Talk of the Town Newsletter March 2020

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Iber Holmes Gove Middle School Gymnasium, 7 am to 7 pm
Sample ballots, Absentee applications, How and when to register, warrant articles that will affect YOUR taxes next year, who is running for what office (and who is not).
All available in ONE PLACE

Looking for the School Budget, School Warrant articles, etc.? Visit
The 2019 Annual Town Report is available at the Town Office, the Library, and at the Polls on March 10 and online at
2019 Town Report Dedication - To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day. Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.
The Town Clerks Office will be closed on Election Day March 10, 2020

Town of Raymond looking for a Tax Collector
The Town of Raymond is accepting applications for the position of Tax Collector to function independently in all official Tax Collector responsibilities while working with the Town Manager to address issues relating to tax and deeded property matters. This is a full-time, non-exempt 40/hour per week position responsible for administrative and technical work. The Town of Raymond offers a competitive benefits package.  Compensation subject to qualifications and experience.   Pay Range $19.95 - $23.14 plus benefits. For more information visit Deadline for applications is Friday, March 6, 2020 by 4:00 p.m

Absentee Ballots are available at the Town Clerks Office. To Learn more about them or to request one visit
Raymond Police Department 
The Raymond Police Department is putting together a team to participate in the 8th Annual “Strike Out Child Abuse” BOWL-A-THON fundraiser on March 16, 2020 at Strikers East Bowling Center. This event funds the Child Advocacy Center for Rockingham County.
The Child Advocacy Center is an organization that conducts forensic child interviews helping child victims of physical and sexual abuse and their families. Here in Raymond, we utilize their services for every sexual or physical assault case that involves a child. They partner with all the necessary agencies and specialists to help children and their families heal, survive and thrive. The CAC is a non-profit organization and depends on donations and fundraising to keep the center operational.
The Team is asking for your help to sponsor our team and to raise as much money as possible for this exceptional organization. Donations can be mailed to:
Raymond Police Department 1 Scribner Road  Raymond, NH 03077 or dropped off at Raymond Dispatch    Please make checks payable to: CACRC
As a team sponsor, you will receive recognition at the event, on the RPD Facebook and on the CAC’s Facebook and website. So, please consider sponsoring our team or making a donation because…
 ” It Shouldn’t Hurt to be Kid.”  If you would like more information on this event, please visit
Public Works 
On Call Engineering Services
The Town of Raymond is soliciting interest and proposals from Civil and Structural Engineer Firms for “On Call” Engineering Services.  The firms are requested to complete a Bid Form that provides proposed hourly rates for the various professionals that might be involved in a given assignment.  The selected firm would be “On Call” to respond to requests for engineering services related to such things as a culvert replacement.
For more details visit  Deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Water Superintendent
The Town of Raymond is seeking a highly responsible, hands on, position involving the management, maintenance, operation and construction of the Town of Raymond municipal water system under the direction of the Director of Public Works.  The scope of responsibilities includes supervision of personnel, budget control, compliance with all regulatory obligations for operation, sampling and reporting, functionality of SCADA system, assets management, identifying and implementing operational efficiencies, defining maintenance projects and procuring the services to address issues. To Learn more visit Deadline for applications is Friday, March 6, 2020 by 4:00 p.m

Equipment Operator/Truck Driver/Laborer: Grounds & Highway
​The Town of Raymond is seeking applicants for the position of Laborer in the Grounds and Highway Division.  This individual assists in daily maintenance of the Town’s parks, lawns and recreational fields during warm weather months and participates in winter highway maintenance activities during winter months. For an application visit The position is open until filled.

Transfer Station -  Prescott Rd
A new 5 year Transfer Station Operating Agreement was signed on January 31, 2020.  With the new contract is a new price list.  The new rates became effective February 1, 2020.   The new Price List establishes two pricing categories.  One column of pricing for Raymond Residents and a separate column of pricing for Non-Residents.  See attached Price List
Raymond residents will have exclusive hours on the second Saturday of each month from Noon to 4
For more details visit

News from the Recreation Department for More info visit
Dudley-Tucker Library
 Story Time for Raymond children ages 3 through 6 is on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at the Dudley-Tucker Library. Each session is limited to 12 children, and sign-up is required. We are taking sign-ups now. You may come to the library’s Children’s Room to sign up or call 895-7058.               
Story Time Themes:         
March 3rd and 6th: Circus
March 10th and 13th: Family
March 17th and 20th: Spring
March 23rd and 27th: Sun, Moon, & Stars
March 31st: Games
*Attention Story Time Parents:
​If there is a 2-hour delay or cancellation for the Raymond School District due to inclement weather, Story Time will be cancelled for that day. (Cancellations generally scroll on most local TV stations.)
If you are unsure, call the library at 895-7058 before heading out on snowy or icy roads.
 A Garden for Pollinators & Wildlife: Natural Landscaping for a Better Yard
Presented by Vicki J. Brown (NH Natural Resources Steward, Pollinator Pathways Organizing Found, Speaking for Wildlife Volunteer). Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to make simple changes in your yard to attract butterflies, birds, bees, and other wildlife to your yard.  Refreshments will be served.  Please sign up at main desk or call 895-7057.
Ethics Committee 
Raymond has a Code of Ethics that public servants including employees and volunteers follow in the performance of their specific duties for the Town of Raymond.  The citizens of Raymond voted to establish a Code of Ethics in 2005.  The code was developed by a group of residents after listening to the interests and concerns expressed by fellow citizens.
The code includes definitions of terms such as conf
lict of interest and fair dealing and non-discrimination.  The purpose of the code includes annual training for public servants regarding ethics, a description of situations that a public servant might encounter, and what can be done if a person believes that there is a concern about how a public servant carries out his/her duties.
The Ethics Committee consists of 5 members who are elected by Raymond residents for a 3year term.  The Committee can also appoint 2 alternate members.  The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 at Raymond High School.  If necessary, additional meetings may be scheduled.
The Code of Ethics is available on the Town of Raymond website.  The code is a resource for all public servants and residents.  For kore information email us at  Or call 603-895-7063 and leave a message for us.
Conservation Commission
Citizen Science - Vernal Pool Identification
The Town of Raymond is currently engaged in a wetland mapping and evaluation project, including vernal pools

