Epsom NH News

February 4, 2009

Epsom’s next Scrap Booking Bonanza hosted by Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 will be held on Sunday, February 8th from 12 pm-6 pm at the Epsom Public Library. Bring non-perishable food items and toiletry items for our local food pantry. Every item you bring will help you win the door prizes. Gift bags will be given to all who reserve a seat. Call Jennifer 736-8681 or Jill 736-9091 to reserve your spot! This is an event you don’t want to miss so bring your supplies and enjoy an afternoon of scrap booking and meeting new friends. Food and beverages will be included in the $7.00 fee.

Epsom Public Library

Story Time continues on Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 3:30 pm. The children listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy simple crafts. Toddler time is on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10-7 and Saturday 9-1.

The Fort Mountain Trailwinders Snowmobile Club will have a meeting on Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at Land Dimensions on Rt. 4 in Epsom. Drive your car or ride your sled to the meeting. For more info call Bruce at 736-8818. Access from Bickford’s field.



Letter To The Editor
42 Unit Housing Development Proposed For Epsom

A proposal for a 42 house cluster development off of Depot and Goboro roads in Epsom was recently placed before the Epsom Planning Board.  Despite assurances by the Nashua developer that all would be wonderful, and that this was a “good” thing for the town of Epsom… residents present, continued to share in skepticism that such a project would be of “benefit” to the town.

A 42 home development would imply 42 couples (or 84 adults). Potentially, there could be 2 children in each family. Not the fraction of “less” than one child (3/4 child) that was suggested by the developer. That then implies 84 children added to the Epsom School, plus an addition and more teacher costs!

84 Children, and those 84 adults (168 warm bodies) generates a lot of vehicle traffic involving jobs, errands, shopping, friends, family, delivery, and service vehicles, all traveling Goboro and Depot roads plus adjacent roads in Chichester!  Increased vehicle traffic is going to necessitate significant and costly improvements to these heavily traveled narrow, tarred roads. A traffic light on Route 28 would be a Safety Necessity!
Police, Fire support, Road Improvements & Maintenance, plus School expansion costs, would increase Epsom resident taxes.

A 42 house development would destroy even more of the habitat that the New Hampshire Conservation commission, and the National Fish and Wildlife foundation are trying to preserve. That habitat would be gone forever!


It remains to be seen how adding another 42 concentrated houses along with associated traffic, problems, and expense to the town is going to benefit anyone in Epsom. Growth is not always a good thing!

Please attend the next Planning Board meeting on Wednesday night, February 11 th, 6:30 PM at the Epsom town offices building.

Roger Bennett
Epsom, NH



Tax impact on warrant articles in Epsom

It has been said (The Law is an A--), and it is trying very hard to prove that saying true.
Everyone with a computer go to epsomnh.org to read why the tax impact on each warrant article will no longer be included with our copies of the articles. The explanation as to why is because the law does not include mentioning it so it is not permitted by law.
So the NH Local Government Center says that since having the tax impact printed was not specifically mentioned in the law, therefore they conclude that it is not permitted by law.
Whoever drew up this absurd law either forgot to include that little fact or realized it would be assinine to add it to this law.

I can’t remember the date of the town meeting that the townspeople voted to have the impact fee put at the end of each article, by the Budget Committee, so we could be more informed as to what we could afford to vote for.

So now, once again, the Epsom voter is being told their votes don’t mean a whole lot.
I can’t imagine why the Selectmen seem to be trying to make the so called “uninformed voter” even more uninformed.

I would never buy a car, sign the papers, and then ask ”What is this costing me?”, and I hope that no one else would either.

Les Cash – Epsom Voter












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