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May 17, 2019

NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK

2019 National Public Works Week
Produced by Concord TV
National Public Works Week is hosted by the American Public Works Association each year to promote the importance of public works services. This year, National Public Works Week is May 19-25, 2019 and the theme, "It Starts Here," celebrates the many facets of modern civilization that develop due to public works professionals across North America. Infrastructure, innovation, mobility, public safety, and healthy communities are all things that start with public works. The quality of life of residents all start with public works.

We proudly provide public works services for the City of Concord, which includes: drinking water, wastewater processing, trash and recycling collection, public property maintenance, servicing City fleet and equipment, road maintenance, snow plowing, maintenance of City’s water distribution and sewer collection systems, and more. These services provide resources to the Concord community that we have grown accustomed to having every day.

Concord Mayor, Jim Bouley, signed a proclamation to declare May 19-25, 2019 as this year’s Public Works Week for Concord in recognition of the contributions of public works employees.
 

Celebrate National Public Works Week with us!



Public Works Week Twitter Party

Monday, May 20th | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us on Twitter @ConcordNHGS to take part in the national conversation about public works services. Follow and tweet along using the hashtag #NPWW.




Concord Public Works Celebration

Tuesday, May 21st | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Field (70 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH)

Attend our 3rd annual Concord Public Works Celebration. The free public event will feature activities that include live demonstrations, Touch-A-Truck, Battle of the Backhoe, games, exhibits, music by Nazzy Entertainment DJs & 98.3 WLNH, a pay-as-you-throw trash bag raffle, and more! Meet our mascot, “Public Works Pup,” and some of our dedicated public works employees. Consider bringing non-perishable food donations for our Fill a Public Works Truck Food Drive (see more details below). RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Fingers crossed for nice weather! A cancelation announcement will be made by early afternoon on Monday if the weather forecasts heavy rain. Please keep watch on our website and social media for any updates.



Fill a Public Works Truck Food Drive

Monday, May 20th - Friday, May 24th | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concord General Services (311 N. State St., Concord, NH)
Tuesday, May 21st | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Field (70 S. Fruit St., Concord, NH)
Friday, May 24th | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Market Basket (108 Fort Eddy Rd., Concord, NH)

New this year, we are partnering with the NH Food Bank to participate in the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association's "Fill a Public Works Truck" Food Drive. Help us fight hunger during National Public Works Week by donating non-perishable food items. Most needed items include pasta, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, rice, and canned goods (soup, vegetables, fruit, gravy, tomato sauce, tuna, etc.). Items can be dropped off at our office during the week, at the Concord Public Works Celebration, or at our Market Basket drop-off on Friday, May 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donations will benefit the Friendly Kitchen in Concord. RSVP on our Facebook event page. If you make a donation, tag us on social media using #FillaPWTruck!

National Public Works Week is a great opportunity for the community to get involved to learn more about their local public works department. Celebrate the importance of public works services and learn more about the services provided by the City of Concord. Find more information about this year’s National Public Works Week at www.concordnh.gov/generalservices or http://bit.ly/PWWeek2019.
 

MEMORIAL DAY

City offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Let's all remember to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving our country. 

There will be no trash, recycling, or leaf collection on Monday, May 27th due to the holiday. Monday's collection will be postponed until Tuesday. Collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week through Saturday.
 

EVERETT ARENA ROLLER SKATING

Roller skating is returning to the Everett Arena starting on Thursday, June 6th! Opening night will be adult skating only (ages 18 and up) and will feature an 80s theme – so bust out your acid washed jeans, neon, leg warmers, and big hair – and roll on back to the 80s with classic jams by Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and more!

New Roller Skating Hours:

Adult Skating (Ages 18+)
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Public Skating
Fridays & Sundays: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

$5.00 Admission
$5.00 Skate Rentals

Private roller skating events can be booked by calling (603) 228-2784 or emailing everettarena@concordnh.gov. Private events only cost $125 an hour and include skate rentals. It's a great option for birthday parties, summer camp field trips, or rainouts!
 
Don’t miss this limited time roller skating! Roller skating will continue through July 28th. There will be no skating on Thursday, July 4th due to the Independence Day holiday.

RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Visit www.concordnh.gov/rollerskating for more information. Find a list of all upcoming Everett Arena events at www.concordnh.gov/arenaevents.
 

