August 5, 2022 Drought Persists, Water Ban Enacted By Gregory T. Federspiel
Yes, it is dry! The State has declared a Level 3 Drought Condition for our region. This is the second highest level, indicating critically dry conditions and means that all non-essential outdoor water use should stop. The Select Board, in their capacity as the Town’s Water Commissioners, voted to declare a state of water conservation due to the persistent drought conditions and has issued a mandatory ban on all non-essential outdoor water use. This ban goes into effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
July 29, 2022 Bolstering our Public Health Structure By Gregory T. Federspiel
COVID has many lessons for us. For the one, the pandemic highlighted the lack of robust resources most communities have in place to deal with wide-spread community health issues. This is true for Manchester. Our Health Department has operated under a very frugal budget for years and while the structure has served us well, the experiences of the past few years has demonstrated the need for changes.
July 18, 2022 Compost and PFAS By Gregory T. Federspiel
Recent news of PFAS contamination to drinking wells and gardens from a Westminster composting facility has raised concerns about the plans for an expanded composting facility here in Manchester at the site of our old landfill. The news from the Westminster facility is certainly a cautionary tale and underscores the importance of moving ahead with our plans carefully and with safeguards in place.