Next week is the last week for roller skating at the Everett Arena! Don't miss this limited time event! Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 30 will be the last day. Admission is $5 and skate rentals are available if needed for $5 at the Pro Shop. Book a private roller skating event for a birthday party, field trip, or rainout event by calling (603) 228-2784 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Private events only cost $150 an hour and include skate rentals. Visit www.concordnh.gov/rollerskating for more information.
STREET PAVING PROGRAM
GMI Asphalt is anticipated to soon be completing a shim overlay for Chase Street and a cold plane overlay for a section of Shaker Road. A shim and overlay will be performed on Clinton Street from Princeton Street to South Spring Street around September. Work is weather permitting. Streets may be reduced to one lane or closed to through traffic. Parking will be prohibited between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Residents will have road access to their homes. Visit www.concordnh.gov/pavingplan for more information and to find a tentative paving schedule for next season.
ARENA ROOF REPLACEMENT
Our Public Properties Division has been working with A1 Siding and Roofing and the H.L. Turner Group to replace the asphalt shingled roof on the Douglas N. Everett Arena. Work started a couple of weeks ago and should be wrapped up by early August before the busy summer show season. Projects such as this keep the arena looking great and will allow us to continue to produce the best ice in the area.
As of July 22, drought conditions continue to improve across New Hampshire. As of last week, Concord is no longer classified as experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
Currently, 47.51% of the state is not experiencing any drought conditions, 32.55% is abnormally dry, 16.91% is in a moderate drought, and 3.03% is severe. Drought conditions continue to recede north thanks to continued rainfall. Precipitation levels in Concord are now 1.99 inches above normal for this time of year. This July has set the record for the 5th wettest month ever in Concord dating back to 1868, totaling 10.69 inches. Unfortunately, rain has largely bypassed northern portions of New Hampshire where drought conditions continue to linger.
Currently, 90 water systems in New Hampshire have watering restrictions in place. At this time, Concord is not implementing watering restrictions since drought conditions have been improving, our water supply remains healthy, and water consumption has decreased to normal levels for this time of year. Recent rain has reduced consumption due to decreased need for lawn watering and irrigation. Concord’s Water Treatment Facility has recently been producing 4.5MGD – 5.0MGD (millions of gallons per day), about 1.0MGD less than previous weeks.
Please continue to use water wisely. Although Concord is in good shape right now, we should continue to be mindful of water use, especially outdoors. Upcoming conditions remain uncertain, so it’s best to remain proactive to preserve our water supply and maintain conditions as best as possible. Simple conservation practices include minimizing irrigation and lawn watering, and inspecting systems for water leaks. Practice watering at night or early morning to minimize evaporation and consider using weather-based irrigation controllers to avoid unnecessary watering if it rains.
Drought conditions will continue to be monitored. We thank everyone for their efforts to conserve water. Every drop counts! Find drought updates and water conservation tips at www.concordnh.gov/conservation.
EVERETT ARENA EVENTS
More shows have been added for this summer at the Everett Arena!
Peter Mavris Antique Show Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Early Buyers 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$25 Early Buyer Admission
General Admission 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
$15 General Admission
Concord Model Railroad Show Sunday, August 15, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$5 General Admission
Ages 12 & under are free with an adult
Little Giant Comics "Old School" Comic Show Saturday, August 21, 2021
VIP 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$45 VIP Admission
General Admission 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$15 General Admission
Capital Mineral Club Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show Saturday, August 28, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Congratulations to our Laborer / Truck Driver, Josh Brown, for being selected as the winner for UNH T2 Center LTAP's 2021 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition! This annual competition recognizes innovative transportation-related solutions designed and built by New Hampshire's public works employees.
Josh created a metal arrow stencil with a handle to improve the task of paint marking storm water drains for effective snow removal and drainage maintenance during the winter. Crews would previously use a standard flat stencil, held in place with a nylon cord that one of our team members would bend down to lay flat, paint, and bend down to pick up. This process sometimes used a heat gun to burn off remaining previous paint, which would sometimes burn through the nylon cord and result in the need for replacement.
