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					                               RPC Newsletter                                                                F a l l 2 2010
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                                Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
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                                30 Bank Street, Lebanon, NH 03766 Tel. (603) 448-1680 Fax. (603) 448-0170
                                http://www.uvlsrpc.org



    Inside This Issue                  Solid Waste Management Information Web Site

Solid Waste Web Site    The Regional Planning Commission is proud to present a new waste reduction
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                        and management web site for Sullivan County municipalities developed under a
Around the Region   2-5 USDA grant. Although there is much specific information for Sullivan County
                        municipalities, there is also general information that will be helpful for any New
UVLSRPC Updates     6-7 Hampshire community. Go to www.uvlsrpc.org/waste.html and click on the
                        “Sullivan County municipalities” link or go right to the “What Do I Do With
UVLSRPC Program      8
                        This?” which tells how to manage every thing from “dead animals” to “television
Want to keep up to date sets.” Below is a description of each page you’ll find in the website. Have a look
on funding sources and and let us know what you think. Contact Vickie Davis for more information.
training opportunities? • Information Clearinghouse for Sullivan County Municipalities – this is the
  Join our e-Bulletin!  “Home Page” which provides upcoming events such as household hazardous
Visit our website to sign waste collections for the Region and any solid waste meetings.
 up — www.uvlsrpc.org • Reduce and Reuse – Provides ideas for reducing waste quantities and toxici-
                            ties before you generate the waste in the first place.
•   Recycling & Composting – Provides general information on recycling, composting, and buying recycled.
•   Special Wastes – Provides detailed management information for wastes that have special handling like
    rechargeable batteries, automotive wastes, unwanted medicine and electronics. You can download a list
    of towns in the Region by the Universal Wastes they accept. At the bottom of the page is a download-
    able “Special Wastes” brochure which communities can download and print for distribution.
•   Household Hazardous Waste – Provides general information, links to recipes for alternative non-toxic
    cleaners to make yourself, collection schedules, and a list of resources for more information.
•   What Do I Do with This? – New Hampshire options for management for a
    variety of products from aerosol cans to yard waste can be found here.
•   Waste Transportation and Disposal – You’ll find a truck transportation
    spreadsheet calculator to determine transport costs for your municipal ve-
    hicle. Also link to a map of waste management facilities and a survey list of
    tipping fees to the various facilities.
•   Education for Waste Reduction and Responsible Management – Provides a
    description of DVDs available to borrow.
•   Waste Collection – Download a list of equipment, recycling reports, and
    educational brochures by Sullivan County municipalities.
•   2008-2009 USDA Grant Project – Describes the activities that occurred
    under the grant for Sullivan County with links to related information.
•   Sullivan County Pilot Composting Project – Learn about the pilot com-
    posting project at the Sullivan County farm using food waste from the jail
    and nursing home as well as local horse manure and leaves.
                                                                                                “Tin Man” by Harold Whiting
•   Solid Waste Publications – Provides links to the various publications
                                                                                                  Goshen Transfer Station
    throughout the web site.
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                                    Unwanted Medicine Collections

UVLSRPC and the Upper                                    gram will require partnering with other non-profit
Valley Household Haz-                                    organizations as well as State agencies.
ardous Waste Committee
(UVHHWC) propose to                                      The Vermont Northeast Recycling Council has devel-
expand the household                                     oped a protocol that has been adapted for New Hamp-
hazardous waste (HHW)                                    shire. There has been an Unwanted Medicine Collec-
collections to include un-                               tion in the Town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for
wanted medicines by the                                  four years. UVLSRPC’s planner, Victoria Davis has
summer of 2010. Four                                     attended one of these collections for training pur-
HHW collections cur-                                     poses as well as the Solid Waste Association of North
rently are held each year                                America workshop on unwanted medicine collections.
in the region: two collections at the Lebanon Land-
fill and two collections in Sullivan and/or western
Merrimack County. The Sullivan and western Mer-          The legal complexity of such a collection requires, at
rimack County towns take turns hosting the collec-       a minimum, the presence of a police officer and a li-
tions. In 2009, the two collections in Sullivan          censed pharmacist. A variety of drugs will show up
County were held in Newport and Sunapee.                 at these collections including both controlled and non
                                                         -controlled prescription medications and over-the-
                                                         counter medications. Prescription drugs must be
Pouring our outdated or unwanted medications             logged for a written record including the quantity,
down the sink or flushing them down the toilet is        dose, and type of drug. The “controlled prescrip-
having a negative impact on our streams and our          tions” are federally regulated as they can be abused,
drinking water. The United States Environmental          are addictive and have “street value.” Great care is
Protection Agency (EPA) has identified over 100          required in developing a collection program to ensure
individual pharmaceuticals and personal care prod-       that it is productive, safe and legal.
ucts in environmental samples and drinking water.
Additionally, a study conducted by the Associated
Press in 2007-2008 detected drugs in the drinking        UVLSRPC has been in touch with staff at the Dart-
supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas. While           mouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), who have
these levels were not found to be at levels that pose    indicated a willingness to help with the proposed col-
a human health risk, some studies have shown im-         lections by donating the services of pharmacists.
pacts on fish and other aquatic life. These contami-     This will be a great community service.
nants originate from improper disposal of medicines
as well as from the human waste of people taking          Visit www.nh.gov/medsafety for more
medications. As the use of prescription medications
increases, medicine levels in treated drinking water                 information.
will also rise. Our current treatment methods do
not remove medicines from our drinking water.
We need to change our habits now to ensure our
waterways remain healthy.

