Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Conservation easement will protect 20 acres on Tolend Road

    posted on: 1/24/2020

    The Dover Open Lands Committee announces the purchase of a conservation easement for 20.4 acres of land owned by Jennifer Morin of Tolend Road. The purchase of the conservation easement was approved by the Conservation Commission and City Council.

    The property is mostly mixed forest, with about five acres of open fields that provide an excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife. There are three intermittent streams running through the property, five significant wetland areas and at least two potential vernal pools. The property abuts the 17-acre Towle conservation property that has frontage on the Cochecho River and was protected in 2003.

    Morin decided to conserve the property to honor the wishes of her late mother Elizabeth Morin.

    “My mother loved watching deer, turkey and other wild animals in the fields and woods surrounding her house,” Morin said. “She had a pair of blue birds that used the same bird house in front of her house every year to nest and raise a new family. It was important to my mother that the birds and animals have a place where they could thrive and raise young which is why she wanted to conserve her property.”

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Feb. 4

    posted on: 1/23/2020; updated: 1/27/2020

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, from 5:30 to 6 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, record changes of address, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist. Voters cannot change party affiliation during this session.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • Community coffee with the School Superintendent, Mayor, and School Board

    posted on: 1/23/2020

    Members of the community are invited to a special "Coffee with the Superintendent, School Board and Mayor on Saturday, Jan. 25, starting at 9 a.m. at the Gourmet Table (the culinary arts restaurant), located at Dover High School.

    Community coffee sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss all school and city matters of interest.

    For more information, contact the Dover School District at 603-516-6800.

  • Ordinance before City Council approves searchable, electronic version of City Code

    posted on: 1/21/2020

    At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, the City Council will vote on an ordinance to codify recent changes to the City Code, as well as a new, electronic database. The vote will follow a public hearing.

    In 2017, the City Council approved a contract with General Code to conduct a comprehensive review and update of the City Code, which was previously updated and recodified in 2013. The contract included General Code’s recommended updates to all chapters of the City code, as well as a newly formatted electronic version that is easily searchable.  Currently, the Code is published as PDF files on the City’s website and as paper copies, neither of which is easily searchable.

    During its review of the City Code, General Code conducted an editorial and legal analysis of the code, as well as draft versions of online code in the eCode360 format for review by the Ordinance Committee and City staff. The Ordinance Committee has been reviewing these materials since January 2019.

  • City of Dover seeks election workers

    posted on: 1/20/2020

    The City Clerk's Office is seeking election officers to help staff Dover's polling places during the Feb. 11 Presidential Primary.

    The City Clerk's office provides training to all election workers. These are paid positions. Election workers must be at least 18 years old and a Dover resident.

    Election officers assist with a variety of duties on election day, including aiding voters, maintaining order, opening and closing the polls, and processing the vote counts. Election workers are needed in all of the City's six wards.

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Jan. 21

    posted on: 1/17/2020

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, record changes of address, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist. Voters cannot change party affiliation during this session.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 516-6018.

  • City offices closed Monday for MLK Day

    posted on: 1/17/2020

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 20.

    Curbside trash and recycling pick-up is not affected by the holiday.

  • Local author to discuss New Hampshire lighthouses

    posted on: 1/14/2020

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library invite the public to learn about the history of our nearby coastal lighthouses from a renowned marine historian on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Lecture Hall.

    Jeremy D'Entremont has been called the leading expert on New England's historic lighthouses. He grew up in Massachusetts and received his BFA in filmmaking from Emerson College in Boston. In the late 1980s, he became a tour guide for Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. He started writing for “Lighthouse Digest” magazine and has penned more than 300 articles for “Lighthouse Digest”, “The Keeper’s Log”, and “Soundings”, among other publications.

    He has given more than 200 lectures around the region, and has authored 21 books. With two exceptions, each has focused on lighthouse history. The new fourth edition of his “Lighthouse Handbook: New England” will be published in May 2020 from Cider Mill Press.

    Jeremy moved to Portsmouth in 2001. At that time, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was licensed to the American Lighthouse Foundation. Seeing a need for a local chapter to help ALF care for the structure, he founded the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and its first public open house was held in June 2001.

  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course offered at Dover Indoor Pool

    posted on: 1/13/2020

    An American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course will be held at the Dover Indoor Pool, Sunday, Feb. 23 through Thursday, Feb. 27. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course includes the latest science in first aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, emergency cardiac care, as well as the latest lifeguarding rescue skills and safety protocols. Students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class.

    The following prerequisites must be fulfilled:

  • Safety concerns prompt additional streets to be included in winter-long parking ban

    posted on: 1/10/2020

    Due to safety concerns, Police Chief M. William Breault has declared an emergency parking ban on the following streets, in accordance with Chapter 166 of the City of Dover's ordinances:

    -- Saint Thomas Street, no parking on the northerly side (odd numbered), between the Locust Street Belknap Street
    -- Fifth Street, no parking on the northerly side (odd numbered), between Grove Street and Tammany Park
    -- Baker Street, no parking on the northerly side (odd numbered)
    -- Everett Street, no parking on the westerly side (odd numbered)

    Signs declaring the additional parking restrictions will be posted on the affected streets. These streets will follow the same winter-long parking ban restrictions, from December 1 to April 1, or until the emergency parking ban is lifted.

