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2022 A Hard Road to Travel Workshop

Join NHMA Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal for this year’s A Hard Road to Travel workshop and the debut of our first fully updated publication since 2015!

2022 A Hard Road to Travel Workshop

Join NHMA Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal for this year’s A Hard Road to Travel workshop and the debut of our first fully updated publication since 2015!

Informational Webinar on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Join us in this informational session hosted by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the New Hampshire Municipal Association to learn more about the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, historic legislation signed into law last year that invests in our nation’s core infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, water systems and broadband.

2021 Hard Road to Travel Workshop

A significant timber removal operation is proposed and the road agent is concerned about damage to the adjacent town road, what can the select board do?

How does the Select Board approve the use of our Class VI Roads by OHRV’s and Snowmobiles?

Under what circumstances can the town agree to plow or maintain a Class VI or Private Road?

2021 Hard Road to Travel Workshop

A significant timber removal operation is proposed and the road agent is concerned about damage to the adjacent town road, what can the select board do?

How does the Select Board approve the use of our Class VI Roads by OHRV’s and Snowmobiles?

Under what circumstances can the town agree to plow or maintain a Class VI or Private Road?

Municipal State Aid and Revenue Sharing: Critical Needs Amidst Challenging Budget Times

Editor's Note: NHMA would like to recognize and acknowledge the significant foundational contributions of former Government Finance Advisor, Barbara T. Reid, in the development of this important advocacy publication.

Legal Q and A: Building on Private Roads under RSA 674:41: When and How is it Authorized?

It's sometimes referred to as a sort of "state zoning." In any town that has a planning board with subdivision authority, RSA 674:41 prohibits building on any lot unless "the street giving access" is a Class V highway or better; is shown on a subdivision or other plan approved by the planning board; or is a Class VI highway or "private road" upon which the board of selectmen has voted to authorize building permits under certain specified conditions.

Follow the Money: New Hampshire’s Transportation Infrastructure in Decline

Whatever transportation infrastructure a municipality may own, the challenges are generally the same. A growing population and increasing demand put mounting stress on publicly maintained assets. The infrastructure that exists is aging and has not been consistently maintained. This reduces its useful life and its ability to handle the increased demands. Although the need for capital investment is clear, state and federal funding sources that municipalities have historically depended upon to finance these capital improvements are flat funded or shrinking.

Municipal Highways and Bridges: “How Bad Is It?”

In this second article in the transportation infrastructure series (see "Follow the Money, NH Transportation Infrastructure in Decline, Jan/Feb 2013 issue), we will move beyond a description of how transportation infrastructure is funded to try to identify for local officials where they might learn more about the condition of municipal highways and bridges in our state, and their role in operating and maintaining the system. I emphasize the word "try", because one of the current realities is that there is no single or convenient location where information about these issues is compiled.

Winter Maintenance of Roads and Sidewalks

As winter approaches, it is time once again for towns and cities to review their policies regarding plowing, salting and sanding of municipal roads and sidewalks. While every town and city has a good deal of experience with these duties, the specific responsibilities and limitations placed on New Hampshire municipalities by state and federal law continue to evolve. In this column, we look at some of the frequently-asked questions regarding winter maintenance and explain the current status of the law.

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