These collections do not address the medication in
our bodies and the wastes we send to our wastewa-
ter treatment facilities, but we can reduce the im-
proper disposal of medicines down our drains and
toilets. A successful education and collection pro-
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                Help During Disasters—Public Works Mutual Aid Program

When disaster strikes, wouldn’t it be great to pick up       •   Water and wastewater restoration is key to
the phone and get some assistance? You can. The                  disaster response.
NH Public Works Mutual Aid program allows
municipalities to work together to fill in the gaps          What are the benefits of a mutual aid
when additional equipment, supplies or personnel are         and assistance program?
needed for an emergency. Inventories of your
neighbors’ equipment are provided so when it’s               •   Prompt and effective response.
crucial to have that extra truck, you know where you         •   Low cost to participate ($25/year), akin to a low
can get it.                                                      cost insurance policy to access resources when
                                                                 needed.
                                                             •   In case of a federally declared emergency, it
There are about 100 municipalities in the State taking           facilitates FEMA reimbursement since
advantage of this program—or less than 50%. A map                reimbursement is contingent upon a pre-existing,
of participating towns in the region is on page 7.               signed mutual aid and assistance agreement.
Your public works program is not too small or too      •         Increases emergency preparedness and
large to participate. Even the smallest program or               coordination.
town has experienced personnel to share in             •         Provides a single agreement to access resources
emergencies. It’s $25 well spent.                                statewide.
For more information, visit www.t2.unh.edu/ma/.              •   Expedites arrival of aid. Administrative items and
                                                                 protocols and all the paperwork are already
                                                                 worked out in advance for you.
What is mutual aid and assistance?                           •   Agreement contains indemnification and worker’s
                                                                 compensation provisions to protect participating
•   Mutual aid and assistance is one utility helping             utilities.
    another based on a written agreement.                    •   Provides reimbursement protocols.
                                                             •   Does not require any disaster declaration to
What is the purpose of mutual aid and assistance?                activate, which means utilities can request aid at
                                                                 almost any time (even for small scale events).
•   It establishes an agreement and protocols for
    sharing resources among public works                     Are member utilities required to respond and
    departments, building inspectors, water and              send resources?
    wastewater utilities statewide that is in place
    before disaster strikes.                                 •   There is no obligation to respond.
•   It provides a forum for establishing and                 •   The needs of your own community always come
    maintaining emergency contacts.                              first.
•   It provides access to specialized, certified, and
    knowledgeable utility personnel, heavy
    equipment, tools and supplies used by utilities.

Why is mutual aid and assistance important?

•   Utility resources are specialized.
•   Utilities must be self-sufficient and able to fill the
    gap before arrival of any governmental aid.



Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission                                                  Winter 2010
4    Around the Region

