin at Noon and run until 5:00 p.m.  The deliberative  session will begin at 5:30 p.m.

If you are not going to be in town on Thursday and you want to vote, you can come to Town Hall today or tomorrow between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. and complete an absentee ballot.

Don't forget, the PTA will hold a fundraiser soup dinner Thursday from 4:00 - 5:30 in the multi-purpose room prior to the deliberative session. Come and have a great meal and some community fellowship prior to our discussions!

Town Meeting Warrant Article Review - Town Operating Budget



Article 19 – To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum $3,803,671 for general municipal operations.  This article does not include appropriations from any of the preceding articles.  The Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority Vote Required)



                        General Government                           $    782,809

                        Buildings & Grounds                          $    118,018

                        Public Safety                                       $    846,002

                        Highways & Streets                            $    357,228

                        Solid Waste & Recycling                    $    301,442

                        Water & Sewer                                   $    393,371

                        Health & Welfare                               $        3,500

                        Culture & Recreation                        $    317,922

                        Conservation                                     $           250

                        Debt Service                                      $    625,053

                        Capital Outlay                                   $      58,076

                        Total                                                  $ 3,803,671

Article 19 - This article proposes to raise funds for the operation of all of the different departments and activities of the Town for the year. All salaries and benefits for all employees (full and part time) are included in this number. All utilities (gas, electric, etc.) are in these numbers. Payments on outstanding bonds and notes as well as the interest on those notes are included in this total.  The Town Report shows the more detailed description of the individual department budgets for your information. You can still get a copy of the report at Town Hall, the Post Office or you can pick one up at the Town Meeting on Thursday. Funding for this article is off-set in part by other than tax revenues like motor vehicle fees and interest on town accounts. The balance comes from general taxation.  Details of revenue estimates are also in the Town Report.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Town Meeting Warrant Article Review - Special Articles

There are two special warrant articles on the Town Meeting Warrant this year.  These articles deal with specific items which are planned only for 2017.  The first article deals with an appropriation request for money to support celebration activities for the Town's 50th anniversary.  The other deals with a special appropriation for the Planning Board to conduct a detailed review of the primary Town Land Use regulation.



Article 17 – To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 from general taxation for funding of town events in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  This appropriation is to come from general taxation.  The Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority Vote Required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)





Article 18 – To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 for professional planning assistance to the Planning Board on revisions to the Town Zoning Ordinance.  This appropriation is to come from general taxation.  The Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority Vote Required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)


Article 17 - The request is for $10,000 to be used for materials and events for the Town's 50th anniversary.  If this appropriation is approved, the Selectmen will be asking for a volunteer committee to help plan for an "Old Home Day" type of event.  The event will be held sometime in August.  The weekend can include things like field games, a road race, community cook-out, bands, and the like - whatever the committee determines.  We may even have a fireworks display like the 4th of July.  We could also use the money to purchase items such as T-shirts, etc. which could be sold during the activities.  The article is unanimously recommended by the Selectmen.  The funding would come from general taxation.

Article 18 - This request is also for $10,000 to be used by the Planning Board to hire professional planning assistance while reviewing the Town's Zoning Ordinance.  The Zoning Ordinance is a critical document which lays out the regulations for the use of land in different areas of the Town.  The Planning Board has an on-going program for the review and modification of the ordinance and this work would address two of the more difficult items  the Board has been talking about - the use of signs in town and the regulation of parking throughout the town.  The article is unanimously recommended by the Selectmen.  The funding would come from general taxation.

Both of these articles cover discretionary projects in that they are not critical to the daily operation of the Town or for the improvement of town facilities.  However, they both cover important one-time projects.