A couple quick reminders as we enter our warmer months. Our first movie night will be July 19th at Huse Park, we have yet to finalize a selection – stay tuned. The Enfield Family Fair is this weekend, with fireworks on Saturday night. Shakoma Beach is open and staffed by lifeguards every day from 10am to 5pm. Parking for the beach is across Rt. 4A. Please do not park in the boat launch parking area if you are a beach user.
The boat launch is due for some substantial rehabilitation. The Town has a permit to repair the launch as it enters the lake, and we have just applied for our wetland and shoreland permits to pave the parking area. We will bring the total project to Town Meeting in 2015 for your review. As long as the borrowing rates are low our thought is to secure long term financing, before making that decision however, the project will be reviewed by our CIP Committee.
Town paving operations have begun. The plan is to top coat on Baltic, Ridge and Anderson Hill Roads and a binder course on Lockehaven Road. We have been replacing culverts on those roads to save having to cut new pavement later over the last two weeks. We worked with the pavers this week adding material to and grading Lockehaven behind the grinder and ahead of the paver. Road graveling and Shaker Blvd. repairs are the next thing on the list for our DPW crews.
Our request for a $12,000 Planning Grant to study the business prospects for a food business to service Canaan, Orange, Dorchester and Enfield was approved at the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) meeting last Thursday, June 19. It will need to wind its way through the Executive Council and CDFA, but will provide adequate funds for an in depth study. The target of the grant is for low and middle income individuals to benefit through employment as well as the availability of the affordable food products. Several other New Hampshire communities, including Berlin and Littleton, have used these funds to help kick-start or revitalize a grocer in their area. A consultant will be hired to help guide our efforts.
We had an acoustic engineer come and review our issues at the Community Building. The Town hired RSG out of White River Jct. to perform the work. Specifically they did Reverberation Time Testing. This testing will characterize the acoustical performance of the space and allow calibration of the reverberation time model and post-construction confirmation improvement, if requested. The end result will be a series of mitigation choices that will drastically improve the acoustics of the Community Building. We may have those mitigation choices for our next Selectboard meeting on July 7th.
You may notice that the Enfield Center Town House is being repainted. The Town hired BM Painters to conduct the work on this historic structure. BM will remove, scrape and re-paint all 16 shutters, and then scrape, prime and re-paint the exterior of the building. It should take 2-3 weeks to accomplish this much needed work.
My next report will focus on administrative work we are hoping to complete this summer. While that work is not as apparent as a paving or painting project, it can have a big impact on our operations. Have a great weekend.
Steven P. Schneider
Enfield Town Manager