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Important meeting

Good Afternoon All,

There will be a public information meeting on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Nowak Room (Town Office) to discuss the upcoming utility project on Lincoln, Tremont, Daniel, Front and Winter Streets. We will be discussing the schedule and traffic control for the project, followed by a question and answer period. The meeting will also be on Channel 22 for those that can’t attend.

Attached is a notice for you to post and share.

Have a great weekend,
Jennifer Mates, P.E.
Assistant Town Engineer
Public Works Department
13 Newfields Road
Exeter, NH 03833
(603) 418-6431


It would behoove all Town residents to take time to become aware of this project before it begins.

Here is the flyer.

Lincoln public mtg 8-4-15



Margaret Rugg of Front Street  died this afternoon on Epping Rd in Exeter. The accident has the road closed while the State Police  accident investigation unit does their job. She was struck by a large truck while riding her bicycle,  thetruck was a waste hauler. The accident occurred in front of the new Great Bay Kids Daycare. My prayers are with her family tonight.



Update 7/23/15

I had to stop in this morning to Herb & Robs for an engine light  check  and spoke with Robbie about yesterday. He was still very emotional  about Mrs Rugg’s death in  yesterday’s accident. I understand there was a policeman on detour duty yesterday . He was some distance from the location of the accident. There was a definite pinch point that was not visible at yesterdays scene, today you can see it and get a better idea of how this  accident may have happened.

The policeman was very upset according to Robbie, and was consoled by a fellow officer. I have only been first to an accident twice and both incidents remain quite vivid in my memory. I hope the policeman gets some time off.

I was at the scene yesterday at Herb & Robs because I was retrieving mail box keys from Doozies key ring, her car is in the shop. I had to cut through the woods to get there , but that was at the direction of an Exeter police officer. I knew there had been an accident and knew it was fatal given the police presence,the policeman only answered me with “It’s bad”

Our son Jeff is riding his bike with 2 chums across the USA, they are in Wisconsin now, home later in August. I ride a bike occasionally, we had a nice ride to Hampton beach a few weekends ago. When I ride a bike I feel like a pain in the ass to cars, don’t know why, but I do. I assume when driving a car that there will be a bike around the  bend, or over the next hill. Yesterday in Boston coming out of the tunnel near Albany St I came around a bend and a guy was walking right up the ramp. It didn’t throw me because I was ready, for anything.

I want to get home, I don’t want any trouble, this is true wherever I drive.

So, I am worrying all the time about Jeff and his gang riding bikers back East. One morning a few weeks ago I spotted two riders near Whirlygigs checking their map. I inquired if they needed help as they were touring cyclists  with French accents.

“Could you help  us with Route 27?”

“Mais oui” said I  and pointed out Route 27, straight ahead. I think we once had a Route 27 sign hanging from a wire over Water St.

Before they struck off on their way home to Montreal, I asked about how courteous  our drivers had been on their trip.

The woman answered almost gushing about how great people are “here”. How wide a berth that they have been given.

“Not like in Montreal” she huffed, “”they cut you right off”

This was a terrible accident  yesterday and in reflecting on it, we can all be more careful. We need to be focused,  slow down, and be  more courteous behind the wheel,  and the  handlebars.  This admonition extends to pedestrians and joggers.

I want everyone to get home safe.


crunch time

full-plateThere are a great many projects going on around Town and it’s really coming to a head. We are also careening towards August 31 st the first day of school.

I just walked back from Herb & Robs on Epping Rd. The private enterprise, Great Bay Kids is charging forward to that date. The grass will be planted soon.

Here is what we have left to do and we might be a few weeks behind. All the sewer covers and water service covers have to be raised yet on Portsmouth Ave before final paving.

We are still waiting for a start date on the Water St concrete sidewalks.The job to do the same on the opposite side of the Great Bridge was disruptive and took some time. I was told it was two weeks away but Don Clement checked and there is still plenty to be ironed out. He forgot to inquire about the Lincoln St project.

That parking project at Main Street School has all the appearances of being behind schedule, to me.

The water line project on Lincoln Street is still being massaged by Engineering and was supposed to be done over the Summer. Lincoln Street is a key  thoroughfare and cannot suffer much disruption at all.

If someone hiccups the intersection at Burnhams Cleaners just becomes a real mess.

I would suggest that someone get everyone in a room fast and make some decisions as the window is closing fast.

UPDATE 10/9/15

If I was not leaving Town for a new start I would be all over DPW and the BOS for allowing this project to move ahead.

While the kids are in school .

The sidewalks were put on hold so as not to affect the sale of what again?

Yes, the downtown is nice, but there is nothing there I need. Hey Dan what about all the shopkeepers on Lincoln St, the Church in high season?

The children at school having their classes interrupted by noise?