Lebanon Safe Routes to School Travel                        Charlestown Natural Resources
     Plans and Grant Proposal                                    Inventory Completed
In a joint effort between the City of Lebanon and
the Lebanon School District, UVLSRPC assisted
the Lebanon Safe Routes to School Task Force in
developing Travel Plans for the three Lebanon ele-
mentary schools (Mount Lebanon, Seminary Hill,
and Hanover Street Elementary Schools). Based on
these Travel Plans the Task Force assembled a
grant application for a wide range of initiatives to
promote student opportunities to safely walk or
bike to and from school through education, encour-
agement, community involvement, and infrastruc-
ture improvements.
The Task Force grant proposal received strong
support from the local Transportation Advisory                The Connecticut River in Charlestown
Committee and is currently under review at the NH
Department of Transportation (NHDOT).                    This fall, Charlestown Conservation Commission
UVLSRPC staff wishes the Task Force luck and             published its first comprehensive Natural Resources
looks forward to future opportunities to assist com-     Inventory. The inventory includes a description of
munities in the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Region         the natural resources in the Town, identifies eight
with similar planning needs.                             conservation focus areas where important resources
The Safe Routes to School program is federally           overlap, and lays out a conservation plan for the
funded by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient     Town. The conservation plan will serve as an ac-
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users and        tion plan for the Conservation Commission to pro-
administered by NHDOT. The funds reimburse               mote the stewardship and protection of the Town’s
schools, municipalities and organizations for pro-       important natural resources.
jects that encourage children in kindergarten
through eighth grade to safely walk or ride bicycles
if they live within two miles of a school.               UVLSRPC provided technical assistance in the de-
                                                         velopment of the natural resources inventory and
Keep an eye on the NHDOT web site for fifth round        conservation plan. Conservation Commission mem-
of Safe Routes to School funding at http://              bers volunteered their time to field-check the natu-
www.nh.gov/dot/bureaus/planning/                         ral resources of each conservation focus area, which
SRTS_home.htm                                            added a lot of value to the project. UVLSRPC cre-
                                                         ated a set of detailed maps for each category of
                                                         natural resource; the Conservation Commission has
                                                         a poster-sized set to display at community meetings
                                                         and smaller maps are included as an appendix to the
                                                         report.


                                                         Please contact Rachel Ruppel at the Commission if
                                                         your community would like assistance with natural
                                                         resources mapping or creating a conservation plan.


      Mt. Lebanon School’s Walk to School Day

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission                                            Winter 2010
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                        Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway Committee Update

The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway is a driving route          Committee website. You can link from the UVLSRPC
around Lake Sunapee, connecting the towns of New          homepage (under “What’s New”) at www.uvlsrpc.org
London, Newbury, and Sunapee. Routes 11, 103,             or you can go there directly through http://
and 103B in these towns were designated in 1994 as        sites.google.com/site/lakesunapeebyway/
a State Scenic Byway for its outstanding scenic,
cultural, historical, natural, and recreational values.
Route 103A and a loop through New London on
Newport Road, Main Street/Route 114, and King
Hill Road were recently accepted as an extension to
the Byway by the State Scenic Byway Council. The
centers of the three towns now will be included
along the Byway route.

The Lake Sunapee Byway Committee, composed of
the residents, business owners, and municipal staff               Historic South Newbury
of New London, Newbury, and Sunapee, has formed
to develop a Corridor Management Plan, which
includes a vision for the future of the Byway and         Eastman Watershed Management Plan
strategies to improve and enhance the resources
and destinations along the route.
                                                          UVLSRPC assisted the Eastman Community Asso-
The first part of the Corridor Management Plan is         ciation over the past year to develop a watershed
an inventory and assessment of the resources of the       management plan to protect the water quality, wild-
Byway. The Lake Sunapee Byway Committee                   life, recreational resources, and aesthetic value of
developed a slideshow presentation that gives a           Eastman Lake. The Watershed Committee, composed
virtual tour of the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway. The        of Eastman community residents, worked as partners
slideshow was presented in each town and to local         with UVLSRPC throughout the planning project.
organizations to inform the public of the Byway and
to spark discussion about potential future projects       The first task was to complete an inventory of the
or improvements on the Byway. Based on public             lake’s existing conditions, using the State’s Compre-
feedback, the Committee has created a vision for the      hensive Lake Inventory guidelines. This lake inven-
future and is working to develop an action plan.          tory provides an important baseline from which
                                                          change can be assessed. The second task was to pre-
Scenic Byways is a roadway designation program            sent the results to the public and discuss both the im-
through the Federal Highway Administration                portant values and areas of concerns about the lake.
(FHWA); the program allows for the identification,
management, and protection of resource-rich and           The Committee then developed management goals
valuable roadway corridors using a grass-roots            and strategies to protect the lake’s resources and ad-
collaborative process. This project is funded by the      dress problems. The plan identifies what needs to be
FHWA and administered by the New Hampshire                done, who should be involved, and when each action
Department of Transportation. Information about           should be taken. The draft management plan was pre-
the National Scenic Byways Program is available           sented to the public in June, and the final plan was
online at http://www.bywaysonline.org.                    revised to incorporate public comments. The plan will
                                                          be used to inform the proactive management, protec-
To find out more information about the work of the        tion, and conservation of important lake and water-
Committee, please visit the Lake Sunapee Byway            shed resources.
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission                                                Winter 2010
6     UVLSRPC Updates

