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***Water Shutoff***

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 — Emergency Leak Repair

Water will be turned off on: Moccasin Trail — Sunrise Place — Turtle Bridge Crossing - Rabbit Path
A short section of Gould Pond Rd. (which should only effect #99 Gould Pond). Other roads that may be affected are: Red Fox Crossing — Raccoon Alley — Firefly Lane.

Posted 7/26/20

Attention Residents!
Repairs will begin Tuesday morning and continue until the leak is fixed. At this time, it is not known how long the water will be off.

Please make any necessary preparations to support your needs.

If you have questions/concerns please contact the board: or call 603-464-3128

*If you need to update email contact information or no longer want to receive emails please email and our records will be updated.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Posted 7/15/20


A District Commissioner is the Chief Administrative Head of all departments and is responsible for oversight of the District Administrator and all departments and employees thereof.

A District Commissioner derives authority from the constituents of Emerald Lake Village District and shall hold said office at the pleasure of its constituency.

The responsibilities assigned to this position include, but are not limited to, the following.

  1. The Board of Commissioners is solely accountable and responsible for adherence to all regulations provisioned under applicable Title III RSAs established under the General Court as well as all the Rules and Regulations of the Emerald Lake Village District.
  2. Maintains good public relations with citizens and interacts with citizens.
  3. Provides oversight of the District Administrator and all departments, subcontractors, and employees accountable to the administrator.
  4. Provides oversight of the offices of Treasurer, Clerk, and any future elected office deemed appropriate by the Board.
  5. Provides general supervision of the property and business affairs of the District and the expenditures of money appropriated by it for District purposes.
  6. The Board organizes and conducts all District Meetings and Workshops in accordance with applicable RSAs.
  7. Commissioners are responsible for appointing, developing, and training future appointed Commissioners to ensure effective transitions of power with minimal impact to District constituency.
  8. A Commissioner shall attend regular and special meetings as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  9. A Commissioner shall be available to meet the needs of the District as deemed appropriate by the Board of Commissioners.

The position pays a monthly stipend of $400.00

If you are interested in filling the position, please send a resume or letter of qualifications to the ELVD Board of Commissioners, PO Box 2217, Hillsborough, NH 03244 no later than July 31, 2020.


The District Treasurer shall have custody of all monies belonging to the District, and shall pay out the same only upon orders of the BOC in a public meeting or by a noncontemporaneously signed manifest signed by a majority of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) pursuant to RSA 41:29.1. This requirement shall apply to transfers between accounts held by the District. The Treasurer shall execute checks for all payments ordered by the BOC to be made.

In general, in compliance with RSA 41:29.III, the Treasurer shall keep suitable books and correct account of all sums received into and paid from the District, and of all notes given by the District, with the particulars thereof. At the close of each fiscal year, the Treasurer shall report to the District and to the Department of Revenue Administration giving a particular account of all his or her financial transactions during the year and account balances at year’s end.

The Treasurer shall furnish to the BOC statements from the treasurer’s books and submit the books and vouchers to them and the District’s auditors for examination, whenever so requested pursuant to RSA 41:29 and shall cooperate thereafter in effecting the completion of the audit applicable for the time period for which the treasurer served in office. The form of such information to the BOC shall be in addition to written reports if requested, consist of printed reports from the accounting software, which shall include standard reporting such as balance of accounts, reconciliation reports, reports of period monies paid and received by account, category or other designation, and copies of bank statements.

The Treasurer shall be responsible to provide such written reports as instructed by the District’s BOC at each regular BOC Monthly Meeting so as to inform the public of the status of the District’s cash balances.

The Treasurer will also work closely with the Bookkeeper and be available to sign checks once the Bookkeeper has printed them out. In addition, the Treasurer will act as a backup system to insure items are coded properly, monies are taken from the correct accounts, and all checkbooks and accounts are reconciled by the Bookkeeper using bank statements and other available information on at least a monthly basis.

The Treasurer shall be responsible to immediately report any discrepancy in reconciliation, by insufficient fund notice or similar circumstances to the BOC.

The Treasurer shall also participate in the annual budget process.

Anyone seeking the position of Treasurer of ELVD should be familiar with QuickBooks bookkeeping software and fluent in the use of Excel spreadsheets. Prior experience with municipal finances is a plus. The Treasurer should be available for the two BOC meetings each month or more often if necessary, especially during budget “season.” The position pays a stipend of $200 per month.

If you are interested in filling the position, please send a resume or letter of qualifications to the ELVD Board of Commissioners, PO Box 2217, Hillsborough, NH 03244 no later than July 31, 2020.


Posted 7/14/20

Since June 25, 2020 Emerald Lake Village District has TRUCKED IN 324,000 gallons of water at the cost of $21,690.00 for the trcking and some labor and an estimated cost of $3,354.00 for the water. TOTAL COST = $25,044.00


Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Posted 6/21/20

Attention Residents! The Districts water tank is now at 10 feet for its level of water reserves. You may experience lower than normal water pressure for a period. The District Water System Operators have arranged for external water deliveries to begin on June 22, 2020 (trucking in of water).

