Variance Granted for
FedEx Warehouse Site

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) has granted a variance for the proposed site of a FedEx Ground distribution warehouse on Pettengill Road.

Attorney Morgan Hollis of Gottesman and Hollis requested the variance to allow a subdivision to create a lot with no frontage on a Class V or better road at 51 Pettengill Road.

“This parcel is one of several in a very large, soon to be developed industrial park up near the airport,” Hollis told the ZBA last week. “The lot itself is 80 acres and the industrial park is over 300 acres. There are currently no public ways in this portion of the park. The park itself is bisected by Pettengill Road, which is currently a Class VI road and is proposed to become a Class V road when and if the town builds it, but as of right now it doesn’t exist.” Read more »

Town Council Tables Nevins
Walking Trail Removal

A resolution to remove plans for a walking trail from the Nevins over 55 community was tabled to the next meeting after resident Mike Speltz, a member of the Conservation Committee, noted it involved a conservation easement and resident Greg Carson, an attorney, threatened to file papers with the state attorney general’s office, should the resolution to remove the trail pass the council.

The council, meeting Thursday, March 20, voted to table the matter for further study.

The resolution that was expected to be voted on last week references a petition to “discharge and release the public rights to the walking trail” and noted the Nevins Board of Directors requested Gilcreast Realty Holdings join with it in an amendment to the site plan at the Planning Board to remove the trail. That was granted June 5, 2013. Read more »

Homeowners Are Encouraged
to Test Their Well Water

The state is interested in learning whether well water users understand it is their responsibility to test their water, and how to encourage them to do so.

Michael Paul, Community Engagement coordinator with the Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program and the Audrey and Theodore Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover, held a focus group in Londonderry last week to discuss what people who get their water from private wells should know. He said it is the homeowner’s responsibility to test their water to ensure it is safe, and to treat it if it contains unsafe levels of contaminants, including arsenic, which is prevalent in southern New Hampshire.

According to a U.S. Geological Survey model, Londonderry is a town with high arsenic levels in its well water, Paul said. Read more »