Absentee Voting for Town Election Available Now

vote-1319435_1920.pngAbsentee voting is now available for next month’s town election, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. Voting can been done at the Town Clerk’s office in Hamilton Town Hall during regular hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A copy of the specimen ballot is available on the town website. Positions on the ballot include Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Planning Board.

Voters that qualify for absentee voting are people who will be absent from Hamilton during normal polling hours (Thursday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), somebody who has a physical disability that prevents them from going to the polling place or because of religious beliefs.

Trash Pickup to Start on Thursday, Run a Day Late for the Rest of the Week

hamiltontrashThe snowstorm on Tuesday means that trash pickup in Hamilton starts on Thursday this week and will be delayed by a day for the rest of the week.

Trash, recycling and organics collection will start on Thursday, March 16 and run through Saturday, March 18.

If your usual pickup day is Wednesday it will instead be Thursday and pickup will be pushed back by a day for the rest of the week.

If your trash, organics, and recycling is not picked up on your scheduled day, contact Casella Waste Systems, the town’s trash contractor, at 978-548-4427. For any other questions or problems related to trash, recycling and organics, call the Hamilton Department of Public Works at 978-468-5580.

Hamilton Town Hall, Rec Department Closed Tuesday, Trash Pickup to be Delayed This Week

snow closeHamilton Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

Town Hall will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15.

The Hamilton-Wenham Recreation will also be closed on Tuesday and all department activities for the day are cancelled.

Trash pickup will also be delayed one day later this week. Pickup will run from Thursday through Saturday this week in Hamilton.

As a reminder, there will also be a parking ban in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday through noon on Wednesday.

Parking Ban Starts Tuesday Morning

snow-plow-close-upjpg-c6507b24f0ff7afa_largeA winter storm parking ban will run from Tuesday morning through midday Wednesday in Hamilton, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

It will go into effect on Tuesday, March 14 at 6 a.m. and last until 12 noon on Wednesday, March 15.

No on-street parking is allowed during the ban and any vehicle left unattended on a public way or parked so that it inhibits snow removal can be towed, at the owner’s expense. Violators can also be issued a $20 citation. The only exceptions to the ban are for fire, police, public works and utility repair vehicles.

Open Burning Prohibited on Thursday

fffightingwoodlandfireNo open burning will be allowed on Thursday, March 9, according to Hamilton Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

It is a class 4 day, Stevens said, meaning that the fire danger is very high and fires can start easily from all causes. Fires can also spread and increase in intensity rapidly. It is the second highest rating on a scale from one to five, from lowest danger to highest danger.

Open burning season continues through May 1.

Change Smoke Detector Batteries When Clocks Change This Weekend

smoke-detectorDaylight Saving Time starts this weekend, and when you turn your clocks forward by an hour (or your phone and computer does it for you automatically), Hamilton Fire Chief Philip Stevens also recommends your change the battery in your smoke detectors.

Clocks move head by an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Even hardwired detectors have batteries, Stevens said, and he reminds residents to also change the battery in your carbon monoxide detectors too. If a smoke alarm uses regular batteries, those batteries should be changed at least once a year.

Otherwise, a “chirping” sound indicates that it is time to change the batteries. If your smoke alarms are 10 years old or more, it is time to replace them. There is a label on the alarm with the date of manufacture, but if it doesn’t have a label, it’s already more than 10 years old.

Senior citizens can call the Hamilton Fire Department for help, if needed, Stevens said.

Smoke detectors are important because when fire strikes, residents may have less than one minute to safely get out of their home. Working smoke alarms in your home can double your chance of survival if a fire occurs. Smoke alarms can’t help you if they are missing or don’t work.

Smoke detectors have cut home fire deaths in half since the 1970s, but 40% of the fire deaths that occur each year in the U.S. happen in the 4% of homes without working smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the home and tested monthly. Alarms should never be disabled while cooking. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home, in hallways outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the base of cellar stairs and inside the bedroom for sound sleepers or smokers. All homes in Massachusetts are required to have smoke alarms.

Once a month, it is recommended that you vacuum or blow out dust from the alarms and push the test button.

Blue Trash Bags to be Available Soon at Cumby’s

Garbage bagCumberland Farms in Hamilton will become the third store where you can buy blue trash bags, starting on Friday, March 10.

This is in addition to Crosby’s Marketplace in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing and Aubuchon Hardware on Enon Street in North Beverly.

Large blue trash bags are $2.50 per bag and small bags are $1.50 per bag. Blue trash bags must be used when you have more than one full trash can each week.

For a complete list of the most frequently asked questions about trash, recycling and organics collection, go here.