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Joining Concord Recycling Co-Op

by Barbara O’Brien Representatives of the Concord Regional Solid

Waste Resource Recovery Cooperative (Concord Co-Op) have been discussing the possibility of Windham joining the group for the past three years. The time for talking is quickly coming to an end, however, according to Windham Transfer Station Director Dave Poulson. “The drop-dead date is April 1, 2011,” Poulson told selectmen. The Concord Co-Op is comprised of 54 communities that decided to form a non-profit corporation in 1985. Cooperatively, they act as a single body to provide solid waste management services to each of the individual communities. Presently, Poulson said, the Co- Op is finalizing plans to build and oversee a Single Stream Materials Recovery Facility in Penacook. The new facility is expected to open some time next year. According to Poulson, the existing membership does not have sufficient single- stream recycling tonnage to cover the facility’s anticipated operational expenses and, therefore, representatives are soliciting additional communities to join. “Windham has been asked to consider joining,” Poulson said, adding that “once sufficient tonnage is met, however, they will shut off membership.” Poulson does not think that joining the Concord Co-Op is in Windham’s best interest, however. “In my opinion, three elements are deterrents from joining,” he said. Poulson’s first concern is that the Co-Op expects a 15-year agreement, with a release clause permitted only if the single-stream revenue rebate reaches a level of zero or below. In other words, if there were any level of positive rebate, no release from the agreement would be possible. Secondly, Poulson said, traveling to Penacook with materials would mean an approximate three- to four-hour round trip, effectively doubling the current transport cost to Integrated Paper in Andover, MA. At $125 per hour, the transport cost could rise to $19,000, he said. Based on the current single-stream tonnage produced in Windham, to break even on transportation costs to Penacook would require a $16 per-ton rebate, Poulson explained. Windham began single-stream recycling in

2008. “Logistically, it’s working,” Poulson said, adding that the more people recycle, the better the system works. “Recycle more … it’s easy to do,” he said. Currently, only 9.2 percent of possible recycling is being done statewide in New Hampshire, according to Poulson, while Windham is recycling about 21 percent. “My goal is 25 percent in Windham,” Poulson said. “Statewide, we’re not doing very good,” he said, chalking up the poor participation to “apathy.” Recycling also saves the town money in tipping fees for disposing of mixed solid waste refuse generated by Windham, Poulson said. Third, Poulson is concerned about advance speculation in the recycling market and that being locked into an agreement long-term could prove financially non-beneficial to Windham. “I recommend not joining the Concord Co- Op and using an alternative single stream MRF [municipal recycling facility], which better serves the interest of the Transfer Station’s operating performance and Windham residents,” Poulson said. In fact, “in lieu of being a member, I think the Concord Co-Op will still welcome more recyclables at any time once it is operational,” he added.

Selectman Roger Hohenberger said that he agrees it doesn’t make sense to join the Concord Co-Operative. “Fifteen years is too long to lock in,” Selectman Galen Stearns added. As for other options that might be available to

Windham for recycling efforts, Poulson said he would like to bring back the best deal possible. “I want to save Windham some money,” he said. Poulson also said he believes opportunities to negotiate on alternatives are limited by the town’s current bid process. “I’m looking for the best contract, at the lowest price, at the shortest distance,” Poulson said of single-stream recycling options. Poulson said that the three elements that need to be taken into consideration when reaching an agreement are cost, transport, and contract. “I worry about the town getting ripped off,” Poulson said. “I hate feeling that the town is being held hostage.” There is little flexibility in “one size fits all” agreements, Poulson explained. “It’s difficult to put everything into a bid document.” Poulson said he wants to find innovative and progressive methods to achieve the best transactions, such as pre-bid meetings, bundling services, receiving extra incentives, and assessing the long-term effects of a purchase or agreement. “We need to create a collaboration/relationship with vendors,” he said.

