Town Manager’s Update - June 28, 2013
The Enfield Water Department recently sent out the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to every water hookup address. The CCR is an annual water quality report that a community water system provides to its customers. The report is distributed to the consumer explaining the quality of their drinking water, if there are any contaminants in the water and how it may affect their health, what it takes to provide quality water and the importance of its protection for the future. Enfield is very lucky to have several very high quality water sources that require no treatment. The water quality is monitored and tested every month to insure that it remains at this high level an delivered to the water customers for less than a penny per gallon versus $0.99 to $8.50 per gallon for bottled water depending on where it is purchased. Second quarter meter readings were collected this week and water bills will be out next week. The highway crew spent the week maintaining ditches and dealing
with trees and brush that came down in the recent thunderstorms. The winter sand is being delivered this month.
I spent the better part of last Friday at the monthly gathering of New Hampshire Town/City Managers to review and hopefully gain a better understanding the Affordable Care Act. As an organization we need to meet a couple standards of affordability and coverage, which I believe we do. The real impact for our organization will be in 2018 when the excise tax on certain high cost plans begins to be collected. The law states that a 40% excise tax on excess benefit of high-cost employer sponsored plans offered to employees will be applied. The limits in 2018 will be $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for other than single coverage. Based on medical inflation we are projecting that our pland would be subject to this tax. Our challenge is to develop medical benefits that are both affordable and comprehensive. 2018 is still several years away, but larger communitites with collective bargaining agreements will be feeling this crunch much sooner as they attempt to negotiate new
contracts with their employees. I will post separately on our website the presentation that was distriubuted as I think it has lots of good information.
Jones Hill Road will soon be the site of some fairly substantial work. Beginning the week of July 8th crews will be up there starting with grinding of the current surface. The next phase involves emulsifying the materials to create a new hardened sub-base. The final step will be the paving of the road. Traffic may be impacted slightly during this project, but the road will stay open throughout.
We have some great upcoming events in Enfield, including the Fair this weekend, Movie Night on the 5th, and Old Home Days later in July. Finally we will be 100 strong at the Fischer Cats game this Sunday, great job of coordination by our new Regional Recreation Director – Kati Lary Jopek. Have a great week and stay dry!
Steven P. Schneider
Enfield Town Manager