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Participating in public meetings (virtual and in-person)

Some public meetings are being held in person while others remain virtual. For information on participating in a public meeting:
  1. Locate the meeting under Upcoming events (in the left sidebar) or on the events calendar.
  2. 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.


The following press release is from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
https://www.chadkids.org/stories/article/celebrate-fireworks-safely-be-prepared-be-safe-be-responsible

“Celebrate with Fireworks Safely – Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible”

Summer comes with many reasons to celebrate—graduations, family vacations, barbecues, and of course, the fourth of July. Although COVID-19 has put a damper on some of the ways we typically mark these occasions, fireworks continue to be popular. With the number of professional fireworks shows down nearly 80 percent in New Hampshire compared to last year, more people are purchasing consumer fireworks to bring the celebration to their own backyards. This includes people who may not have prior experience lighting them and may not be familiar with local ordinances or realize how to avoid getting seriously hurt. Regardless of whether you are new to fireworks, there are some critical things to know to keep yourself and those around you safe.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 10,000 fireworks related injuries are treated each year in United States emergency rooms. Here are tips for keeping you—and your family—safe during the most popular season for fireworks.

“We continue to underscore the importance of learning how to stay safe and prevent injuries to yourself and your family and friends,” says Phil Biron, fireworks inspector/fire protection specialist with the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office. “This includes taking the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions and talking with retailers about what to expect from each firework.”

Because the sale and use of certain permissible fireworks is legal in the state of New Hampshire, it is important to address the rules and safety considerations should an adult choose to use them. The New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, recommends following the “Three B’s” for safety: Be Prepared; Be Safe; Be Responsible.”

Be Prepared

  • Know the laws. You must be 21 years of age to purchase, possess and use permissible fireworks in the state of New Hampshire. You must be on your own property or have written permission to use someone else’s property or be in the landowner’s presence. You must also follow local ordinances, which may have further restrictions on fireworks use in your area.

  • Do your research. Make sure you are using New Hampshire permissible fireworks. You should only purchase fireworks from a licensed retailer, where sales associates are trained to answer your questions. Follow all manufacturer safety instructions and if you have questions, ask your retailer for help.

  • Prep your area. Call your local fire department to check on current fire danger conditions. Make sure there is enough space from structures and make safety preparations, such as having a fire extinguisher, hose and buckets of water nearby.

Be Safe

  • Protect yourself. Always wear eye and ear protection, gloves and clothing that cannot easily ignite (e.g. no nylon).

  • Keep spectators at a safe distance. Each firework device has a specific safety distance listed in its instructions. All fireworks should be set off outdoors and away from anything that can burn or easily ignite. Light only one device at a time and move away quickly.

Be Responsible

  • Be considerate. Not everyone enjoys fireworks. Veterans, pets, livestock or your neighbor may not appreciate the sounds and effects of fireworks. Check with neighbors before making any plans for firework activity.

  • Stay cautious. Devices that don’t fire are extremely dangerous. If a firework does not discharge, keep away for 10 minutes or more, then ensure that the firework has been filled with water or placed in a bucket of water.

  • Clean up. Clean up firework debris when finished. Make sure any debris or items used to light fireworks (matches, lighters) are secured and out of the reach of children.

Remember – There are no “minor” fireworks. Among the top three most injury causing devices are firecrackers and bottle rockets. Sparklers can be just as unsafe as any other firework, burning at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparklers can easily burn little hands, and have caused children’s clothing to catch on fire. Leave the sparklers for adults to handle and send the kids off with glow sticks or novelty LED lights.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer, and being informed is a crucial. Please follow these tips and make sure you only light fireworks when it is safe and where it is legal,” says State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi. For more information regarding fireworks safety, visit Safe Kids. For summer safety tips for children, visit CHaDKids.org.


NH DES urging residents on private wells to conserve water

The NH Department of Environmental Services is asking all residents on private wells to conserve water.

The DES issued a press release on June 25 (https://www.des.nh.gov/media/pr/2020/20200625-drough-declared.htm), and noted, “According to today’s U.S. Drought Monitor, the southern half of the state has been elevated from “Abnormally Dry” (D01) to “Moderate Drought” (D1), while the remainder of the state continues to experience “Abnormally Dry” (D0) conditions. These conditions, a result of an exceptionally low snowpack this winter and lack of precipitation, have impacted rivers and streams, groundwater, soil moisture, and reservoirs. Due to these conditions the State Drought Management Plan is being implemented.”

Due to current conditions, DES is asking residents to begin conserving water immediately: “NHDES encourages those relying on private residential wells to begin conserving now. Due to COVID-19, people are at home more often, which means a higher than usual demand on residential well supplies. To protect your well supply, it is recommended that outdoor water use be limited and water use be staggered, allowing the well time to recharge between demands.”

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 (lydia.morton@eversource.com) 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: fiber2mason@gmail.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 library@masonnh.us or call 878-3876 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

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/MasonPublicLibrary


 

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 34
    Article 3: Yes 198, No 97
    Article 4: Yes 210, No 87
    Article 5: Yes 207, No 87
    Article 6: Yes 192, No 99

Resources:

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 meeting will decide Articles 2-14, as listed in the 2020 town warrant.

Annual Report

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

The Town Clerk announced the results of the Presidential Primary Election held on Feb. 11, 2020:
 
There were 1,031 on the checklist with 28 same day registrations for a total of 1,059.
 
There were 518 ballots cast for a 49% turnout.
 

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)