East Kingston News

Supervisors of the Checklist

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Pound School, Depot Road, East Kingston, NH. 

It is the last time registered voters may change their party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary.

Presidential Primary Filing Period/Registering Voters/Changing Party Affiliation

As of this date, the Presidential Primary has not been set; however, the filing period for the Presidential Primary has been set. The filing period will begin at the State House on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 and end on Friday, November 15, 2019.

October 25, 2019 is the last time registered voters may change their party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary. New voters may continue to register to vote until election day, as permitted by law. Voters can change their party affiliation at the Town Clerk’s Office or with the Supervisors of the Checklist’s session scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Pound School in East Kingston.

If you have any questions, please call 642-8794, x2.

We will update you once the primary date is known.

Supervisors of the Checklist

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 7:00 to 7:30 PM at the Pound School, Depot Road, East Kingston, NH.

The purpose of the meeting is for those receiving Notice of Removal letters to prove they are currently domiciled in East Kingston by producing a photocopy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, or other documentation bearing your name and the address you claim as your domicile.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection October 19, 2019 (pdf)

Update to the investigation by NHDES and BRC

Due to current events with the ongoing investigations into the BRC, the following steps have been undertaken by the NHDES for those effected.

Josh Whipple is reaching out directly to the impacted home owners to convey the following:

  1. Bottled water will continue to be delivered under the State’s contract with Monadnock.

  2. DES has activated our contractor to install point of entry treatment into the homes identified with water contamination above the standards that will come into effect on 30 September.

  3. That contractor, Weston Solutions, will be getting a specialist under contract to get that work completed. Weston should begin scheduling appointments with homeowners for system evaluations the week of September 16th.

  4. The contractor they hire will need access to the homes to:

    a. Test the water for a more complete panel.

    b. Examine the space available, plumbing and power arrangements within the homes.

  5. Weston will then propose a treatment system to DES for each of the homes.

  6. Once the designs are approved, Weston will arrange with the home owners a time to install the systems.

    a. A second confirmation water test will be taken at the time of installation.

  7. Until the confirmation test shows the treatment system is working in an individual’s home, DES will continue to fund bottled water deliveries.

    a. Once confirmation is received, bottled water deliveries will be ceased.

  8. This work is being funded by DES, but cost recovery from Biological Recycling Company will be attempted for all of the costs associated with this effort.

For questions or concerns, please call Josh at 603 271-7377

-East Kingston Board of Selectmen

Letter from BRC to NHDES concerning BRC Closure dated Aug. 16, 2019 (PDF)

West Nile Virus Alert

Due to the presence of West Nile in Kingston NH, East Kington has been put on Moderate alert. 

It is recommended the following actions be taken:

  1. Repair Screens

  2. Dump standing water weekly

  3. Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn)

  4. Wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn)

  5. Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens when outdoors

  6. Arrange neighborhood clean-ups to get rid of mosquito breeding sites

  7. Be aware of stagnant water on property (e.g., unused swimming pools) and consult local health officer

  8. Clean roof gutters so that rainwater cannot collect in them

  9. Do not attempt to drain or alter natural water bodies such as ponds, marshlands, and wetlands as they are regulated under state law and any alterations may require the approval of state and possibly federal agencies.

- Office of Selectmen and Health Officer

Selectmen have added consulting resources

The Selectmen have added consulting resources to the Town Administrators office to assist Chief LePage as Acting Town Administrator.

Paul Deschaine - served as Town Administrator in Stratham, NH since 1988 and recently retired from that position. His duties included; interface, and liaison between the Board and the public; town departments; volunteer groups, boards, and commissions; and local, state, and federal governments. Paul brings with him his NH municipal government expertise in administration, efficiency and finance. Paul serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH (REDC). Paul also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Lamprey Regional Cooperative, a 13-member town cooperative formed to meet the solid waste needs of its members.

Becky Merrow - has extensive NH Executive Municipal Management positions including Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Director of Public Works, Town Administrator and Town Manager. Her skills include: policy analysis, budget prep, human resources, SB2 town budgeting and procedures . Becky has secured grants for drinking water, preschool program and is an instructor for grant writing. She has been appointed by NH Governors to the Rural Affairs Committee and Women’s National Leadership Forum.

Please join us in welcoming Paul and Becky to East Kingston.

Notice of Public Information Session with Avitar Consulting

East Kingston Notice of Public Information Session with Avitar Consulting and the revaluation process

 When:                  Monday July 29, 2019

Time:                     6:30 – 8:00 PM

Where:                  East Kingston Elementary School

Purpose:  An Avitar Consulting representative will be present to give an overview of the methodology used in the property revaluation process and to answer general questions, including questions posed at the Selectmen’s meeting on July 21st.