Please conserve water where possible. Please report to the Commissioners any knowledge of any residents violating the Water Ban so that those issue may be addressed. This is a serious concern and will begin costing the residents a considerable amount of money to truck in water.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners

Aquamen Water Solutions

Posted 6/13/20

New Water System Operators

Use for comments, questions, and to report water leaks.



Posted 6/21/20

The Board continues to work on this project in the effort to be able to commence much of our plan through the balance of 2020. Here is the latest update.

• There is a Public hearing that will take place on June 27, 2020 that will talk to the need for the special meeting. The meeting will take place at the District office as well as online.

• Once this has been completed the Board will complete the financing requirements with the selected Lending agency.

• The Board hopes to have financing in place by the end of July.

• The Board will use the time between then and now to work with the New Water System Operators in developing an activity plan and to prioritize those activities that need to occur this calendar year.

• Some of those activities include: Well transducer installations, future exploration of well sites for potential well placement, Installation of 2 Zone Meters, repair/ replacement of 3 other meters within the system. Changeout of Treatment media and disposal of waste media

As new updates occur, we will make efforts to maintain communication flowing to residents.

Thank you,
Brett Taber
ELVD Board of Commissioner Chairman

Red Fox Crossing Bridge Project Update

Posted 6/21/20

The Board continues to work on this project in the effort to be able to complete the project during the fall of 2020. Here is the latest update.

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

• Review of Submitted Bids and selection for project – Accura Construction is desired Contractor
• Board will be reaching out to Contractor week of June 22, 2020 to sign a letter in intent to offer the contract to Accura Construction out of New Ipswhich, NH
• The Board needs to complete a special meeting to clear procedural defects from the Annual meeting for Bond Counsel to fully sign off on the Bond requests.
• There is a Public hearing that will take place on June 27, 2020 that will talk to the need for the special meeting. The meeting will take place at the District office as well as online.
• Once this has been completed the Board will complete the financing requirements with the selected Lending agency.
• The Board hopes to have financing in place by the end of July.
• The Board needs to meet with the Contractor and adjust any construction dates to support construction timelines that will be needed.

Respectfully submitted,
Brett Taber
Board of Commissioner Chairman

Gazebo Concerns

Posted 6/21/20

The Board has heard that there are several concerns/ comments related to the removal of Gazebo which was located on the Eastman Beach property on June 19,2020. This subject has been discussed during several district meetings prior to this occurring. The Board made a final decision to remove the Gazebo during our June meetings. Several members of the Board, staff and some volunteers assisted with the removal.

The Board based its decision on the reasons noted below. The base foundation support beams were rotted and infested with carpenter ants, the main support posts were rotted and infested with carpenter ants, the floor planks were rotted and had the potential for people to fall through them, once it was down further evidence of carpenter ants were found in the ceiling structure. Due to all these factors and the entire Gazebo was already leaning, the Board felt it was too much of a safety hazard and would cost too much money to simply repair portions of the Gazebo based on its current condition.

The Board recognizes that many residents have shared experiences in using the Gazebo. Although no final decision has been made as to what will replace the Gazebo, the Board plans to seek out feedback from the residents on this subject. Please watch for further communications over the next few weeks for updates and our desire to solicit feedback from you.

If any resident wished to comment or inquire on any subject matter, Please feel free to contact the Commissioners via the Email-

Thank you,
Brett Taber
ELVD Board of Commissioner Chairman


Posted 6/10/20

The Emerald Lake Village District held its 2020 Annual Meeting on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, things were a little different this year. Elections were held as usual from 10 to noon Saturday. However, they were drive-through elections this year! The process was smooth and there were 47 votes cast. Elected were: Brett Taber, Commissioner – 3 years with 43 votes; Sara Auger, Commissioner – 2 years with 41 votes; Mark Martin, Commissioner – 1 year with 27 votes; Shawna Kilcoyne, Treasurer – 1 year with 45 votes, and Richard Rose, District Clerk – 1 year with 45 votes. There were eight write-ins for the 2-year term of Moderator with Mark Rodier getting the most votes with eight. It is not known at this time if Mark will accept the position.

The virtual Annual Meeting began at 12:30. Approximately 35 people “attended.” The number fluctuated as people came and went. The meeting recessed late in the day and the Warrant Articles ballot was prepared. Only one warrant article was amended – Article 3 pertaining to the bond for the replacement of the Red Fox Crossing culvert was amended to read “…for the purposes of a project to replace the Red Fox Crossing culvert and bridge,…” No dollar amounts were changed in any of the articles.

Sunday afternoon, 57 people came back to participate in another drive-through vote, this time on the warrant articles. At the end of the day all the warrant articles passed.

The Board of Commissioners will now get busy moving forward with the process of getting the replacement of the Red Fox Crossing culvert underway as well as some water repairs and the search for a new water source.

The District officials would like to thank all who worked so hard to make this event occur as seamlessly as it did: Jon Daley, Asst. Moderator; Joyce Bosse and Sharon Wilkens, Supervisors of the Checklist; Mark Rodier, Moderator; members of the Board; Clerk Richard Rose; and anyone else whose name we may have missed. The residents of the District also deserve to be congratulated for turning out in the numbers they did and participating in the process.

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