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This proposed ordinance is constituent driven as there are several instances where game is being processed in public view: including the cutting of limbs with a ban saw, etc.; it is not intended to limit or discourage those who enjoy hunting; only that they be cognizant of their surroundings and neighbors when dressing game, or when having their game processed, in a residential zone.

On Monday, August 20, 2012 beginning at 7:00p the Nashua Board of Aldermen’s Personnel & Administrative Affairs Committee will conduct their regularly scheduled meeting where the following proposed ordinance shall be discussed in detail.  Your attendance is encouraged.

Again, thank you for taking the time to speak with me and share your thoughts.  I look forward to continuing to work with you.

Regards,
Mark Cookson, Alderman-at-Large

PROPOSED ORDINANCE
PROHIBITING THE DRESSING OF WILD GAME OR FOWL IN RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS
CITY OF NASHUA

In the Year Two Thousand and Twelve

The City of Nashua ordains that Part II “General Legislation”, Chapter 225 “Peace and Good Order”, of the Nashua Revised Ordinances, as amended, is hereby further amended by adding the new underlined language as follows:
ARTICLE IV
Dressing of wild game or fowl  in residential zoning districts.
Ҥ225-6. Limitation on dressing of wild game or fowl in residential zoning districts.
A. It shall be unlawful in a residential zoning district for any person to slaughter, dress, or skin animals or fowl. This prohibition shall not apply to wild game or fowl legally taken for sport and not to be sold, or poultry and livestock permitted pursuant to NRO 190-15 (287), that are dressed in an enclosed area not open to public view.
B. No wild game or fowl intended to be dressed as permitted by this section shall be delivered between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

This ordinance shall take effect following its passage.

ANALYSIS

This legislation prohibits the slaughter or dressing of animals and fowl except for wild game or fowl legally killed or caught and poultry and livestock permitted to be raised in residential areas when dressed in an enclosed area, not open to public view.  In addition, this legislation prohibits the delivery of wild game or fowl between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM for the purpose of having it dressed as permitted by this ordinance.

There are no state statutes which limit or control the dressing of game, fish or fowl legally obtained.  The city has the authority to “make any other by-laws and regulations which may seem for the well-being of the City.”  RSA 47:17, XV.


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Ordinance O-11-71 Amended “Establishing downtown parking zones and amending parking meter hours, fees and penalties” was passed by the board of aldermen on June 28, 2011.  That legislation enacted broad changes in the downtown parking regulations, by establishing multiple parking zones with different meter hours, time limits and fees.  It also changed the parking violation schedule and added authorization for some new locations for parking meters.

Earlier today, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, the six Aldermen-at-Large and the Ward 4 Alderman received the following email:

It appears that the City of Nashua is in the process of installing parking meters on both sides of Temple Street, from Cottage Street to Temple Place.

Neither myself nor any of my numerous tenants have had any notification or an opportunity to discuss this change or to give our input. This is clearly and primarily a residential area. Parking is difficult at best. There is already a posted time limit on Temple Street.

These parking Meters are going to create a hardship for residents (especially during times of snow removal). They will also create a hardship for the Temple Street Market, The Collins Brothers Chowder Company and the Nashua Senior Activities Center as the residents will undoubtedly move down Temple Street past Temple Place and use the unmetered parking next to these establishments.

I urge the Alderman to delay the installation of these new parking meters until the residents have been notified of the City of Nashua’s intent to install meters in front of their homes, and  an opportunity to voice their opinion and concerns.

As a result of this constituents concern legislation was drafted and will be introduced at this evening’s Board of Aldermen meeting.  This legislation amends that authorization for some new locations for parking meters by rescinding the authority for parking meters on both sides of Temple Street between Cottage Street and Temple Place.  The legislation also halts all work related to installing meters at that location while the legislation is pending so no work is performed unnecessarily.

Ordinance 11-89

Rescinding the Authorization for Parking Meters on Temple Street between Cottage Street and Temple Place

CITY OF NASHUA

In the Year Two Thousand and Eleven
The City of Nashua ordains that Part II “General Legislation”, Chapter 320 “Vehicles and Traffic”, Article XI “Parking Meters”, Section 320-51 “Parking meter streets” of the Nashua Revised Ordinances, as amended, be hereby further amended by deleting the struck-through language and adding the new underlined language as follows:

“320-51. Parking meter streets.

The following streets are designated as parking meter streets in the listed zones, and authority is hereby granted to install and maintain parking meters on these streets in locations deemed appropriate by the Aldermanic Traffic Committee and in accordance with the tenor of this chapter:

C. Zone III:

Name of Street Side Location

Temple Street Both Between Spring Street and Temple Place Cottage
Street”

While this legislation is pending, all work related to installing meters on Temple Street between Cottage Street and Temple Place shall be halted.

