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Posted 5/26/20

The Hillsborough Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday, May 30 from 10:00-10:30am for the purpose of registering new voters in the Emerald Lake Village District prior to their voting on June 7. The session is to be held at the Emerald Lake Village District offi ce at 147 W Main St., Hillsboro, NH. Please bring a government issued photo ID, proof of birth, and proof of residence. Only residents of Emerald Lake Village District are allowed to vote at their elections.

2020 ELVD Annual Meeting

Posted 5/22/20

Saturday - June 6, 2020 (10:00 a.m. until Noon)

ELVD Annual Meeting

The Emerald Lake Village District will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Drive-through voting for officials will be held 10:00 a.m. until Noon at the District Office, 147 West Main Street, Hillsborough. The Deliberative Session of the Annual Meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. the same day. Based on the Governor’s Executive Order No. 12 concerning COVID-19 and District meetings, it is expected that the deliberative session of the Annual Meeting will be held virtually (online) from that location. The District Commissioners anticipate that approval of the final wording of each warrant article will occur during the virtual deliberative session beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by actual voting on Articles on a paper ballots at a date and time to be scheduled. These procedures will be subject to approval by the Annual Meeting as provided by RSA 40:4, I, and any laws or Executive Orders governing District meetings. Detailed instructions and log-in information will be posted at the kiosks within the District, at the office, and online on the website ( and the Facebook page (ELVD Official - Hillsborough Group). The last opportunity for voter registration will be during the 10:00 a.m. until Noon period on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Red Fox Crossing Bridge Update

Posted 5/5/20

The Board would like to share the updates on this project so that all residents are provided with the latest information available.

To date, since our last communication the following has been completed

• Review of Submitted Bids and selection for project – Accura Construction is desired Contractor
• Final Notification to Abutters
• Wetlands permit issued by NHDES Wetlands Bureau
• Initial Draft of Warrant article to support Bridge project completion

To date, here are the action items pending completion:

• Submission of application for Shoreland Protection permit- Should be submitted by 5/8/2020
• Receipt of Shoreland Protection permit – Should have by 6/8/2020
• Need to hold an Annual meeting to allow for voting on Warrant Articles
• Signing of agreement with selected Contractor if Warrant article is approved
• Obtaining financing/ Bond for Bridge replacement if Warrant Article is approved

From this point, the Red Fox Crossing Bridge projects success and implementation timing will depend largely on its support of the ELVD residents in their ability to fund the project at the 2020 Annual meeting once a meeting can be held.

If all elements continue to progress to the current plan, the proposed final completion date of the Bridge is November 1, 2020.

Respectfully submitted,
Brett Taber
Board of Commissioner Chairman

For Residents/Public members attempting to call in to any of our current/future remote meetings:

Posted 3/25/20

If you cannot access the meeting via our call in number that was provided for the meeting in physical postings or on the webpage/Facebook page or have issues with hearing the meeting, Please call into the office at 603-464-3128 to inform us of this. We want to ensure those interested in participating can do so.

Thank you,
Brett Taber
ELVD Board of Commissioner Chairman

Meetings Update Due To COVID-19

Posted 3/22/2020

To the Residents of ELVD,
Please see below additional changes that have impacted ELVD operations due to the recent changes relative the COVID-19 concerns in what the Government has advised for managing the reduction of social gatherings.

After receiving information from our District Counsel, the Governor’s office, and the AG’s office with suggestions on how to proceed, as Chairman of the ELVD Board of Commissioners, I too declare an emergency around this situation related to COVID-19. Based on this, the Board has chosen to cancel the planned Budget review meeting (originally planned for 3/23/20) as well as the Planned Bond hearing (originally planned for 3/27/20) for now due to the potential for a larger than normal attendance of residents than with normal monthly meetings. Future dates for these meetings will be shared with residents as they are developed.

In an effort to keep things moving for these future requirements, the Board will be holding video & Audio online / as well as physical public meetings. This will happen using an online video tool known as GO TO meeting.

The next Monthly Commissioner meeting will take place on Wednesday 3/25/20 @6:30 PM. For those wishing to use the online tool, please follow the information below to log onto this system if they wish to use this to listen to the meetings. For other residents still wishing to attend a meeting in person, the office will be open to support that and we will do our best to support distance between anyone present.

Test Call for ELVD Meeting
Mon, Mar 23, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
***This call may be considered long distance and associated rates may apply.