Josh's innovation repurposed old materials, including a one-way street sign. The creation has helped to improve operations with a sturdier long-lasting stencil that eliminated the nylon cord. The handle keeps employees standing upright, reducing ergonomic stress of continuous bending. This also improves safety with an upright position allowing to keep eyes on traffic and faster completion reducing time in the roadway.
We are impressed with Josh's creative solution efforts to improve work safety and efficiency. Thank you, Josh! Great job!
Congratulations to our employee, Randy McLane, on his retirement! Randy has been with the City of Concord for over 32 years working in our Water Treatment Division. He was first hired in December 1988 as a Maintenance Aide at our Water Treatment Facility. He was transferred to the position of Water Plant Technician in August 1991 and promoted to Water Plant Operator in May 1996. Randy has remained as one of our water plant operators and has worked over the years to operate and maintain the facility. Work has included regulating water treatment processes, conducting water quality tests, using the SCADA computer system, adjusting pumps, analyzing distribution system data, and inspecting operating equipment.
Randy has been a valued member of our team and has played an important role in providing the highest quality of drinking water to the community. We thank you for your many years of service and wish you the best of luck with retirement!
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Merrill Pool ribbon cutting last month. If you weren't able to attend the ribbon cutting, check out the event video from Concord TV.
Our Public Properties Division worked with The H.L. Turner Group and South Shore Gunite Pools to fully replace the existing pool structure to address aging concerns and offer improvements for ADA accessibility, safety, efficiency, and visual appeal. The pool has a beach style ramp with zero-entry access, a new deck with increased floor traction and drainage, spruced up bathrooms, and gusher jets!
It's the perfect time to get outside and clean up some litter! Our Blue Bag Program is a free and easy way to organize a litter clean-up of any public Concord area. There is no cost to participate in our program. 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 our community clean, and protect our local environment. Individuals, groups, and organizations are all welcome to participate. Get involved in our Blue Bag Program at www.concordnh.gov/bluebagprogram.
DRIVER RODEO TRAINING
Staff from our custodial, maintenance, and Everett Arena branches of our Public Properties Division recently completed a "Driver Rodeo" training. This training was sponsored by the City's insurer, Primex, to build driving proficiency in a variety of challenging, real-life scenarios. Initiatives like this reduce the risk of damage and injury while also saving money on our insurance premiums. Great job, everyone!
We're hiring for a full-time Water Treatment Plant Operator! Work includes operation and maintenance of the City's water treatment facility, including: regulating water treatment processes via the SCADA computer system, conducting water quality tests, adjusting pumps, analyzing distribution system data, and inspecting and operating equipment such as filters, pumps, blowers, generators, rapid mixers, and flocculators. Availability after-hours for emergencies is critical with overtime required. Performs other related duties as assigned. Comprehensive benefits package offered. Starting hourly pay is between $22.14 and $26.95, depending on experience. Work schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Position open until filled with a first review of applications on August 6, 2021. Apply and find more information: https://bit.ly/3wZjLeK.
LABORER / TRUCK DRIVER
We’re hiring for a full-time Laborer / Truck Driver in our Highway and Utilities Division. Work includes laboring and operating dump trucks, loaders, backhoes, and other equipment involving the construction, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of City of Concord streets, sidewalks, water, drainage, and sewer systems. Availability after-hours for emergencies is critical with overtime required. Performs other related duties as assigned. A CDL-B with air brake endorsement is required within 6 months of hire. Comprehensive benefits package offered. Starting pay is between $18.14 and $21.59 an hour, depending on qualifications, with $26.28 being the top of the pay scale. Position opened until filled. Apply online and find full information at: https://bit.ly/3hk8ZuG.
Concord General Services
311 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
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.