PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Public Works Director,
347 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3 next to Family Dollar)
41 Main Street, Meredith, NH 03253
Office open Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm
Public Works Forms and Permit Applications:
LOAD LIMIT - POSTED ROADS
In accordance with the Town of Meredith Load Limit Ordinance,
Section II and III, all Meredith town roads will now be
POSTED with a load limit restriction of
twelve thousand (12,000) pounds gross vehicle weight.
This posting shall be in effect starting Tuesday, February 21, 2017
at 7 AM and will remain in effect until further notice.
All requests for temporary permits to haul loads over 12,000 lbs.
on any posted town road during this time must be
applied for at the Public Works Office at 347 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
and are issued at the discretion of the Public Works Director,
Michael Faller. Permits issued on day to day basis only.
Failure to comply with the provisions of this ordinance
shall result in a fine of $250.00 for first offense and
$500.00 for each subsequent offense.
Each load that is hauled over said road
shall be a separate offense. Signed permit must be in hand
when traveling over said posted road.
TOWN OF MEREDITH-PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE
(Rt 3 - Next to Family Dollar Store)
347 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith
In accordance with Article IV Section 10-129 of the
Town of Meredith Municipal Code, no bob houses shall be placed on any town property except in the area so designated at Leavitt Park Beach.
1. All bob houses shall be removed from said designated area at Leavitt Park Beach by April 7th of each year. Any person violating this section shall be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 and the bob house and any related ice fishing equipment shall be removed by direction of any police officer.
2. After April 15th, 2017 the Town of Meredith shall remove, at the owner’s expense, all bob houses and/or ice fishing equipment and accessories left on any town property.
3. Failure of the owner to claim said property within 30 days of violation shall cause the property to be sold in accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire.
4. Please use extreme caution when removing bob houses as the ice conditions may be poor.
WINTER STREET PARKING
Effective November 1, 2016 until April 1, 2017,
NO VEHICLES shall be parked on any town road
or street between the hours of 12 Midnight and 6:00 AM,
except in the event of an emergency. Any vehicles parked
on any town road or street during these times will be towed
at the owner's expense, at the discretion
of the Meredith Police Department.
Questions: Call Public Works Director at 603-279-6352
NO PAVEMENT CUTS:
No pavement cuts will be allowed on any town road or street
effective November 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017,
due to impending inclement weather and the inability
to restore the pavement to its original condition during
the winter months.
SIDEWALK PLOWING NOTICE
We are currently in the process of preparing for
our winter plowing season.
In order to facilitate the safe and efficient removal
of snow we ask that you trim your hedges
and/or bushes back from the town sidewalk abutting your property.
Our town sidewalks are narrow and the machine used
for plowing them utilizes all the limited available
space to maneuver.
Part of our mission is to keep the sidewalks free and clear
of all ice and snow while avoiding any
possible damage to private property.
We ask for your help and consideration
in the performance of this responsibility.
If you are unable to do the trimming
along the town sidewalk
that abutts your property, we are able to perform the task ourselves.
Please call the Public Works office
at 279-6352 with your name
and address and arrangements will be made.
Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
BOAT LAUNCHING AT TOWN DOCKS
$20.00 Fee for every boat launch
Residents may purchase a
Sold Waste Decal/Facility Use Permit for $20.00
which allows the resident's vehicle displaying the permit
permanently affixed to the passenger side window
of the resident's vehicle to launch for no cost.
NOTICE TO ALL MEREDITH VILLAGE (RT 3) CEMETERY
AND ALL LANG STREET CEMETERY LOT OWNERS
FALL CLEANUP IN THESE TWO CEMETERIES WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 21ST, 2016.
LOT OWNERS WISHING TO SAVE ANY ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS, VASES,
OR ANY OTHER GRAVE DECORATIONS OF ANY SENTIMENTAL VALUE
SHOULD EITHER REMOVE THESE ITEMS FROM THE GRAVE LOTS BY OCTOBER 21ST, 2016
OR PLEASE CALL THE MEREDITH VILLAGE CEMETERY SEXTON AT 603-279-6352
AND ARRANGE FOR THESE ITEMS TO BE SAVED FOR YOU.
