Capital Improvements Program

The Capital Improvement’s Program is part of the City’s Community planning process. This six year program links infrastructure spending to the goals and values outlined in the City’s Master Plan. Through this process projects are outlined and identified within the six year timeline based upon priorities established in the Master Plan. 

Below you will find a listing of the projects contained within year one of the 2017 – 2022 CIP. Additionally, below all the projects is an interactive map that you can use to review the locations of projects. Click here to view the full Capital Improvements Program 2018 – 2023 (CIP) locations of projects.

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General Government
Capital Reserve – Infrastructure & Equipment

This project transfers funds from the operating budget into reserve account for payment of future projects and equipment.

This project costs $750,000 and is funded through the operating budget.

 

Capital Reserve – Cemetery

This project transfers funds from the operating budget into reserve account for payment of future projects within the Cemetery.

This project costs $125,000 and is funded through the operating budget.


Citywide Building Transformer Replacement

This project replaces 14 building interface panels and computer connectivity between the HVAC systems and the automation and control systems that are outdated. This communication and control infrastructure is in need of replacement as the current equipment is no longer serviceable and cannot be counted on to work consistently and efficiently.

The project costs $150,000, and be funded over three years. The first year was in the Operating Budget, the second two are in Reserve funded. 

Police

Police Vehicle Replacement
This is a continuance of the City's plan to replace front line fully marked police cruisers. The program purchases 5 vehicles one year and 4 in the next. This 5/4 plan is essential to maintain safe vehicle operation and limit maintenance costs. Vehicles taken off line are sold. The revenue from the sales is used to purchase smaller more fuel efficient vehicle for police detectives, inspection services and other city departments in need of vehicles. The front line cruisers are used for two full years then replaced.

The new fuel efficient vehicles purchased with revenue from the sale of the front line vehicles are expected to be in service for at least 10 years.

This project costs $128,250 in FY 2014, and is funded through the capital reserve.

Fire and Rescue

Ambulance Replacement:
This replacement of a 2005 ambulance is required to maintain the replacement cycle created through past purchases. The life expectancy of an ambulance running under the conditions that the City of Dover requires is 7 years; 3.5 years as front line, 3.5 years as a backup. The 2005 ambulance will have over 100,000 miles on the engine and will need to be replaced.

This $205,000 project is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.

Command/Staff Vehicle Replacement:
The Fire Department utilizes staff vehicles for command staff. These vehicles carry equipment and radios to manage large scale incidents. This will replace the 2002 Chevy Tahoe which will have over 100,000 miles and 15 years of service. This vehicles has been placed out of service due to rust and maintenance issues.

This $55,000 project is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.

Repaving of the South End Station Ramp:
This is the replacement of the base and the paving at the South End Fire Station ramp, which is showing signs of deterioration. The paving has pot holes and cracks and there are ruts that have formed under the weight of the truck traffic.

This $56,232 project would replace the clay base with a proper base and install pavement, and is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.


Community Services - Public Works
PW Heavy Equipment
This is an annual replacement of Public Works heavy equipment. The current Chevrolet Top Kick dump truck is 20 years old and parts are becoming very difficult to obtain. The frame of the truck is also showing signs of deterioration.

$200,000 from the capital reserve fund will cover the cost of this project.


General Streets Improvements
This project includes annual road paving based on road surface management program, and includes preventive maintenance. Street overlays should last ten to fifteen years before additional preventative maintenance is required.

The cost of this project is $1,864,800 and is funded through the operating budget.


General Sidewalk Improvements
This project includes annual sidewalk patching and preventive maintenance. Sidewalk overlays last ten to twenty years depending on the material used for the work.

The cost of this project is $100,000 and is funded through the operating budget.


Bridge Improvements
Annual project is to provide bridge maintenance based on bridge repair program for the city’s 11 bridges. Preventative maintenance is needed for bridges to ensure they do not deteriorate and become more costly to repair.

The cost of this project is $100,000 which is funded through the operating budget.


Drainage System Improvements
This project provides maintenance for the city’s drainage system. This utility must have adequate funding in order to be maintained. Without regular maintenance and repairs, costs will become more significant.

The City of Dover falls under the USEPA Phase II Stormwater Regulations, which require improvements to systems to improve water quality.

The cost for this project is $150,000. It is funded through the operating budget.

Traffic Signal Improvements
This project will fund ongoing repairs and upgrades to the City's traffic light network.

The cost for this project is $75,000 .It is funded through the operating budget. 