Access Code: 188-805-045

Wednesday Monthly Commissioner meeting

ELVD Commissioner Meeting - Wed, Mar 25, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (669) 224-3412
***This call may be considered long distance and associated rates may apply.

Access Code: 616-737-173

We ask for your patience in this effort and as information becomes available, it will be shared using our communication tools such as the Website and our Official ELVD Facebook page, and Kiosk Postings.

Thank you,
Brett Taber
ELVD Board of Commissioner Chairman

COVID-19 Update

Updated 3/18/2020

To the Residents of ELVD,
Due to the recent changes relative the COVID-19 concerns in what the Government has advised for managing the reduction of social gatherings, the Board has chosen to cancel the Monthly Commissioner meeting scheduled for 3/18/20. The Board will be reviewing its options toward future meeting needs and share any efforts towards those needs. We are reaching out to the State and our Legal Counsel to best determine our course of action towards those future meeting needs such as Annual meeting, Budget hearing, and any Bond hearings that may be necessary. We ask for your patience in this effort and as information becomes available, it will be shared using our communication tools such as the Website and our Official ELVD Facebook page, and Kiosk Postings.


Red Fox Crossing Bridge Update

Posted 3/16/2020

  • March 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – Submission of all Bridge Construction BIDS close. All BIDS will be opened and read in Public forum. Data Analysis of eligible bidders to follow.
  • Board of Commissioners to review data once Wright Pierce compiles the Data and makes suggestion on contractor for project.
  • March 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – Bond Hearing date to share with publicly available information about Bridge project and potential funding options.
  • April 18, 2020 – Annual Meeting @ Hillsboro Deering Elementary School
  • Respectfully submitted,
    Board of Commissioners


    Posted 2/25/2020

    Emerald Lake Village District (ELVD) announces the opening of the Filing Period for District Offices. The following positions are open: Commissioner (3-year term); Commissioner (2-year term); Commissioner (1-year term); District Clerk (1-year term); District Treasurer (1-year term); and District Moderator (1-year term). All Candidates for office must be residents of and registered voters in the Emerald Lake Village District. Filing Period begins March 4, 2020 and ends of March 13, 2020. Applications may be obtained at the District Office, 147 West Main Street, Suite 103, Hillsborough.

    Red Fox Crossing Bridge Update

    Posted 2/11/2020

    To date, the following have been completed:

  • Engineering firm Wright-Pierce hired to develop plan for Red Fox Crossing Bridge replacement
  • Hydrology/Engineering studies performed
  • Sight surveys and geological borings complete
  • Wetlands permit filed with NHDES
  • Initial notification to Abutters completed
  • Action items pending completion:

  • Initial review of bridge concepts and specs with Board on 2/13/2020
  • Construction/bid specs be completed by 2/15/20
  • Send out Request for Bids to contractors by 2/15/2020
  • Review of Bids/Bid Selection by 3/19/2020
  • Final Notification to Abutters by 3/31/2020
  • Wetlands permit follow-up questions from NHDES to be completed by 3/31/2020
  • Draft of Warrant article to for project by 3/19/2020
  • From this point, the Red Fox Crossing Bridge project’s success and implementation timing will depend largely on its overall cost and the support of the ELVD residents to fund the project at the 2020 Annual meeting.

    As soon as the Board has rough estimates of the cost, they will be shared with the residents. The accuracy of that estimate will ultimately depend on the actual final contractor submissions for the project.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Brett Taber
    Board of Commissioner Chairman

    Important News About Recycling

    Posted 12/17/19

    View and download the flier HERE

    ~ ELVD BOC


    Posted 9/18/19

    Residents on the above-named streets have reported cloudy and aerated water. This is quite likely a result of having to shut off the line on Melody Lane on Monday to repair a leak. According to WSO+, it can take several days for the water to clear and the lines to come back to pressure after a shut-down.

    There is currently a leak at 15 Autumn Road. There could be intermittent water shut-offs until the leak is repaired. Thank you for your patience..

    Please Note: Please note: It is important that all leaks be reported as soon as they are spotted. Please call a Commissioner, the Administrator or WSO+ as soon as you see something that could be a leak. If you see a wet spot in the road, near the side of the road or in someone’s yard, that looks like odd, stop and look at it. Water leaks typically manifest as a little bubbling area coming out of the ground.