SOLID WASTE INFORMATION:
SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM OF PAGE
FOR REGULAR SOLID WASTE FACILITY
MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DISPOSED OF
AND THE DISPOSAL FEES.
MANDATORY RECYCLING FACILITY
Questions about recycling or disposal:
279-8480 or 279-6352
The Solid Waste Facility is open six days a week 8 am to 3pm
CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY
Closed on Holidays
Standard Operating Guidelines for
Winter Maintenance and Snow and Ice Removal
Revision: March 2015
Governing Laws: RSA 41:11, RSA 47:17, RSA 231:92-a and RSA 507-B, 2b
Approved Date: March 1999; Revised November 2009, March 2015
Next Review Date: March 2018
Policy: It is the intent of the Town of Meredith to provide timely, efficient, and cost-effective winter maintenance, snow removal, and ice control on the roadways of the municipality for the safety and benefit of the town’s residents, businesses and the general motoring public.
Procedure: The objective stated above will be achieved by implementation and execution of the procedures and tasks outlined in the Town of Meredith Winter Operations Snow Removal and Ice Control Procedures. Due to the many variables that are inherent in New England weather, each storm and/or weather event may require slightly different effort and/or emphasis on any number of maintenance tasks, which together, determine the overall winter maintenance, snow removal or ice control strategy.
Level of Service: It is not possible to maintain snow and ice free black roads or sidewalks during a storm. It is the intention of the Town of Meredith to provide practical, safe access to homes, businesses and municipal facilities during winter storms within the confines of budget limitations.
It is our policy to start snow removal operations upon an accumulation of two inches of snowfall. The Public Works Director or his/her designee (example: Assistant Public Works Director), may, at his/her discretion, based upon weather information reports, elect not to remove snow until there is a greater or lesser accumulation. Pre-treatment and ice control may be addressed prior to the actual snow beginning, during the actual storms as seen effective, and after the storm. It should be noted that the salt has a much slower effect on melting snow and ice at temperatures below 25 degrees and may not be applied without additives until it is warmer.
Command: Direction of all winter maintenance activities for the Town of Meredith is vested with the Public Works Director or his/her designee (example: Assistant Public Works Director) under the direction of the Town Manager.
Execution: The policy outlined above is intended to serve as the normal operation procedures for winter maintenance, snow removal and/or ice control for the Town of Meredith. One or more of the following, which may delay or prevent the implementation of this policy, may affect any part of or all of this policy:
1. Equipment Breakdown
2. Snow Accumulation in excess of 1 inch per hour
3. Traffic congestion
5. Illness or Absence of Personnel
6. Budget constraints
7. Extensive operations with an exhausted crew.
Adoption: The Town of Meredith has adopted these winter operations snow removal and ice control policy effective March 1999 with subsequent approved revisions in November 2009. All residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content as it describes the condition that one might expect to encounter before, during and following a winter storm event.
WINTER OPERATIONS SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL PROCEDURES
(Includes Paved and Gravel Streets and Highways, Sidewalks,
Solid Waste Facility and Parking Areas)
Equipment: The Public Works Highway Division utilizes all the assets needed to address snow emergencies. The town owns six 35,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) trucks, five 28,000 GVW trucks, and one 54,000 GVW truck, all which have mounted hydraulic powered sanders with wings and front plows. Several town pickups, backhoes, loaders and pieces of specialty equipment complete the snow and ice fighting force.
Routes: Currently, the town is divided into fifteen plow routes and fifteen treatment routes. There are a total number of 147.84 road miles in the Town of Meredith. Town maintained roads are comprised of 93 road miles, which include 32 miles of gravel roads and 61 miles of paved roads. Town roads not maintained in the winter include Class VI roads and Class V to summer cottage roads for a total of 4.4 miles. In addition, there are 20.9 miles of private roads that the town does not maintain.