EMS Software Upgrade
This project upgrades a computer and telephone modem dependent system to a more modern network based program for managing heating and cooling systems in several municipal buildings including the McConnell Center, Library, City Hall, Indoor Pool, Arena and Public Works.

This $25,000 project would be funded in the operating budget.

Intersection Sixth and Venture:

This intersection currently is not designed for larger truck traffic movements, which are required to enter and exit Enterprise Park. Vehicles travel in more than one lane, when turning onto and from Venture Drive. This project will redesign and reconfiguration the intersection of Sixth Street and Venture Drive to widen the turning lanes and accommodate larger vehicles.

The cost for this project is $250,000. It is funded through debt financing.

Bellamy Road Reconstruction:
This project continues previous reconstruction work for a heavily traveled corridor connecting Routes 108 and 155. The work includes design for drainage, sidewalks and street reconstruction from 66 Bellamy Road to Durham Road.

The cost for this project is $250,000. It is funded through debt financing.

Floral Ave/Brick Road Reconstruction:

This project provides for reconstruction of the drainage network and road surface along these two older roadways. Currently, the drainage infrastructure is inadequate and the roadway is in disrepair.

The cost for this project is $250,000. It is funded through debt financing. Additionally, $825,000 will be debt financed for sewer work, in the sewer fund.

Stonewall Drive Improvements
In 2015 the City Council authorized a land development agreement to partner in creating an industrial park off Mast Road. This project widens Mast Road, adds lights and sidewalks to Mast Road and creates Stonewall Drive, along with the required water and sewer infrastructure. The Land Development Agreement repays the cost of bonding these improvements through a guaranteed tax assessed value on the property.

The cost of the projects total $1,000,000 and will debt financed. Of that cost, $583,000 is for the road improvements, $117,000 is for the water line and $300,000 is for the sewer pump station.

Piscataqua Road Improvements
Piscataqua Road is a thoroughfare to Route 4 and is in need of repair. Rabbit Road is a small road off of Piscataqua that needs improvements and due to its close proximity to the larger project it makes economic sense to combine the projects. This $1.7 M project reconstructs both roads and will be debt financed, and be completed in conjunction with a $2.2M water line replacement, funded by the water enterprise fund.

Silver Street Improvements
In 2015 the City Council authorized a land development agreement to partner in creating a commercial area off Silver Street. This project creates a roundabout at the intersection of Silver Street, and the Spaulding turnpike. The Land Development Agreement repays the cost of bonding these improvements through a guaranteed tax assessed value on the property. The cost of the projects total $1,000,000.

Oak/Ham/Ela and Broadway Improvements
This project will give a complete street make over, similar to Silver Street to this entire area of the city, which is in need of drainage repair and replacement along with street and sidewalk improvements. Design work is underway and this project will fund the infrastructure improvements needed.

This $2.5M project will coincide with a $1.25M water main replacement and $750,000 sewer main replacement funded by the appropriate enterprise funds.

Replace Oak Street Railroad Bridge
This project will replace the aging, sub-standard wood & iron bridge with new structure that allows all weight vehicle loading, including fire and emergency vehicles and public transit buses Currently heavy vehicles cannot legally cross this bridge, including public transit buses, school buses, fire and emergency vehicles or commercial trucks forcing these vehicles to drive all the way into the downtown to again travel north. 

The cost for this project is $2,784,000. It is funded through the Transportation Capital Reserve and grant monies from the State of NH. Money was allocated as part of the 2016 Capital Improvements Program authorization.

Culture and Recreation
Capital Reserve – Park/Playground Improvements
This project places funds within the capital reserve fund for ongoing repair and improvements to park and playground equipment and infrastructure. Budget allocation was made in FY12. The next step is to move ahead with scheduled projects designated to be funded by this allocation, including Henry Law Park, Amanda Howard Park, Maglaras Park, Skatepark and general parking improvements City-wide.

This is an ongoing project with funding each year to assist the City in lowering the amount of money bonded to pay for projects.

The cost of this project is $112,500, and is funded through the operating budget (revenue from the sale of gravel).

Park Improvements Amanda Howard:
Amanda Howard park is one of the oldest in the City and is in a densely populated neighborhood with small house lots and minimal open space. An improved park will add a tremendous value to the area and create a healthy open space and environment for neighbors to interact.

This $130,000 project is part of a larger revitalization of Dover’s Park/Playground using Capital Reserve funds and impact fees.

Public Library
Books and Collections
Annual funding of library’s Books and Collections budget is essential to maintaining high quality, useful, and popular collection, and to fulfilling its mission to provide “a broad range of information and popular formats, which entertain, empower, educate, and enrich the citizens we serve.

