Copy

                                 
Talk of the Town Newsletter

       Please visit our website at www.raymondnh.gov 
for the most up to date information

 
Please note some e-mail programs clip messages. Be sure to click on View Entire Message to see all of our great events
 
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday November 3rd at 2am.  Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed.  Sunday is Also a Great Day to change the batteries in your smoke detectors!
TOWN OFFICES ARE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019 - VETERANS DAY
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 & 25, 2019 - THANKSGIVING DAY 

Trash & Recycling Collection
There is NO DELAY on Veterans day Week
Trash and Recycling pickups will not happen on Thanksgiving day but be delayed 1 day

 
From the Town Manager

It has been a busy month; we are in the thick of the budget season while pushing through or closing-out a multitude of administrative goals.  Here some of the highlights.  From all of us at the Town Office and Departments we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Please travel safely where ever this holiday brings you.
Joseph S. Ilsley
Town Manager
 
 
Dumpster Ordinance: The Solid Waste Committee has reviewed the town’s proposed dumpster ordinance and their comments have been incorporated in the draft ordinance provided to the Board of Selectmen.   The Board of Selectmen are conducting a review of this document and will inform the town staff by November 4th, 2019 if there are any concerns or direction or approve the preliminary draft to proceed to take it to legal review.  After legal review we will need to hold a public hearing for its formal adoption by the Board of Selectmen and then the phased implementation plan will go into effect. It is available on the Solid Waste web site at 
https://www.raymondnh.gov/solid-waste-recycling
 
Shaw’s Abatement: With the Board holding their position to not except the initial abatement offer from Shaw’s, the Town was able to successfully negotiate a reduced abatement agreement that not only secured the 0% interest originally offered on the abatement but reduced the overall ask by $14,232.00 or 35%. 
The previous offer was for an abatement of 2016, 2017 and 2018 tax years with total abatement of $40,124.00 with no interest. The current offer is for an abatement of 2016 and 2017 tax years only with total abatement of $25,892.00 with no interest. The Board has agreed to this settlement and has approved the Town Manager to use offsetting funds from the fund balance to mitigate any impact on the tax rate.      
 
Tannery Site PFOA Testing: Last year elevated PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid
) and PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) levels were detected at the Tannery monitoring wells; this year we drilled three test wells adjacent to the site and although the report is not complete, there is confirmation of elevated PFOA & PFOS results at these test sites.  There are no private drinking wells impacted in this area and there are no impacts on the public drinking water and have been assured there is no public safety concern at this time.
 
With that said, we are working with environmental agencies to go beyond the State minimum standards and developing an aggressive monitoring program to attempt to isolate and validate the source of these particles and to validate if they are from the Tannery Site and if and how far they may be dispersed.
 
Raymond 2040; a Twenty-Year Strategy: A deliberative planning process has been developed for the Town of Raymond to develop a twenty years strategy focused on the following areas:

  1. Realize and maximizes the community’s potential
  2. Preserve, enhances, promote and recognize what the community values about Raymond
  3. Deliver the ideal version of Raymond to future generations
Since this is a broad plan which will impact all aspects in the Town of Raymond, obligate future spending, policy priorities and impact generations to come; it is highly encourage residents from all aspects of the community get involved to help shape the future.  Please contact the Town hall if you want to help.
 
Town Office Capital Improvement Assessment: In an effort to ensure your tax dollars are used in the best means possible the Board of Selectmen requested the Town Manager conduct an assessment of the of the Capital Improvement Plan.  Here are an overview of that assessment and the identified the program shortfalls:


1. Failure of the Town Office to provide the Capital Improvement Committee an in-depth analysis of capital needs, accurate cost projections and realistic replacement timelines. 

2. Capital Reserve Fund (CRF) structure allows for Department priorities to take funding precedence over actual Town-wide priorities, restricts access to funds to address emergent needs and obligates funds to dormant or unattainable capital investment efforts. 

3. Does not Capture the full scope of capital needs with the largest liabilities of road infrastructure and facility infrastructure going nearly unaddressed. 