EK Office Staff Change

After 20 years of working for the Town of East Kingston, Cheryll Hurteau our Town Administrator is retiring. Cheryll has been a welcoming face to all that come to the town office and has helped countless residents, town employees and the numerous Selectmen over the years. Cheryll has been the glue that kept the town operating smoothly and on budget. We wish her the very best in her retirement and now the freedom to spend more time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. -East Kingston Board of Selectmen

Emerald Ash Borer Fund Update

The East Kingston Conservation Commission (EKCC) would like to update you on our activities as overseer of the town's $5,000 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) fund established in March by town warrant.

1) In April, EKCC engaged Rockingham County Forester Greg Jordan and Community Forestry Specialist Cory Keeffe (of the Division of Forests and Lands) to conduct an inventory and assessment of ash trees on town-owned properties in East Kingston. Both Greg and Cory are certified arborists as well.

2) On May 29th, Greg, Cory and Dennis Quintal, EKCC chair, conducted a quick, visual assessment of roadside trees, as well as ash trees on East Kingston's town properties (town office, library, police department, public works, elementary school, Foss Wasson Field, Trickling Falls Dam, and all three cemeteries).

3) On June 13th, EKCC received an ash inventory report (PDF attached).

4) We determined the town has one high-value ash tree in Union Cemetery on South Street. This tree might be a good candidate to receive long-term systemic insecticide treatments to prevent EAB infection.

Next Steps
1) Discuss recommendations and next steps with the Cemetery Committee
2) Reassess the tree's health in the spring (before any treatment)
3) Provided the tree is healthy (no serious crown die-back or blonding), get bids from vendors to apply the insecticide in the spring of 2020

If you have any questions, please contact us at EKconservation@gmail.com.

Public Notice of Informational Session - Finding PFAS in Wells (pdf)

Selectmen’s Meeting Rescheduled

Monday June 3, 2019 meeting has been rescheduled for Monday June 10, 2019 at 6:30pm. (pdf)

NHDOT Wins Award for East Kingston Bridge Rehab Project

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS LINK

Public Notice

SUBJECT: FINDING OF PFAS IN WELLS

TIME AND PLACE: MAY 2, 2019 – EAST KINGSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 7:00 – 8:00 PM

THURSDAY EVENING, STARTING AT 7:00PM AT THE EAST KINGSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE TOWN OF EAST KINGSTON WILL BE HOLDING AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR ALL RESIDENTS REGARDING THE RECENT FINDINGS OF PFAS IN SOME RESIDENT’S WELL WATER.

THIS RECENT FINDING OF PFAS IN SOME OF THE RESIDENT’S WELL WATER WAS MADE BY THE NHDES AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ORIGINATED FROM THE BIOLOGICAL RECYCLING COMPANY LOCATED AT 79 NORTH ROAD IN EAST KINGSTON.

ON THURSDAY, WE WILL BE JOINED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NHDES THAT IS INVOLVED WITH THIS SPECIFIC CASE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS INFORMATIONAL SESSION IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF THOSE THAT ARE INTERESTED IN THIS MATTER.

THE NHDES REPRESENTATIVE WILL EXPLAIN WHAT PFAS ARE, HOW THEY ENTER OUR WASTE WATER SYSTEMS AND REMEDIES FOR FILTERING. NHDES WILL THEN DETAIL THE CURRENT SITUATION AT BRC AND PLANS GOING FORWARD.

THERE WILL BE AMPLE TIME TO LISTEN TO RESIDENT’S CONCERNS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

EAST KINGSTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN

DATE OF NOTICE: APRIL 29, 2019

Key Informational Websites:

DHHS:  https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/pfcs/index.htm

ATSDR:  https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/

EPA:  https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos

DES:  https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation/

Well testing:  

https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/pfoa-testing-labs.pdf

In home treatment:  

https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation/?page_id=171

Statewide sampling map:

http://nhdes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=66770bef141c43a98a445c54a17720e2&extent=-73.5743,42.5413,-69.6852,45.4489

Town Report

Rabies Clinic 2019 (pdf)

Election Results March 12, 2019 (pdf)

Sample Ballots March 2019

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots for the Town Election to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office.

You may vote by absentee ballot ONLY IF, on the day of the election, one of the following is true:

  • You will be absent from the town or city where you are registered to vote;

  • You cannot appear in public because of observance of a religious commitment;

  • You are unable to vote in person by reason of a physical disability;

  • You cannot appear at any time during the polling hours of your polling place because of an employment obligation. For the purposes of this application, the term “employment” shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.

