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Penacook Village Association Meeting
Saturday, May 9, 2015

9:00 a.m.
1 Beaver Meadow Drive
Concord, NH 03301

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Attendance: Bill S,  Ray M, Carole Z,  Paula M, Steven E, Rick J, Wesley F, Lynne R, Ed B, Kathy B, Brent T, Althea B, Jackie B, Cathy F, Allan H, Nancy N, Carol W, Teri M, Lee C, Peter B, Ellen L, Doug C.

Guest Speakers: Martha Drukker, Associate City Engineer and Chris Theriault, Engineering Technician.

The Rt. 3 corridor project final phase is getting underway. Impacts on traffic and water service were discussed. Traffic will be impacted during the construction period. However it is anticipated that the impact will be minimal most of the time. Some individual water services will be out to allow new valves to be installed. The outage periods will be in the range of a few hours and the crews will be working with individual property owners during those periods.

The Abbott Road traffic and dust concerns relating to the construction were addressed. Residents who experience problems are encouraged to contact Chris Theriault at the construction trailer which will be at the Manor Fire Station. General project information and updates will be at: http://www.onconcord.com/index.aspx?NID=1384. Updates will also be in the weekly City Manager’s newsletter on this page: http://www.onconcord.com/Index.aspx?NID=288.

Guest Speaker: Heather Shank, Assistant City Planner.

Heather Shank presented information about the recently completed report from the consultants Penacook Vision Plan. She discussed form based zoning codes as a tool for creating growth in existing neighborhoods and villages. The Penacook Vision Plan, (click the link or go to http://nh-concord.civicplus.com/Index.aspx?NID=879) brought a lively discussion and some concerns that the results didn’t fully reflect the intention of the participants. Heather felt that some additional input would allow the report to be fine tuned to be more responsive to the village’s residents wishes.

Guest Speaker: Deb Cuddahy, Executive Director, Penacook Community Center.

Deb updated us on the plans to expand the Penacook Community Center to a new campus on Village Street. The Community Center now serves over 11,000 individuals each year. There is still more demand and the current facility cannot be expanded to meet those needs. The PCC would need to acquire three properties on Village St including a city owned lot. That would allow for a new facility in the 30 – 40 thousand square feet range which would allow the center to meet current needs and add both new programs and serve additional people. (Since the Saturday meeting the City Council voted to approve the sale of the lot to PCC, removing one obstacle)

Watch the PCC website at http://www.penacookcommunitycenter.org/index.html and also http://penacook.org/index.html for updates as the project moves forward.

Farmers Market: The 2015 Penacook Farmers Market opens for the season on June 22. The market will run Mondays 4 – 6:30 PM through Aug. 31St.  Volunteers are needed each week to serve as greeters, sell bottled water and market bags and to make popcorn. If you missed the signup sheet at the meeting please email contactus@penacook.org for more information. If you sign up to volunteer you get to listen to the free musical performers while you work!

Friends of Poulin Park: The fundraising goal is getting near. Just over $2,000.00 to go. Visit Penacook.org for an order form to purchase your brick today.

Concord 250: Up coming events include a concert by the Wildcat Band Saturday May 23rd at noon in riverside park in Penacook. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the music you would have heard in Penacook in the 1860’s and 70’s. At 3PM join the Meet the Band event at the Penacook Historical Society on Rolfe Street. Additional concerts are the following day in Contoocook and at the Audi.

The opening of the 1965 time capsule is Sunday June 7th at the Audi. An ice cream social begins at 5:30PM with the opening and display of contents to begin at 6:30.

Planning is underway for events the week of Aug 10th throughout the city. The first event will revolve around the Penacook Farmers Market on the 10th. There will be a Concord Coach to view and some special entertainment too.

United Church Spring Fling: The Spring Fling will be held Sat. May 16th 9AM to 1PM. The PVA will have a table to promote the Farmers Market.

Market Days: The downtown Concord Market Days event is June 25th through 27th. The PVA plans to have a table to help promote the Farmers Market.

Next meeting will be Sat. June 13th, 9AM at the Rolfe House. Guest speakers are State Senator Dan Feltes and House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff of Penacook. They will discuss the NH State budget and implications.

 

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