HYDRANT FLUSHING

Our water crew continues to flush fire hydrants as part of routine maintenance to remove any sediment from water distribution pipes. Crews are flushing hydrants in different areas of the city to help sustain Concord’s water quality and check the water pressure. Crews are finishing up flushing for Week 5 today. Flushing for Week 6 has been rescheduled to Friday, May 31st from 4:30 a.m. until finished (originally scheduled for Monday, May 20th from 6:00 a.m. until finished).

Concord water customers may experience low water pressure and discoloration during their scheduled flushing time, and should avoid doing laundry during this time. If discoloration occurs, customers are advised to run their tap water on cold until the water runs clear. Find more information at www.concordnh.gov/springoperations.
 

NEIGHBORHOOD STREET PAVING PROGRAM CONTINUES

The Neighborhood Street Paving Program continues. Continental Paving has finished resetting existing granite curb and installing new curb as well as the asphalt berm on Hillside Road, Minot Street, Woodman Street (Minot St. to N. Fruit St.), and School Street (Westbourne Rd. to Rum Hill Rd.). This week, Continental Paving started replacing existing sidewalks and will continue into next week. Manholes and catch basins will be reset at the end of next week. They continue to loam and seed after they complete sidewalk restoration and this will continue into next week.  Sidewalk, curb, and finish paving will be completed on Westbourne Road (between School St. and Warren St.) when school is dismissed in June. 

Work is weather permitting. During construction, streets will be closed to on-street parking between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times during construction. Find more information and a tentative schedule of streets approved for paving at www.concordnh.gov/pavingplan

*More streets may be added to the paving schedule and will be posted on our website once they are confirmed in the budget. Please revisit our website listed above for paving updates.
 

SPRING LEAF COLLECTION

There are only two more weeks left of Spring Leaf Collection!

Concord residents with curbside trash collection can participate in the program. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable yard waste bags (available at local retailers) and/or rigid containers labeled "leaves" (no plastic bags). Leaves must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled trash collection day. Only leaves that are bagged or contained in a rigid container will be collected. Leaves raked loosely to the curb are only collected during Fall Leaf Collection. 

Spring leaf collection is a six-week program that started on April 22nd and will continue in coordination with trash collection through Saturday, June 1, 2019. The last week of collection will be delayed by one day with no trash or leaf collection on Monday, May 27th due to the Memorial Day holiday. Unacceptable items, including plastic bags, will not be collected.

Residents can also bring their leaves to Earth Materials Recycling Center. Drop-off is free with proof of residency if the load is smaller than a non-commercial pick-up truck. Residents are required to empty contents at the facility to confirm that loads are 100% free of any unacceptable materials. Any container, bag, or miscellaneous item used to transport leaves to the earth recycling center must be taken back with the resident. Gelinas Excavation & Earth Materials Recycling Center's hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM, and 8:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturdays from April 20th through June 1st (with the exception of Memorial Day weekend when the facility will be closed for the holiday). Hours are weather dependent and are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm specific drop-off times at (603) 545-4835.

Find more information about spring leaf collection at www.concordnh.gov/leafcollection
 

DRINKING WATER WEEK

The City of Concord won the 2019 Best Tasting Drinking Water Award at this year's NH 4th Grade Water Science Fair & Drinking Water Festival! We're proud that we have been able to win this award 3 times out of the last 4 years! We love Concord water!

The drinking water festival was held in Manchester in celebration of National Drinking Water Week, May 5-11. This annual event is sponsored by the NH Drinking Water Coalition and NH Department of Environmental Services to educate local school children about drinking water and encourage them to be future leaders in the water industry. We thank the students for voting for us for the best tasting water out of the local municipal water supplies! Our Water Treatment Superintendent and Environmental Compliance Manager did a great job helping to organize this event and our Water Conservation Technician presented a well-received water conservation exhibit to the students. 

We also celebrated National Drinking Water Week with an open house of our Water Treatment Facility on Monday, May 6th. It was a beautiful day at Penacook Lake to learn more about Concord's primary water source. We thank everyone that attended to learn more about Concord's drinking water and how we protect our source.
 

NEW EMPLOYEE

Say hello to our new Maintenance / Operations Flex Technician, Brad Heckman!