4. Funding levels do not match the projected needs ad are creating a significant capital investment deficit of over $600,000.00 to $700,000.00 per year compounding each year and further impacted due to inflation.     Of the greatest concern is how historically the recommendations made by the Town Office to the Capital Improvement Committee were made from a department level versus a town-wide priority level.  The following recommendations were made:  
1. Fund only immediate capital needs and shift majority of focus to roads and facilities. 
2. 
Submit a single Town Capital Improvement recommendation to the Capital Improvement Committee.
3. Prioritize all capital needs from a Town-wide perspective 
4. Focus on Multi-Use equipment that can be shared between departments 
5. Re-validate needs, determine actual purchase cost, estimated inflation impacts and define a reliable and programmable replacement cycles.  
6. Conduct a complete analysis and added annual funding needs for each line item 
7. Overhaul the entire Capital Improvement Plan in 2020  

The Capital Improvement Committee have been extremely supportive in the Town Halls’ efforts to address these areas of concern and we are confident that with their help we can enhance the CIP and link it to the Town’s Twenty-Year Strategy.  

Private Road Agreement Updates:  The deadline for the Road Maintenance Agreements was 11 October 2019, we have all the required contracts for Depot Road and will be moving forward with the signed Road Maintenance Agreement.  The Town has not received any correspondences from Audette, or Smith Pond Road Residents and the Town has followed this up with a letter to the abutters on Smith Pond and Audette stating:
 
1. 
We have not received a signed Road Maintenance Agreement, Release of Liability or an appointed designated agent for your road.
2. Without this agreement the Town of Raymond cannot legally expend public funds to maintain or conduct winter operations on these identified roads.  
3. Due to the absence of these contract, the responsibility of these activities has now fully transitioned to the abutting residents and the Town of Raymond will not provide the services offered. 
4. And with the winter season approaching we encourage then to work with your neighbors to seek alternative means to conduct the activities the Town of Raymond offered through the proposed Road Maintenance Agreement.   
5. We also informed them that if they received this letter and it was their intent and the intent of your fellow abutters to enter into this agreement, please notify the Town of Raymond immediately.  

At this time, absent of these agreements the Town must officially discontinue expending public funds to these private roads.
 
State Capital Improvement Grant: The Town has received a $145,518.82 Grant from the State to help with capital investment cost.  This will be a two-year grant and we can anticipate an additional $145,518.82 in 2020 as well.  We will need to hold a public hearing at our next Board of Selectmen' meeting in November to except the first portion of these funds. These funds are being put aside to advance municipal capital improvement efforts and reduce the amount of funds required through taxation.
 
Public Road Work Updates: The funds needed to fix the failing Lane Road Culverts was less than anticipated and the Town has moved forward in addressing issues on the following roads: 
Lakeview Road; Previously one of the worst sections of road in Raymond, has been ground, compacted and paved and shoulder gravel is being placed along the edges.
 
Langford Road Section:  Another area of concern was on Langford Road between the State Section of Langford Road near Onway Lake Road and the State Boat Ramp.  has been ground, compacted and paved and shoulder gravel is being placed along the edges.
 
Cross Road: This is finalizing portion reconstruction activity conducted last year.  The top wearing course of pavement has been installed and shoulder gravel will be placed along the edges.
 
Harriman Hill Road: As with Cross Road, this is finalizing portion reconstruction activity conducted last year.  The top wearing course of pavement has been installed and shoulder gravel will be placed along the edges.
 
Ham Road: As with Cross Road and Harriman Hill Road, this is finalizing portion reconstruction activity conducted last year.  The top wearing course of pavement has been installed and shoulder gravel will be placed along the edges.  In addition, we were able to carry the wearing course through the whole portion of Ham Road in Raymond.
 
Lane Road Culvert at Saddle path Work is almost complete. Alternate travel route will be required as Lane Road in this area will be closed and will be posted on the Town Web Site.
 
