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Town Manager Update - April 25, 2014

Happy Spring everyone, it has been some time since my last report and I would like to share what has been happening with our organization lately.

The Enfield Highway Department is out working on the roads this week opening up drainage systems and smoothing up road surfaces.~ While the mud was not bad compared to some years, it was a challenge to keep the drainage ditches and culverts functioning.~ The high number of below zero~days that lasted through March sent the frost deep into road beds causing substantial frost heaving action and freezing many culverts solid.~ The crew dug up a culvert across Wescott Road yesterday and found that there was still quite a bit~of frost in the ground near the edges of the road.~ Most roads still have soft spots and edges~requiring us to leave the 6-ton~limit signs out.~ We plan to evaluate the conditions Monday and hopefully remove some posting on Wednesday, May 1.~ There will still be several roads that will have to remain posted for another week.~ With the frost still in the road we cannot do full cut grading which has frustrated many residents.~ We are out with tine rakes and doing some light cut grading to try to smooth up the bumps.~ We need a few warm, breezy days to finish up the spring thaw.

Every year we have a variety of volunteer committee positions that become vacant, and this year we have two committees that are looking to fill seats.  The Conservation Commission and the Energy Committee both have open seats.  The Conservation Commission typically meets once a month year round, the Energy Committee meets quarterly year round, and they both fill a need for our community.  The Conservation Commission is charged with protecting and preserving our natural resources for future generations.  They have developed policy to manage our parks and trails, as well as informing our residents on how to be mindful on their own property.  They meet the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Enfield Public Works Department Conference room.  The Energy Committee is a relatively new committee having been formed in the mid-2000’s.  Their mission is to help the Town of Enfield, as an organization, to become more energy efficient in our operations.  They have assisted in preparing an energy audit for Whitney Hall, along with recommendations on how to reduce our energy consumption and thus our costs.  Their other charge is to help identify ways for our residents to reduce their energy costs.  They meet the second Tuesday of the month on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October  at 5:15pm in the Whitney Hall Meeting room.  Anyone interested in either committee may contact my office at 632-5026 or through my e-mail at

My next report will focus on the projects we are working on for 2014.  Thanks and have a great week.  

Steven Schneider
Town Manager

Town of Enfield, NH
23 Main Street, Enfield, NH 03748