State roads in the town include 1.24 interstate road miles, 7.72 trunk lines and 19.68 miles of Class 2 roads.
Manpower: The town has 12 full time and 1 part time highway employees assigned to winter maintenance operations. In addition, one supervisor and two employees from the Buildings and Grounds division and one employees from the cemetery division are used for snow removal and ice control on sidewalks, parking areas and all town building entrances.
Materials: The department uses approximately 2,500 tons of salt and 4,000 cubic yards of sand each season. The sand is used as an abrasive for paved and gravel roads and is applied to improve the public’s motor vehicle traction. On paved roads, salt is tightly spread at 200 lbs. per lane mile to allow it to create liquid salt brine. The department employs salt as a de-icing agent. In the “Low Salt Areas” designated in town, only sand is used and only when necessary and salt is applied only in extreme icing conditions. Unless weather conditions require a different approach, winter maintenance routes are routinely treated with salt (paved roads) and sand (gravel roads). When salting paved roads, we typically treat @ 200 lbs per lane mile. Sand is spread at a higher ratio of 750 to 1,000 lbs per lane mile when needed. When the salt is applied it creates brine on the road surface that reduces snow compaction on the paved roads. Applying salt to gravel roads has a negative impact and can create mud. The road crown and the vehicular traffic further assist with the distribution of the brine. Salt becomes less effective as the temperature drops.
The town uses sand during extreme cold temperatures (once it drops below 15-18 degrees Fahrenheit) on all roads. During extreme cold, the town will only use sand and only where needed. Our sand is mixed with salt in a ratio of 20/1 (20 parts sand to one part salt). This helps to prevent the sand from freezing in the spreaders of the trucks and in the sand stock pile. During extreme sub-zero temperatures even this mixture will freeze.
Our sand supply is bid out each year. Following bid requirements and award, the sand is trucked in to our storage facilities throughout the winter season, as needed. Rock salt is purchased through a supplier, as needed, at state bid price, and is trucked in to our storage facilities throughout the winter season by the supplier. Our building storage facility is capable of storing approximately 500 hundred tons of salt and 1,500 tons of salt/sand mix undercover.
Communications: The Public Works Department rolling stock is equipped with two way radios capable of transmitting and receiving on frequency 153.98. Every employee is assigned a unique radio call number. Any private contractors working for the town communicate with DPW via their own cell phones. The Meredith Department of Public Works maintains communications both from the highway garage and from the Meredith Public Works office. The Public Works Departments, Fire Department and Police Department radios are able to copy each other and communicate with each other.
Schools: The Department of Public Works is NOT responsible for the clearing of snow or for winter maintenance or treatments of the district schools’ access roads and parking lots; this is done by private contract under the administration of the School District. However, on days when school is in session, our winter maintenance efforts on our town roads must be timed to coincide with bus routing and delivery.
During a winter snow event, the bus company calls the Public Works Department and asks the Public Works Director or his/her designee (example: Assistant Public Works Director) for information on the road conditions. We relate information on conditions of our town roads and the bus company then relays that information to the superintendent of schools. The superintendent of schools then makes the decision whether to close school or to delay opening and for how long a delay. There are three towns included in the local school district so information must come from all three public works departments as conditions may vary from town to town.
Winter Parking Ban: The Town of Meredith has an ordinance (Sec 29-73) that enacts a winter parking ban every year from November 1st to April 1st between the hours of 12 Midnight and 6 AM. This ban prohibits parking in or on any town road or in any town right of way during those times. Any vehicle so parked as to obstruct such snow plowing and or snow removal operations may be towed by the Town of Meredith at the expense of the vehicle owner, unless specified exempt by the Town of Meredith Highway Department. The purpose of this winter parking ban is to allow winter maintenance crews unobstructed snow removal and ice control routes as much as possible and to maintain the maximum effectiveness of their efforts. The penalty is a fine not to exceed $25.00 for each violation.