Lane Road Culvert at Sherman Drive
Work should commence shortly following the completion of the culvert near Saddle path. Depending on weather and stream flow conditions, construction activity will likely last a week. Alternate travel route will be required as Lane Road in this area will be closed and this information will be posted on the Town’s Website.
 
Tax Office Study:  The first phase of the Town Clerk and Tax Office Study is complete with significant changes to how resident experience service, such as creating a customer service friendly waiting area with seating, expansion in service widow capabilities and aids for the hearing impaired.   Efforts are still underway to expand the number of clerks who can operate in the front end using existing personnel.  The delayed opening on Wednesdays are over and we hope this helps address some of the service issues for our residents.   There is an adjustment to the hours going forward and widows will be closed from 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch and administration. 
 
Triple EEE Press Release: The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed in October, that mosquito batches from the Town of Candia and Fremont, NH tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. DHHS has decided to raise Raymond’s risk level to moderate and raised the risk level in Candia and Fremont to high. A public release has already been posted in the Town Hall and on the Website
 
Escrow Reconciliation: The Escrow Reconciliation has been completed and we will be depositing approximately $58,000.00 into the Unassigned Fund Balance.  This 1-year effort has reconciled the Towns Escrow accounts and returned approximately $460,000.00 to the Town.
 
Torrent Hall Hose Company (Old Fire Station): As part of a strategic facility initiative we have submitted a request for proposals (RFP) to research the feasibility of converting the 4100 square feet of the Torrent Hall Hose Company Building in to usable and energy efficient Town office space.  This RFP will cover and engineering, architecture evaluation of the facility to see if this is a feasible option. 
 
Mascots:  We have two new additions to the Town of Raymond; our mascots Sparky the Fire Dog and Chase the Police Dog.  These mascots are part of the community outreach for our fire department and police department and will participate in official Town events to enhance the quality of these events for the children of Raymond and help support Fire and police educational initiatives.
 
New Building Inspector:  We are happy to report we have hired a new Building Inspector, Greg Arvanitis who also happens to be a Raymond resident.  Greg’s estimated start date is November 4th and we are hopeful the skills and motivation he brings will not bring stability to this position but also provide the Town the ability to address some of the administrative processes needing update.
 

TOWN CLERK/TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE
NEW OFFICE HOURS AS OF OCTOBER 21, 2019:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30, 1:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Thursday:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


VOTING – Raymond residents who are not already a registered voter, may register to vote at the Town Clerk's office, or with the Supervisors of the Checklist, when they meet before an election day, or with the Supervisors of the Checklist at the polls on an election day. For absentee ballot applications and information regarding absentee ballots, you may visit the State of NH website:  http://sos.nh.gov/ElecForms2.aspx 

Please be aware that October 25, 2019 was the final day to affiliate with a party or disaffiliate from a party before the 2020 Presidential Primary, which is yet to be determined.

For the March 10, 2020, Town of Raymond Election Day, there are elected positions openings for Board of Selectman, Budget Committee, Planning Board, Ethics Committee, Supervisor of the Checklist, Trustee of the Trust Funds, Library Trustee, Town Moderator, Treasurer, and Town Clerk. Sign up for the Town of Raymond elected positions is in January, 2020. 

For information on voting and registering to vote, please refer to: www.sos.nh.gov

The 2019 SECOND HALF PROPERTY TAX BILLS will not be due December 2, 2019,
As of November 1, 2019,  the NH Dept. of Revenue has not established the tax rate for Raymond. As soon as the due date is set, it will be posted on the town’s website, Facebook Page and residents will be notified via our Newsletter email list.  Interest at 8% per annum will begin accruing on the day following the established due date.



OVER-THE-COUNTER PAYMENT OPTIONS Debit and Credit Cards (user fees apply).
DUE TO VISA POLICY, OVER-THE-COUNTER WATER PAYMENTS CANNOT BE MADE WITH VISA.
Please note: There is a 2.79% user fee added to all debit and credit card payments over $52.00.
There is a $1.50 minimum user fee added to all debit and credit card payments $52.00 and under.
The Town of Raymond does not absorb user fees. 
Cash and checks are also accepted for payment at the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office.