This entry-level paid internship position was created last year to train an individual across all of our divisions to help them develop a variety of skills that could easily be transferred to subsequent full-time employment within our department. Our first intern, Conner, successfully developed the skills needed for his promotion in January to Laborer / Truck Driver and we anticipate Brad's on-the-job training to help him just the same!

Brad joined our department in late March and first started working with our Public Properties Division for several weeks, completing tasks that include painting, carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, and custodial duties. He recently transferred to our Highway and Utilities Division and is working with our sign crew to manage barricades and maintain the City’s traffic, parking, and street signs. In addition, he is working with the sign crew to repaint pavement markings such as crosswalks, stop bars, turn arrows, school zone markings, bike lanes, and parking lines. Brad has past experience working for another municipality as a camp counselor and certified lifeguard, and earned his high school diploma in 2017. He also has experience as a stable hand, veterinary technician assistant, and facilities manager.

We’re happy to have Brad as part of our team and will continue to train him across all of our divisions to grow his career within the department. Welcome to the City of Concord, Brad! 
 

PLANT A TREE

Purchase a tree for your property through our Sustainable Street Tree Program. At no additional cost, our tree crew will deliver and plant it for you! Help us maintain a resilient urban tree canopy within the city by planting a tree with our program.

Trees provide so many great benefits. They improve air quality, provide a habitat for wildlife, reduce stormwater runoff, increase property values, provide shade, provide resources, improve home energy costs, beautify the city - and so much more.

Contact us to request to plant a tree! Submit a tree planting request on our website, call our office at (603) 228-2737, or visit us at 311 North State Street. Planting typically occurs in the spring when the weather and temperatures are mild enough to give the trees the best conditions to easily acclimate to their new environment. 

Once we receive a request, our tree crew will contact the property owner to schedule a visit to approve of the requested planting location. Planting location takes into consideration of all underground and above ground utilities. Trees can only be planted in the front yard and must be within 10 feet from the back of the sidewalk or right-of-way. Planting is not typically allowed between the curb and the sidewalk, unless otherwise approved. 

Property owners can select up to two trees per property, per year. Trees are of nursery quality and specific species may only be available during certain times of the year. Tree selection must be approved by our tree crew based upon availability and the planting location. A tree can cost approximately $220 and up depending on the species selected. The cost of the tree is the only fee to participate in the program. Our tree crew will make arrangements with you, deliver the tree, complete planting, and also provide pruning within the first year at no additional cost to you.

Request to plant a tree and learn more about our program at www.concordnh.gov/treeprogram
 

BLUE BAG PROGRAM

Organize a litter clean-up of a public Concord area with our Blue Bag Program!

The Blue Bag Program is a free and easy way to get involved to clean up the local community. There is no cost to participate. Just fill out a release form, pick-up free blue bags at our office, perform a clean-up, leave the bags roadside, and then notify us when you're done and we'll collect the bags! It's that easy! It's a great way to volunteer, keep the community clean, and protect the local environment. Individuals, groups, and organizations can all participate.

People all over the country have been participating in the latest viral #TrashTag challenge. People are cleaning up their local neighborhoods and sharing before and after photos online of the areas they've cleaned. We challenge YOU to take the #TrashTag challenge! Take some before and after photos of your clean-up and post them to social media using the hashtags #TrashTag and #ConcordNH. We would love to see your photos and see you invite others to get involved!

Get involved in our Blue Bag Program at www.concordnh.gov/bluebagprogram.
 

SUCCESSFUL EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

2019 Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration
Produced by Concord TV
The City of Concord held an Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration at Abbot-Downing School on Friday, April 19th. The students enjoyed our Touch-A-Truck feature, Concord Public Library's bookmark making, and the tree planting ceremony.

Thank you to everyone that came out to the celebration. A big thank you goes out to Abbot-Downing School for hosting this event and to Modern Woodmen of America for donating two Serviceberry trees for the tree planting. It was great to have Mayor Bouley and Assistant City Planner, Beth Fenstermacher, join us to promote the importance of trees and how to plant your own tree with our Sustainable Tree Program. The whole school gathered for this tree planting ceremony and Principal Blinn was the first to shovel in some soil before additional local school children in attendance helped our tree crew finish plant the trees. We hope the school will continue to enjoy these trees as they grow and provide environmental benefits to the area.

