The Hamilton Board of Selectmen have declared the town in a state of water supply conservation, meaning that outdoor sprinkler use is prohibited.
The decision came in a vote at the Board of Selectmen meeting this week. Hand watering will still be allowed.
A complete copy of the decision is below:
Pursuant to Chapter XXV, Section 5 of the Town of Hamilton By-Laws, the Hamilton Board of Selectmen has determined that there exists or impends a shortage of water, and that conservation measures are appropriate to ensure that an adequate supply of water is available to all users, including firefighting operations and that water withdrawal volumes remain within permitted and registration limits; and that any conditions set forth in the town’s water withdrawal permit are satisfied. As a result, the board hereby declares a State of Water Supply Conservation. The following restrictions, conditions, or requirements are hereby imposed on all users of the town water system and to users of private water sources that draw from the same water sources and will remain in effect until termination of the State of Water Supply Conservation by vote of the Board:
H. Outdoor Sprinkler Use: The use of lawn and garden sprinklers of all types, including the use of drip irrigation hoses or other devices that use subsurface application is prohibited. Hand watering is permitted.
It is going to be a great summer of evening concerts at the Patton Park bandstand on Sundays, starting on Father’s Day, June 18.
The Sundays in Patton Park concert series gets started with 73 Duster from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.
The concert is free and open to all. It is recommended that audience members bring a chair or blanket to sit on. It is also a great chance to enjoy a picnic dinner on a beautiful summer evening in the park. If case of rain, the concert will be moved to the tabernacle at Asbury Grove.
The concert series, in part, is supported by the town of Hamilton.
The full summer concert schedule:
June 25: Jim Coyle and Friends – Bluegrass and Americana
July 2: Quintessential Brass – Patriotic and American Songbook
July 9: Blind Drive – Hits from the 60s, 70s and more
July 16: Dan Monaco Trio and Sandi Bedrosian – Smooth Jazz
July 23: Grupo Fantasia- Latin music, salsa, merengue and more
July 30: Country Mile – Toe-tapping country
Aug 6: Studio Two – Beatles Tribute Band
The discolored water that some residents experienced on Thursday evening was likely due to the town water plant trying to meet higher demand, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.
The higher demand means that the efficiency of the plant filter media decreases, which is what led to the voluntary water restrictions issued earlier this month, he said.
The Patton Park playground should be dry soon thanks to the work of several members of the Hamilton Fire Department in recent days.
Fire Capt. Ray Brunet, firefighter Bob Wallace and firefighter Jared Dolan pumped out the excessive water in the park last Friday to help it dry out faster, according to Police Chief Russell Stevens.
They did it on Friday so that the entire playground was available for children during the weekend.
Voluntary water restrictions are in place in Hamilton as the Hamilton Department of Public Works encourages public participation to help conserve water.
There continues to be filtration issues at the Hamilton water treatment plant with the increasing demand, according to Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson. That has led to the implementation of voluntary water restrictions to help conserve water.
The possible need for mandatory water restrictions is scheduled to be discussed at the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial room at Hamilton Town Hall.
In addition to the voluntary water restriction, mechanical lawn watering is not allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Sept. 30, as is the case every year, according to the Hamilton Outdoor Water Use By-Law.
A study committee that Town Meeting voters authorized to create in April is coming together and potential members can submit letters of interest now.
The Longmeadow Study Committee will be comprised of Hamilton, Wenham and Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District officials and residents that will evaluate properties on Longmeadow Way in Hamilton, near the middle and high school, for school and/or municipal uses.
The committee is the result of Article 5-5, a citizens petition, on the Annual Town Meeting warrant in April. The measure was also approved by Wenham voters at its Annual Town Meeting in April.
Officially, the article said that the committee would be established by the Board of Selectmen and be charged with “studying the acquisition by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise of all or a portion of [four parcels of land along Longmeadow Way] for school, recreational, and/or other municipal use and reporting their findings, recommendations, and proposed action, if any, to the 2018 Annual Town Meeting or such earlier town meeting as may be called to consider the issue.”
The properties sit just south of the middle school-high school campus on Bay Road.
The warrant called for the committee to include a member of the Board of Selectmen from each town, a member of the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Board, a member of the School Committee and one or more residents from each town.
Residents who are interested in serving on the committee should fill out the town’s “application for appointment for board/committee membership” and submit it by June 15 to Anabela Batista, Assistant to the Town Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trash pickup will be delayed by a day this week because of Memorial Day.
That means that because of Memorial Day this past Monday, trash, recycling and organics collection will start on Thursday, June 1 and run through Saturday, June 3 in Hamilton this week.
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, so usual Thursday pickup will be on Friday and usual Friday pickup will be on Saturday.
If your trash, organics, and recycling is not picked up, 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.