Belmont Police Warn of Computer Phishing Scam
Belmont PD has seen a few social engineering/phishing cases recently and wanted to get the word out to help our citizens become more informed. At no point will any entity legitimately call you to let you know of a problem with your PC and then offer to fix it for you. Read More...
Does your street-side mailbox comply with USPS standards?
Erecting street-side mail box
USPS & Town of Belmont
Every new mailbox design should be reviewed and receive the Postmaster General’s (PMG) seal of approval before it goes to market. If you opt to construct your own mailbox, it must meet the same standards as manufactured boxes, so show the plans to your local postmaster for approval. Looking for a larger mailbox? Try a Next Generation Mailbox.
Here are some helpful guidelines to follow when installing your mailbox:
Installing the Post
The best mailbox supports are stable but bend or fall away if a car hits them. The Federal Highway Administration recommends:
Mailboxes take a beating from the weather, so we recommend an annual mailbox checkup to avoid damage to your mail or difficulty identifying your address.
USDA Wildlife Services works closely with the NH Fish and Game Department to mitigate human-bear conflicts throughout the state. They are reaching out to towns in NH in the hopes that they can get some information about black bears and mitigating bear concerns on town websites and Facebook pages.
Prime black bear habitat includes deciduous forests (oaks, maple, beech etc.), wetlands, and riparian (along rivers) zones. The natural areas surrounding your town provide very good habitat for black bears. Many human-bear conflicts arise when bears frequent properties to access food attractants that are found around homes. The most common attractants are birdfeeders, unsecured garbage, and compost piles which include food scraps. Livestock, such as chickens and pigs, can also attract bears when not properly protected. Electric fencing is the most effective way to protect livestock. In most cases removing the attractant the bear(s) are utilizing eliminates the bear problem. It is also helpful to harass bears with noise, such as banging pots and pans, or using compressed air horns to scare them away. Read their Report for links to relevant sites. Photo NH Fish & Game
The USDA Rural Development offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit units and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.
They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. They help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.
The Town of Belmont has partnered with Rural Development on both the Rte 3 municipal water line relocation and Fire & Police Departments heating plant projects.
Be sure to consider this important partner for your project.
NH Rural Development Portal
Ice jams can be unpredictable and happen very quickly. Flooding is the most common disaster event in New Hampshire. Spring is typically when flooding is most expected, but as many New Hampshire residents have experienced, flooding can occur at any time during the year.
Review this handout on Ice Jams and Flooding for how property owners can protect their property from flooding.
Everyone lives in a flood zonewhether it is a low-, moderate- or high-risk area. Property owners do not need to live near water to be flooded. It is important for property owners to know that homeowners insurance does not cover losses that are defined as "flood,” which in general is the overflow of water across land from any source including an ice jam.
Flooding can even occur outside the mapped floodplain areas due to various and conditions and circumstances including ice jams. Approximately 25 percent of flood insurance claims were filed for structures that were located outside of the mapped floodplain areas.
The New Hampshire Floodplain Management Program at the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) encourages property owners to consider purchasing flood insurance to help protect their property from flooding, which can occur as a result of an ice jam. Generally, a flood insurance policy requires 30 days before it goes into effect. Property owners are encouraged to talk to their current insurance agent and visit FEMA’s FloodSmart web site at: www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-programfor more information about flood insurance. Information can also be found on NH OSI’s Floodplain Management Program web site at: www.nh.gov/osi/planning/programs/fmp/.
For more information about ice jams, please view the NH Silver Jackets team and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Ice Jam Observer Training slides from recent trainings, which are located on the NH Geological Survey’s Flood and Geologic Hazards Program page at: www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/gsu/fegh/.
Midstate RCC - Building new community transportation services in the region
The need to provide transportation services to people who do not have access to reliable transportation options due to age, disability, income or other reasons has been identified as an issue in central New Hampshire for many years. In response to these issues, a Coordinated Transit & Human Services Transportation Plan was developed by the region’s stakeholders in early 2010 with assistance from staff members from the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) and the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC).
The Mid-State region consists of Belknap County, Merrimack County (excluding Hooksett) and the towns of Hillsborough, Deering and Windsor from Hillsborough County.
In addition to the many benefits of coordinated community transportation espoused by the Statewide Coordinating Council (SCC) and other regions, the Mid-State RCC sees the coordination process as an opportunity to increase services for its citizenry by building new community transportation services in the region.
Another key role that the Mid-State RCC has is to represent its citizenry’s interests in making connections and have an active ongoing dialogue with multiple neighboring regions, and the SCC in order to explore new community transportation development opportunities. Also important to the Mid-State RCC, is the notion that the "community” in community transportation involve as much of the community as possible instead of focusing on disenfranchised groups only.
