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The Capital Improvement's 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 2014 – 2019 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 2015 – 2020 (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 $575,000 and is funded through the operating budget.
Cemetery Improvements The cemetery roadways are in poor condition and are in need of paving. Improvements which are funded through the Cemetery Trust include overlaying the roads within the cemetery and replacing trees that have been removed due to disease.
This project also includes the development of new burial sections on existing land. Finally, it will establish options for cremation burials which are becoming more popular in the death care industry. These options include scattering gardens, niches, columbarium’s, and converting a 1888 receiving tomb into a cremation mausoleum
This project costs $30,000, and is funded through the cemetery fund.
City Hall Council Chambers HVAC This project provides installation of 7 wall mounted HVAC units similar to those installed throughout the first floor of City Hall. These units would be installed in the City Council Chambers, as well as in the Legal and Water/Sewer offices. Included in the installation will be connectivity to the Facilities and Grounds office, to allow for monitoring and control of temperatures to ensure efficient heating and cooling of these areas in City Hall.
This project would be paid through the operating budget, and costs $80,000.
City Hall Roof/Elevator Atrium and Tower Repairs Dover’s Municipal Building was constructed in 1935, as with many buildings of that age, it has repair work required to ensure that it functions property and efficiently for the customers of the building. This project makes repairs to flat roof over the Auditorium as well as replaces the existing elevator atrium structure, where panels and joints need replacement or repair. Finally, repairs to the roof parapet stone cap, painting of the steel clock tower, refurbishing of the gold leaf on the lower tower dome and repairs to the louvers in the tower will be completed.
This project costs $120,000 is proposed to be debt financed.
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 $126,000 in FY 2014, and is funded through the capital reserve.
Fire and Rescue Fire Bunker Gear Replacement Bunker gear is the head-to-toe firefighter gear which provides protection for our fire and rescue personnel during all type of emergencies. This protective gear allows firefighters to enter untenable atmospheres and fire situations to rescue victims and is used on a regular basis and is essential to emergency response. The expected life of this type of gear is 6 years, and our current units are over 10 years old.
This project costs $135,000 is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.
Replacement of the South End Fire Station Roof While the roofs over the 2 additions at the South End Station are ok, the roof over the oldest section is approx. 25 years old and water leaks into the building. Contractors have patched the roof multiple times and it is in need of replacement to ensure safety of the building and electrical equipment. This is an emergency project, and has not been promoted through the program as other projects have.
This project costs $30,000, and is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.
Replacement of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus: Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is the breathing equipment that firefighters wear on their back, which supplies their breathing air during firefighting operations, hazardous material incidents and hazardous atmospheres. The breathing equipment is the most important life safety equipment a firefighter can have. This equipment is used daily and is essential to emergency operations. The expected life of these units is 10 years, and our current units are 10-13 years old. 60 units will be replaced.
This project costs $265,742 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 John Deere 544 Loader is 26 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 $1,800,000 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.
TIP Traffic Calming Devices: Citywide Traffic speed, volume, and safety concerns continue to increase on streets throughout the City. Traffic calming devises and measures mitigate excessive speeds and potentially lower traffic volumes through residential neighborhoods adding to safety for children and families. A project was proposed in the FY14 CIP, but not funded through the operating budget.
Funding for this ongoing project will be in the $75,000 from the Transportation Improvements Capital Reserve. 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.
Drainage Old Colony Road This project would include the installation of drainage on Old Colony Road to prevent homes from flooding. Additionally, the street would be paved.
The cost of this project is $50,000 and it is funded through the operating budget. The project was cut from FY13 budget and partially added back to FY14 CIP.
Railroad Crossing Improvements This project focuses on the railroad crossings at Third Street and Chestnut Street as well as Central Avenue and Fourth Street. The NH DOT is providing funding for railroad crossing improvements at these locations. These crossings are in need of repair and grand funding is available this year, so this project has not been promoted through the program as other projects have.
While the Project will cost $700,000, the City is only required to contribute 10% of that cost. It will be funding through reserve funding.
Oak/Broadway Area Reconstruction This project will look at designing and ultimately, implementing utility and roadway improvements to one of the City’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The first phase of the project will include designing improvements to streets, drainage, roadways, utilities and sidewalks.
This project costs $450,000 and is funded through debt financing in the public works ($250,000), water ($125,000) and sewer ($75,000) categories.
Silver Street Reconstruction This project reconstructs Silver Street from Central Avenue through Towel Ave/Arch Street. This heavily traveled road has deteriorated and a design for total reconstruction was approved as part of the FY13 CIP. Work will include creating a complete street for the travel way, including bike lanes, bus pulloffs, streetscape improvements, as well as stormwater infrastructure updates. As part of the work the water main will be replaced as well.
This project costs $3,000,000 and is funded through debt financing in the public works and water categories ($850,000).
Tanglewood Drive Reconstruction This project will reconstruct the entire street and will supplement the general street improvements. The street requires reconstruction due to very poor conditions and drainage problems that have occurred. This project costs $385,000, and is funded through debt financing in the public works category.
Watson Road Reconstruction This project completes the work already underway on Tolend Road. Watson Road has deteriorated much more rapidly than it should. The roadways lack proper drainage; roadway gravels are inadequate; and frost heaves are a problem in the winter. This roadway is an ongoing maintenance problem, and drainage improvements and structural roadway enhancements are required. The Contractor completing the reconstruction of Tolend Road has offered to hold prices, and continue to work on Watson Road, once Tolend is completed. This would save the City considerable mobilization and oversight costs.
This project costs is $1,352,000 and funded through debt financing in the public works category.
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).