Placing of Snow: The placing of snow on the road surface of any public roads within the Town of Meredith is prohibited. Pursuant to Sec 26-3 of the Code of Ordinances, any person who shall place or cause to be placed, any snow or ice, upon the surface of any Class 4 or Class 5 highway or road way of the Town of Meredith, shall be subject to a fine and reimbursement to the town for any expense incurred in the cleanup of said violation.
Plow Route Priorities: With a total of 93 miles of town roads to remove snow and ice from, and sixteen pieces of equipment to handle this responsibility, the Highway Department needs to assign priorities for winter maintenance route activity in order to maximize the effectiveness of their efforts for the motoring public.
School bus routes are given the first priority during school days. Each plow route will ensure that the best possible snow clearance will be completed within one half hour of bus route time.
Second priority is given to the public parking areas: Town Offices, Town Hall, Library, Police Station and both Fire Stations will be maintained by plowing during winter storms. The application of slip resistant materials will be applied after the storm as determined by the Public Works Director or his/her designee (example: Assistant Public Works Director).
Solid Waste Transfer Station/Recycling Center: The transfer station personnel are required to assist with the winter snow removal operations. If the facility is open to the public during a snow or ice storm, personnel will plow/shovel/snow blow this area prior to opening for public use. All public areas shall be kept as clear as possible to provide as safe an access is reasonably possible. Sand and other slip resistant materials shall be used in public areas. It will often not be possible to maintain clear ground, but a reasonable effort will be made during storms.
Meredith Roads Not Receiving Winter Maintenance: The Town of Meredith does not maintain a number of roadways as part of its ongoing winter maintenance activities.
The areas NOT maintained by the town include:
• Town roads classified as Class VI roads
• Private roads
• Class V to summer cottage roads
• State maintained roads and number routes
Post Storm Operations: As determined by the Director of Public Works or his/her designee (example: Assistant Public Works Director or foreman), the snow banks resulting from previous storm snow accumulations shall be pushed back, or shelved, using the plow and wings of dump trucks, grader or other suitable equipment to make space for snow removal from future storms.
Damage to Private Property: It should be noted that the municipality is not to be held responsible for damage to any private property that is located within the town right of way (ROW). The ROW is often 50’ wide from the center or the road, but property owners get confused and consider this their own property. In most cases, the ROW extends ten to twenty feet on either side of the paved or gravel road. Homeowners cultivate extensions of their lawns, place mailboxes, fences or stone walls within this ROW area, which may improve the appearance of their property or the street, but it is obstructive to a good maintenance operation being conducted on the roadway.
Homeowners should not put bark mulch, crushed rock, stone walls, fences (visible and invisible), irrigation systems, trees, lawns or plantings in the town right of way. The town is not liable for any damage that may occur to property within its right of way. Many items interfere with heavy equipment and can become a hazard for vehicles and pedestrians. They often cause drainage failures and thereby road deterioration.
Location of Mailboxes: Mail and newspaper boxes are allowed at the owner’s risk within the right of way for the purpose of convenience. The United States Postal Bulletin 22102 states “The Postal Service suggests using a semi-arch or extended arm support which allows snowplows to sweep near or under mailboxes without damaging supports and provides easy access to the mailboxes by the carriers and the customers.”
The following are suggestions for reducing the possibility of damage and liability:
• Mailboxes should, whenever possible, be installed at least three feet from the edge of the pavement or road edge.
• Installation should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand the weight of heavy snow resulting from coming off a plow and hitting the mailbox and post during winter maintenance plowing operations.
Sidewalk Snow Removal: Sidewalk snow plowing will be done at the end of the snow or ice storm, within the limitations of manpower, equipment, and storm size. If there are insufficient personnel available to conduct sidewalk snow removal operations, as well as street and road clearance, the streets and roads will take priority. The sidewalks will be treated with salt and/or sand as quickly as possible after the storm, as required. The Town of Meredith has over 5-1/2 miles of sidewalks. During large snow events it could take more than a day after the storm to open them up for pedestrians.
Snow Pick Up Town Wide: To facilitate safe sight lines and access to sidewalks, snow pickup operations will occur. Snow pickup and removal operations are typically scheduled when a snowfall of 12-15 inches of snow has accumulated.