    Our system is fragile and old. Water is expensive and not something we can afford to waste by ignoring leaks. As the saying goes, “If you see something, say something!”

    Leak Reporting/Water Issues: All leaks should be reported to an ELVD Commissioner HERE, and also by contacting WSO at 603-428-3525

    Thank you,
    ELVD Board of Commissioners

    2019 Lake Draw Down Notice to Residents

    Posted 9/6/19

    To all ELVD residents,

    With winter drawing near, it is time to begin drawing down the lake. This draw-down ensures water levels are low enough to minimize ice damage due to movement and allows for spring thaws and rains. The draw down process beginning the first week of October 2019 and should be completed by the end of October 2019.

    Any residents that live on the water frontage of the lake, please plan accordingly to prepare your property, docks, boats, etc. from the level of the lake being lowered during this period.

    Thank you,
    ELVD Board of Commissioners

    Water System Update

    Posted 9/3/19

    The Board of Commissioners wanted to share the most recent update on its water system issues with the residents.

    We have had multiple leaks over the last three weeks (an estimated repair cost of $2,400) and WSO still believes there are additional leaks on the back side of the lake still not yet found or repaired. We have had two well pump failures over this same time period (Well #7 and Mary Rowe) (estimated cost of pump replacements of $12,000). Mary Rowe is still down pending its pump replacement. Through this period we have had to truck in water two times prior to today (estimated combined cost of $12,000). We continue to lose ground on the water levels in the tank based on current usage, leaks, and Mary Rowe well still down. , Based on this the District will again need to truck in additional water. This will occur on 9/3. The estimated cost will be another $6,000.

    Additional efforts will be occurring toward leak detection efforts. Please continue to honor the OUTSIDE WATER BAN. Please remind your neighbors if you see someone using water for outside uses.

    Thank you,
    Brett Taber
    ELVD Board of Commissioners Chairman


    Updated 8/24/19

    Due to recent malfunctions with multiple wells with in our system, the water levels of our tank have dropped to levels requiring the district to truck in water in order to meet the needs of our residents. This week alone the expense of trucking in water exceeded $6000 with more water needing to be trucked in on Monday 08/26 at, or about, the same expense to the district. The water in question was purchased from the town of Hillsborough and was reported to the Department of Environmental Services (DES) with all of the water testing requirements to ensure the water meets DES drinking water standards.

    The Board of commissioners held an emergency meeting on Tuesday 08/20 to approve the expense of replacing one of the well pumps. In addition, the BOC granted authority to the District Administrator/Board Members to authorize future replacements of critical equipment in the event of an emergency when future failures pose a potential negative financial impact to the district. It is the intent of the BOC's that faster response times when making repairs to our water system will help alleviate the additional expense of trucking in water.

    We ask that all residents help us through these troubled times by conserving water where they can. In addition, our water agent (WSO) believes there may be a water leak on the back side of the lake and is having difficulty locating it. We are asking any residents that see potential evidence of a water leaks to contact WSO immediately at (603.428.3525). Residents should also be aware that while we have seen some rain events lately, there hasn't been enough rain to adequately replenish our well water supply.

    Finally, the BOC's understands what an inconvenience this is to our residents. We recognize the hardships that the ELVD Community has had to endure and ask for your patience and understanding through these difficult times. We are working closely with our engineering partners at Wright Pierce and are developing long term solutions to the many challenges that face our community.

    Thank you,

    ~ ELVD BOC


    Posted 8/15/19

    The EMERALD LAKE VILLAGE DISTRICT water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

    We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Test results for the sample(s) collected on JULY 18, 2019 showed an arsenic level of 0.055 mg/L. The average level of arsenic over last year was 0.023 mg/L.

    This average is above the enforceable maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.010 mg/L.

    What Does This Mean?

    This is NOT an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

    What should I do?

    It is not necessary to use alternate water; however, if you have specific health concerns, please contact your health care professional. General health related questions may be directed to Dave Gordon of the DES Environmental Health Program at (603) 271-4608.


    We anticipate resolving the problem within 45 days. For more information, please contact JOE DAMOUR OF WSO+ AT 603-428-3625 or 603-848-3525 or 405 FLANDERS ROAD, PO BOX 68, HENNIKER, NH 03242.

    Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    PWS ID: 1141020 Date distributed: August 15, 2019 posted on web site

    ~ ELVD BOC