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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. January 15, 2010 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN MEREDITH: 

Public Notice – Town of Meredith Residents

Filings for the following offices will be taken from January 20, 2010 – January 29, 2010, in the Town Clerks office hours 8am – 5pm     

Office of Selectman- 2 - 3 year term Moderator - 1 - 2 year term Supervisors of the Checklist – 2 – 6 year term Library Trustee – 1- 3 year term Trustee of the Trust Fund – 2 – 3 year term

OFFICE CLOSED – The Town Hall and Town Hall Annex will be closed on January 18, 2010 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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

DOG LICENSES – The 2010 dog tags are in! Please stop by the Town Clerks Office between 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday to license your dog. Your animal’s current license expires April 30, 2010. o

Fees Per Dog:  Unaltered - $9.00  Spayed/Neutered - $6.50 II.

Note – Please remember to have your dog’s current rabies certificate and spay or neutered certificate to help us keep our records up to date.

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 – Click the link for the latest Flu Shot Clinics in Meredith. 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 603-279-6352.

Meredith Conservation Commission wants you to know: Visit the Celebrate Page Pond and Forest Display, Non-Fiction Room, Meredith Public Library - in the glass case. There you will see our awards, beautiful photographs taken of the property, and information regarding the DVD: A Journey through Page Pond and Forest. The slide show, accompanied by the sound of loons, is 13 minutes long and is available at the library for you to loan. CHECK IT OUT!

Meredith Conservation Commission wants to rename 186 Acre Wood. We need your help.

Vote for the new name of the 186 Acre Town Forest. Vote on-line.

Go to the Town of Meredith website and visit the

conservation commission page Meredith Conservation Commission, Meredith, NH. at the Town

Ballot boxes are also available

Hall, Community Center or Library.

The Meredith Conservation Commission wants you to know: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2010 CONTACT: Owen David, 603 271-6845 Get Your Free Radon Air Test Kit Today! DES Offering Free Radon Air Test Kits in recognition of January as National Radon Action Month Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Radon Program at DES is offering free radon air test kits (while supplies last) to New Hampshire residents during the month of January in honor of National Radon Action Month. Did you know radon gas kills more people in New Hampshire on an annual basis than anything else that the Department of Environmental Services deals with? Many people ignore the warnings about radon gas. Maybe because radon has no color, taste, or odor people don't think about it. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can build to high levels in residential homes. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Testing is the only way to know if your home or well water has elevated radon levels. Equipment is available for homes that may need to reduce elevated radon levels. To get a free radon air test kit go to and search for "radon" and fill out the application form. Call (603) 271-6845 for more information or assistance with the application process. For more information please contact the New Hampshire Radon Program at (603) 271-6845 or


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.

Old School PE Friday Nights ages 21+ Join us as we re-visit our gym classes from the 70’s, 80‘s, and 90’s. Bring a friend, couples encouraged, singles welcomed. Starting January 8th 7:00pm-9:00pm. $1.00 per session, please pay at the front desk.

Family Skating Party Saturday January 16 from 1:00-4:00pm at Prescott Park Rink. Join us for a fun afternoon of ice skating, food and music. All ages welcome. Free to all. Prescott Park Ice Rink is now open

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!

LIBRARY Wednesday January 20, 2010 Preschool Story Time 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ages 3-5 Enjoy stories, songs, a special project and snack! Sign up is helpful. Thursday January 21, 2010 Knotty Knitters 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Join a group of fun-loving knitters Thursday mornings at the library. All levels of experience are welcome. Preschool Story Time 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ages 3-5 Enjoy stories, songs, a special project and snack! Sign up is helpful. First Grade Night 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Come and celebrate the newest library patrons! First graders can get their own library cards on this special night. Take tours of the library, listen to books, and make projects plus more. No sign-up necessary but fill out library card application ahead of time. Families of first graders welcome.