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Website for Rollinsford Water & Sewer District

The site will be able to make timely announcements of upcoming events in the District. Please email the Commissioners with any comments or  questions.

Phone: (603) 742-8124

Fax: (603) 749-4399

Hours of Operation, Plant: Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm

Hours of Operation, Administrator/Billing: M, T (8 – 2), W (8 – 1) PLEASE do NOT leave cash payments for bills at the office unless the Administrator is available to give you a receipt. The hours for the Administrator are listed above.

Electronic Meetings of the Commissioners of the District

Next week, there will be two electronic meetings of the RWSD Commissioners.

Monday, July 13th at 2:00 pm (to discuss immediate staffing needs)

Link to Join Meeting: meet.google.com/vsv-xxtd-gcw

To connect by phone: + 1 601-779-1241; PIN: ‪‪ 420 558 497#

Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30 pm

Link to Join Meeting: meet.google.com/iux-mimz-qga

To connect by phone: 1-234-719-4072; PIN: ‪‪441 871 764#

Opportunity

Get involved by joining the RWSD subcommittee to explore how our District compares to others with respect to our people (pay, benefits, structure). For more info or to volunteer, contact Commissioner Pat Pilewski at PPilewski@rollinsfordwatersewer.org.

PORTER WELL STARTUP

Porter Wells have been offline since November of 2019, but actions are now being taken to start the wells up again to supplement the water supply for the District.

The wells have been flushed outside the system to clear as much of the sediment that accumulated in the wells during their dormant period.

The next phase is to begin pumping water from the wells into the system for water quality testing. Because this may result in a temporary discoloration of water (as water flows change direction with the supply from Porter Wells), customers may experience temporary minor discoloration. Users who experience this should flush their household lines by opening an outside spigot for a few minutes. This should clear the discoloration.

The RAVE system which will soon be implemented using email “blasts” and automated phone calls will provided users with information about hydrant flushing, possible service disruptions and other important information. Individuals wishing to be added to the RAVE alert system should provided the district with email or phone information. Send the information to clerk@rollinsfordwatersewer.org.

Proposed Annual Meeting Procedures

The Annual Meeting of the Rollinsford Water and Sewer District is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

A number of issues, however, relating to the meeting need to be considered:

1. The COVID-19 epidemic is still a substantial concern for voters of the District. The Governor’s Executive Orders have not clarified how public meetings can or should be held. The Executive Orders have provided extensive guidance to business and recreation but are unclear how, for example, the Annual Meeting of the District could be held.

2. The American Legion has moved the Annual Meeting from the Riverview Room to the Main Room (“The Big Room”) downstairs because the Riverview room could not accommodate the anticipated participants with appropriate social distancing. The Main Room, however, when measured for a safe meeting considering appropriate social distancing can only accommodate 80 people. The Legion cannot allow unlimited attendees because of responsible use of their facilities and potential liability. The Legion does not want to become with unlimited participants a COVID-19 “hotspot.”

3. Because of the limitation on participants for the Annual Meeting, there is a substantial risk that qualified voters will not be able to attend. Denying a qualified voter the right to attend and vote on District matters is contrary to both State and Federal law and could result in any vote at such a meeting being invalidated.

4. The Moderator, Ken Shorey, in consultation with District Counsel, the Offices of Secretary of State, Attorney General and the NH Municipal Association have proposed a procedure to address discussion and vote of the Warrant Articles and nomination and vote of officers. This proposal suggests splitting the Annual Meeting into three parts: a deliberative session to discuss (and possibly amend) warrant articles and nomination of officers. The actual vote on officers and warrant articles would then take place a week later using “drive by voting” as has been used in several other communities including Jaffrey and Hillsborough NH. The final session on the same day as the voting would be to announce the vote and formally adjourn the meeting. This process is similar to that used by SB2 towns with some minor variations.

The proposed procedures will be presented at the session slated for June 24, 2020 and if accepted by the voters will be immediately implemented.

For a more detailed explanation see the following link for the full document. Hard copies of the proposed Moderator’s Proposed Procedures will be available at the Post Office and the lobby of the Legion (entrance to the Canteen).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kGy8L0Fuw1c7BOxbSo2vnOq6ZNSDtFy5/view?usp=sharing

Non-Flushable Items

We understand with people hoarding toilet paper, buying it has become a challenge. Flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet often results in sewer line clogs and stoppages for sewer pumps. The District is repeatedly having to unclog the sewer pump on Foundry Street which can damage the pumps and cause sewage overflow.

“Flushable wipes” are NOT flushable. If you must use them, throw them away in the trash.Do NOT flush them down the toilet. Other “sanitary wipes” are clogging the pumping lines and pumps.

Please review the following brochure distributed by NH Department of Environmental Services: