After reviewing advice from the NH Dept. of Transportation and from our Engineer at Wright-Pierce, the Board of Commissioners made the decision to close the Red Fox Crossing bridge. It was not an easy decision to make as we know it causes many residents additional travel time and inconvenience. It also puts more stress on other roads that have to be used now. We urge drivers to slow down as excess speed creates more damage to the roads.
The Board of Commissioners have already begun the replacement process. Several bridge companies have been approached for prices. It is likely to be next summer before a replacement can be built. The engineering and permitting process take time. We will keep residents updated and we ask for your patience.
On Sunday, April 7, a resident on Ellen Brook Road informed the ELVD that her water had a bad taste and was turning things blue. WSO+ (our water “department”) was informed of the issue immediately. WSO+ went to the residence, obtained a water sample, and tested it. It tested with a very low pH, which meant the pH monitor at the Meeting House Treatment Center was malfunctioning. The problem was corrected, a replacement monitor has been ordered, lines were flushed, and the problem was taken care of. We were not made aware of what the problem was until Monday morning, when a call was placed to WSO+, who informed us it was already fixed.
Your water is perfectly safe. The low pH was leaching copper from the pipes in people’s homes. If you didn’t have copper water pipes, there was no problem; hence the reason for the sporadic nature of the problem occurring.
Any future announcements of interest to District residents will be put on the ELVD web site only.
PUBLIC NOTICE EMERALD LAKE VILLAGE DISTRICT HILLSBOROUGH, NH 03244
The Annual ELVD Meeting will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the H-D Elementary School. In order to vote, you must be a registered voter listed on the Town of Hillsborough Checklist. Voting will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the H-D Elementary School.
TO REGISTER TO VOTE: The Supervisors of the Checklist will be at the Hillsborough Town Offices on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Please bring the following with you: Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Passport or Certificate of Citizenship and proof of residency — utility bill showing your physical address (not a PO Box), car registration or rent receipt, etc. Corrections to the checklist may also be made at this time.
On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Commissioners Wayne Held and Linda Whiting met with Skippy Edwards, District’s Road Agent, and Wright-Pierce Engineering Representatives to explore a temporary fix to the Red Fox Crossing Bridge. Skippy Edwards and the engineers examined the scope of the damage and erosion to the support walls of the bridge.
After careful examination, the engineers provided the necessary procedures necessary for the bridge’s repair until a more permanent resolution can be established. The bridge currently has a large cement slab that runs across the culverts. The heavy rainstorms cause the inlet water flow to erode the surrounding earth causing the release of the supporting boulders on the northwest corner of the bridge. This caused the slab to dip down on the northern side and creating a large gap beneath the slab’s south side underbelly.
Between Skippy Edwards and the engineers, a formidable plan of action was developed. The temporary repair would consist of utilizing an excavator digging up the areas preceding the slab on both sides and reinforcing the slab’s underbelly and rebuilding the northwest corner of the bridge of the fallen boulders. This will reinforce support to the slab. This procedure would temporarily strengthen the slab without the integrity support from the existing culverts.
After the slab’s underbelly support has been completed, gravel would then be placed on top of the slab completing the temporary repair. This repair would be limited to vehicle usage up to six tons. The tonnage warning signs would be strategically placed on both sides of the bridge. Skippy Edwards indicated he could do the repair for an estimated $10,000 and could be completed in 3-4 weeks.
At the District’s BOC Workshop Meeting held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the BOC approved Skippy’s repair plan to the bridge with the estimate cost financed from the Road and Bridge CIP Fund.
There appears to be some confusion in regards to camping/building on privately owned vacant lots within the ELVD. Based on Table 4 of the Town of Hillsborough Zoning Ordinance (amended March 13, 2018), any recreational camping is prohibited within the Emerald Lake Village District. There is recreational camping allowed in rural areas within the Town of Hillsborough (excluding the ELVD). Unless there is presently an approved water connection and authorized driveway in place, no building construction is authorized. In accordance with the Department of Environmental Services letter from Shelly Frost of the Capacity Development Technical Assistant Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau dated April 21, 2017 no new service connections to the water system may be made until the ELVD resolves its source capacity and water system maintenance (leakage) issues. Also according to the conditions of the subdivision approval for ELVD, all lots within the subdivision must be served by a community water supply. Installation of a private well on an ELVD lot may only occur if a licensed septic designer receives approval on behalf of the land owner from the NHDES Subsurface Systems Bureau to revise ELVD's approved subdivision design.
District residents should understand that the present water system was established in providing enough water supply for only a certain number of District households. During the beginning years of 2000, massive home construction was completed within the district that surpassed those limitations of the present water supply. Since discovering the over construction issue, the District has kept a watchful eye on the water source and availability. Water conservation and water bans on certain usage are paramount and useful tools in preserving the District's water supply. It is hoped that all District residents contribute to the responsibility of the water preservation through their efforts in usage and reporting leaks. Water management is everyone's responsibility.
Neighborhood electric vehicles are permitted on all District roads. RSA 265:158 states that neighborhood electric vehicles are authorized where speed limits are posted at 35 miles per hour or less. Pursuant to RSA 259:66-b, “Neighborhood electric vehicles” means any 4-wheeled electric vehicle that has a maximum speed which is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour, and which complies with the federal safety standards established in 49 CFR, section 571.500.
49 CFR, section 571.500 states in part that all low-speed vehicles are minimally equipped as follows: 1. Head lamps; 2. Front and rear turn signals; 3. Tail lamps; 4. Stop Lamps; 5. Rewflex reflectors - one red on each side as far to the rear as practicable, and one red on the rear; 6. An exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side on the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror; 7. A parking brake; 8. A windshield that conforms to the Federal vehicle safety standards on glazing materials; 9. A VIN that conforms to the requirements of part 585 Vehicle Identification Number of this chapter, and 10. A type 1 or type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to Sec 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209.
All Electric Golf Carts must pass a standard state safety inspection for this to be registered with passenger plates.