    Several city streets are already subject to a parking ban on one side of the street from December 1 to April 1.

    The parking restrictions during the winter months on these additional streets are the result of concerns about the ability of emergency vehicles to access the streets. In addition, these restrictions help keep the roads accessible during snow removal operations.

    During a declared citywide parking ban, both sides of these streets are restricted.

  • Parking restrictions in place Monday morning for snow removal

    posted on: 1/10/2020

    No parking will be allowed on the following streets Monday morning, Jan. 13, 2020, while Community Services crews remove snow from streets and sidewalks, beginning at 7 a.m.:

    -- Durrell Street
    -- Winter Street

    These streets will be posted for no parking while snow removal operations are underway. The parking restrictions will be removed as the work is completed.

    Any vehicle interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

  • Dover Fire and Rescue warns of possible scam

    posted on: 1/10/2020

    Dover Fire and Rescue is warning residents of a possible phone scam from the “Firefighter Support Organization” reportedly raising money on behalf of Dover Fire. Dover Fire and Rescue is not aware of any authorized fundraisers on its behalf at this time and urges residents to use caution.

    Follow these tips from the Federal Trade Commission before making a donation:

  • Warming centers available

    posted on: 1/9/2020

    Warming centers throughout the City are open to those seeking relief from the cold. 

    For those seeking to warm up, several City of Dover public facilities are available as warming centers. Dover's warming centers include the McConnell Center, the Public Library and City Hall. These specific public buildings are accessible and welcome those seeking relief from the cold during regular business hours.

    Warming centers in Dover are also available and accessible anytime at the City's Police Station, located downtown on Chestnut Street, and the City's three fire stations. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road.

    Organizations interested in opening and operating a temporary emergency shelter in Dover are asked to contact and coordinate with the City of Dover's Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief Paul Haas. In accordance with the City of Dover's already established Emergency Operations Plan, Chief Haas will ensure that fire and life safety guidelines of the New Hampshire Fire Marshal are met wherever and whenever a temporary emergency shelter is established and activated in Dover.

  • Parking restrictions in place Jan. 9 for snow removal

    posted on: 1/8/2020

    No parking will be allowed on the following streets Thursday morning, Jan. 9, 2020, while Community Services crews remove snow from streets and sidewalks, beginning at 7 a.m.:

    -- Second Street, westerly half
    -- Lincoln Street

    These streets will be posted for no parking while snow removal operations are underway. The parking restrictions will be removed as the work is completed. This work is expected to conclude no later than 12 p.m.

    Any vehicle interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

  • New monthly daytime programs offered at the Library

    posted on: 1/7/2020

    Keep the winter blues away in 2020 by coming to one of Dover Public Library’s new monthly daytime programs.

    Dover Public Library now offers a Game Day every third Wednesday and a movie screening every fourth Wednesday, both starting at 1 p.m.

    These events are primarily geared towards adults, but families and all ages are welcome.

    Game Day invites participants to try a new game or bring one to share with others. Games are provided by the library to play in the building. The selection includes Clue, Monopoly, Cranium, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Pandemic, Munchkin, Monopoly, Jeopardy, Uno, and many others.

    Wednesday afternoon movies will mainly feature documentaries. Movies goers are invited to bring blankets, pillows or whatever they need to be comfortable as well as their own snacks.

  • Time to renew dog licenses

    posted on: 1/6/2020

    Dog licenses for 2020 are now available. All dogs must be licensed by April 30 to avoid a late fee. The cost for a male or female dog is $10, a neutered male or spayed female dog is $7.50 and puppies (3-7 months) are $7.50 for first licensing.

    Residents 65 years of age or older may license one dog for $3. Additional licenses require regular fees.

    The City Clerk's office requires proof of rabies information and a certificate of spaying or neutering.

    Late fees of $1 a month begin June 1.

    Dog licenses can be renewed at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, by mail or online.

  • Additional streets included in winter-long parking ban

    posted on: 1/3/2020

    Due to safety concerns during the winter months, several city streets are subject to an parking ban on one side of the street from December 1 to April 1. As of today, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the request of Community Services Director John Storer, Police Chief William Breault has added the following streets to the winter-long ban, in accordance with Chapter 166 of the City of Dover's ordinances:

    -- West Concord Street, no parking on the northerly side (odd numbered)
    -- Richmond Street, no parking on the westerly side (odd numbered)

    The parking restrictions during the winter months on these additional streets are the result of concerns by residents about the ability of emergency vehicles to access the streets. In addition, these restrictions help keep the roads accessible during snow removal operations.