ONLINE SERVICES
 At www.raymondnh.gov residents may renew vehicle registrations and dog licenses, as well as, make tax and water bill payments, and acquire vital records. Debit and credit cards are accepted as an online payment option (extra fees apply), in addition to ACH payments.  Please see user fees above.
To ensure receipt of registrations by the expiration date, please take notice of the following time frame when renewing online:  All online renewals have a 3-day to 5-day internal processing time, plus the mailing time. Therefore, it is advantageous to renew registrations by the middle of the month. If your registration has expired, it is recommended that you complete your renewal at the office. 

Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office: 603-895-7024, 603-895-7025, or 603-895-7026.
Veterans Day Memorial Service Monday November 11th 11:00am Raymond Town Common
Please join us!
Dudley-Tucker Library News
 
Story time for Raymond children ages 3 through 6 is on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is a morning session on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and an afternoon session on Tuesdays from 1:15-2:00 p.m. Each session is limited to 12 children, and sign-up is required. Visit the Library’s Children’s Room to sign up or call 895-7058.                           
Story time Themes:   
November 1st: Teddy Bears
November 5th and 8th: Cats
November 12th and 15th: Manners
November 19th and 22nd: Thanksgiving
 
The Dudley-Tucker Library will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of
Veterans Day, as well as Thursday-Sunday, November 28th -December 1st for Thanksgiving weekend.  
 
The Friends of the Dudley-Tucker Library are seeking donations of Crafts, Gifts, or Gift Certificates for our ANNUAL HOLIDAY RAFFLE. Items may be dropped off at the Library during open hours.
The Raffle will begin on Tuesday, November 12th.
The drawing will be held on Thursday, December 12th
The Friends of the Dudley-Tucker Library is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.  All Donations are Tax Deductible.

Kirsten Rundquist Corbett,
Dudley-Tucker Library Director
The Raymond Conservation Commission
The Raymond Conservation Commission has teamed up with Kingston’s Pollinator Pathways program to help connect pollinator species with the habitat they need to survive. Find more information at Raymond Conservation Committee Facebook page or at https://www.kingstonnh.org/conservation-commission/pages/pollinator-pathways.

Pollinator Friendly Fall Clean-Up - Less is More
Fall rocks it! There is something for everybody to enjoy. Football, hunting, Halloween, the Deerfield Fair, leaf peeping -it’s a terrific time of year. Yet I’ve never heard the exclamation, “Yahoo, it’s fall, can’t wait to clean up the yard!” Wouldn’t it be great if that clean up could be streamlined? What if you could have more time to do the fun stuff, perhaps save some money (maybe to spend on the fun stuff) and help contribute to food production as well? A pollinator friendly clean up supports all of these.

First, some background.
•    Bees, moths, butterflies, wasps and beetles are some examples of pollinators.
•    The number of pollinators dropped dramatically around the globe in the past 30 years. This is of great concern as pollinators are necessary for food production. The USDA states it simply, “Without pollinators we don’t eat.”
•    Leaf litter provides shelter to butterfly larvae, butterfly egg masses, wild bees and other pollinators.
•    Brush piles are prime habitat for pollinators.
•    Dead stalks and canes are great winter homes for pollinators as are dried flower heads.
•    Chemicals and pesticides cost money and can be hazardous to both humans and pollinators.

Now the good news -less is more.
•    Rake less or not at all. Or give yourself a break and rake the front yard only. If you do rake, leave some leaves on the perimeter or include the leaves in a brush pile.
•    Leave standing stalks and canes alone until the spring or place them upright at the back of your brush pile. 
•    Summer annuals and fall chrysanthemums can stay put until spring. They collect leaf mulch and can provide shelter. 
•    Avoid or minimize the use of chemicals or pesticides. Not only does it help save pollinators, it saves money as well!

