HAMPSTEAD – The question of whether people should have to apply for a permit for fireworks has come to the attention of the Police Department.
Police Chief Joe Beaudoin told the selectmen at their Monday, July 13 meeting that his department has had a great many calls and complaints regarding fireworks. While the town had enjoyed a safe Fourth of July, the fireworks continue, he said.
Beaudoin said large fireworks displays have been issued permits but the department hasn’t pushed for permits for family level fireworks, where someone buys a $49 box to shoot off in their yard. However, a fireworks permit is required and he said that going forward, it is going to be enforced.
Fire Chief Michael Carrier drafted a fireworks permit for Hampstead for fireworks to be used on private property. If the individual requesting the permit is other than the property owner, the permission of the property owner is required for a permit. Persons having a fireworks display must be at least 21 years of age and have a permit.
The regulations make clear that permits will not be provided during class 4 or class 5 Fire Danger Days, and if a fireworks display affects or compromises public safety, the Fire Chief or Police Chief may revoke the permit. The original permit must be readily available upon request from either the Police or Fire Department.
Beaudoin said fines for displaying fireworks without a permit will be enforced.
In other business Monday night:
• The selectmen congratulated Michael Grimm, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Eagle Scout of the Year for VFW Post 11254, the District VFW and the State VFW. Grimm will represent New Hampshire at the VFW National level.
His Eagle Scout project involved setting up medical helicopter landing zones in Hampstead. His completed project showed the aeromedical evacuation landing zone information for the Town of Hampstead, something the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) did not have on record. DHART integrated it into the flight data systems of all aeromedical helicopters in New England.
When Grimm did his project, Deputy Fire Chief Will Warnock said his work greatly enhanced the ability of the Hampstead Fire Department to rapidly and safely utilize aeromedical helicopters to evacuate critically injured persons to appropriate care facilities. The development of the electronic version of the landing zone data made it interoperable for first responders on the ground and the responding helicopters. The landing zone light kits that he raised money for and purchased for the Hampstead Fire Department aid in the safe landing of the helicopters during nights and inclement weather.
VFW Post 11254 Commander Howie Steadman, his assistant Rick Hartung and VFW Department of New Hampshire Youth Chairman Richard Tripp presented Grimm with his awards Monday night.
• Beaudoin told the board that his department and the Atkinson Police Department would be participating in a joint training exercise at the firing range at the Kent Farm Transfer Station on Thursday, July 23, between 2 and 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. until noon. He said he would notify homeowners nearest the firing range of the planned exercise.
• The Police Department received 17 applications for part-time and full-time police officers as the department continues its search for another patrolman. An agility test is scheduled for the end of July. After the results of the test are known, Beaudoin said he would tender an offer.
• Beaudoin said he has contracted with a retired Plaistow police officer, Steven Ranlett, to work as dispatcher every other Friday, and as needed. The selectmen unanimously approved the hire.
• Julia Forbes asked what had happened to the trail signs put up by Eagle Scout Matt Tyson for the trail that connects the Rockingham Trail to Ordway Park. The signs were placed at the junction of the Rockingham Trail and the new trail Tyson made to Ordway Park, and at the entrance to Ordway Park.
The selectmen said they would check with the Road Agent and Building and Grounds but didn’t think the signs had been removed by town employees.
• The selectmen approved the appointment of Debra Della Selva as an alternate to the Recreation Commission.
• The board approved the appointment of firefighters for 24-hour coverage of the Hampstead Fire Station, effective July 1.