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Volume 8 Number 32 March 4, 2011 16 Pages

Pelham Public Library ‘Sculpts’ a Great Vacation Day

by Karen Plumley Nearly 20 youngsters with siblings and parents

packed the meeting area on the second floor of Pelham Public Library on Wednesday afternoon, February 23, for a very popular event—Sculpture Day. Kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on some very slimy, goopy, pliable materials provided by Children’s Librarian Debbie Lafond. Much of the modeling clay was handmade by Lafond herself, and was non-toxic with many variations. One such type, normally made with flour, salt, and oil, was cleverly changed by Lafond to contain a bit of cocoa and used in an ice cream cone-making activity. “The clay is really easy to make and you can do all kinds of things with it; you can add extracts and other materials to make it visually and texturally




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With cocoa-scented clay, children build their own ice cream cones at Sculpture Day at the Pelham Public Library on Wednesday, February 23. Pictured here are Joshua MacMillan, 4, and sisters Bella (in purple) and Emmie Salamme (5-year-old twins)

Dylan Hunt, 8, poses with the battle tank that inspired him to further create an intricate clay battle scene at Pelham Public Library during Sculpture Day on Wednesday, February 23

interesting,” noted Lafond. Meanwhile, one patron entering the area exclaimed, “It smells like chocolate in here!” Older children were crafting some very intricate creations, including a model cat, human faces, and elaborate battle scenes. Eight-year-old Dylan Hunt started out by making an Army tank, and then built upon his theme with soldiers, bombs, and other battlefield fodder. Sculpture Day was just one of the many successful February school vacation “Let’s Build”

events at the library this week. Equally popular was Monday’s Library Lego Day, where Lafond saw 40-50 children in attendance throughout the morning, and Tuesday’s Red Cross Babysitter’s Training, which played host to 20 students. Kids also visited the library for Thursday’s “Game Day,” where they enjoyed Nintendo DS, board games, and building their own pretzels, and Friday’s “Build Your Own Lunch” event. To learn more, call the Pelham Public Library at 635- 7581.

Children Spend Vacation Time with Science Program

by Robyn Hatch The Nesmith Library in Windham hosted the Boston Museum of Science “Night Sky” program this past week to help keep kids ages 7-11 occupied during their school vacation. Two

sessions were put on, with close to 25 children per session. This science show consisted of a huge ball that worked as a giant planetarium, which the kids crawled into and gathered close

Children exit the tunnel

to sit on the floor to watch the bright show that showed up on the back of the fabric. Colors were bright and writing on the screen was easy to read. The stars shown were the ones the children will actually see when they look outside at night, all of which were explained well by the Museum of Science. The kids crawled out of their tunnel with big smiles on their faces.

Happy kids after seeing the planetarium show

Windham School District Article 3 – Architectural and Engineering

submitted by the Office of the Superintendent, School Administration Unit 28 Through many discussions and observations,

we have determined that many in the community have questions about Article 3 on the Windham School District’s ballot for March 8. At the following link, you will find the background and explanation behind Article 3. If you have any further questions about this article, feel free to contact the SAU office at 425-1976, ext. 10. Article 3: Architectural and Engineering: In August 2010, the Facilities Master Planning Committee was established and charged with

developing a master plan to serve the Windham School District over the next 10-20 years. Funds for Phase One of the Master Plan development were approved by Windham voters in March 2010. The Committee is comprised of local citizens, district administrators, and advisors from Lavallee/Brensinger Architects. Harvey Construction has also been consulting as cost estimates are being developed. The Committee undertook a process of establishing criteria for Windham school facilities and evaluating existing facilities in terms of those criteria. Additionally, one Committee member developed a robust and

thorough analysis of student population trends and expectations over the next 10-20 years. Based on the information gathered through this process, the Committee identified and evaluated possible options and made a recommendation to the School Board in December 2010. The recommendation from the Committee includes: • Construction of a permanent kindergarten wing to be added to Golden Brook School to replace the use of portable classrooms for kindergarten students (funds in Article 2 on the School Ballot in March 2011)

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