Try something different this year and DO LESS!
For more information about Recreation programs and activities for youth, visit https://www.raymondnh.gov/youthprograms
For more information about Recreation activities and trips for adults visit https://www.raymondnh.gov/adult-programs
The next Raymond Coalition For Youth meeting will be on Thursday, November 14th, 9:00 - 10:30 am at the Raymond Baptist Church.  Special guest speakers are from Step Up Parents.  All are welcome.
A special thank you to the students and staff of the Raymond School District for supporting Red Ribbon Week, an opportunity to talk, and learn, about the importance of substance misuse prevention.  The theme was courage-  the courage to speak up, the courage to stand out, the courage to make healthy choices, the courage to be a leader, the courage to talk about prevention with the people you care about .For resources on talking with the young people in your life, please check out our Parent Tool kit at www.rcfy.org  
Congratulations to Raymond High School Alex Cooney.  As a member of the Raymond Coalition For Youth Youth Action group Alex received a 2019 Youth Leader and Advocate award from the New England DEA *Drug Enforcement Administration) "Alex is an outstanding leader with his peers, and not only is willing to have the conversations that are needed but takes action and is making a positive difference in our community, and our state."  Special Agent Jon DeLena of the NE DEA.  (picture by RCFY)
"Cup of Joe with Joe"
The Informal gatherings with Town Manager Joseph Ilsley known as "Cup of Joe with Joe will be held on the following dates in November.  Please joins us at the Longbranch Restaurant on Main Street from 10:00 - 11:00am

November 1 - No Joe with Joe - cancelled
November 8 – Longbranch
November 15 – No Joe with Joe – cancelled
November 22 – Longbranch
November 29 – No Joe with Joe – cancelled (Town offices closed)
Important Contact Information
Main Telephone Number 603-895-4735

 
                                                               Selectmen
NAME EMAIL TELEPHONE
George Plante (Chair) gplante@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007
Scott Campbell, Vice Chair dcampbell@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007
Kathy Hoelzel khoelzel@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007
Jack Barnes,  dintonti@raymondnh.gov 603-895-9352
Chris Long clong@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007

                                                             Town Staff
NAME DEPARTMENT EMAIL TELEPHONE
Joseph S. Ilsley Town Manager  jilsley@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007
Deborah Intonti Executive Asst./HR Coordinator dintonti@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7007
Julie Jenks Finance Manager jjenks@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7010
Sharon Baker Accounts Manager sbaker@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7009
Christina McCarthy Planning Technician cmccarthy@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7018
Joseph S. Ilsley Community Development  jilsley@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7006
Donna Giberson Assessing dgiberson@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7017
Charlie Smart Building Inspector/Health Officer csmart@raymondnh.gov 603.895.7020
Sharon Walls Town Clerk/Tax Collector swalls@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7024
  Tax Office Personnel   603-895-7025/7026
Michelle Weaver Recreation Director mweaver@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7029
  Recreation Personnel   603-895-7030/7031
Steve Brewer Public Works Director sbrewer@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7035
Denise O’Grady DPW Asst./Welfare Dir. dogrady@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7036/7065
  Water/HWY/Parks/Solid Waste dogrady@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7036
  Transfer Station   603-895-6273
Kirsten Corbett Library Director kcorbett@raymondnh.gov 603-895-7056/7057
Celeste Clark Coalition for Youth cclark@rcfy.org 603-895-7061/7062
Chief Labell Raymond Police Dept. mlabell@raymondnh.gov 603-895-4747
 (non-emergency)
  Animal Control Raymond Police Dept. 603-895-4222
Chief Hammond Raymond Fire Dept. phammond@raymondnh.gov 603-895-3321
(non-emergency)
                                                                              
 
"Talk of the Town" is a monthly publication of the Raymond Town Office
Editors: Deborah Intonti & Kevin Woods

Submissions should be sent to communication@raymondnh.gov
The editors reserve the right to determine what is published.  No commercials advertising is allowed 


Copyright © 2019 Town of Raymond, NH (municipality), All rights reserved.



Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
Did you miss past issues? View our newsletter archive here

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp