Results from the NH State Primary (Sept. 8)
The following information is from Town Clerk Debra Morrison:
A total of 230 Republicans (inc. 30 absentee) and 173 Democrats (inc. 53 absentee) voted for a total turnout of 403 voters. There were 1,056 voters on the checklist with 5 same-day registrations, resulting in a 38% turnout. Download the official results:
Travel advisory: North Mason Rd. (Brookine) closure on Sept. 8-10
North Mason Rd. will be closed between the intersection of Ben Farnsworth and 104 N. Mason Rd. on September 8, 9, & 10. The closure will be limited to the working day (7:30 a.m. to approx. 4 p.m.) for a tree removal project. Click here to download a map with detour options.
This project is being completed by Brookline Public Works.
Selectmen urging residents to conserve water, report well shortages
“According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, over 90% of the state is experiencing drought, which is up from 70% last week. Last week, portions of the state were elevated from “moderate drought” (D1) to “severe drought” (D2), including Rockingham County, Merrimack County, over half of Strafford County, as well as a small area of Belknap and Hillsborough county. This week, severe drought designation further expanded into the western third of Hillsborough County. The remainder of the state is designated as “moderate drought”, with the exception of the northern tip of Coos County and a small sliver on the western side of Coos and Carroll County, which are categorized as “abnormally dry”. Finally, there is some relief in sight. Remnants of Hurricane Laura are forecast to bring from 1”-2” of widespread rain Saturday. Cooler temperatures are forecast through midweek, meaning less precipitation lost to evaporation. The state will need more of these storms to ameliorate drought conditions. The 90-day precipitation deficits by county for New Hampshire range from -4” to -6” in Strafford, Rockingham, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Grafton, and Belknap; -2” to -3” in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Carrol; and -1” to -2” in Coos.
The Town of Mason strongly suggests that all households take measures to reduce their daily consumption of water to help prevent private wells from going dry. Some measures could include eliminating lawn watering, making sure you are running the dishwater with a full load of dishes, and taking shorter showers.
The Selectmen thank you in advance for helping conserve water and protecting our wells.
Reporting well shortages: Residents are asked to report residential well shortages using the Residential Well Impact Survey form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBMB6LY). NHDES will track well impacts so as to provide current information on drought impacts in your region.
Wilton Recycling Center information
The Wilton Recycling Center recently published an informational brochure with hours of operation and information on disposing of various items and materials.
To view the brochure, go to: http://masonnh.us/wp-content/uploads/WiltonRecyclingCtr_rev2020-08-11.pdf
For general information on waste disposal, go to: http://masonnh.us/waste-disposal/
Participating in public meetings (virtual and in-person)
- Locate the meeting under Upcoming events (in the left sidebar) or on the events calendar.
- Open the meeting details to see more information. The meeting details include information on participating virtually (via Zoom) or in person.
Please note that for in-person meetings, you must wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing guidelines.
Drought conditions escalate in NH; DES urges residents to conserve
The NH Department of Environmental Services released the following on Friday, Aug. 21. It is also published on the NH DES website: https://www.des.nh.gov/media/pr/2020/20200821-outdoor-water.htm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: August 21, 2020
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 568-9777
The State Urges Strict Restrictions on Outdoor Water Use as Drought Conditions Escalate in a Portion of New Hampshire
Concord, N.H. – Recent hot and dry conditions, following lack of snow pack and below average precipitation, have caused designation of portions of southern New Hampshire to escalate from moderate to severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Areas experiencing severe drought include Rockingham County, Merrimack County, over half of Strafford County, as well as a small area of Belknap and Hillsborough county. Overall, 20% of the state is experiencing severe drought, 49% is experiencing moderate drought, and 31% is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. The short-term forecast and longer term precipitation outlooks provide no assurance of receiving the widespread rain needed to mollify drought conditions. Additionally, groundwater levels across the state continue to fall. To continue to meet the basic water supply needs of the state’s communities, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) urges residents to eliminate outdoor water use for lawn watering in areas experiencing moderate or severe drought and practice other conservation measures.
As water shortages are more common during drought, to protect public water supplies and residential well supplies, NHDES is urging community water systems and municipalities to impose strict mandatory outdoor water use restrictions, such as banning lawn watering and washing of cars. Currently 134 community water systems and one municipality are implementing outdoor water use restrictions. Community water systems have the authority to restrict many types of outdoor water uses and the governing body of a municipality or village district has the authority to restrict lawn watering within political boundaries. The general public should abide by restrictions and if a restriction is not in place, take responsibility for limiting their own water use. The public is also encouraged to report any residential well shortages to NHDES using the Residential Well Impact Survey. For a link to the survey and more information related to drought conditions and drought conditions, go to www.des.nh.gov and use the “A-Z list” and scroll down to Drought Management.
For more information related to the drought, please contact Stacey Herbold, NHDES Water Conservation Program, at Stacey.Herbold@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-6685.
For more information on current conditions in NH, go to: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NH
Eversource to replace transmission structures in Mason
Eversource and its contractors will be performing maintenance on the 367 transmission line located in Mason. Recent ground and aerial inspections conducted on the 367 line identified structures that require replacement for various reasons including woodpecker damage, cracking, rotting arms and deteriorated steel mechanics. Based on this inspection data, Eversource plans to replace a total of 19 existing wooden transmission structures with new, self-weathering steel structures in Fitzwilliam, Mason and Greenville in the second half of this year.
367 Structure Replacement Program – Mason
- 2020 SCHEDULE:
- July – Winter 2020.
- Start of Construction letter (attached) mailed July 1, 2020 to abutting property owners. Additional phone calls and/or emails: July 2020
- Work pad “civil construction” estimated start date: July 2020
- Structure replacements estimated start date: July/August 2020
- Restoration activity is depending on weather and ground conditions: late 2020 or Spring 2021
- PROJECT SCOPE: Replacing 10 wooden transmission structures with new, self-weathering steel structures of similar height.
- PREVIOUS YEAR ACTIVITY: In 2019, 10 structures were replaced. In 2018, 2 structures were replaced.
- CONTRACTORS: TBD
- LOCATIONS: Pratt Pond Road, Wilton Road and Starch Mill Road
- CONTACT INFORMATION: Residents with questions or concerns can email Lydia Morton directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or email NHProjectsinfo@eversource.com or call 1-888-926-5334 for more information.
Broadband Committee issuing an RFP to prospective vendors
The Broadband Committee sent prospective vendors a Request For Proposal regarding the town’s broadband infrastructure buildout. Vendors have until August 15 to submit proposals.
For more information, send email to: email@example.com
Mason Public Library announces curbside pickup
Mason Public Library is now offering curbside pickup for patrons!
Mason Public Library began curbside pick up Thursday June 11th. This service will continue every week. To request books, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 878-3867 and leave a message by 3 pm on Wednesday. Include book titles or categories (such as “three books on dinosaurs), your name, and a phone number where you can be reached. You will receive a call or email back, confirming that your request was processed. Pick up times are Thursday, 2-4 pm. Each patron will have a bag labeled with their name, on the black plastic shelf outside the library door.
If do not have a library card and want to borrow titles from Mason Public Library, contact the library by email or phone and the librarians will assist you.
Mason Public Library offers online resources to make borrowing easier:
Browse the catalog using your computer or smartphone
Mason Public Library provides online access to its holdings catalog: https://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signin.php?libraryname=MASON%20PL
If you want to browse from your smartphone or want more information, go to: http://masonnh.us/mason-public-library-online-public-access-catalog/
See all new titles
To see all titles that were added to the collection on May 1, go to: http://masonnh.us/mason-public-library-newest-titles-for-adults/
Follow Mason Public Library on Facebook
Official public notices regarding COVID-19
The Board of Selectmen’s office has compiled a series of public notices regarding COVID-19 preparedness:
- Board of Selectmen’s office
- Town Clerk’s office
- Press release from the DMV
- Mason Public Library
Click here to view the notices: http://masonnh.us/wp-content/uploads/TownofMason_COVID19-PublicNotice_Mar19-2020.pdf
Wilton Recycling Center open regular hours
The Wilton Recycling Center remains open during normal hours of operation. For everyone’s safety, special requests are in place. For more information, go to: https://www.wiltonnh.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=13746968
Town Elections • Town Meeting • Annual Report
Results of Town Elections
Town elections were on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. There were 1,043 on the checklist with 3 new voters registered. There were 315 ballots cast, including 15 absentee ballots, for a 30% turnout.
Ballot voting decided:
- Town article 1. (This article pertains to electing officials. For a list of open offices and candidates, see the town sample ballot and school district sample ballot.)
Moderator: Catherine Schwenk (272)Selectman: Louise Lavoie (194), John Suiter (120)Supervisor of the Checklist: John Suiter (4 write-in votes)Library Trustee: Elena Kolbenson (271)Cemetery Trustee: Jeannine Phalon (276)Trustee of Trust Fund: Pamela McGinnity (269)
- School district articles 1-6. (See the list of resources below.)
School Board Member: Anne Richards (245)School Board Member: Tim Leak (256)School District Treasurer: Christine Irlbacher (244)School District Moderator: Catherine Schwenk (253)Article 2: Yes 256, No 34Article 3: Yes 198, No 97Article 4: Yes 210, No 87Article 5: Yes 207, No 87Article 6: Yes 192, No 99
- Warrant for town meeting
- Warrant for school district meeting
- Proposed town budget for 2020
- Proposed school budget for 2020, Default school budget for 2020
- Town sample ballot
- School district sample ballot
Town Meeting (Saturday, March 14)
The annual Town Meeting is on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The meeting will be held Mason Elementary School, 13 Darling Hill Rd., and begins at 9 a.m.
The annual report is available for viewing/download.
Hard copies will be available at the Board of Selectmen’s office, the Town Clerk’s office, and Mason Public Library. Copies will also be available at the Town Hall during polling hours on Mar. 10.
Presidential Primary Election results
Updated maps available
The following maps have been updated:
New Conservation Plan available online
The Conservation Plan for Mason is now completed, thanks to all who contributed their ideas.
The Plan’s Vision, Goals, and Recommendations, with Steps for Town Boards to Implement the Plan, are all set forth in only 7 pages! A review of Mason’s Natural Resources Inventory is included in the Appendices as background for the Conservation Plan.
Voting results (March 2019)
- Annual town elections (Mar. 12) — Click here to download the results.
- Town meeting (Mar. 16) — Click here to download the minutes.