COAST service starts April 21


April 05, 2011
NEW DURHAM — Diane Smith from Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST), announced to the New Durham Board of Selectmen at its April 4 meeting that the new minibus service for town residents would begin on April 21 and will be running every Thursday.

The bus will take residents who don't want to drive or don't have the ability to drive to Rochester to pick up items like groceries and prescriptions.

"We will begin with this route, but we are very flexible and can make adjustments as the need arises," she explained.

Selectman Dave Bickford asked if they might do a run to Alton.

"Yes," Smith replied. "If there's a need, we can do that."

The cost will be $5 per round trip and discount booklets will be available. If a passenger has a caregiver, he or she will ride free.

Transfer Station Foreman Joe Bloskey and Office Manager Cathy Orlowicz continued the discussion with the board regarding the update of the Recycling Ordinance and Fee Schedule. The discussion focused mainly on compliance and enforcement. Bloskey explained that most issues can be handled by the attendants.

"With some simple education the matter is resolved," he noted. He went on to say that there are chronic non-compliant residents that need to be dealt with.

"We know who they all are," he said.

Bickford felt the enforcement issue should be left out for the time being.

"There are flaws in this," he noted.

Chairman Terry Jarvis disagreed. "I'm not in favor of taking enforcement out of the ordinance," she told the board.

Police Chief Shawn Bernier made it clear that he felt that the enforcement provisions should stay.

"We want to keep the attendants away from any conflict," he explained. "My officers are trained to deal with these situations."

"After a written warning has been given out then the department would get involved," he continued.

Selectman Jeff Kratovil, pointing out that the goal is full compliance, noted, "I like the consequences."

The update should be in its final form by the next public meeting.

Jarvis, on behalf of the Town Clerk Carole Ingham, announced the dates for upcoming rabies clinics. On April 16, the clinic will take place at the Middleton Town Hall, from 10 a.m., until noon, on April 30 it will be at the Alton Fire Department from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and at the New Durham Police Department from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., that same day.

Next meeting.

The New Durham Board of Selectmen will meet again on April 18 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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