Students also held an Earth Day skit and then participated in our Blue Bag Program to perform a litter clean-up around the school perimeter. Afterward, students displayed trash and recycling posters throughout their school to educate about acceptable recycling materials and reduce contamination. Thank you Abbot-Downing School for keeping our community clean and practicing sustainable recycling. 
 

EMPLOYEE PROMOTION

Congratulations to our employee, Hope Hundley, on her promotion!

Hope was promoted at the end of March as our new Fiscal Supervisor for our Equipment Services Division. Hope has been working as our Fiscal Technician III for our Administration Division for over 16 years! Prior to working in our department, Hope also worked as an Administration Specialist II at Concord Public Library when she was first hired for the City of Concord in May 2002. As our Fiscal Supervisor, Hope is now processing vendor invoices, billing, accounting, and other financial transactions for our Equipment Services office. Duties also include supervising employees as needed and maintaining accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchase orders, employee payroll, budget expenditures, and equipment vehicle files. Hope has successfully completed various training programs and has many years of past experience that will assist her in her new position. Congratulations, Hope! 
 

ROAD LOAD LIMITS LIFTED

Road load limits have been lifted since April 22nd due to the warmer weather conditions. All snow had to be completely melted and all ditches had to be dried up of any standing water before weight restrictions could be lifted. "No Trucking - Load Limit 9 Tons" signs were posted throughout Concord on Monday, March 25th to protect roads from potential damage from heavy vehicles during the spring thaw. Roads are no longer posted for load limits and heavy vehicles may resume travel. We thank the community for their cooperation. Find more information on our website at www.concordnh.gov/springoperations.
 

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT

Congratulations to our employee, Dave Hussey, on his retirement!

Dave retired two weeks ago and was our Utility Technician for our Wastewater Treatment Division. Dave was a full-time employee with the City of Concord for over 36 years! He started as a temporary Laborer for the division in June 1982 and was quickly appointed to the permanent position of Operator-in-Training in December of that year. His title changed to Senior Laborer in 1983 until he was transferred to a Building & Grounds Foreman in 1986. In 1999, Dave’s position was transferred to Utility Technician and he continued working in that position for the last 20 years performing maintenance for both of our wastewater treatment facilities. Division employees, previous retirees, and friends gathered at lunch on his last day to wish Dave farewell.

We thank Dave for his many years of hard work and wish him the best of luck with retirement! Dave has been a valuable asset to our team and he will be missed!
 

EVERETT ARENA SHOWS & EVENTS

A variety of shows and events are scheduled to take place at the Everett Arena this season!

Upcoming Events:

Antique Book & Paper Fair
Sunday, June 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$5 Door Admission

Everett Arena Roller Skating
June 6 - July 28, 2019
Adult Skate (Ages 18+): Thursdays
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Public Skate: Fridays & Sundays
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$5 Admission
$5 Skate Rentals
No skating on Thursday, July 4th
More Information

Granite State Roller Derby Bout
Saturday, June 15, 2019
6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
$10 Admission

NH Brewers Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2019
VIP 12:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
$60 VIP Admission
General 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$50 General Admission
$20 Designated Driver
More Information

View our full upcoming event schedule at www.concordnh.gov/arenaevents.
 

JOB OPENING: TEMP. SEASONAL LABORER (POOLS)

We're hiring for a temporary Seasonal Laborer within our Public Properties Division! Work includes general pool maintenance of the City of Concord's seven public swimming pool facilities. Duties include pool cleaning, vacuuming, chemistry checks, and maintaining water levels. Additional tasks may include light grounds maintenance, custodial work, painting, and other duties as assigned. Apply and find more information: http://bit.ly/2VhFjA8. Position open until filled. First review of applications on May 17, 2019.

Get notified of new department job openings by subscribing to the "General Services 3 - Job Postings" news flash category on our website at www.concordnh.gov/notifyme

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Concord General Services
311 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-2737

Concord General Services provides the City of Concord, New Hampshire with public works services to enhance the community’s quality of life. Services include street maintenance, snow plowing, trash and recycling, drinking water, wastewater treatment, public property maintenance, equipment services, and management of the Douglas N. Everett Arena. Visit our website to learn more: www.concordnh.gov/generalservices.

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