    If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above, then you may not vote by absentee ballot. Please vote in person on election day.

Supervisors of the Checklist

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday, March 2, from 11:00-11:30AM, at the Pound School on Depot Road. The purpose of the meeting is to make corrections and additions to the Checklist. This will be the last day to accept voter registration applications before the Town Election on March 12. Please bring a photo ID and proof of domicile.

2019 Deliberative Session February 5, 2019 (pdf)

Real ID Information

Corrected 2019 Proposed Budget

2019 Budget, Default Budget and Warrant Articles (pdf)

Supervisors of the Checklist

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Tuesday January 22, 2019 from 7-7:30 PM at the Pound School, Depot Road, East Kingston.
This session will address checklist items and accept new voter registrations. Changes in party registrations will be accepted.

Town Office Hours - Effective 12/1/18 (pdf)

Wreaths Across America

Help Homeless Veterans (pdf)

Knit a Hat for a Homeless Vet Campaign – Keep Knitting! (pdf)

Halloween 2018

The Town of East Kingston will observe Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Supervisors of the Checklist

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11:00 to 11:30 AM at The Pound School, Depot Road, East Kingston, NH.

The purpose of the meeting is for additions, deletions and corrections to the Checklist.

Absentee Ballots

East Kingston Voters: Absentee ballots for the State General Election, November 6, 2018, are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office.

You may vote by absentee ballot ONLY IF, on the day of the election, one of the following is true:

  • You will be absent from the town or city where you are registered to vote;

  • You cannot appear in public because of observance of a religious commitment;

  • You are unable to vote in person by reason of a physical disability;

  • You cannot appear at any time during polling hours of your polling place because of an employment obligation. For the purposes of this application, the term “employment” shall include the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation.

If you do not meet one of the requirements listed above, then you may not vote by absentee ballot. Please vote in person on election day.

General Election Sample Ballot - November 6, 2018

Absentee Ballot Application for State General Election November 6, 2018

Link to A Guide to Government Aid for Seniors

Special pick up days 2018

  • Bulky Pick-up 5/21/18 (pdf)

  • Bulky Pick-up 9/24/18 (pdf)

  • White Goods/Electronics 10/15/18 (pdf)

  • Hazardous waste 10/20/18 (pdf)

March 2018 Voting Results (pdf)

2018-19 Wheeled Vehicle Registration Fee Change (effective May 1, 2018) (pdf)

Election Information (pdf) & Sample Ballots (pdf) & Absentee Ballot Application (pdf)

Rabies Clinic (pdf)

2018 Deliberative Session Minutes (pdf)

2018 Town Open Elected positions and filing period information (pdf)

Coloring Contest (pdf)

Absentee Ballots

Absentee Ballots are now available in the Town Clerk's Office or by mail or HERE for the Town Election to be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. March 3, 2017 will be the last day to accept voter registration applications until election day.

An absentee voter must be registered to vote in East Kingston, will be absent from Town on Voting Day, unable to come to the polls due to physical disability, or a religious observance, or an employment obligation requiring physical presence at work.

Requests must include your signature, East Kingston address, and a mailing address if different from home address. Written requests for the ballot can be mailed to the East Kingston Town Clerk, PO Box 249, East Kingston, NH 03827, emailed to bclark@eastkingstonnh.gov, or applied for in person at the Town Clerk's Office. The office will also accept faxed requests to (603)642-5096.

Completed ballots, returned in person, must be received at the Town Clerk's Office no later than 5:00PM, March 13, 2017, or received by mail by March 14, 2017. Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk only by the voter, spouse, child, sibling or parent (special form required if not being delivered by voter).

Please call the Town Clerk's Office at 642-8794 for more information.

Track your Ballot

Voters: check your party, find your polling place, and more...

Track your ballots on: State of NH Voter Information Look-up

Dog Licensing Reminder....

East Kingston residents are reminded that April 30th is the deadline for dog owners to license their dogs with the Town Clerk.

A new adult dog should be licensed immediately with the Town Clerk. A puppy must be licensed as soon as it is 4 months old. 

  • Male/Female - $9.00

  • Spayed Female /Neutered Male - $6.50

  • Dogs under 7 months old - $6.50

  • SeniorCitizen (65+ years - first animal only) - $2.00

A current rabies certificate, proof of spaying/neutering (if necessary) or previous year's dog license are required for licensing.

There is a $1.00 per month late fee for each month after May 31st. If you fail to license your dog, a fine of $30.00 will be issued by the East Kingston Police Department.

You can license your dog online under Town Clerk/Taxes.