This project funds ongoing purchases of library materials. Including:
• hardcover and soft cover books
• paperbacks,
• fiction, non-fiction,
• reference books,
• DVDs, spoken word audio and music CDs for adults, teens and children.

The cost of this project is $127,772 and is funded through the operating budget, as well as the Fund Balance of Library Fines.  

Air-conditioning System:
The summer months are busiest time in the library, with over 700 people visiting daily. The adult circulation desk, a hub of patron activity, averages over 80 degrees each day in summer. Patrons and staff would benefit from air conditioning the bldg. and the library could be promoted as a “cooling center”. This project would decrease energy loads and increase efficiency as well as improve the aesthetics and sound levels in the bldg.

This $126,500 project will be funded through the Capital Reserve.

Education
Funding Capital Reserve Accounts (Curriculum, School Facilities, and Information Technology):

The School Department will use operating budget funds to put money into capital reserve accounts. These accounts, similar to ones utilized by the City, will ensure adequate funding is available for curriculum, facilities and IT upgrades without having large increases in tax rates.

The cost of these projects is $80,000, and is funded through the operating budget 

Curriculum Replacement and Upgrades:
This project will use reserve funding for ongoing projects upgrading curriculum needs to ensure that students have the tools and resources necessary to have a 21st Century Education. 

The cost of this project is $235,000, and is funded through the operating budget and capital reserves

Facilities/School Maintenance and Repairs
Maintenance of facilities and schools is imperative to the Dover School District operations. Renovation is needed for items such as: HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical upgrades, window replacements, cafeteria/kitchen maintenance, bathroom replacement and expansions and remodeling or enlarging the classrooms to meet NH state standards. The project will be funded in the operating budget.

The cost for this project is $75,000 and is funded by the operating budget.

Information Technology Replacement and Upgrade:
This ongoing project will make infrastructure improvements, to the existing IT network. This work includes, replacement of Servers/Routers/Switches, and creation of an annual hardware replacing program where devices will be replaced after 5 years.

The cost of this project is $120,000, and is funded through the operating budget and capital reserves

Garrison School Improvements
The renovation project for the Garrison School had been in the CIP queue several years ago but was removed when the moratorium on state building aid was imposed. The school remains in need of renovations and improvements to correct a variety of life safety, accessibility and efficiency issues, as well as to create a 21st Century learning environment.

This $3.3M project will be debt financed, and the SAU will apply for building aid if available.


Special Revenue
Kitchen/Cafeteria Maintenance/Repair and Upgrades
The Dover School District has five kitchen and cafeteria spaces to maintain. Ongoing repair of the infrastructure as well as repair and/or replacement of the equipment and furniture is essential to providing high quality food and nutrition services to students. Cafeteria revenue will be used to fund routine maintenance, repair and replacement as well as specific upgrades to life safety equipment, serving lines and other mechanical systems.

The cost for this project is $40,000 and is funded through the operating budget.

School Department Light Vehicle Replacements

The School Department owns and operates a number of smaller vehicles, such as a van to transport students to various curricular and co-curricular activities, and maintenance equipment such as tractors and scissor lifts. There is a current need to expand the number of vans available and to ensure that vehicles utilized are safe, secure and efficient. Facility and Vehicle rental revenues will be used to fund these projects. 

The cost for this project is $62,000 and is funded through the operating budget.

TIF
Cochecho River Dredge, Riverfront Bank Stabilization and Site Preparation
The City Council created a Tax Increment Finance District to fund work required to create a clean, stable and development ready waterfront site. These projects are the first funded under that District. The material removed from the Cochecho River was placed in the dredge spoil cell adjacent to Maglaras Park in the hopes of creating a parking lot for the park and waterfront. The stabilization and site preparation projects will resolve shore land stabilization and erosion issues, as well as consider removing the aggregate in the bluffs to create more development area and use the material to raise the elevation of the site to address sea level rise concerns.

These projects will be debt financed with repayment of the debt made through the use of Tax Increment Financing. The total for the projects is: Dredge closure: $300,000, Bank Stabilization: $600,000, Site Preparation: $1,150,000

 

Water Fund Projects
Transfer to Capital Reserve

This project places funds within the capital reserve fund for ongoing repair and improvements to the water utility’s equipment and infrastructure. This is an ongoing project with funding each year to assist the City in lowering the amount of money bonded to pay for projects.

The cost of this project is $500,000 and is funded through the water fund operating budget.

