The Amherst Board of Selectmen is seeking citizens interested in serving the community by filling a vacant Souhegan Regional Landfill District (SRLD) seat. Click <<<here>>> for more information.
TOWN OF AMHERST
The Amherst Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Amherst Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. New voter registrations, additions and corrections to the checklist, and party changes may be made at this session. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session until Election Day, March 10, 2015.
If unsure of your current party affiliation, you may go online to check it at http://cfs.sos.nh.gov/app/Public/PartyInfo.aspx or check the paper checklists located at the Town Office or Town Library.
Amherst Board of Selectmen Awaiting More Information
Like many citizens in our town, the Amherst Board of Selectmen is following closely the information associated with the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline proposal. The Selectmen have not taken a position for or against the pipeline at this point as this process is at the beginning stages with very little information available at this point.
We will continue to gather information, meet with Kinder Morgan, with other towns, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, our State representatives and also our Federal representatives to try and understand what options exist and to make sure that if a pipeline is built in Amherst, it is done in a way that is best for the town of Amherst.
Kinder Morgan released their open houses schedule for January and February with dates, times and locations. Please review the schedule provided under Upcoming meetings or events for more details. We would encourage interested citizens to attend and speak at the open houses and public hearings.
Below please find information that has been gathered thus far:
From the Amherst Board of Selectmen:
- Selectmen Draft Charter - Selectmen announce the formation of a Pipeline Task Force
- Warrant Article 32: Grant Amherst Board of Selectmen Pipeline Intervener Status
- Guidance on posting signs for or against the Pipeline
- NH Delegation correspondence to FERC - January 14, 2015
- NH Delegation correspondence to Kinder Morgan - January 14, 2015
Upcoming meetings or events:
- Kinder Morgan - **Updated ** Open Houses scheduled throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts
- New Hampshire Project Presentation
- About Kinder Morgan
- Kinder Morgan Fact Sheet
- Kinder Morgan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Information:
Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project Maps:
- NED – Full Project Map
- NED – New Hampshire Towns Map
- NED – Town of Amherst Map - Provided by NRPC 2015-01-28
- NED – Town of Amherst Map - Map dated 2014-11-17
Recent News Articles
- New Hampshire Business Review (NHBR): Rising Electric Costs Could Crush the NH Economy
- New Hampshire Union Leader – Dave Solomon: Power man sounds alarm on system’s demands
- CLF (Conservation Law Foundation) As Cold Sets In, the New England Winter Energy “Crisis” Fizzles
- Forbes Article Dec. 17, 2014)
- New York Times Article (July 10, 2014)
Guidance on Negotiating Easements versus Eminent Domain
- Massachusetts Attorney Letter re: Decline in Property Values Due to Pipeline
- University of Kentucky — Questions Landowners Should Ask in Negotiations with Companies Seeking Easements
- Pipeline Safety Trust – The Pipeline Safety Trust promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment.
- Ft Worth, TX Attorney – Natural Gas Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreements: A Landowner’s List of Terms to Negotiate
- NHPipelineAwareness.org – Some useful information for affected property owners
Other Organizations / Sources of Information
- Protecting Your Rights when the Pipeline Comes Through – A guide to the FERC approval process and to protecting your rights during the process.
- New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee – The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee was established by the legislature for the review, approval, monitoring and enforcement of compliance in the planning, siting, construction and operation of energy facilities.
- Overview of the NH Site Evaluation Committee and its Process – Slides from the January 14, 2015 presentation in Milford, NH by Michael Iacopino, Counsel for the NH Site Evaluation Committee
- New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCO) - NESCOE is a not-for-profit organization representing the collective interests of the six New England States on regional electricity matters. It is directed by Managers appointed by the six New England Governors and advances policies to provide electricity at the lowest possible price over the long term, while maintaining reliable electric service and environmental quality.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – FAQs concerning Gas pre-Filing projects
- FERC Brochure (PDF) — An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land — What Do I Need to Know? (NOTE: this file loads very slowly)
- NHPipelineAwareness.org – NHPipelineAwareness.org strongly opposes construction of the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline (NED) that Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to build in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Additional Information Links:
- Presentation to the Merrimack Town Council (22-January-2015)
- Pipeline Safety
- Northeast Energy Direct Project – Draft Report December 2014
- Northeast Energy Direct Project - Online e-library
Town of Amherst Pipeline Committees & Subcommittees
- Pipeline Task Force & ACC (Amherst Conservation Commission) – Pipeline Environmental Impact Assessment Committee
Lucas S. Meyer Consultant, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
Allen Fore Vice President, Public Affairs Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.
8 Anngina Dr. Enfield, CT 06082
For additional questions that cannot be answered by the links provided above or for suggestions on new informational links, please e-mail: email@example.com
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Pursuant to New Hampshire RSA 40:13, the Amherst Board of Selectmen hereby announces to the citizens the convening of the First Session - Deliberative Session – for the Town of Amherst. Participants have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and possibly amend the articles on the warrant. This meeting will discuss the FY 16 Town Operating Budget, bonds and notes, and proposed warrant articles. All citizens are invited to attend.
Souhegan High School Auditorium – 412 Boston Post Road
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM
The Amherst Board of Selectmen have begun the FY16 Strategic Planning & Budget Process. <<<Click Here>>> to learn more.
The following Town Officer positions are up for election on March 10, 2015.
2 Selectmen for 3 Years
1 Cemetery Trustee for 3 Years
2 Library Trustees for 3 Years
1 Supervisor of the Checklist for 1 Year
1 Town Treasurer 3 Years
1 Trustee of the Trust Fund for 3 Years
3 Zoning Board of Adjustment Members for 3 Years
Candidates shall file with the Town Clerk during regular business hours which are Monday – Friday from 9AM – 3PM and Tuesday night for 4:30PM – 6:30PM
On January 30th, the last day of the filing period, the office will be open until 5PM.
Nancy A Demers
The Amherst Board of Selectmen look to Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI) to evaluate the manner in which Fire/Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are provided to the community. For more information on the agreement and scope of work, click <<<here>>>.
MRI Study Results: