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Town Manager’s Weekly Message Keeping you informed about what’s happening in the Town of Meredith This message is updated each Friday to keep residents informed about town issues and activities. December 18, 2009 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN MEREDITH: 

TAX BILLS – The tax bills are due January 18, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Hall.

WINTER STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES - The Town has updated its Winter Standard Operating Guidelines, and has posted it on the town website. Meredith, NH Home This Guideline includes plow routes, guidelines on the placement of mailboxes and the procedures involved in the removal of snow and the control of ice in the town.

H1N1 SWINE FLU INFORMATION – Flu season is now upon us so it is important to get the facts on Swine Flu prevention, identification and treatment. Click here to see the latest information from the CDC. For a wider range of health related information, please visit our Public Health Web Page at:

PUBLIC NOTICE – PAVEMENT CUTS – Effective November 1, 2009 through April 1, 2010, NO PAVEMENT CUTS will be allowed on public streets or roads due to impending inclement weather and inability to restore the pavement to its original condition during winter months.

PUBLIC NOTICE – WINTER STREET PARKING – Effective November 1st, 2009 until April 1st, 2010, NO VEHICLE shall be parked on any town street or road between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and 6:00 A.M., except in case of emergency. Any vehicles parked on any town streets or roadways during those times will, at the direction of the Meredith Police Department, be towed at the owner’s expense. For further information, please contact the Town of Meredith Public Works Office at 603-79-6352. HOLIDAY FOOD DONATION - Just a reminder for any who wish to contribute to the Food Pantry collection for Christmas; we will be taking the food items to CAP next Monday, December 21st at 12:00. There is a collection box in town hall for any non-perishable items. In addition for those wishing to contribute Christmas dinners or perishable items, please bring those in on Monday (21st) for delivery. Thank you to all who participate.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE – The Town offices will be closed on Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE * * SOLID WASTE FACILITY * * The Solid waste facility will be closed on Friday, December 25th, in observance of Christmas. They will also be closed on Wednesday, December 23, which is their normal day to be closed.


December Vacation Camp

Games, Crafts and much more! Sign up today for camp at the Meredith Community Center during December Vacation Week 12/28-12/31. Call 279-8197 for more information on how to sign up. Senior Exercise Session III of our Senior Exercise Program will start January 4. Senior adults will enjoy a healthy exercise in a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere. $12 for Meredith Residents $17 for Non Residents. Open until class is full. Call 279-8197 for more information on how to sign up. American Red Cross Babysitting Course -January Session Participants will receive professional Red Cross instruction and learn characteristics of children, games, activities, basic care, safety and first aid. JANUARY 16 from 9:00-4:00 at the Meredith Community Center. Meredith Resident fee is $40.00 Non Resident fee $45.00. Call 279-8197 for more information on how to sign up.

WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT The Meredith Water Department responds to numerous frozen water pipe calls each winter with the majority of them located inside the home. There are several measures that homeowners can take to prevent their water pipes from freezing. The water department would like to offer the following tips. First locate your main water shut off valve and meter. You need to check your valve and make sure it works in case of an emergency. It is usually located in your basement on the side facing the street. Insure that the area immediately surrounding the valve and meter is warm enough to prevent freezing. In older homes with fieldstone and rock foundations make sure there are no direct drafts from the holes in the walls or gaps in the windows and doors. If these areas remain cold constantly you should insulate your pipes or wrap them in heating tape. Both of these items can be found in any home improvement store. Remember, even if the room temperature is warm, a direct cold draft on your water pipes, can cause them to freeze! In the event that your pipes do become frozen, locate the faucet closest to your main valve and meter. Usually there is one just after the meter. Turn it on to determine if the pipes are frozen in your home or if they are frozen on the street side of the meter. If you have water flow at the point, then the problem is further along the pipe in your home. Try to locate the frozen area by checking subsequent faucets along the way. If there are none, then feel your way across the pipe to find the coldest spot. Once you find the area inspect the pipe to make sure it is not split. Locate the nearest shut off in case you need it. Open the nearest faucet and try thawing the pipe with a hair dryer making sure you slide it from side to side and do not leave it concentrated on one spot. This could cause the pipe to burst. In most cases this should solve the problem. If you are unable to thaw the pipe, you should then contact a plumber. If the problem is on the street side of your meter, you should then contact the Water department. If your water has frozen in the past and the problem has not been corrected, you should make the necessary adjustments as soon as possible. Also, do not forget to turn off and drain the supply to your outside faucets and sprinklers. If left on they will freeze and burst. To help conserve water during the winter, insulate your hot water pipes. This will help to retain the heat and prevent you from having to run the water in order to get it hot. Have a great Holiday season!


Holiday Fire-Safety Tips There’s nothing that says “Happy Holidays!” like the sight of sparkling lights and the smell of the fresh pine and balsam in our homes. According to the U.S. Fire Administration there are simple safety steps you can take to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season. Check the tips below to eliminate any potential dangers for your family and your home.


 Select a tree with fresh needles. They should be hard to pull back and should not fall off when handling the tree.  Trunk should be sticky to touch. If you can, it’s a good idea to cut 1 to 2 inches off when you get the tree home.  Set up your tree away from fire places and radiators.  Keep your tree stand filled with water as heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly. Do not keep your tree up too long.  Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood stove when it becomes dry.  Dispose of it promptly by taking it to a recycling center of having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.  Look for the label “fire resistant” if you have an artificial tree.  Place your tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Lights and Decorations:

 Always check your lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.  Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.  Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees and house walls to protect the lights from wind damage and use only insulated staples to hold strings in place.  Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights can short out and start a fire.  Holiday decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

LIBRARY The Meredith Public Library is looking for books to sell in their book sales and via their online Book sale site. If you have books you wish to donate, please bring them to the library. Please note; we do not accept Encyclopedia sets or magazines that are NEWER than 15 years or magazines in poor condition.

Tuesday December 22, 2009 A New England Christmas 6:00 - 7:00 PM Please join us for a special performance by the Pontine Theatre. Celebrate the season with storytelling, theater, and holiday music featuring short stories and poetry by New England authors. Be whisked away to the warmth and charm of Christmases long ago with stories of Christmas pageants, making holiday decorations, singing carols and old time family celebrations. After

the performance share in hot apple cider and Christmas goodies and meet the performers while getting a close-up look at the set and props. This performance is for adults and families with children in fourth grade and older. Thursday December 24, 2009 Christmas Eve-Library Closing at Noon Friday December 25, 2009 Christmas Holiday-Library Closed

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Thursday December 31, 2009 New Year's Eve-Library Closing at 5pm