Memorial Day Weekend Events Will Cause Minor Traffic Delays

memorial day newTwo events in Hamilton during the Memorial Day weekend – including a Memorial Day observance on Monday – could cause small interruptions to traffic flow.

On Saturday, May 27, the Melody Miles road race starts at 10 a.m. A Hamilton police detail officer will help direct drivers and runners. Drivers should expect traffic delays along Route 1A (Bay Road), Bridge Street and Woodbury Street, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

On Memorial Day, sections of Route 1A (Bay Road) will be closed between Hamilton Town Hall and Hamilton Cemetery between 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for the Memorial Day Parade. In that case, drivers should expect short traffic delays and detours, Janes said.

Two Town Fourth Event Has New Date

IMG_20160625_211728140The Two Town Fourth event, scheduled for next month, has been bumped back by a day.

Due to an event at the Myopia Schooling Fields on Saturday, June 24, Myopia Hunt Club notified the town of Hamilton that it could not hold fireworks that evening, as originally scheduled, because it spooks the horses. The Two Town Fourth event will now happen on Sunday, June 25 from 4-9 p.m. The rain date is Monday, June 26.

The event will start with a bicycle and covered wagon parade to Patton Park and then include music, kids activities, food trucks and end with fireworks at dusk.

Town’s Top Bond Rating Reaffirmed, Secures Low Interest Rates

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The town’s bond rating has been reaffirmed as AAA by Standard and Poor’s. It is the highest rating possible.

Each time a bond is issued by the town, its credit rating is reviewed and evaluated by Standard & Poor’s to determine if they will make adjustments, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

The reaffirmed AAA rating came after a recent conference call involving representatives from Standard & Poor’s along with Hamilton Finance Director Marisa Batista, Treasurer/Collector Cheryl Booth, Lombardo and bond counsel from FirstSouthwest.

The conference call was a way for town leaders to highlight the factors that contribute to the town’s high bond rating and reassure the rating agency that the town government continues to deserve AAA status, according to Lombardo.

“I feel the conference call went very well,” Lombardo told the Board of Selectmen in a recent update. “S&P was impressed with the stability of the town budget and management, strong reserves, excess levy capacity of over $2.4 million, and strong market sale prices for single family homes.”

The town sought a new bond rating as its goes out for bonds to fund land acquisition and water system improvements, which have both been previously approved by Town Meeting voters.

The AAA rating means that the town government pays the lowest interest rates possible when borrowing money, Lombardo said. Additionally, the AAA rating also makes the town’s bonds highly desirable in the investment community. For example, for the most recent issuance, the town received 25 bids. And in addition to getting low interest rates, the town sometimes receives direct cash in the form of a bond premium, Lombardo said. In 2015, the town issued $7 million in bonds and received over $200,000 as a bond premium.

In Standard & Poor’s rating, it said that it believes Hamilton can maintain better credit characteristics than the nation in a stress scenario. Hamilton has a very high general fund balance as a percent of expenditures and very strong liquidity, according to Standard & Poor’s.

The rating also took into consideration what Standard & Poor’s said is Hamilton’s very strong economy, strong management, strong budgetary performance, very strong budgetary flexibility with an available fund balance in fiscal year 2016 of 18% of operating expenditures, very strong liquidity and a very strong debt and contingent liability position.

Only Spring Leaf Pickup Day is Saturday

leaf-bagsThe one and only leaf pickup day this spring is coming up this weekend.

The pickup will be on Saturday, May 13. There will not be another roadside pickup day in Hamilton until the fall.

All leaves must be on the side of the road by 7 a.m. on Saturday. There will be multiple trucks picking up leaves simultaneously across town. Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags or trash cans. Only leaves can be put out and no brush, branches or grass clippings will be collected.

Leaves will not be picked up as part of the compost program.

Reminder From Police: Hide Valuables in Vehicles at Trailheads

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamilton police want to remind residents as summer approaches – and there’s more activity on local hiking trails – to take simple sense steps to prevent crime when parking at trailheads.

There have been a few car break-ins already this spring at the Bradley Palmer State Park parking lot and the Appleton Farms Grass Rides parking lot, both located on Highland Street.

It is important to not leave any valuables visible inside your vehicle when you park it, police said. Purses, wallets, laptop bags or anything else that looks like it could be expensive shouldn’t be left in the car or should be put out of sight.

Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes recommends that hikers, even before they get to the parking lot, should put things away in the glove box or center console or cover it up under a jacket or blanket. The best bet is to put it in a locked trunk. And always make sure your vehicle is locked when you leave it.

All three car break-ins this spring in Hamilton have occurred when the thief smashed a rear window to gain access to the vehicle. Typically, thieves are only looking for small items which can easily be pawned for cash, police said.

In summary, be cautious when heading out to enjoy the outdoors this summer because police don’t want your adventure ruined at the end.

Hamilton Police Chief Featured in Television PSA Promoting Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day

prescription drug take back day police chiefsHamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens is featured in a public service announcement publicizing Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day.

Hamilton police are working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to host the spring Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

The take back day will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Safety Building at 265 Bay Road. In addition to Saturday’s take back day, there is always a medicine dropbox in the police station lobby.

The public service announcement featuring Stevens (who is the third officer from the left) has been running on WCVB-TV channel 5 this week to get out the word about this Saturday’s drug take back day.

Hamilton police are asking residents to clean out their home of unwanted medication and dispose of the drugs on the take back day.

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is an opportunity to help reduce the threat. Hamilton Police along with other public safety agencies want everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and make their home safe from drug theft and abuse.

 

Little League Parade to March Through Downtown Saturday Morning

little league hamilton wenhamGet ready – youth baseball players will be marching through the downtown this weekend as part of the Hamilton-Wenham Little League season-opening parade.

It is planned for Saturday morning, April 29 at 9 a.m. and drivers in the area should expect short road closures and minor delays.

The parade will start at Buker Elementary School in Wenham and head up Perkins Street to Route 1A (Main Street in Wenham) and head north into Hamilton.

In the center of Hamilton the parade will turn left from Bay Road (Route 1A) onto Railroad Avenue, then left on to Union Street and end at Cheeseman Field at Pingree Park, across the street from Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

Hamilton police have assigned additional officers to assist with traffic, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes, but residents should anticipate detours and minor traffic delays.

Wenham police will lead the parade and this year’s route is the same as it has been for many years. Wenham police have a map from past years that shows the route.

The Little League parade is a great community tradition and family members are encouraged to line the streets of Hamilton-Wenham and cheer on the players, according to Hamilton-Wenham Little League.