Arena Locker Room/Foster Rink Improvements The Ice Arena has several locker rooms that are part of the original building, built in the early 1980. These rooms are very small and have inadequate HVAC and restroom shower facilities. As the use of the Arena has grown dramatically, the need for these locker rooms to be improved and additional storage space has become and issue for customers of the Rink. Furthermore, there is a need to revise the front area of the Foster Rink to take advantage of unused space for programs. The life span of these improvements is over 30 years. Funding will be through debt financing, though there is a potential partnership with a skate training company that could build a facility above these locker rooms.
This project costs $365,000 and funding will be through debt financing.
Guppey Park Improvements This project focuses specifically on the Softball field area of the park. The field is the City’s only lighted field, and is in high demand. It has many deficiencies and requires a complete reconstruction, to improve the playing area and drainage problems. The park has not had a significant improvement in almost 40 years and is in dire need of upgrade.
This project costs $350,000 and funding will be through debt financing.
Henry Law Park Improvements The Henry Law Park playground is the most heavily utilized recreation area in the City, on a year round basis. A previously approved CIP project includes site work and the infrastructure necessary to support new playground elements to be located there. This allocation will go towards specific features and landscaping of the park. The plan is designed for a useful life of 50 years for most of the elements.
This project costs $125,000, and funding will be through the recreation capital reserve, and impact fee allocation.
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 $128,745 and is funded through the operating budget, as well as the Fund Balance of Library Fines.
Education 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 $50,000 and is funded by the operating budget.
Garrison School Roof Replacement The Garrison Elementary School roof consists of over 47,000 square feet, the majority of which is now 50 years old, and must be dealt with immediately due to leaks which causing damage to several areas of the building’s structure. This project is will entail removing approximately 41,000 square feet of existing roof to the deck, and installing both foam/fiberboard insulation, and a Durapax tar and gravel built up roof with aluminum edging.
The project costs $602,000 and will be debt financed.
Dover High School and Career Technical Center Improvements The Dover High School and Career technical center is an aging facility that has obsolete mechanical, plumbing, electrical and ventilation systems. The project will: • Improve accessibility and safety by replacing parking and walks as well as fire systems. • Renovate bathrooms to improve accessibility and energy efficiency. • Replace flooring, carpeting and ceiling tiles. • Replace/upgrade HVAC • Replace classroom and corridor lighting. • Add power, data and cable in classrooms, as well as provide a new electrical service. • Replacement of Dunaway Field with turf. •
The High School portion of this project costs $22,951,500 and the Career Technical Center project will cost $12,328,500. Both will be debt financed, and the Carrer Technical Center project will have the assistance of the State’s Building Aid fund to reduce the amount of debt required to fund the project.
Special Revenue Downtown parking System Improvements This proposal provides funding for a comprehensive approach to improve the downtown parking system to include the design, engineering and construction of a 450 space parking facility to meet the parking needs of the city. Costs associated with the evaluation, appraisal, acquisition, survey, engineering, design and sale of parking lots to assist in funding the project are included.
The cost for this project is $500,000 and is funded through debt financing.
Parking Deck - Third Street This proposal provides funding for the design, engineering and construction of a 90 space parking deck to help meet the parking needs of the city. This project will enable future downtown commercial and residential expansion. This is a recommendation of various parking management studies conducted for the City between 2000 and 2012.
The cost for this project is $100,000 and is funded through debt financing.
Economic Development Park This project would fund land acquisition and design costs for a future economic development park. This park would complement the existing Enterprise Park located on Sixth Street. The new site would provide site locations for businesses looking to relocate to Dover and will provide tax ratables and jobs. Enterprise Park has provided $485,000 in taxes annually; has 15 companies and provides over 500 high quality jobs.
The project will cost $1,3,000,000 and be debt financed under the special revenue fund.
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.
Heavy Equipment Replacement in the Water and Sewer Funds This project will replace a 15 year old Case Backhoe with a newer Backhoe that will be used for work on the Water and Sewer systems. The City has three backhoes and replaces one every five years. The equipment is shared equally under the two utilities and the cost for the replacement is split equally as well.
This project costs $80,000 is funded through capital reserve under the water and sewer funds.
Water/Sewer Main Replacement This project will fun ongoing replacement of old water and sewer mains that have become problematic with breaks due to their age. Water mains included are on Snows Court, Kirkland Street, Academy Street and Rogers Street. Some of the first Sewer Mains to be addressed are Atkinson Street, Hanson Street, Richmond Street, Grove Street and Central Avenue. There have been several breaks and blockages in these areas and the mains need replacement.
This project costs $75,000 for the water portion and $150,000 for the sewer portion and will be funded through capital reserve under the water and sewer funds.
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 $75,000 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.
Spaulding Turnpike Utility Replacements 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. The agreement the City has with the State is that city is responsible for moving utilities when there are conflicts within the right-of-way. Part of agreement stated all utilities placed in the right-of-way after construction will be the responsibility of the municipality. Based upon that agreement, the cost for relocation of the sewer lines the responsibility of the City of Dover, while the State will pay for the water line relocation. The City has applied for funding under the State’s Revolving Loan Fund to lower the cost of the sewer line relocation.
Water Systems Facility Upgrade This project will design health, safety and building upgrades identified in the June 2011 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 project costs $1,500,00 and will be debt financed under the water fund.
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.
Pump Station Replacement-Charles Street This project replaces and existing 16-inch force main, which is 40 years old, with a 16” High density poly-ethylene pipe. The project will involve work from the Charles Street Pump Station on Charles Street to the discharge manhole on Locust Street. It will be funded though the Sewer Capital Reserve.
The cost of this project is $75,000, and is funded through sewer fund reserve financing.
The City Council and Planning Board will meet in joint session on October 2, 2013 to review the projects. From there, the Planning Board will hold a workshop on October 8 and a public hearing on October 22nd. The City Council will hold workshops beginning in October and hold a public hearing in December.