This legislation shall become effective upon passage.


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This Resolution requires that candidates selected as the interim CEO and as other board members nominated by the Mayor will be subject to background checks prior to taking office.  That background check will be performed by an independent contractor.  The background check shall include: a state and national criminal background check; a verification of post-secondary education and work experience; and, a credit check.

Any expense associated with those background checks shall be charged to account 701-3753 - Pennichuck acquisition.


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This Ordinance amends the fees for request for rehearings granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. At the present time, when a request for a rehearing is granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, a fee of $900.00 is required of the party submitting the application to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. This legislation provides that no fee will be charged for a hearing based upon the granting of a motion for rehearing by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.


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This Resolution would authorize the City to reimburse the St. Pierre’s for the exorbitant fees charged by the City’s Planning Department after their request for a rehearing was granted in the matter of the application of the Nashua Assembly of God Church for a variance.


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Over the past several years, dating back to when I was first elected onto the Board of Aldermen in 2006, I have personally dealt with Telecommunications Companies attempting to place monopoles in residential neighborhoods, or abutting said neighborhoods; including Coburn Woods, Holden Farm and the Country Barn Motel to name a few.  This Ordinance is has been brought forward to restrict the placement of the telecommunications towers in residential zones.

Tonight, December 14, 2010, the Board of Aldermen will hear this Ordinance for its 1st Reading…upon being assigned to an Aldermanic Committee further discussion will take place prior to it returning to the full Board of Aldermen for adoption.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

In the Year Two Thousand and Ten

The City of Nashua ordains that Chapter 190 “Land Use” Part 2 “Zoning Districts and Supplemental Use Regulations”, is hereby amended as follows:

1. Article III “Base Districts”, Section 190-15 “Permitted uses”, Table 15-1 “Use Matrix” delete the struck-through language and add the language in underline as follows:



2. Article VI “Supplemental Use Regulations”, Section 190-38 “Communication towers and antennae”, Sections A and B delete the  struck-through language and add the new language in underline as follows:

“A. City-wide tower and antenna location plan. A City-wide tower and antenna location plan for all communications towers and antennas anticipated by the applicant must be submitted by the applicant prior to or at the time of the application to the Planning Board. The planning staff shall review the proposed plan to ensure its consistency with the provisions of Ord. No. O-97-185, and specifically this subsection and the purpose statement recited above. Said plan shall then be forwarded to the Planning Board with  a recommendation from the staff. Upon approval of the Planning Board, all antennas shall be installed consistent with said plan. Any amendment to the plan shall be reviewed by the planning staff for consistency with the original plan, including but not limited to such factors as number, type, and location of antennas, and forwarded to the Planning Board with any future requests for exceptions based on the plan, along with the recommendation of the staff regarding the amendment to the plan.

B. Standards. No conditional use permit special exception application shall be approved by the Planning Board Zoning Board of Adjustment unless the communications tower complies with the criteria established in Subsections C through L of this section. The Planning Board  Zoning Board of Adjustment  may waive the requirements of Subsections C (location) and E (height) to the extent necessary to resolve any gap in service where required by the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Administrative Officer shall provide notification as required by RSA 12-K:7(I).”


O-10-36 — Establishing a Nashua Arts Commission

On September 24, 2010, in Legislation, by Mark Cookson
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After significant work, of more than a year, by the Mayor’s Cultural Planning Steering Committee; and following discussions with the 14 Court Street Commission, Representatives from Friends of 14 Court Street, Keefe Auditorium Commission, & Hunt Building Board of Trustees for the past several months the following legislation, O-10-36 — Establishing a Nashua Arts Commission, is to receive its first reading at the September 28th Board of Aldermen meeting.

I hope you’ll agree that an Arts Commission for the City of Nashua is long overdue and join us in committee deliberations to express your opinions.

In the Year Two Thousand and Ten

The City of Nashua ordains that Part I “Administrative Legislation” of the Nashua Revised Ordinances, as amended, be hereby further amended by the following:

1.         In Chapter 12 “Boards, Committees and Commissions”, add the following new Article:

“ARTICLE X

Nashua Arts Commission

§ 12-35.  Establishment; purpose.

A Nashua Arts Commission is hereby established.  The purpose of the Nashua Arts Commission is to serve the community as Nashua’s cultural resource which facilitates, advocates, coordinates and educates on behalf of the arts and cultural assets of the City of Nashua.

§ 12-36.  Responsibilities.