According to the NH Fish and Game Department,
“A vernal pool is a temporary body of water (wetland) that provides essential breeding habitat for certain amphibians – such as wood frogs, and spotted salamanders – and invertebrates – such as fairy shrimp. These unique wetlands typically cycle annually from flooded to dry. Vernal pools vary in size, shape, and location. Some are as small as several square feet in area; others extend to several acres during maximum flooding. The pools appear year after year in the same spots, except during exceptionally dry years. Pools occur in a variety of sites, including small depressions in the woods, kettle holes, and oxbows on river floodplains. Many occur in isolated depressions in areas far away from rivers and streams, lakes, and wetland areas.”

Vernal pools are often most evident on the landscape at the end of the winter/beginning of spring, at the time of the spring snow-melt, and can be easiest to locate during the springtime when frogs are singing, beginning anytime from around early April.

The Raymond Conservation Commission is soliciting reports of potential vernal pools from the Town’s residents to aid in the wetlands mapping project.  If you know of areas where frogs congregate and sing in the springtime, please send us information on the location of these areas, some form of mapping of the location(s), landmarks to navigate by to find the areas, whether you are the landowner of the area, and if so, if you would grant permission for access to evaluate the vernal pool, along with any observations you might have made, such as the size of the waterbody, plants and animals observed, and depth of water.  You may send your observations in an email to the Conservation Commission’s wetlands consultant, Charlotte Brodie, at  Please include your phone number in your email if you are interested in speaking directly with Charlotte.

Garden for Pollinators
Raymond Conservation Commission is proud to be a partner of Pollinator Pathways NH. Pollinator Pathways NH is a cross-town, community-based effort to restore pollinator habitat, one yard at a time.
Regional and global decreases in pollinators have been documented.  Pollinators help maintain ecosystems and habitats that animals rely on. They are critical for food production and the reproduction of flowering plants.

The Raymond Conservation Commission is committed to restoring and maintaining the natural beauty and diversity of our town’s ecosystems. We are pleased to be a partner in presenting a free learning opportunity for the citizens of Raymond. Please join us for this fun and informative event.

A Garden for Pollinators & Wildlife: Natural Landscaping for a Better Yard

Dudley-Tucker Library Raymond, NH

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:00

Do you want to attract butterflies, birds, bees and other wildlife to your yard?  You can learn how, by making some simple changes in your yard. 

In “A Garden for Pollinators and Wildlife,” NH Natural Resources Steward, Pollinator Pathways Organizing Founder and Speaking for Wildlife volunteer Vicki J. Brown will provide insights on ways to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife to your yard. Presentation includes interactive Q&A and handouts.

This program is brought to you by Pollinator Pathways NH and Speaking for Wildlife, a volunteer project of UNH Cooperative Extension, with funding and support from the NH Charitable Foundation, the Davis Environmental Foundation, NH Fish and Game Department, and NH Natural Heritage Bureau. Photos by A. Morin and V.Brown

Event: Building & Mechanical Trades Job Expo
Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Iber Holmes Gove Middle School  1 Stephen Batchelder Parkway, Raymond NH 03077
Contacts: Sean Morrison  or
Kevin Woods

Audience: People looking for good paying careers & training in the Building & Mechanical Trades
Cost: FREE
Important Contact Information
Main Telephone Number 603-895-4735

George Plante (Chair) 603-895-7007
Scott Campbell, Vice Chair 603-895-7007
Kathy Hoelzel 603-895-7007
Jack Barnes, 603-895-9352
Chris Long 603-895-7007

                                                             Town Staff
Joseph S. Ilsley Town Manager 603-895-7007
Deborah Intonti Executive Asst./HR Coordinator 603-895-7007
Julie Jenks Finance Manager 603-895-7010
Sharon Baker Accounts Manager 603-895-7009
Christina McCarthy Planning Technician 603-895-7018
Joseph S. Ilsley Community Development 603-895-7006
Donna Giberson Assessing 603-895-7017
Gregory Arvanitis Building Inspector/Health Officer 603.895.7020
Sharon Walls Town Clerk/Tax Collector 603-895-7024
  Tax Office Personnel   603-895-7025/7026
Michelle Weaver Recreation Director 603-895-7029
  Recreation Personnel   603-895-7030/7031
Steve Brewer Public Works Director 603-895-7035
Denise O’Grady DPW Asst./Welfare Dir. 603-895-7036/7065
  Water/HWY/Parks/Solid Waste 603-895-7036
  Transfer Station   603-895-6273
Kirsten Corbett Library Director 603-895-7056/7057
Celeste Clark Coalition for Youth 603-895-7061/7062
Chief Labell Raymond Police Dept. 603-895-4747
  Animal Control Raymond Police Dept. 603-895-4222
Chief Hammond Raymond Fire Dept. 603-895-3321
"Talk of the Town" is a monthly publication of the Raymond Town Office
Editors: Kevin Woods & Deborah Intonti

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