TOWN OF LYMAN
65 Parker Hill Road
Lyman, NH 03585
Selectmen's Office - Donna Clark
603-838-5900 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office - Carol Messner
603-838-6113 * email@example.com
Mon & Wed 8:00am-3:30pm, Thur 8:00am-1:30pm
Highway Garage/Road Agent - Tom Smith
Animal Control Officer - Michael Slavtcheff
SELECTMEN'S MEETING SCHEDULE
Meetings are held biweekly at the Lyman Town Hall at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
Monday - June 27, 2016
Monday - July 11, 2016
Monday - July 25, 2016
PROPERTY TAX RATES
The Town of Lyman's 2015 property tax rate was set at $19.23/1000.
Tax bills were mailed Nov 10th and are due Dec 10th.
Town: $6.35 Local School: $8.57 State School: $2.50 County: $1.81
All dogs four months old and older must be licensed EACH YEAR
by April 30th.
- $10.00 Male or Female
- 7.50 Spayed or Neutered
- 6.50 Puppies 4-7 Months
- 2.00 1st Dog for Owner 65 or Older
Current rabies certificate required.
Spaying or neutering certificate needed for discount.
Failure to license will make the owner liable to a penalty of $25.00 plus $1.00 interest per month after May 31st.
LYMAN DOG POLICY - ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
As required by RSA 466:1, all dogs are to be licensed by April 30th of each year. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be presented at time of licensing. If requesting the reduced fee for a neutered animal, verification of neutering/spaying is required. The month of May is a grace period. However, any owner of a dog not licensed by June 1st, under RSA 466:13, is required to pay civil forfeiture to the Town of Lyman within 96 hours of the date and time notice is given. Any person who fails to pay the forfeiture within the allotted amount of time will be issued a summons to District Court. At the time that the forfeiture is paid, the dog owner will also be required to obtain a license for the dog(s). Pursuant to RSA 466:1 and RSA 466:4, a current rabies vaccination, and if requesting the lower neutered license fee, either spaying or neutering certificate is required. Owner is responsible for maintaining these documents in his/her possession. There is a $1/month late charge after June 1st as well as the forfeiture fee. All costs and fees for certified mailing will be paid by the fined dog owner.
Lyman does have a leash law. The Town of Lyman at a "special election" held on November 4, 1980, adopted RSA 466:30-a, "Dog Control Law." "Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any dog to run at large, except when accompanied by the owner or custodian, and when used for hunting, herding, supervised competition and exhibition or training for such. For the purpose of this section, 'accompanied' means that the owner or custodian must be able to see or hear, or both, or have reasonable knowledge of where the dog is hunting, herding, or training. Nothing herein shall mean that the dog must be within sight at all times. In this section, 'at large' means off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under control of any person by means of personal presence and attention as will reasonably control the conduct of such dog, unless accompanied by the owner or custodian."
Initial Nuisance complaints shall be made in writing to the Board of Selectmen. The owner of such dog(s) shall be sent a formal notice concerning the violation and what needs to be done to correct it. Failure of any owner to correct violations shall result in fines and court summonses being issued by the Animal Control Officer as outlined below under Nuisance Offenses.
All Menace and Vicious complaints shall be referred directly to the Animal Control Officer. Failure of any owner to correct violations shall result in fines and court summonses being issued by the Animal Control Officer as outlined below under Menace and Vicious Offenses.
If the Animal Control Officer does not witness the violation, the complainant's names shall be released.
The date of the initial warning or fine starts the 12-month clock for schedule of warnings, fines and summonses. This process starts over every 12 months.
Offenses are per pet owner as opposed to individual dogs.
Nuisance Offenses - dogs at large, barking*, digging/scratching/excreting, and females in heat:
1st Offense Written warning from Board of Selectmen
2nd Offense $25 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
3rd Offense $100 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
Additional Offenses $100 fine - summons to District Court
* For purposes of barking, the Selectmen have defined nighttime hours as 9 pm to 7 am. A dog must bark for sustained periods of more than 1/2 hour, or during the night hours so as to disturb the peace and quiet of a neighborhood or area, not including a dog which is guarding, working or herding livestock.
Menace Offenses - growling/snapping/chasing after a person, and chasing cars, bikes and other vehicles:
1st Offense Written warning from Animal Control Officer
2nd Offense $50 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
3rd Offense $200 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
Additional Offenses $200 fine - summons to District Court
Vicious Offenses - dogs that bite other dogs or people*:
1st Offense $100 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
2nd Offense $400 fine - pay fine within 96 hours or summons to District Court
Additional Offenses $400 fine - summons to District Court
* If a vicious dog's behavior presents a threat to public safety, immediate district court proceedings may be initiated in lieu of the civil forfeiture. A vicious dog may also be impounded.