See more about Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation Services in Belknap and Merrimack Counties at http://www.midstatercc.org/
Belmont Police donate defibrillator to Great Brook Village
Written by Adam Drapcho
By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — When John Miller suggested at a weekly coffee hour that Great Brook Village should have an automatic emergency defibrillator, Belmont Police Corporal Evan Boulanger took the suggestion to the Police Relief Association. "They never get everyone to agree on anything, but there was a unanimous vote for this,” Boulanger said after officers presented an AED to the residential community on Wednesday morning. Great Brook Village has been inviting members of the Belmont police and fire departments to its Wednesday morning coffee hours for a quarter of a century, and the informal meetings have provided a time for residents to meet new officers and discuss any issues they were having. "More importantly,” Boulanger said, "they have offered us kind words and a grandparentlike place to spend a few hours on Wednesday mornings. They have gone out of their way to support our police and fire departments in so many ways, so we wanted to give back to them.” Miller, who is vice president of Great Brook Village’s board of directors, said the residents had done fundraisers to help the police department acquire Vito, Boulanger’s canine partner, raising $1,500 toward the K9 patrol. While some residents at Great Brook Village are still working, most are on fixed incomes, so engaging in another significant fundraiser to purchase a defibrillator would be a challenge. Sergeant Adam Hawkins made the presentation on behalf of the Belmont Police Relief Association, joined by Detective Rachel Moulton. Accepting on behalf of the village were Michael Parent, president; Ron Lowd, village liaison; and Miller. Members of the Belmont Fire Department will be offering instruction in how to use the device.
LRPA Board of Directors held their annual meeting in Meredith on March 30, 2016. Lakes Region Public Access is a non-profit 501 (c) corporation which operates a non-commercial public access television station and community media center with studio and offices located at the Laconia High School. LRPA is a wonderful community partner and all shows are available to Metrocast Cablevision subscribers in Belmont. Learn more at the LRPA Website. Annual Meeting
Just a reminder that the Town of Belmont is an active member of Lakes Region Public Access Television which can be seen locally on Metrocast Channels 24, 25 and 26. If you are a camera buff and you have an interest in producing a show to be shown on LRPA, please contact the station at 528-3070 to discuss your idea.
Meetings of the Belmont Selectmen can now be watched on Livestream during the meeting at www.livestream.com/belmontnh. Livestream on demand is also available after the meeting and meetings will still be shown on Channel 25.
Belmont Selectmen's meetings now stream live online Daily Sun 6/8/16
Belmont Selectmen meetings soon to be live streamed on Public Access TV Citizen 5/17/16
Belmont Police Department Suggestions to Improve Your Safety
Read these important suggestions to improve your safety today!
Digging is the most common cause of all accidental damage to underground natural gas pipelines. Important Natural Gas Safety Information.
Even a hand shovel can cause enough damage to create a leak or line failure. Call Before You Dig!! What you need to know
NH DES Be Well Informed Guide
Information and Guidance for Treating Private Well Water
Private Water Well Testing Presentation, May 3, 2017
It Takes A Community - Sharps Info
As the weather gets warmer, students and families will begin to enjoy local parks and beaches. Please review this important information to help ensure a safe and healthy summer. Brought to you by It Takes A Community serving the towns of Belmont and Canterbury.
What Should I do if I find Needles/Sharps?
Understanding, Avoiding & Checking for Ticks! May, 2016 Conservation Commission Newsletter
Do you have Prescription Drugs that you no longer use?
The Belmont Police Department is a one of growing number of police departments across the U.S. that have added a prescription drug drop-off box to allow people to safely and properly dispose of expired or unneeded drugs.
Medicine storage and disposal procedures must also consider poisoning and substance abuse concerns.
The common concern with people flushing old prescriptions down the toilet is one of the worst ways of disposal. Some of those drugs could eventually end up back in the water supply. More...
01/31/19 New Year—Same Old Scams
Eversource and NH PUC offer ways to avoid becoming a victim in 2019
MANCHESTER, N.H. (January 28, 2019) – The New Year is in full swing and so are scams targeting utility customers across the country and right here in New Hampshire. Already this year, customers in many towns around the state have been approached by scammers, either on the phone or at their door. To warn customers, Eversource and the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) are teaming up to ensure that people know the tell-tale signs of scams, so they can avoid becoming a victim. Read More…
10/23/18 You may have seen information recently about Eversource usage of drones to inspect power lines in addition to helicopter and foot patrols.
Beginning the week of October 29th, 2018, Eversource drone inspections will be taking place in the towns of Belmont, Tilton, and Franklin. The inspections will take place on the L176 and J125 lines that pass through those towns.
Below see a sample notification letter that was sent to property owners along these lines as well as the Drone Fact Sheet that discusses how Eversource is using drones for inspections. MESA, the contractor conducting the inspections, will carry identification at all times while working in the area.
Please feel free to share this information with interested parties, and to contact Eversource with any questions.
SAMPLE EVERSOURCE LETTER
DRONE FACT SHEET
On May 10, 2017, in recognition of Arbor Day, Eversource - New Hampshire donated a Flowering Crabapple tree to the Town of Belmont. The tree was planted along Main Street with the Belmont Mill in the background. Assisting were Shayne Dione (Asplundh Tree Service), Nate Baker (Asplundh) Meghan Mason (Eversource), Kevin Erickson (Asplundh) and Brian Salas, Eversource Vegetation Management Arborist, Northern Region.
5/6/16 Eversource Utility Data Contractors will be working on a community project in the region through February of 2017. Sample of property notification.
1/1/16 Electric Rate Tariff Information 2016 Summary of Electric Rates
12/14/15 On December 14th or there about Eversource (formerly PSNH) and their contractors Itron and Apex will begin the installation of Automated Meters for customers who are served by Eversource in Belmont serviced from the Eversource Tilton NH area work center.
This is a reminder that employees of Apex and Itron will be working on meter changes/installations and will leave a "success" door hanger if the meter was changed or a "needs appointment" door hanger if customer assistance is needed.
Additional info on the Eversource automated meter reading project.
Eversource (PSNH) & NH Electric Cooperative Service Areas