Free for landlords: Class on how to get the lead (paint) out

Southern New Hampshire Services will hold a free workshop for landlords as part of the city’s three-year, $3 million lead-paint grant.

Kevin Sheehan, an expert on lead-paint issues, will conduct the workshop, which also is sponsored by the New Hampshire Property Owners Association.

The workshop will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Room 150 at Nashua Community College. To register, call Amy Moutenot at 889-3440, ext. 620.

As of Friday, 40 people had registered for the 150 slots, said Moutenot, Southern New Hampshire Services outreach and education coordinator for the Nashua lead grant. Registration will also be conducted at the door for remaining slots, she said.

The workshop will concern cost-effective ways for landlords to handle lead-paint issues.

The federal lead-paint grant covered inspection and remediation of qualifying properties, plus the training of workers for lead-paint removal and educating the public.

This will be the first education program conducted under the grant, Moutenot said.Manchester bound?

City Clerk Paul Bergeron has applied for the city’s clerk position in Manchester. However, Bergeron said the process is in its early stages and he hasn’t yet been asked in for an interview.

“It looks like an interesting and challenging opportunity,” Bergeron said.

However, the Queen City hasn’t yet formed a search team, and the application deadline closed just a few weeks ago.

“It’s going to take a while for the process to evolve,” Bergeron said.

Nashua has a history of losing staff to Manchester, the state’s largest city, which generally offers higher salaries. The most notable recent example was when Jay Minkarah, Nashua’s former economic development director, left several years ago for the same job in Manchester.

New Searles principal hired

Board of Education members approved making Jay Harding, the interim principal at New Searles Elementary this year, the school’s permanent principal starting next year.

Harding was named interim principal last year after Bill Pimley retired. At Monday night’s board meeting, members unanimously approved a recommendation from Superintendent Christopher Hottel to name Harding the permanent principal.

Hottel said there was an application and interview process. The interview team included several teachers and parents, he said.

“Everyone was very strongly in support of Jay Harding,” he said. Harding’s salary will be $86,172.

Hazardous waste cleanup

Spring is in the air. The robins are back, baseball’s opening day is upon us and the city is resuming its schedule of collecting household hazardous waste.

The first collection of 2009 will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 18, at the Public Works Garage, 6 Riverside St.

Visit for the rest of the 2009 collection schedule.

Residents of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Mont Vernon, Pelham and Windham are welcome to participate.

There will be a $10 user fee per vehicle again this year, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of waste. Residents who bring more than this amount will be charged accordingly to help offset the additional costs.

A variety of common household hazardous waste (HHW) products are accepted at the collection events. HHW comes from everyday products used in the home and yard. By definition, these products are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive. Non-latex paints, solvents, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, drain openers and auto chemicals are just a few examples.

For a complete list of accepted items, visit or call 424-2240. Electronics are also accepted at all HHW collections. There is a small fee for electronics recycling. Prices vary by item, but most common household electronics are $5.

For a complete price list, visit If you only bring electronics to an HHW collection, you don’t have to pay the $10 user fee. However, if you bring electronics as well as other household hazardous wastes, you do need to pay the $10 user fee in addition to the electronics charge.

As a reminder, latex paint isn’t accepted; instead, it should be dried out and then disposed at the local landfill or transfer station. All participants are required to complete a brief survey before disposing of their waste. Surveys are available at the collection; however, to save time, participants may fill them out ahead of time.

Surveys are available at For more information about the program, contact Minda Shaheen at mindas@ or 424-2240, ext. 29.