Council Approves Spending for Town Hall Expenses

The Town Council unanimously approved the expenditure of $6,484 from the Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund on Monday night for repairs and improvements at Town Hall.

The allocation will cover the shoveling, plowing, and treatment of parking lots, walkways and fire lanes at Town Hall, the Police Department and the Leach Library and Cable Access studio; the annual testing of the sprinkler system at Town Hall; and the materials and labor costs associated with a new controller board for the Town Hall back-up generator transfer switch.

The Council also held a first reading for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to rezone 484 Mammoth Road from Commercial-I to Commercial-II as the Planning Board recommended following a public hearing for the request on Dec. 3.

JJJM Enterprises, LLC owns the rezoned lot, as well as two adjoining C-II properties. The developer plans to build a self-storage facility on the now-unified property.

The Planning Board said in its recommendation to the Council that the rezoning is consistent with the intent of zoning in that area and would also create a more regularly shaped zoning district. Moving forward, the Council will hold another reading and public hearing for the proposed rezoning before making a decision on the request.

The Town Council also unanimously approved a resolution to create a committee to update the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Town last adopted a Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2010 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires regular updates on a five-year cycle.

The Town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Committee will provide peer review and local guidance to the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission to assist in drafting an update to the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Manager and Comprehensive Planner John Vogl said the duration of the committee, which is to consist of members of the Planning Department, Building Division, Department of Public Works, Fire Department, Police Department, and two at-large members, is expected to be roughly six months, until the 2015 plan is adopted by the Council.

In other business at Monday night’s meeting:

• Department of Public Works Director Januscz Czyzowski announced the Town is now officially offering single-stream recycling

“Effective immediately, all acceptable recycled materials can now be placed in a single container,” he told the Council. “The dual requirement is no longer needed, but the list of accepted recycables has not changed.”

Residents may now place all recyclables in the same container, which Czyzowski hopes will divert more items away from the Town’s general waste stream.

“We’re paying $65 per ton for garbage and $424,000 annually for recyclables,” he said. “The more we put in recycling, the more we will save. Not having to separate materials should help.”

Visit the Public Works department on the Town’s website at to view the list of recyclable items the Town accepts.

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