This update may be a bit lengthy, I apologize in advance. First, I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to the Enfield-Mascoma Lions for their donation of the new bleachers at Huse Park. They are a great addition to our ball field and a big improvement. The old bleachers have been moved to Shaker Recreation Park for possible use for soccer spectating. The Huse Park sign has been re-installed and the concrete pillars finished. We were able to re-use most of the materials on the sign, including the original lettering, and the stones for the pillars. The sign itself is a foot higher than the old sign.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and shed a little light on our Buildings and Grounds Crew. They are; Will Shoemaker, Norm Reul, and Tim Perrier for the summers. They are responsible for maintaining all of our fields, cemeteries and landscaping around our buildings among other duties. This past week they tackled the tricky issue of right-of-way (r-o-w) maintenance with great skill and understanding. There are times when vegetation encroaches upon our r-o-w’s, and creates a safety issue. We contact the property owner and gain permission to work on their property. This week the sight distances at the intersection of Shaker Hill and Pillsbury were greatly improved and the sidewalk near the Veteran’s Park were made safer because of the good work done by our crew. Great
Regional Recreation Update:
School is almost out and we’re about to kick off a summer filled with recreation. Play Mascoma Valley! is in print and was dropped off at the schools today. You can also view Play MV! online at the Enfield and Canaan town websites. Make sure you check it out to find out what’s going this summer. If you haven’t done so already, register your kids for the Huse Park Summer Camp or the Enfield Village School Summer Camp. Registration forms are available online or at the Enfield Town Office for HP Summer Camp. Inquire at EVS for registration forms for the EVS Summer Camp. There is still time to buy tickets to the Fisher Cats game on June 30th…but don’t wait too long. Orders are due by June 26th! There will be a spaghetti dinner
fundraiser on June 26th at 6:30pm at Canaan Hall if anyone wants to wander over to Canaan for dinner to support the continuation of swim lessons at Canaan Street Beach. An ice cream social will follow dinner, and then stick around for entertainment by 1-3-5, A Barbershop Quartet during the silent auction. The Shaker 7 is coming up soon, so don’t wait too much longer to register. If you need a way to kick start your 4th of July celebration, make sure you sign up for the “4 on the 4th” Road Race, Walk or Kids Fun Run at the Social-Summit Lodge in Canaan, and then join the Canaan residents at Canaan Fair Speedway for a fireworks show at 9PM. Meanwhile, keep your eye out for a Zumba class to start in Enfield toward the end of June! The Mascoma Youth Sports League will be holding their annual jamboree to close out a successful baseball and softball season, so perhaps I’ll see many of you there. I’ll be on hand to cheer on the MYSL teams, as well as answer questions and provide
information about upcoming recreation programs and events. In the meantime, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Play on!
If and when we begin to dry out, the Jones Hill Road work will begin soon. We had hoped to start as soon as school was out, but the wet weather has delayed that work a bit. We will send out notices when we know for sure when the work will commence.
The Route 4 paving seemed to progress fairly smoothly. There is still some striping and shoulder work to finish, but we do not expect any major traffic impacts as a result of this work.
For those in the FastRoads service area we have seen some very recent movement on the pole attachment issue that was holding up our connectivity. An agreement has been reached and we expect the work to occur soon. The fiber contractor has agreed to move a couple utility poles on Ibey Road so that they are no longer on our ditch. In closing, FastRoads has received service provider agreements from Sovernet and WiValley. We can expect actual connections to happen this summer.
Finally this week there was an article in the Valley News regarding our transition into curb-side pickup of recycling. I hope to have a letter together next week to send out to property owners that describes the changes. I will give a brief outline here though as well. Starting in August the Town will begin collecting recyclables curbside and trash every other week. The Town is contracting with Casella to provide the pick-up and disposal services. Most residential properties will receive two containers or toters, one for trash and the other for recycling. The other significant change is that our recycling will now be zero-sort, meaning you no longer have to separate the recycling, and all of it may be placed in the recycling toter. Casella will be sending out a more detailed pamphlet that will
include information about container sizes, pick-up schedule, along with a lot more information. Casella has helped Bethlehem NH and Montpelier VT transition to curbside recycling and Plainfield NH has had every other week trash pickup for many years. I recognize that there are concerns about odors in the summer month, and we have committed to keeping our transfer station open the same number of hours for those that need to dispose of their trash on a more frequent basis. Be on the lookout for a letter from the Town and a mailing from Casella. Any questions in the meantime may be directed to my office.
Farmers’ Market every Saturday at Huse Park 10am-1pm.
Enfield Family Fun Fair – June 27-30
Enfield Old Home Days July 26-28.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads in our community and have a Great Week!!!
Steven P. Schneider
Enfield Town Manager