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Hudson’s Town Clerk/Tax Collector to Become a
Boat Agent for State of NH by Doug Robinson
No longer will Hudson residents be required to travel to Litchfield’s Irwin Marine or other authorized Boat Agents for the town of Hudson, as the Board of Selectmen recently approved Hudson Town Clerk, Patti Barry’s request to become authorized as State of NH Boat Agent. “This (BOS) approval is required by the Department of Motor Vehicle to obtain authorization and training to begin boat registrations,” writes Barry in her September 9 memo to the Board of Selectmen. According to Barry, the town of Hudson has only been authorized to register boat trailers. The State of NH will be adding 400 new agents to have the authority to register boats, and Hudson has been selected to become an authorized agent.
Barry also commented that the addition of these services will bring an increase of approximate $15,000 to $20,000 in revenue to the town.
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“Hudson is a better place today because of people like Paul Buxton,” writes Hudson resident Howard Dilworth. In a letter addressed to the Hudson Board of Selectman, Dilworth proposed that the town name the Community Development Room at Town Hall after Paul W. Buxton. Dilworth’s nomination of Buxton states, “He joined the Hudson Hose Company, a private fire brigade, upon his return from World War I (the Hudson Fire Department wasn’t created until 1924). Mr. Buxton served as a member of the fire department for over 60 years. “Like many members of the fire department from that era, community service was something that came as second nature. Paul Buxton served for many, many years as the Chairman of the Hudson Planning Board and in the at role was instrumental in the creation and adoption of our first zoning ordinance in 1942.
Recognizing that portions of planning extended beyond the boundaries of the town, Mr. Buxton was the founder and driving force behind the creation of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in 1958. The regional
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New Town Dump Rules Under Construction for Hudson 31 Clean Up Days
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by Doug Robinson Per order of the Board of Selectman (BOS), Hudson’s Road Agent Kevin Burns has developed new dump rules. “As you are aware, our tonnage, and cost have sky rocketed in the past three years at town clean up events at the landfill. With this in mind, I propose these new rules be implemented, effective January 1, 2012. The goal of these rules is to help reduce our cost, stop abuse of the system and to return the clean up days to their original intent, which was a place for residents to occasionally dispose of larger items that are not taken curbside,” writes Burns. Burns told the BOS that we are “getting taxed heavily and abused from the surrounding communities.” He went on to further state that during the past three months the town landfill has cost the taxpayers $18,000, $15,000, and $14,000. The costs of the landfill have more than doubled from last year.
In addition, Burns stated that between 850-900 vehicles visit the landfill on clean- up day. The proposed guidelines are:
1. Each residence serviced by curbside collection will be entitled to three clean up day passes per calendar year
2. Passes are valid for that calendar year for which they are issued. All passes will expire on December 3 of every year
3. Passes may be obtained at the Highway Department during normal business hours or at the landfill during clean up days
4. Residents will be required to show a valid picture ID to be issued passes for their address. The address will be prominently displayed on the pass and
is valid for that address only.
5. A valid picture ID will be required on the cleanup day to match to the pass
6. A pass will be required to dispose of any acceptable items per visit. Not per day
7. Items that do not require a pass are leaf and year waste, metal that can be recycled and bulk card board. These items can be dropped off as often as necessary during clean up days
8. No commercial vehicles are allowed at clean up days
9. No vehicles larger than a one ton pickup truck are allowed. Trailers of similar capacity are allowed.
10. No additional passes are allowed nor can they be purchased for a fee. The Highway Department will prepare and maintain a resources list for available alternatives for disposal.
11. (BOS of Selectman asked of the Road Agent to return with a better wording for this bullet) Residential Rentals. Property owners, of properties serviced by curbside collection, as opposed to their renters will be able (to) collect passes for their rental properties with proper ID. In these cases the owners name and address will be displayed on the pass and a valid picture ID will be necessary to use the pass. If the passes have been previously issued to the tenant for that calendar year, no further passes will be issued. The Town will not mediate disputes between the landlord and the tenant as to the right to collect and use clean up passes
12. The town is not responsible for lost or stolen passes and will not issue replacements
13. Exception for new home owners. New Hudson to Participate in New Hampshire Youth Tobacco Survey
by Doug Robinson The Hudson School Board voted to approve Hudson’s participation in the 2011 New Hampshire Youth Tobacco Survey during their September 12 meeting. The State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services wrote “to encourage your participation in the 2011 New Hampshire Youth Tobacco Survey beginning October 2011 and running through mid-December.” The survey will involve a survey of sixth through eighth graders in a “randomly selected sample of New Hampshire schools. Hudson Memorial School has been as part of the state sample. In order for the survey results to provide valid statewide data, your school’s participation is essential,” wrote Donna Fleming, Program Administrator, NH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
Fleming continued, “Only a small number of classes in each
school will be asked to participate and the survey date is at your (SAU’s) convenience. The entire survey should take about 50 minutes to complete and anonymity of both students and schools will be protected.” The survey involves 74 multiple
choice questions. The results published will not include name of participating counties, cities, school districts, schools or students. Participation is voluntary. Approximately 60 middle schools and 60 high schools have been asked to participate statewide. Approximately 3,000 students will participate in the survey. Survey questions have been submitted in advance to school administrators before administering the survey to the students. Upon completion of the survey, “The NH Youth Tobacco Survey is designed to enhance our state’s capacity to design, implement, and evaluate the youth component of NH’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. The NH YTS will provide information about students in grades 6-12 with respect to: use of tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes); exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke; access to tobacco; knowledge and attitudes toward tobacco; and media and advertising exposure; recall of tobacco education in school health curriculum; and tobacco use cessation,” states the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
home owners will be allowed three passes even if their new address has been issued the passes previously for that year, providing that they provide proof of ownership. This process should be accomplished during normal business hours at the Highway Department and not at the clean up days. Refinancing does not qualify for this exception.
14. Exception for emergency. The Road Agent, at his discretion, may issue additional passes for unforeseen emergencies. Examples of this would be flooding or fire. The Road Agent, to avoid the perception of wrong doing or favoritism, will report in writing any passes issued, in excess of three to the Town Administrator.
15. The Road Agent has the right to suspend a resident’s right to attend clean up days and to not issue additional passes to residents who fail to follow the rules implemented by the Town of Hudson, fails to follow direction of town employees at clean up days or is abusive or threatening to town employees working these events. The Road Agent will report his decision to the Town Administrator in writing as soon as possible. The decision of the Road Agent may be appealed to the Board of Selectmen. Selectman Richard Maddox commented that the “dump is a hot button issue … we look at long term savings.” Road Agent Burns will be returning to the Board with his suggested revisions to bullet number 11 at a later date. Changes to the dump rules are targeted to begin January 2012.
Community Development Room Named after Paul W. Buxton
planning commissions that make up the State of New Hampshire are based on what was started here in 1958. “Paul Buxton was a founding member of the Hudson Historical Society. “For all this a more, it’s time that the Town of Hudson did something to preserve the memory of someone who gave so much to his community.” Dilworth gives “credit for the idea” to Hudson employee, Donna Staffier-Sommers The Town of Hudson has also named
various buildings and rooms in the memory and honor of other town servants: The community room at the Hudson Police Department has been named after Ann Seabury; Central Fire Station after Lenny Smith; Fireman’s Memorial after Leon Hammond. And the Town of Hudson yearly recognizes Hudson citizens by dedicating the Annual Town Report in memory of those who have served the community. An engraved plaque will be mounted in the Community Development Room honoring Paul W. Buxton. The timing and details of the ceremony are still being formulated.
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