Boards & Committees

This page lists all of the Town’s Boards and Committees. These groups are comprised of Chester residents who have volunteered their time and experience to help improve our community. Joining one of these groups is a great way to get involved and to have your opinion heard.

Board of Selectmen: (603) 887-4979

» See the expanded Selectmen information page

Planning Board: (603) 887-5629

» See the expanded Planning Board information page

School Board:

» See the expanded School Board information page

Budget Committee:

» See the expanded Budget Committee information page

Zoning Board of Adjustment: (603) 887-4343

The Board meets and holds public hearings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) in the Meeting Room at the Municipal Building beginning at 7:00 P.M.
Contact:
Janet Boyden, Administrative Assistant
Hours: Wednesday and Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Fax: 887-3699

Agricultural Commission: (603) 887-4979

The Mission of the Chester Agricultural Commission
To represent Chester farms and to advise the Chester Town regulatory bodies on agricultural matters.
To facilitate communication among farmers, to educate the community in agriculture, and to promote the business of farming and farm activities in Chester.

To promote and to help preserve the farms, agricultural lands, and rural character of Chester.
Click on the following links for more information:
Slide Show about the Chester Agricultural Commission(1.9MB PowerPoint file)
Information for the Chester Agricultural Commission (32KB Word doc file)

The Agricultural Commission meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Meeting Room.  Meetings are open to the public.

Chester Farms as of 3/4/2014:  Chester Farms & Products Listing 2014

 

Soil Testing Info can be found at the following link: http://extension.unh.edu/Agric/AGPDTS/SoilTest.htm

2013 UNH Educational Programs for the Green Industry can be found at the following link: http://extension.unh.edu/Agri/Agric.htm

Chester Agricultural Commission email:  info@nhcsa.com

Commission Members:

Gary Van Geyte, Chair
Chuck Myette, Treasurer
Patrick Connelly
Jeff Geary
Patricia Martin, Alternate

Conservation Commission: (603) 887-3719

The Chester Conservation Commission is a seven-member, all-volunteer board appointed by the Selectmen under the provisions of state RSA 36-A: 2, which allows municipalities in New Hampshire to establish commissions “for the proper utilization and protection of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources.” This work includes preparing maps or plans, “keeping an index of open space and natural, aesthetic, or ecological areas” within the town in order to obtain information “pertinent to proper utilization of all such areas.” The Commission acts as an advisory board to other town and state boards and agencies involved in land use planning and works to natural resources in Chester.

Meetings 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 PM at Chester Town Hall, 84 Chester Street, Chester, New Hampshire.  The meeting is used to review subdivision applications, wetlands permit applications, and other matters presented to the Commission for comment.  The meeting is open to the public and input is encouraged.   The meeting is televised.  New and alternate members who wish to have a hand in the future of Chester and in the preservation of its natural resources and rural characteristics are welcomed.

Contact:  (603) 887-3719
Charles Myette, Chairman
Patrick Connelly, Treasurer
Phil Cassista
Baron Richardson
Jeff Geary

Our goal is to help preserve and protect the natural resources of Chester.

Highway Safety Committee: (603) 887-2080

The Highway Safety Committee meets at 1:00 PM in the Meeting Room at 84 Chester Street.

Contact:
Police Chief William Burke
(603) 887-2080

 

Solid Waste & Recycling:

Contact:
Board of Selectmen’s Office: 887-4979.

Strategic Land Protection: (603) 887-4979

Contact:
Contact: Board of Selectmen’s Office: 887-4979. Meetings 3rd Tuesday of month, 7pm at the Town Hall, Room 20.

Public Access Community & Television (PACT):

An appointed group of individuals who represent Public & Government Access Television, CTV-21, Educational Television, CEVT-22, and residents, formerly known as the Cable Negotiations Committee (ad hoc). This group meets as needed to review the needs of Public Access Television, and recommend expenditures from the PACT fund (monies received from Adelphia Communications per the renewal franchise effective April 1, 2003).
Contact:
Joseph Castricone
Richard LeBlanc, Selectman Liaison

Contact:  887-4979

School District Future Planning Committee:

Assists School Board in long range planning for future school needs, especially monitoring school enrollment numbers.
NEW 2005 School District Annual Report
For the 2005-2006 school year, the FPC projected 728 total students for Chester Academy in Pre-School through 8th grade. The actual enrollment on October 3, 2005 was 693. So the actual enrollment was below the projections by 35 students…

Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Commission

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In January of 2003, the Town of Chester purchased (with conservation funds) 105 acres of land surrounding Wason Pond for mixed conservation and recreational uses. A seven-person advisory committee oversaw the writing of the conservation easement, which has been placed on the property to protect it from future development or from activities or uses that would be out of keeping with accepted conservation practices. The ciommittee also hired E. Ann Poole to draft a Master Plan for the property. This Plan outlines the development of ball fields, the reclamation and restoration of the shorelines, wetlands, and other environmentally sensitive areas. Once this committee had completed its tasks, it was disbanded and replaced by the Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Commission.