    UVLSRPC Commissioners
Acworth:           Laurence Williamson
                                                              UVLSRPC Relocating
Charlestown:       Janice Lambert        Within the next few months we will be packing up and getting ready
                   Steven Smith
                                         to move to our new home at 10 Water Street, Lebanon, NH
Claremont:         Bernard Folta
                   John Marini           Our new site will continue to provide a central location to our
Cornish:           William Lipfert       municipal client base enabling us to use both I-89 and I-91.
                   J.Cheston Newbold     Additionally, the facility is located near restaurants and other services
Croydon:           Willis Ballou, Jr.    which are within walking distance and is served by Advance Transit, a
Dorchester:        William Trought       regional public transportation network.
Enfield:           Steven Schneider
                   Ken Daniels           We will update you with the official moving day in the upcoming
Goshen:             Vacant               weeks.
Grantham:           Thain Allan

Grafton County: Ken Morley                                  Two of our own honored
Hanover:        Katherine Connolly
                    William Dietrich     Patricia Crocker and Nate Miller were honored by the United Valley
                    Maureen Bolton
                                         Interfaith Project as a “Friend of Public Transportation in the United
Lebanon:           Shawn Donovan         Valley” at the Annual Convention on Sunday afternoon, November 15.
                   Joan Monroe
                   Larry LeClair         Their commitment to enhancing transportation across the region is well
Lempster:           Terry Spada          known. Their tireless efforts to help more people get to more places
Lyme:               Freda Swan           with greater ease and lower cost have been greatly appreciated by UVIP
                    Dan Brand            and of course many others.
New London:         Peter Stanley
Newbury:           Nancy Marashio
                   Claire Vannatta

Newport:            Jeffrey Kessler
Orange:             Jay Heinrichs
Orford:            Paul Dalton
                   Jonathan Sands
Piermont:           Helga Mueller

Plainfield:        James Taylor
                   Richard Winters

Springfield:        Kevin Lee

Sunapee:           Aaron Simpson
                   Stephen White

Unity:              Vacant

Washington:         John Sheehy                     Welcome to Our New Commissioners
Wilmot:             Vacant

Sullivan County: Jeff Barrette            The Commission is pleased to introduce its newest commissioners:
At-Large Members:                                        John Marini, representing Claremont
                   Mark Scarano
                   Peter Gregory
                                                         Maureen Bolton, representing Hanover

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission                                                    Winter 2010
7                                                                                 UVLSRPC Updates

                                                                                  UVLSRPC STAFF
          Mapping Broadband Internet Availability

UVLSRPC is mapping broadband Internet access, as a member of the New               Christine Walker
                                                                                    Executive Director
Hampshire Broadband Mapping Program (NHBMP). The NHBMP is a                        cwalker@uvlsrpc.org
joint project of the NH Regional Planning Commissions, NH GRANIT,
and state agencies. The purpose is to identify areas that are unserved or           Jennifer Devost
underserved by broadband.                                                            Associate Director
                                                                                   jdevost@uvlsrpc.org
UVLSRPC is surveying schools, hospitals, libraries, public safety
agencies, and government offices for their current Internet service. Also,         Michael McCrory
the coverage area of all Internet Service Providers in the State is being            Senior Planner
mapped. For more information, call Rachel at (603) 448-1680.                      mmccrory@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                                      Vickie Davis
                   Public Works Mutual Aid Map                                           Planner
                                                                                    vdavis@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                                      Nate Miller
                                                                                        Planner
                                                                                   nmiller@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                                    Rachel Ruppel
                                                                                   GIS Analyst/Planner
                                                                                   rruppel@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                                 Patricia Crocker
                                                                             Community Mobility Coordinator
                                                                                  pcrocker@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                                 Chris Courtemanche
                                                                                 Administrative Assistant
                                                                                    info@uvlsrpc.org

                                                                             The RPC Newsletter is
                                                                             periodically mailed to our
                                                                             member communities,
                                                                             regional planning offices, and
                                                                             other interested folks. If you
                                                                             would like to join our mailing
                                                                             list or if you would like to
                                                                             have your contact information
                                                                             updated, please call us or
                                                                             e-mail us at info@uvlsrpc.org




Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission                                              Winter 2010
                       Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
                       Regional Planning Commission
                       30 Bank Street, Lebanon
                       New Hampshire 03766
                       http://www.uvlsrpc.org

Address Service Requested




    Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission Program
                                 Backyard Farming
                        Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
                       Snow Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
                                    Time: 6:30 pm
                          Place: Lebanon Senior Center
                                     Lebanon, NH

                                    Guest Speakers:
•   Richard Uncles, Director of Division of Regulatory Services, NH Dept of Agriculture
•   Amy Ouellette, Agriculture Educator, UNH Cooperative Ext, Merrimack County
•   Seth Wilner, Agriculture Educator, UNH Dept of Agriculture, Sullivan County


                           Please email or call with questions:
                   Email: jdevost@uvlsrpc.org or call: 603-448-1680

				
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