I inquired over the Summer several times on this project, and I am moving, but it is hard to let go, when you see problems. Why the BOS does not have the same vision confounds me.

The residents and parents of children in school should shut this project down.

The DPW has not planned at all and there is little oversight by the BOS and TM.

I heard that Jay Perkins is the go to guy on the Linden St Bridge project.

He is not an engineer.

I am finding it difficult to let go when I see poor reporting , no attendance by citizens at BOS meetings, record low voter turnouts. Then I have all the other “stuff” the inside scoop,oh i have loads of that information.

We approve things as voters and they don’t get done.

If you knew what I know and you are a taxpayer you would be freaking out. This chain of events that has us doing a tear up the streets project in the late Fall is full of missteps. The Stadium Well negotiations with PEA  that were dragged out  are part of the timeline problem.

I would fire the DPW Director and call Russ on the carpet but I am moving in 3 weeks.

Nashville bound tomorrow for 5 days, a fun break in the action!


Snow at Halloween ? Think that is unusual?

it’s just me

I just read the ENL, the front section. On my second cup of coffee I peeked at the second section. It’s sports usually which I pass on.

News/ Obituaries

There, just above the obits,they placed  a significant article on a recent stop of  the Clinton campaign.

The editorial is all about the pilgrimage to NH of presidential candidates and what a great chance it is for average folks to engage in the meet and greet.

It’s Summer though, no one is reading the paper anyway.


The opposite shore

2015-07-18 10.01.44 So things are underway on the Swasey and the Brits just fired a few shots from their cannon.

The first one made me jiggle my coffee, It’s loud too, I thought maybe they were using a bigger load this year. Its just this new location for me, on this shore. Then I glassed them, that barrel is pointed directly at our balcony, here’s hoping for one of those lucky smoke ring shots.


Here’s wiki on cannons.

Cannon operation is described by the 1771 Encyclopædia Britannica. Each cannon would be manned by two gunners, six soldiers, and four officers of the artillery. The right gunner was to prime the piece and load it with powder, while the left gunner would fetch the powder from the magazine and keep ready to fire the cannon at the officer’s command. Three soldiers stood on each side of the cannon, to ram and sponge the cannon, and hold the ladle. The second soldier on the left was charged with providing 50 rounds.[3]

Colonial artillery crew during the American Revolutionary War – contemporaries of the 1771 Encyclopædia Britannica.

Prior to loading, the cannon would be well cleaned with a sponge to remove all sparks, filth, and dirt. The powder was added, followed by a wad of paper or hay, and the ball was thrown in. After ramming, the cannon would be aimed with the elevation set using a quadrant and a plummet. At 45 degrees the ball had the utmost range – about ten times the gun’s level range. Any angle above the horizontal line was called random-shot. The officer of artillery had to ensure the cannon was diligently served. Water was available to dip the sponges in and cool the pieces every ten or twelve rounds.[3]

In the late 1770s it was said that a 24-pounder could fire 90 to 100 shots a day in Summer, or 60 to 75 in Winter. However, French artillery officers managed to have a cannon fire 150 shots daily during siege.[3] A 16 or 12 pounder would fire a little more, because they were more easily served. The Encyclopædia Britannica mentions “some occasions where 200 shots have been fired from these pieces in the space of nine hours, and 138 in the space of five.”[3]

detour alert

Good Afternoon,

This is a reminder that the detour for the Linden Street Bridge project will begin on Monday, July 20th. Please drive carefully and be patient while we all adjust to the new traffic pattern.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this project. Please feel free to call or email me or Jay Perkins (773-6163) with any questions you may have.
Thanks and have a great weekend!

Jennifer Mates, P.E.

Assistant Town Engineer

Public Works Department

13 Newfields Road

Exeter, NH  03833

(603) 418-6431

employee rights demonstration

We woke up this morning  to loud voices from across the river. We thought it might be something related to the Revolutionary Days events.

I just checked

It’s a revolution all right, a demonstration against two companies currently doing work for PEA.

EnviroVantage and SMS services.

It’s quite a raucous event and sure to embarrass PEA. That is the goal of direct action.

These firms hire low wage workers and do not provide health benefits. The work can be harmful such as asbestos removal.

The work is being done,it is not a stoppage. The Union organizer told me they are not trying to unionize the workers .

The action is against the two firms that have OSHA on their case, and the low wages.

2015-07-16 08.42.10The Exeter Police got this noisy (generator)  inflatable eyesore removed. Imagine the gall of these organizers.

A giant rat  right in the middle of Town!

This is our Revolutionary weekend for cripes sake!

You know the right to assemble was key without being threatened with arrest.

If you want to see the big rat get down there tomorrow morning at 630, the rat will be back.

2015-07-16 08.48.15

2015-07-16 09.16.01

They will demonstrate till about noon, they will return tomorrow at 630am.

Good for them.