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1. When is a building permit required in Portsmouth?
2. How do I get a building permit for my construction project?
3. Can a homeowner do work on their own house?
4. Do contractors need to be licensed?
5. What building permit fees are required?
6. Are there any additional fees for new construction?

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1. Who is eligible for this program?
2. Why are we proposing a program that automatically enrolls me and then allows me to “Opt-Out.” Why not use an “Opt-In” program?
3. Can’t I negotiate with suppliers on my own?
4. What is a "Standard Product"?
5. What are the Optional Products?
6. How long would the Town be committed to the program?
7. What if I have a current agreement for an energy supplier?
8. Would this impact any payments or incentives I get for solar panels on my house?
9. When would this CCA happen? What are the steps along the process?
10. I like National Grid. Does this program change my electric company to someone other that National Grid.
11. Was any firm other than Good Energy considered for the Service Agreement?
12. If Good Energy is paid $0.001/kWh, households cost about $1.45 peak months, $.50 low-use months. If 85% of town users stay with the CCA what is the est. payment to Good Energy? Will their rate change?
13. Why is there such a rush to get this implemented and why won’t citizens have more time to provide input?
14. Can the Town Council modify the plan by increasing the renewable energy minimum in the basic plan (or any plan) without Public Utilities Commission approval?
15. Will this program cause additional staff to be added to the town government?
16. Has a study been done of additional potential costs to taxpayers this program may incur & was it done by someone other than Good Energy, which has vested interest in this project going forward?
17. Why is there no mention of risks to consumers/taxpayers in the program descriptions?
18. Have there been studies of any failed CCAs to assess whether it might happen here? (Reportedly, some in other states have been abandoned.)
19. If Portsmouth’s CCA enters an agreement with Providence to achieve economy of scale, how much clout will Portsmouth have and what assurances are there that there will be an equitable agreement?
20. What will the auditing arrangement be? Will Portsmouth have to pay yet another external entity to audit the CCA and Good Energy? At what cost?
21. Has Good Energy contributed to any local politicians’ election campaigns?
22. Who would administer this program? To my knowledge the town has no experts on staff.
23. What is the cost to the town for the consultant per the current resolution passed by the Town Council?
24. How much will the proposed standard product for using additional renewable energy increase the cost to residents?
25. What does the term "EXTRA" Renewable Energy mean? More than what? Please expand on this metric.
26. I believe the statement “provide some savings” is way too vague for my liking. A defined goal for savings would provide a benchmark to judge the bids provided if the next phase is pursued. (? cont.)
27. Once bids are returned, is there an option for citizens to review them BEFORE a decision is made? I suggest the best deal may not be worth executing the plan but I remain open to have it investigated.

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1. What is the Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) program?
2. When does the CEA program start?
3. What are the prices for electricity in the CEA program?
4. What options will be offered in the CEA program?
5. What part of my electricity bill will be affected? Will delivery charges increase?
6. Who do I call if there is a power outage?
7. Who sends me the electricity bill?
8. How will my solar or utility discount benefits be impacted?
9. Can I benefit from the CEA program without paying for any additional renewable energy?
10. How do I leave (opt out) the program?
11. What happens if I move to a new address in Town?
12. Where is the renewable energy coming from?
13. How can I learn more about the program?
14. What are the program benefits?
15. Who may participate in the program? How do I sign up? Do I have to sign a contract?
16. Why is the program an Opt Out program, instead of an Opt In?
17. How was the renewable energy percentage chosen?
18. How is this program different from the electricity solicitation letters I receive in the mail or even my phone?

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1. What Information is Required to Get on the Eligibility List?
2. How Do I get on the Portsmouth Vaccine 75 YOA or Older Eligibility List?
3. What Happens After I Sign Up?
4. Can I Cancel or Reschedule a Vaccine Appointment After I’ve Been Assigned a Dosage?
5. What if I Receive a Vaccine from Another Source?
6. I’m Not Sure I Want to Get the Vaccine. What Should I Do?

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1. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?
2. I signed up before for CodeRED with Portsmouth Water & Fire District. Do I need to re-enter my information?
3. Does the CodeRED system already have my telephone number, or do I need to sign up to receive CodeRED notifications?
4. I need to sign up for CodeRED. How do I?
5. Is my personal information protected?
6. When will CodeRED be used?
7. How will I recognize a CodeRED message?
8. What should I do if I receive a CodeRED message?
9. Will the CodeRED system leave a message on an answering machine?
10. I have a cordless phone, and it does not work when the power goes out. How will the system be able to contact me?
11. What happens if my phone line is busy when a notification is sent by CodeRED?

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1. How long can my company be certified?
2. How do I get more information?

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1. Are you a previously registered vendor?
2. How do I register and sign in as a vendor?

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1. When is Town Hall open?
2. When is the Transfer Station open?
3. Who are my Town Councilors and how can I reach them?
4. How do I get a copy of an accident report or a police report?
5. When will I receive my tax bill and when is it due?

