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Grenier proclaims May 16 Kids to Parks Day

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
May 28, 2020
BERLIN — Berlin's Mayor, Paul Grenier, proclaimed May 16 as Kids to Parks Day.

The Proclamation reads, "WHEREAS, May 16, 2020, is the tenth Kids to Parks Day organized and launched by the National Park Trust held annually on the third Saturday of May; and

"WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day empowers kids and encourages families to get outdoors and visit America's parks, public lands and waters; and

"WHEREAS, we should encourage children to lead a more active lifestyle to combat issues of childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia; and

"WHEREAS, Kids to Parks Day will broaden children's appreciation for nature and outdoors. NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Paul Grenier, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2020, as Kids to Parks Day."

Of the day, Grenier kept it simple, commenting "We just want to make sure we have awesome parks here in Berlin and when Governor Sununu gives the ok I hope to see them all utilized."

In other city news, Berlin City Manager Jim Wheeler shared his report. In it, he relayed that bids have been received for Landfill Monitoring and that Otter Creek Engineering will be doing the groundwater testing at the landfills, in May through November. He added that bids have been received for Pavement Markings and that Hi-Way Safety Systems will be doing the pavement markings with the work to be completed by Aug. 14.

Wheeler did report that there are bids out for propane, electrical services and boiler services at this time.

He went to report, "Brookfield Renewable has informed us that they will be doing maintenance work at the Gorham Island near the Hogan Road ATV trail starting May 11. The work will be done Monday through Friday through late July."

He then went on to discuss his meeting with Sen. Maggie Hassan

"The meeting included leaders representing; healthcare, education, food and beverage and other business segments. The Senator was seeking an update on the concerns of the North Country relative to the current COVID-19 pandemic and response. The Senator cited the $3 Trillion stimulus bill passed by the House last week. She indicated that the bill includes direct aid to municipalities which would not run through the states. This bill must still go through the Senate," he reported.

Berlin's BUILD application for the downtown area as well as a snowmelt system was submitted. The cost of the project is roughly $18,746,740. That amount will include construction, start to finish on Main St. and Pleasant St. from Green Square to St. Anne's Church.

Wheeler said, "Rural Area applications are not required to submit a match and given this we have applied for the full amount of the project. We intend to link the application to the City's website. We encourage anyone who has an interest to read the application."

He went on to say, "The anticipated benefits of the project are described in detail in the application. I would like to thank Burgess BioPower for their partnership and enthusiasm in developing this transformational project. Both, UNH and the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRRELL) have provided letters of support for the project and have expressed a desire to be long term partners in the project."

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