Town Manager’s Update February 22, 2013
We are in the pre-Town meeting holding pattern. We won’t order any major equipment, or start any major project until after Town Meeting. That does not mean that we do nothing, we still plow our roads, respond to emergency calls, patrol our streets and roads, and keep Whitney Hall open for business.
We recently took ownership of a new 2012 International Truck. This was part of our 2012 CIP program and it came just as the storm that dropped 8-10” of snow on Enfield. This style of truck is a departure from our normal fleet. It is a hybrid between a pick-up truck and the larger tri-axle trucks we use. The thought being that it is big enough to handle the daily grind of our vehicles, but still small enough to plow snow, or do work on our residential streets. We noticed that the heavy duty pick-up trucks hit a wall after 6-7 years and the repair bills for those vehicles were steep. We are expecting delivery on one more truck next week.
I met this week with Wi Valley, a residential internet service provider. They are hoping to offer service on the FastRoads network. They are based in Keene, and are excited about offering service to the Enfield area. They will be holding meetings sometime in March and will roll-out pricing for the various plans they will offer. Wi Valley is the first of hopefully many service providers that will utilize the FastRoads network.
I met with a representative from Vital Communities this week to discuss their Smart Commute Upper Valley program. This program offers suggestions on how we as an organization and community can reduce the number of single-ride commutes. As we all know the morning commute can be crowded, we have over 10,000 cars per day on Rt. 4 alone, and the back-up at Exit 18 on I-89 can be lengthy. The Smart Commute program may be able to help address those issues. Stay tuned.
Thanks and have a great week.