However, the Public Works Director and/or his designee may decide to hold off on the snow pickup and removal if another storm is due to come in. Then the total snow accumulation can be picked up with less time and labor involved. This operation is typically done at night due to high traffic volume during the day.
It is also much safer for pedestrians and the motoring public as the snow pickup equipment takes up most of the road space during removal operations. This operation is a lengthy process and does impede traffic flow so we do it only when necessary and when time and weather permit.
Snow pickup may occur on as needed basis to ensure safe sight lines. As in all parts of this Guideline, snow pickup is subject to budgetary constraints.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the Public Works Director at 603-279-6352
Town of Meredith Winter Sand Policy
January 22, 2014
The purpose of this policy is to outline the availability of winter sand for Meredith Residents to take for their private residential use and the guidelines for obtaining the sand:
1. The winter sand is paid for by the Town of Meredith and therefore is available to Town of Meredith Residents only. The sand is not available to Center Harbor residents (or residents of any other towns). Center Harbor residents (and residents of any other towns) should contact their town office to find out where they may obtain winter sand in their town.
2. The intent is to provide residents with winter sand for use at their residence. Accordingly, this sand is not intended for commercial entities or businesses such as landscapers, snow removal contractors or property maintenance businesses.
3. There are two locations available for winter sand: the sand box located inside the Meredith Transfer and Recycling Center at 11 Jenness Hill Road in Meredith and at the Meredith Center Fire Station on Meredith Center Road.
4. Winter sand is available at the Transfer station when it is open-8am to 3pm every day, except Wednesday.
5. Access to the Meredith Transfer and Recycling Center at Jenness Hill requires a solid waste permit decal, which can be obtained for $20 for a two year permit and is available at the Town Hall (Monday to Friday 8am to 5 pm), Solid Waste Office at the Recycling Center (open 6 days a week 8am to 3pm-closed every Wednesday) or at the Public Works Office (open Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30 pm) located at 347 Daniel Webster Highway (next to Family Dollar).
6. Winter sand is available at the Meredith Center Fire Station 24 hours a day.
7. Access to the winter sand stored at the Meredith Center Fire Station is by the walkway to the right of the building. Entry or parking behind the building is now allowed. If the town public works crew is in the middle of winter plowing and sanding operations and using this sand pile you may not access the pile for safety reasons while they are there working.
8. Winter sand can be shoveled into and removed by pails-shoveling into truck beds, sanders or other large containers is not allowed.
9. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the loss access to the winter sand areas, loss of access to the Transfer station or further warranted action.
10. Thank you for your help in keeping costs down and controlling this operation so that it works well for all of us.
2017 TOWN OF MEREDITH
REGULAR SOLID WASTE FEE SCHEDULE
(For Residents from Towns of Meredith and Center Harbor Only)
A Mandatory Recycling Facility
17 Jenness Hill Road, Meredith 603-279-8480
Open Daily 8 am to 3 PM - CLOSED Every Wednesday and Holidays
Questions about Recycling or Disposal
(or 279-6352 Public Works Office)
A complete set of rules, regulations,list of
materials accepted for recycling and instructions
for separation are available at the Solid Waste Facility,
Public Works Office and the Town Hall.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
Held Annually on last Saturday in July, from 8:30 am to Noon
at Meredith Town Highway Garage
For more information go to the website for the
Lakes Region Planning Commission
Two Year Solid Waste Decal Permits
for 2015-2017 are available at Public Works Office (next to Family Dollar),
Solid Waste Office and Town Hall
for Town Residents and Residential property owners only.
(Decal permit purchase requires current registration
of resident's vehicle and $20;
2nd permit for same household free of charge)
Old Permits expire May 31, 2017.
