TOWN OF LYMAN
65 Parker Hill Road
Lyman, NH 03585


Selectmen's Office - Donna Clark
603-838-5900 * lymanta@myfairpoint.net
Mon-Wed-Thur 8:30am-3:30pm

Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office - Carol Messner
603-838-6113 * lymantc@myfairpoint.net
Mon & Wed 8:00am-3:30pm, Thur 8:00am-1:30pm

Highway Garage/Road Agent - Tom Smith
603-838-5246
Mon-Fri 6:00am-2:30pm

Animal Control Officer - Michael Slavtcheff
Home 603-838-2415

THE TOWN OF LYMAN'S WEBSITE IS BEING REDESIGNED AND THE NEW VERSION WILL BE READY IN THE SPRING. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR LIMITED CONTENT UNTIL THAT TIME.

ROAD WEIGHT LIMIT NOTICE per RSA 231:191, III
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle in violation of posted maximum weight limits without written permission provided in an expeditious manner from the selectmen or highway agent in a town.

The name of the official authorized to grant written permission in the Town of Lyman is:
Thomas Smith, Road Agent - Lyman Highway Garage
225 Dodge Pond Road - 603-838-5246

Lyman's roads were posted Feb 23, 2017.

SELECTMEN'S MEETING SCHEDULE
Meetings are held biweekly at the Lyman Town Hall at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
Mon - Feb 27, 2017
Mon - Mar 13, 2017
Mon - Mar 27, 2017

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST
The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session at the Town Hall
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 11:00 - 11:30 am.
Last chance to make any changes before School Board elections on March 8th.
Last chance to make any changes before Town elections on March 14th.
Sandra Moscicki, Larry Schieman

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Lyman's Annual Town Meeting will be held Tuesday March 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Lyman Town Hall. Polls are open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for voting for Town Offices and Zoning Amendments.

2017 LYMAN TOWN MEETING WARRANT
To the Inhabitants of the Town of Lyman, in the County of Grafton, and the State of New Hampshire, qualified to vote in the Town affairs:

You are hereby notified to meet at the Town Hall in said Town on TUESDAY, the FOURTEENTH day of MARCH 2017; polls to open at ELEVEN O'CLOCK in the morning and will not close before SIX O'CLOCK in the evening in said Town Hall, to act on Articles 1 - 4; the remaining Articles to be considered at SEVEN O'CLOCK in the evening.

Article 1. To choose all necessary Town Officers for the ensuing year.

Article 2. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Define and permit one Accessory Dwelling Unit of up to two bedrooms within or attached to a single-family dwelling under certain conditions, including but not limited to the requirements that the ADU shall not exceed 750 square feet; either the ADU or the principal dwelling unit shall be occupied by the owner as his or her principal place of residence; adequate parking must be provided; and adequate provisions must be made for water supply and sewage disposal. Should this article fail, one ADU per single family home shall be permitted without any municipal permits or conditions pursuant to RSA 674:72.

Article 3. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amendment No. 2 revises the definition of "Variance" as follows: A variance is a relaxation of the terms of this Ordinance where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, due to conditions peculiar to the property and not the result of the applicant or owner, a literal enforcement of the Ordinance will result in unnecessary or undue hardship.

Article 4. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amendment No. 3 changes all references of "One Family" to "Single Family".

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Twenty-Seven Thousand Three Hundred Seventy-Two Dollars ($427,372) to defray Town charges for the ensuing year. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Executive $49,665
Election, Reg., Vital Statistics $43,826
Financial Administration $41,910
Legal Expenses $4,500
Personnel Administration $65,680
Planning $4,755
Zoning $1,780
General Government Buildings $32,365
Cemeteries $9,500
Insurance otherwise not allocated $11,795
Advertising & Regional Assoc. $2,655
Other General Government $700
Ambulance $7,862
Fire $22,200
Emergency Management $5,150
Solid Waste Disposal $37,020
Health Officer $1,180
Animal Control $2,070
Health Agencies $5,034
Welfare Administration $670
Welfare Vendor Payments $2,900
Parks and Recreation $110
Library $1,500
Patriotic Purposes $150
Other Culture $2,550
Conservation $200
Principal on Long Term Notes $8,275
Interest on Long Term Notes $2,870
Interest on TAN $3,500
Capital Outlay-Bridge Replacement $55,000

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Thirty-Three Thousand Nine Hundred Forty Dollars ($233,940) for maintenance, expenses, salaries, supplies, equipment and street lighting for the Highway Department for the ensuing year. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Highway Administration $114,790
Highway Maintenance $118,550
Street Lighting $600

Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) to be placed in the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to establish a Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of Transfer Station Equipment & Repair and to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000) to be placed in this fund and to name the Board of Selectmen as Agents to Expend. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) to be placed in the Property Revaluation Capital Reserve Fund. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans' Tax Credit. If adopted, the credit will be available to any resident, or the spouse or surviving spouse of any resident, who (1) served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and was honorably discharged or an officer honorably separated from services, and (2) is not eligible for or receiving a credit under RSA 72:28 or RSA 72:35. If adopted, the credit granted will be $300.00, the same amount as the optional veterans' tax credit voted by the Town under RSA 72:28. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:61-64 inclusively, which provide for an optional property tax exemption from the property's assessed value, for property tax purposes, for persons owning real property which is equipped with solar energy systems intended for use at the immediate site. Such property tax exemption shall be in the amount equal to 100% of the assessed value of qualifying solar energy equipment under these statutes, up to $25,000. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to completely discontinue Old Man's Road, a Class V road, pursuant to RSA 231:43. The road begins at an intersection with Pettyboro Road and Brook Road and travels approximately 1,300 feet between and into two properties currently owned by Sheila Post-Czarnocki and Thaddeus Czarnocki-Post. An affirmative vote will terminate the public's right to use the road, but under New Hampshire law owners of land abutting the road shall continue to have access over the road at their own risk. Notice of this article has been given to all owners of property abutting the road at least 14 days prior to town meeting. (Majority vote required) (Recommended by the Selectmen)

Article 13. To transact any other business that may legally come before the Meeting.

Given under our hands and seal this 14th day of February, 2017.

The Lyman Board of Selectmen
Stephen Moscicki, Chairman
Bruce Beane
James Trudell

2016 PROPERTY TAX RATES
The Town of Lyman's 2016 property tax rate was set at $19.23/1000, the same as 2015.
Tax bills were mailed Oct 31st and are due Dec 1st.
Town: $6.09 Local School: $8.89 State School: $2.50 County: $1.75

LYMAN RESIDENTS
The Town of Lyman needs your help to fill the following vacancies on your town boards and commissions.

Zoning Board of Adjustment: 1 Full member and 2 Alternate members
Conservation Commission: 2 Full members and 2 Alternate members

Lyman residents willing to assist the great Town we live in by serving in one of these positions should contact Donna Clark in the Selectmen's Office at 838-5900 or lymanta@myfairpoint.net for more information.

Thank you for your support. Lyman Board of Selectmen

DOG REGISTRATION
All dogs four months old and older must be licensed EACH YEAR by April 30th.

License Fees: 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
James Trudell
Stephen Moscicki

FIRE PERMITS REQUIRED BY LAW
Options for obtaining a required State of NH Fire Permit: 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.

Once restored:

* 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.