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1. How do I dispose of used motor oil?
2. How do I dispose of C & D or ABC and is there a charge? What other items incur a charge?

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1. Does the town offer curbside pickup?
2. What are the hours of operation for the Transfer Station?
3. Who can use the Transfer Station?
4. Will having the Transfer Station sticker also provide me access to Sandy Point Beach?
5. Do I have to buy a Transfer Station sticker to have resident access to Sandy Point Beach?
6. I am not a resident of Portsmouth, but I am a Portsmouth taxpayer. Can I use the Transfer Station?
7. I am not a full time resident of Portsmouth, but I do live here in the summer. Can I use the Transfer Station?
8. Is there a reduced fee for seasonal and part time Portsmouth residents?
9. Is there an elderly discount?
10. How does the Transfer Station sticker fee get established?
11. How long is the sticker valid?
12. What do I do with my old resident sticker and where do I put the new sticker?
13. What happens if I sell my car or get a new windshield during the year?
14. I have more than one car, is there a separate fee for each vehicle?

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1. Who do I complain to about a problem with a short-term rental?
2. What are the phone numbers I use to complain about short-term rentals?
3. How do I know I need to register as a short-term rental?
4. How do I register/sign up as a short-term renter?
5. Is the registration fee prorated or refundable?
6. What happens if I don't register?
7. What inspections are needed, and who do I call?
8. How long after I register must I get my property inspected?
9. Can I register my short-term rental if I owe taxes to the town?

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1. When will I receive my tax bill and when is it due?
2. What time period do the bills cover?
3. How can I pay my taxes?
4. Why is my motor vehicle’s assessed value more than I could sell it for?
5. Why did I get a motor vehicle tax bill for a vehicle I don’t own anymore?
6. How are my taxes determined?
7. What if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?

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1. How is it determined who serves as Town Clerk?
2. What roles does the Town Clerk serve?

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1. How do I apply for a Zoning Variance or Special Use Permit?
2. How do obtain a Zoning Certificate?
3. How do I know if I am in a flood zone?

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1. Why do I have to stop at the Check-in Shack?
2. Why do I have to buy a Transfer Station sticker to drop off recyclables?
3. Why are pick-up trucks allowed yet utility trailers not allowed?
4. Why are there out of state license plates at the Transfer Station?
5. Why does the staff working at the Transfer Station watch where we put our diversion materials?
6. What if I have an unusually large/cumbersome scrap metal object that cannot be broken down further?
7. Why can’t we just add more operators to aid enforcement of the rules and to more quickly aid Transfer Station users?
8. Wouldn’t it be cheaper if the town just hired more DPW people to run the trash program?
9. Why do I have to flatten my cardboard boxes?
10. Why was the “Give and Take” area removed from the Transfer Station? Why is scavenging not allowed?
11. Are the Town PAYT bags recyclable?
12. Why can’t I buy Town PAYT bags at Town Hall or the Transfer Station?
13. Why do I have to buy an orange Town bag for waste disposal when I already paid for a Transfer Station sticker?
14. Why did I see the Transfer Station staff dumping yard waste into the pit?
15. Why can’t I bring yard waste to the Transfer Station in a tarp?
16. How can I dispose of organic material?
17. Can I bring tree stumps with my yard waste?
18. Why are there limits to C&D/ABC disposal?
19. I'm not certain how to dispose of an item - what should I do?
20. What is “bulky waste” and how is it handled?
21. How do I dispose of automotive parts and fluids?
22. Can batteries be thrown away into the trash?
23. What about other large items like a trampoline or a boat cover?
24. Why do I have to cut up a carpet before I throw it into the “Bulky Waste” container?
25. Are carpet pads considered “Bulky Waste”?
26. How do I dispose of fluorescent lights?
27. How do I dispose of furniture?
28. Can I throw my plastic bags into the Recycling Pit?
29. Why can’t I just drop off my mattress and/or box spring and when would I have to pay a fee?
30. Who decides what the qualifying conditions are for mattress/box spring collection?
31. What do I do if the condition of my mattress or box spring disqualifies it from free disposal?
32. Why is there a $70 fee for an unacceptable mattress or box spring?
33. Does the town offer curbside pickup?
34. Why do I have to pay for a Transfer Station sticker?
35. Why do my taxes not include trash disposal?
36. Is there an elderly discount for the Transfer Station sticker fee?
37. How does the Transfer Station sticker fee get established?
38. Why are the rules so confusing and why do they seem to keep changing?
39. What is the Town doing to address any problems or inconsistencies with the rules?
40. Who do I contact if I have a concern, complaint or compliment?
41. Why does Prudence Island have such limited trash service and can you fix these problems?
42. Why was PAYT exception for the Fireman’s Fair rejected by the Town Council?
43. Why can yard waste only be dropped off during a very narrow window of time?