On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter:
Fall leaf collection
Concord Fall Leaf Collection is returning with bulk collection starting on Monday and continuing as weather permits through Dec. 6. Bulk leaf collection consists of three crews in different areas of the city using leaf vacuums to collect leaves raked loosely to the curb.
There is a change to this year’s bulk collection program, which includes a new starting location for the road crew that collects leaves in the South End. Instead of starting at the Bow town line and working north, this crew will start at Blossom Hill Cemetery and work south.
The South End crew will begin alternating their starting location of bulk leaf collection each year just as the crews in the north and east sides do each year. This change is being implemented this year after receiving feedback from residents in the South End requesting for a switch in the interest of fairness. The city carefully considered this suggestion and agrees it is the right thing to do to provide a more equal opportunity for residents.
View the Fall Leaf Collection Crew Sector Map on the city’s website to see where crews plan to collect leaves, focusing on the city’s drainage system. Once collection starts, the Fall Leaf Collection Map will become available and will display where crews have finished collecting.
Due to unpredictable weather conditions and leaf volumes, crews can only come by locations once and will not be able to return to areas already collected. It is also not possible to predict when crews will reach certain areas. The area near Concord High School is the only area with a scheduled collection day in coordination with the Veteran’s Day school closure. Residents in this area (view a map online) will have bulk collection on Monday, Nov. 11. This area is scheduled for collection on Veteran’s Day each year to minimize public disturbance and in consideration of public safety. Residents are encouraged to have leaves ready by the start of collection, but to also be prepared for weather. Snow could possibly suspend collection, like last year, so residents should be prepared.
Residents are encouraged to participate in the bagged collection program, first introduced last fall, to guarantee collection (especially as the weather changes). Thank you to residents that were proactive last year by bagging leaves ahead of anticipated snow storms! Bagged collection is returning for its second year to supplement bulk collection and provide a more predictable opportunity for residents to dispose of leaves. Bagged leaf collection will begin on Nov. 18 and continue for three weeks through Dec. 6. Unlike bulk collection, bagged collection is not weather dependent and will provide three separate guaranteed opportunities for collection. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable yard waste bags and/or labeled rigid containers such as trash barrels. Leaves must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. each Monday during bagged collection, regardless of your trash collection day. Leaves will be collected by the city’s trash contractor, Casella, and will be collected separately from trash and recycling (possibly ahead or behind your trash day).
Election news, reminders
The City Clerk’s Office wants residents to know that Thursday, Oct. 24 is the last day residents may preregister to vote before Municipal Election Day to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Residents will have the opportunity to register to vote at the polls on Election Day if they are unable to get into the clerk’s office on or before Oct. 24.
The City Clerk’s Office also wants residents to know that the deadline to change your party affiliation before the upcoming presidential primary is Friday, Oct. 25. Registered voters wishing to confirm their current party affiliation may do so via the State of New Hampshire Voter Look Up system. Residents wishing to make changes to their party affiliation prior to the upcoming presidential primary election may do so by stopping in to the City Clerk’s Office at 41 Green St. on or before Friday, Oct. 25. The clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
Absentee ballots are now available from the City’s Clerk’s Office. Residents who are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to absence from town, religious observance or physical disability, may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk’s Office. You must be registered to vote before casting an absentee ballot.
Sample ballots for the municipal election are now available on the Elections page of the city’s website.