DISPOSAL MATERIALS AND FEES:
Chop Saw for Residents-three cut limit - No Charge
Chop Saw for Contractors-or additional resident cuts - $ 5.00
Contractors Permit-valid for seven (7) consecutive days only - $10.00
Construction & Demolition Debris- $ .08 per lb = $160/ton
Leaves & Yard Waste:
Residential (must be hauled in by resident) No Charge
Leaves & Yard Waste Hauled in by Commercial Hauler:
Pickup truck (Load is considered level with gunnels) $10.00 Load
Pickup w/Box $25.00 Load
All other vehicles $45.00 Load
Facility Decal Permit-first permit-resident/taxpayer - $20.00
Facility Decal Permit-second decal-same household- No Charge
Facility Decal Permit-replacement - each additional decal after first two $20.00
Facility Decal Permit-if original decal presented - No Charge
Replacement Facility Decal Permit-if original not presented -$20.00
Coupon Booklet (10 coupons) instead of second decal - No Charge
2 Coupon Booklets (20 coupons) instead of 2 decals - $20.00
Coupon booklet (10 coupons)-each additional booklet - $20.00
Special One Day Refuse Permit-one time facility use - $2.00/ trip
Mattresses or Box Springs-stripped of metal (limit 2 per trip) - No Charge
Mattresses or Box Springs- containing metal - $10.00 ea
Propane Tanks Up to 20 lbs. - $ 5.00 ea
Propane Tanks-Over 20 lbs - $25.00 ea
Fluorescent Bulbs - $ 0.15/foot
Monitor/TV units - $15.00 ea
Vehicle Tires-16” or less with NO rims - $ 2.00 ea
Vehicle Tires-16” or less WITH rims - $ 6.00 ea
Vehicle Tires-16.5” or greater, w/NO rims - $10.00 ea
All other Tires: With NO rims-
(skidder, loader, heavy const, etc.) - $25.00 ea
APPLIANCES-refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers
(Doors must be removed) - $20.00 ea
All other household appliances - $13.00 ea
NOTE: White Goods stripped and disassembled will NOT be accepted unless certified
by a Technician that the items are not hazardous to the environment.
Creosote Wood Products: shall be no more than 5 feet in length.
We reserve the right to limit quantities or acceptance of these products
due to State or Federal Regulation or due to our loss of disposal options.
Check with Solid Waste Attendant for disposal fees and procedure.
Highway, Solid Waste, Buildings & Grounds and Cemetery.
HIGHWAY DIVISION is responsible for road maintenance, paving, chip seal, drainage, brush cutting, road reconstruction, grading and ditching, catch basins, sweeping, sidewalk maintenance, plowing and sanding, road dust proofing, culvert pipe installation and road and public safety signage. Our mechanics maintain,repair and service all town vehicles in all town departments.
Our office issues driveway permits, solid waste decal permits, road opening permits, trench permits, handles facility use and Hesky Park sign useage permits and maintains all vehicle maintenance records and compliance for all of our divisions. 603-279-6352. The office is located next to Family Dollar on Route 3.
SOLID WASTE DIVISION operates a complete recycling center and transfer station for residents of the towns of Meredith and Center Harbor. There is a recycling store where people can bring in good used items that are sold at a nominal cost. We operate a glass crushing machine that was funded in part through a grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful. The crushed glass is used for road beds, which not only serves to recycle the glass but also saves on gravel costs for the town. The Solid Waste Facility is open every day except Wednesday and holidays from 8 am to 3pm. 603-279-8480
CEMETERY DIVISION maintains the Meredith Village Cemetery on Route 3 as well as Lang Street cemetery and 89 small outlying cemeteries.Our personnel handle burials, perform year-round maintenance of stones, monuments and grounds, keep all cemetery records and sell cemetery plots.603-279-6352.
The Oakland cemetery in Meredith Center is NOT a town owned cemetery. It is privately owned and maintained.
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DIVISION is responsible for all the interior and exterior maintenance of Town buildings and grounds properties, including waterfront parks and docks. They take care of trash removal, routine maintenance and repairs, emergency repairs, shoveling, mowing, sweeping of town grounds, sidewalks and parking lots, and issue facility use permits for use of town parks and properties for events. 603-279-6352