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For All Town related Corona Virus (COVID-19) information.  Please visit
https://www.raymondnh.gov/covid-19-information
Dear Residents,
I want to take some time to update you on some of the efforts that are underway at Town Hall to help keep you safe.
Closure of Campgrounds: In Raymond one of the biggest exposures that pose a risk to public safety during this Pandemic are the local campgrounds of Pine Acres and Pawtuckaway State Park, based on the following factors:
  1.  Migration from Higher-Risk Areas: With Rockingham County quickly becoming the COVID-19 epicenter in New Hampshire, it is likely that migration to this park will not come from lower-risk communities, but rather from high-risk communities outside of New Hampshire.                                                                                                         On Saturday March 28th, there were an estimated 111 vehicles at the Deerfield entrance to Pawtuckaway State Park alone.
  2.  Surge in Local Population Density: The demand for the activities offered at these parks can be the equivalent of a 10%-20% surge in local population density.
  3. Increased Demand on Local Supply Chains: The private sector in smaller communities is already struggling to meet the demand for essential items. This surge will only exacerbate this issue and increase the risk of exposure.
  4. Increased Exposure to First Responders: Based on the witnessed trends regarding migration from higher-risk areas, municipalities with emergency response obligations to state parks have a higher risk exposure for COVID-19.       
Pine Acres:  The Town of Raymond has worked with the private organization which owns the park who agreed the park will remained closed until such time the Town determines risk factors are no longer present.  
Pawtuckaway State Park:  In a unified effort with Nottingham, the Town of Raymond has officially petitioned the Governor of New Hampshire for the immediate and complete closure of this park. In addition, we have requested that he evaluate the associated risk of all state parks and the concerns expressed by communities and their leaders.
 
In addition to asking private organizations and the state to take steps to stop the spread of this disease, we must look inwards to items that are under our control. The following actions will be taken with regards to Town recreational areas, effective immediately.

Town Beaches: The Town Beaches are closed to all public access. As inconvenient as this is, it will help keep our community safe and prevent migration from other closed recreation areas in the state to Raymond.
 
Town Parks and Hiking Trails: Strict enforcement of gatherings of fewer than 10 people, and an additional restriction of no more than three vehicles at any recreational parking area at any time.

I personally feel the impacts of such restrictions on my own family and understand that this action may further compound the stress and isolation many feel. That is why, at this time, we are not fully closing all recreation areas, as we have seen across NH. We are asking our residents to use these areas safely and responsibly.

It is important to note that any violations of these policies puts our community at risk and jeopardizes the health of our law enforcement who are asked to monitor compliance. I urge each and every one of you to stay within these guidelines, so we are not forced to fully close these areas. 
 
We are also partnering with our surrounding communities to see how we can lend support to their efforts and learn from what they have achieved. A comprehensive regional response that mitigates this pandemic outside of our own community is essential to achieving the best possible outcome.
 
We all, at Town Hall, appreciate the support, recommendations, and spirit of community expressed by so many of you. This is, no doubt, a trying time, but by coming together as a community to pick each other up and ensure our own activities help stop the spread of this disease we will come out of this stronger.
 
Each one of you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
We are ALL in this Together!
Respectfully,
"Joe" - Joseph S. Ilsley
Town Manager Raymond, NH
 

For a Copy of the Letter to Governor Sununu CLICK HERE
Early in the Covid-19 Emergency, Raymond Town Manager Joseph Ilsley created an Emergency Operations Center & Working Group. This group consists of Town Department heads, staff, Selectmen, School district personnel and has most recently been joined by officials form surrounding towns. The group is using Zoom Conferencing to meet multiple times during the week.

The purpose of this group is to focus all parties on the TON of information from Federal, Local, and State sources.  The fusion process is an overarching method of managing the flow of information and intelligence across levels and sectors of government to integrate information for analysis.



The information environment during periods of emergencies is rapid, multi-sourced, time sensitive, and overly abundant (the fire hose effect.)  Resident Safety, Town Office operations, the Impact of State policies and procedures, the affect of our decisions on neighboring towns. All of these and many more are being addressed by this group.

What has the Town done so far?
  • Implemented and published Town buildings restrictions to safeguard residents and staff
  • Implemented and published procedures for conducting business with the town. (Online, Mail, email, Dropbox) https://www.raymondnh.gov/covid-19-townresources
  • Established guidelines for use of town recreation facilities (no groups of more then 10/social distancing)
  • Created a one stop web site for all town related Covid-19 information. https://www.raymondnh.gov/covid-19-information
  • Created a "Resident in Crisis Call Center.  895-7017 & 895-7036
  • Published information about the awareness of "Touch Points" Click Here to Read
  • Published Volunteer efforts from the Governors office. (Click Here)
What is the Town doing ongoing?
  • Working with local businesses to ensure supplies of food and personal items
  • Working with local Churches (Raymond Baptist & New Life) to coordinate food pantries
  • Working with the School District to ensure cooperative efforts
  • Inviting officials from surrounding towns to participate in planning and organization meetings.
  • Developing a process to resume important Town Board & Committee meetings online.
  • And more
If you would like to learn more about the Information Fusion process CLICK HERE
Do you need Food or other personal items?  Do you know someone who does?  Would you like to make a donation?  Click on this link for a really neat map that shows where you can do all of this.
https://unhcoopext.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=5caa235e0e024beb8bebba50a0297d15
Burn Permits
With warmer weather coming and many of us at home practicing Social distancing, many of us are cleaning up our yards. Please remember that having a fire in your yard is only allowed between 5pm and 9am and most importantly AFTER you've been issued a burn permit.
 
Burn Permits are required in NH, per NH State Law and without one, burning anytime is illegal and the person burning may be found guilty of a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,200 and or imprisonment for up to 1 year. In addition, if you burn illegally and cause a large brush fire you could be liable for the cost of the responding apparatus and the manpower needed to put the fire out.
 
Raymond’s Fire Wardens are following CDC guidelines and social distancing. Town facilities are closed to the public. But FEAR NOT. Raymond is one of many NH towns that has signed on to the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands ONLINE BURN PERMITTING SYSTEM.
 
All the rules and regulations for burning (what you can burn, when and where) and obtaining a burn permit are available at https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net/
 
From Fire Chief Paul Hammond.
To be clear, if you have a permitted burn that escapes you are still liable for the cost of extinguishment.  If you burn illegally you could be legally banned from burning for a period of 7 years by NH Division of Forests & Lands.

603-895-3321 will always be answered, either by FD or Dispatch.
We would like to take a minute to WELCOME ABOARD our newly elected Town Clerk Alyssa Richard.

Hello, my name is Alyssa Richard and I am the newly elected Town Clerk. I have lived here in Raymond for six years with my two children who attend grade school here in Town. Prior to being elected Town Clerk, I worked in the banking industry and have about 15 years experience in that field. I feel confident that my banking background will help me with some of the daily tasks of Town Clerk.

I am very thankful for this great opportunity. I am looking forward to becoming more involved and to be of service to our wonderful community and the town residents.
Thank you,  Alyssa Richard
And while we are at it, A Big Congratulations to our newly appointed Town Tax Collector.  Christina McCarthy is by no means a new face.  She has been the Planning Assistant for quite a while and you have seen her in the Town Clerks office as well helping out.
Check out the Raymond Recreation Daily Activities on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/raymondrecreation/
Raymond Police Department
Today we promoted two of our officers, Ryan Stanton and Nicholas Heon, to the rank of Corporal. Officers Rory Brackett and Dylan Chevalier were sworn in as new officers. Congratulations to all!
And Bid Another One Happy Retirement!






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