Water Exploration
The City needs to keep looking for new water supply sources to keep up with future needs of the City. This project provides funds for water exploration and purchase of land for a new water supply well.

The cost of this project is $100,000, and is funded through the a capital reserve fund.

Water/Sewer Heavy Equipment Replacement
This project replacement of heavy equipment, such as backhoes used by water and sewer divisions.

The cost of this project is $80,000 split between the water and sewer fund Capital Reserves.

Water/Sewer Light Vehicle Replacement
This project replacement of light vehicles, such as vans and pickup trucks used by water and sewer divisions.

The cost of this project is $25,000 split between the water and sewer fund Capital Reserves.

Water Maine Replacement - Citywide
This project replaces older water mains that have become problematic with breaks due to their age.  Mains included are on Snows Court, Kirkland Street, Academy Street and Rogers Street

The cost of this project is $75,000 and is funded through water fund Capital Reserves.

Water Meter Replacement
This project funds a continuing process of replacing existing meters in the field that have met their life expectancy. Replacement of the meters ensures that water meters in system are not outdated and are recording water usage correctly. This is an ongoing process. The City will continue the meter replacement program as well as pilot a new direct meter read system from customer to Water and Sewer Billing.

The cost of this project is $100,000 and is funded through the water fund operating budget.

Water Treatment Plan and Well Equipment
This project funds the ongoing maintenance of the City’s wells and water treatment plants. The City has several wells and water treatment plants that are in need of equipment upgrades and replacement. The wells and treatment plants need to be kept in faultless condition in order to provide water for City residents. There is a new funding source that will be used towards large items in the city's wells and water treatment plants needing replacement. Equipment replacement will follow recommendations of the water facilities plan. This is an ongoing project.

The cost of this project is $75,000 and is funded through the water fund operating budget.

Wellhead Protection
The City needs to protect its water sources to protect them for future needs of the City. This project provides funds for wellhead protection through the purchase of land. This is an ongoing project.

The cost of this project is $100,000 and is funded through the capital reserve fund.

Water Systems Facility Upgrade
This project will design health, safety and building upgrades identified in the June 2015 Water System Facilities Plan. This plan identified several safety concerns, which also were identified in the master plan and immediate design is required to rectify these issues.

This $800,000 project will be debt financed under the water fund.

Ireland Well Replacement

The Ireland Well has had recent cleanings that were not successful at improving the specific capacity. The proposed replacement well will be adjacent to the existing building with a submersible pump.

The cost of this project is $500,000 to be funded by capital reserves. 

Spaulding Turnpike Utility Replacement
The NH DOT is expanding the Spaulding Turnpike at Dover Point. There are conflicts with the water and sewer lines in the Turnpike right-of-way. This project was previously funded, and the costs for the utility replacement came in above the estimation.

An additional $800,000 is required to fund the sewer project and an additional $250,000 is required to fund the water main project. The City will apply for funding under the State’s Revolving Loan Fund to lower the cost of the sewer line relocation if available.


Sewer Fund Projects

Transfer to Capital Reserve
This project places funds within the capital reserve fund for ongoing repair and improvements to the sewer utility’s equipment and infrastructure. This is an ongoing project with funding each year to assist the City in lowering the amount of money bonded to pay for projects.

The cost of this project is $500,000 and is funded through the sewer fund operating budget.

Inflow/Infiltration Study/Mitigation

During periods of heavy rainfall and snow melt, clean water enters the sewer distribution system and occasionally causes surcharging of the system resulting in the bypass of untreated sewerage to the Bellamy and Cochecho Rivers. This storm water is known as Inflow and Infiltration and must be reduced. It enters the systems through leaking manholes, pipes, roof leaders, basement drains and catch basins discharging to the sewer system.
The City is under order from the USEPA and NHDES to take steps reducing I & I in the sewer distribution center. Improvements have been implemented and are showing positive benefits. This is an ongoing process.

The cost of this project is $300,000, and is funded through a capital reserve fund.

Pump Station Equipment Replacement

This project funds the ongoing maintenance of the City’s pump stations. The City has several pump stations that are in need of equipment upgrades and replacement.

These stations must continue to be in top operating condition in order to prevent violations of the City’s NPDES permit.

The cost of this project is $75,000 and is funded through the sewer fund operating budget.

Sewer Main Replacement - Citywide
This project replaces older section of sewer mains throughout the City that are in need of replacement due to cracks, collapse and blockages.  Some of the first areas to be addressed are Atkinson Street, Hanson Street, Richmond Street, Grove Street and Central Avenue.

The cost of this project is $150,000 and is funded through sewer fund Capital Reserves.