The complete statute governing dogs, RSA 466, is available for reference at the Town Office or online at www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/indexes/default.html.
Lyman Board of Selectmen
Bruce Beane, Chairman
FIRE PERMITS REQUIRED BY LAW
Options for obtaining a required State of NH Fire Permit:
- Contact your local Forest Fire Warden (Brett Presby at 838-6689) or Deputy Warden (Richard Hubbard at 838-6110) to obtain a written fire permit.
- Utilize the convenience of the Online Fire Permit System at https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net. A $3 fee to the website operator will be charged.
For questions, contact NH Division of Forest & Lands at 603-271-2214 or www.nhdfl.org.
WHAT TYPE OF ID WILL I NEED TO VOTE?
You should provide one of the following:
* Driver's license issued by any state or the federal government
* Non-driver ID card issued by DMV
* Photo ID for "voting ID only" card issued by NH DMV
* US Armed Services ID card
* US passport
* A valid acceptable NH Student ID card
* Other photo ID deemed legitimate by supervisors of the checklist, moderator or the town clerk
An acceptable photo ID must have an expiration date or date of issuance. The ID will remain valid 5 years beyond the expiration date or date of issuance unless the voter is 65 or older in which case the expiration date can be exceeded beyond 5 years.
What If I don't have an approved photo ID?
Any voter who does not present an approved photo ID will be permitted to vote after executing a "challenged voter affidavit".
A voter who does not have an approved photo ID may obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from their town clerk or the Secretary of State to any NH DMV office that issues IDs. (Sec of State # 271-3242)
If you have any questions, please call the Lyman Town Office at 603-838-5900 during regular business hours - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
NOTICE - INVOLUNTARILY MERGED LOTS
If you own real estate lots that were involuntarily merged by municipal action, you may be able to have those lots restored to their pre-merger status.
Your property may qualify if two or more lots were merged for zoning, assessing, or taxation purposes and the merger occurred:
* During your ownership, without your consent; or
* Prior to your ownership, if no previous owner consented to the merger.
To restore your property to pre-merger status, you must:
* Make a request to the local governing body no later than December 31, 2016.
* Your properties will once again become separate lots; however, they must still conform to applicable land use ordinances. Restoration does not cure non-conformity.
This notice must be:
* Posted continuously in a public place from January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2016, and
* Published in the 2011 through 2015 Annual Report.
Read the full statute at RSA 674:39-aa Restoration of Involuntarily Merged Lots.
"DO NOT CALL LIST" INFORMATION
The UNH T2 Center advised that cell phone numbers are being made public this month and provided information on how to block calls from telemarketing companies by registering cell phones and home phones with the National DO NOT CALL list. Call the following number from the phone you wish to have blocked: 1-888-382-1222. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
CHANGE IN PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING WETLANDS DREDGE & FILL PERMIT APPLICATIONS TO NHDES
As of June 17, 2014, town and city clerks are no longer required to mail Wetland Dredge and Fill
permit application forms to NHDES. Town and city clerks are now only required to sign and certify
that the municipality in which the property is located has received four copies of the application
form and attachments. After the town or city clerks signs and certifies receipt of the application
form and attachments, the applicant is responsible for either mailing or hand delivering the
original permit application form and attachments to NHDES. Permit application forms can be hand
delivered to NHDES during normal business hours; Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Town or city clerks must still ensure a copy of the permit application form and attachment are
provided to the local governing body, and, if any, the municipal planning board and the municipal
conservation commission. The town or city clerk must also retain one copy of the permit application
form and attachments to be made reasonably accessible to the public.
If you have questions about this new procedure, please call (603) 271-2147.
ABOUT THE WEBSITE
This website is intended to be a way for Lyman residents to get information about
the town and foster a sense of community within the town.
The navigation bar along the left-hand side of the screen lists the main topic
categories currently available and allows you to easily find information. You can
always return to the home page by clicking on the website address in the upper
left-hand corner of the screen.
The first section of the navigation bar contains links to pages that concern the
town government. Here you will find names and positions of elected officials,
office hours for the Administrative Assistant and Town Clerk, meeting minutes,
and other information.
There are various email links on the detailed pages of the site and also
a link to the webmaster on every page, both in the upper right-hand corner
of the screen and at the very bottom of the page.