The Nashua Arts Commission shall propose policies to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that support the ongoing efforts of arts organizations in the development of arts programs and projects in Nashua.  The Commission shall also make recommendations to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen concerning the support of arts education in schools, promoting awareness of the value of the arts in the community, and recommending annual budget appropriations for arts and culture.  The commission may review and comment on proposals from community based organizations, and work with various building commissions that host arts-related events.  The Commission will make recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen or the appropriate board or commission relative to city-owned arts and cultural facilities.  The Commission may advise the Mayor and Board of Aldermen in the development of the arts and cultural plan portion of the city’s strategic plan and its related programs.  The Commission may recommend appropriate grants to apply for to city administration, and assist other cultural organizations with grants and funding sources.

§12-37.  Membership; terms.

The Nashua Arts Commission shall consist of a minimum of seven members and a maximum of thirteen members, who shall serve for three-year terms.  The initial appointments shall be made for terms of one, two, and three years so that the members’ terms will be staggered.   Appointments shall be made by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen following an application process.

§ 12-38.  Chairperson; compensation.

The Commission shall annually elect one of its members chairperson, and may elect other officers as it deems necessary.  The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.”

2.         In Chapter 5 “Administration of Government”, Part 2 “Board of Aldermen”, Article II “General Provisions”, Section 5-9 “Standing committees”, add the following new underlined language:

§ 5-9.  Standing committees.

B.  The President shall appoint Aldermen as called for, with the first being named Chairman and the second named being Vice Chairman, to the following standing committees:

(4)               One-member committees.  One-member committees shall have an alternate member appointed in the same fashion as the regular member.

(k)        Nashua Arts Commission Liaison Committee.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

This ordinance shall take effect upon passage.


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O-10-21 — Relative to the Definition, Roles and Responsibilities of an Aldermanic Liaison

August 11, 2010

From: Mark S. Cookson, Alderman-at-Large
To: Distinguished Members of the Personnel & Administrative Affairs Committee:

Tomorrow evening I will be joining you to request a favorable recommendation from the Committee to the full Board, as well as discuss O-10-21 — Relative to the Definition, Roles and Responsibilities of an Aldermanic Liaison.

First, I believe we inherently know what a liaison is and what they should do; however, I believe our Aldermanic Liaisons have, at best, been inconsistent with their efforts to keep both the Board of Aldermen and the board, committee, or group of which we may be a liaison to connected so that a mutual understanding may be established and maintained.

There may be several reasons why this is occurring.  First, I would suggest to you there may be no clear expectations provided to or communicated with the Liaison or their Alternate when they are assigned to a board, committee, or group.  Some may feel that by attending, or by watching a broadcast of the board, committee, or group meeting they have fulfilled their obligation as a liaison.  Unfortunately, if we look at the definition of a liaison we will see they have in fact only fulfilled half of their obligation.

I submit to you the following definition of Liaison (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liaison):

1. the contact or connection maintained by communications between units or of any other organization in order to ensure concerted action, cooperation, etc.
2. a person who initiates and maintains such a contact or connection.

A liaison, based on this definition, is clearly supposed to provide a maintained connection between the two bodies – the Board of Aldermen and their assigned liaison role.

Therefore, the purpose of O-10-21 — Relative to the Definition, Roles and Responsibilities of an Aldermanic Liaison — is to clearly express minimum expectations to every member of the Board of Aldermen, now and future Boards, regarding their roles and responsibilities as a Liaison or Alternate.

The Primary Role of a liaison then may be expressed as – The Liaison shall communicate with the other board, committee or group and report back to the Board of Aldermen, and vice versa, so that a mutual understanding will be established and maintained.

I would also further suggest to you the following minimum responsibilities for your consideration:

  1. The Liaison, or their Alternate, shall be expected to attend meetings of the other board, committee or group in person;
  2. The Liaison, when unable to attend the meeting of the other board, committee or group in person, shall make arrangements with the Alternate Liaison for their attendance;
  3. The Liaison, in collaboration with their Alternate, shall submit a monthly written report to the Board of Aldermen;
  4. A Liaison and their Alternate shall not be a voting member unless otherwise established by statute, ordinance or resolution.

This Ordinance would also amend our Board of Aldermen’s Order of Business so as to include a section dedicated to accepting and placing on file Reports from Liaisons.

I extend to each of you the opportunity to share with me your concerns, questions, comments and/or suggestions regarding O-10-21 — Relative to the Definition, Roles and Responsibilities of an Aldermanic Liaison – so that I may appropriately address them tomorrow evening at your Committee meeting.

Thank you for your consideration.

Mark
Alderman-at-Large


Legislation tab

On August 11, 2010, in Legislation, by Mark Cookson
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I wanted to share with you that I have added a Legislation Tab which I plan to populate with legislation I have filed.

I will provide you with a link to the actual Ordinance or Resolution, as well as my rationale for submitting the legislation.

The first legislation I have placed in this new tab is O-10-21 — Relative to the Definition, Roles and Responsibilities of an Aldermanic Liaison.

Find the link above or click http://aldermancookson.com/legislation/ to read more about why I have introduced this.


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