    During a declared citywide parking ban, both sides of these streets are restricted.

  • Parking, traffic restrictions in place January 6 and 7 for utility work

    posted on: 1/2/2020

    On Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7, an Eversource contractor will continue work to pull underground cable through recently installed conduit between the Cochecho Mill Courtyard and First Street. While this work continues, parking will be restricted in four on-street spaces on Central Avenue in front of the courtyard.

    In addition, traffic on Central Avenue will be restricted to one lane in the area of the work.

    This work will be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The affected parking spaces will be available at the conclusion of each day's work.

    Eversource's downtown utility work includes improving the reliability of the electric utility downtown. The work is in response to power disruptions earlier this year and follow-up meetings between Eversource and downtown merchants.

  • School District announces budget schedule

    posted on: 1/1/2020

    The Dover School District recently announced its anticipated 2020-2021 school budget timeline with a presentation to the School Board of the proposed outline of spending by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William Harbron.

    The School Board will conduct weekly presentations starting in January to work through and adopt a final budget which will be presented to the Dover City Council in April. Citizens are encouraged to get involved, stay informed, and be engaged in the process. The fiscal year 2021 budget schedule is as follows:

  • Some Pinard routes running late today

    posted on: 12/31/2019

    Some trash and recycling pick-ups are behind schedule today, Tuesday, Dec. 31, according to Pinard Waste Systems. Trash and recycling collection will continue into the evening.

    If Pinard is unable to complete all scheduled Tuesday routes by tonight, these routes will be completed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Only routes not completed today will be collected Wednesday, the New Year's Day holiday.

    As of this afternoon, trash and recycling have not yet been pick up on Portland Avenue, Oak Street, Gulf Road and all adjoining streets.

    As a reminder, trash and recycling will be delayed by one day this week beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 due to the holiday.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 12/29/2019; updated: 12/31/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 and will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year's Day. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

    The Public Library will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Dover Arena will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Arena will open at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day.

    The Indoor Pool will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The McConnell Center Recreation facilities will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Dover Community Senior Center will be closed on New Year's Day.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road will close at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 30, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

  • Pinard unable to complete some trash and recycling routes Monday

    posted on: 12/30/2019; updated: 12/31/2019

    Pinard Waste Systems was unable to complete trash and recycling routes on Monday, Dec. 30 for the following streets: Hough Street and adjacent streets, Abbey Sawyer Memorial Highway, Bartlett Street, Long Hill Road, Varney Road and Blackwater Road.

    Pinard Waste Systems was unable to complete trash pick-up Monday for the following streets: Old Rochester Road and adjacent streets, and New Rochester Road and adjacent streets.

    Pinard will complete these trash and recycling pick-ups on Tuesday, Dec. 31. 

    As a reminder, trash and recycling will be delayed by one day this week beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 due to the holiday.

  • Warming centers open

    posted on: 12/30/2019; updated: 12/31/2019

    Warming centers throughout the City are open to those seeking relief from the cold. Several City of Dover public facilities are available as warming centers. Dover's warming centers include the McConnell Center, the Public Library and City Hall. These specific public buildings are accessible and welcome those seeking relief from the cold during regular business hours.

    Warming centers in Dover are also available and accessible anytime at the City's Police Station, located downtown on Chestnut Street, and the City's three fire stations. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road.

  • Dover Chamber announces annual award winners

    posted on: 12/24/2019

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce this week announced the winners of its annual awards, which will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Gala on Jan. 17 at the Rivermill at Dover Landing. The award recipients are as follows:

    Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by First Seacoast Bank, is Paula Daley DePlanche, vice president and partner with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A. DePlanche is a past board member and treasurer of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and she is the current chair of the Leadership Board for the American Lung Association, Northeast Region.

    Educator of the Year, sponsored by Cognia, is Jeff Leaf, who teaches music and drama at Dover Middle School.

    Small Nonprofit of the Year, sponsored by Newburyport Bank, is Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity, which works to strengthen families and communities through affordable homeownership opportunities.

    Large Nonprofit of the Year, sponsored by Tufts Health Freedom Plan, is Cornerstone Visiting Nurses Association, which seeks to provide trusted, compassionate and expert health care to the community.

    Business of the Year, sponsored by Cambridge Trust, is Calling All Cargo, a veteran-owned business that provides relocation services across the country.

    Citizen of the Year, sponsored by D.F. Richard, is Michael Steinberg, chief executive officer of Relyco. Steinberg is involved in numerous local organizations including Dover Children’s Home, Dover Police Charities, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and the Woodman Museum. He is also one of the founders of the City’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration event.

  • Dover Transportation Center to close during construction

    posted on: 12/22/2019; updated: 12/25/2019

    The Dover Transportation Center will close for about two months beginning Thursday, Dec. 26 during the construction of a new delicatessen.

    The City is looking forward to a regular tenant at the Transportation Center, which will allow the facility to remain open for additional hours and better serve the community.

    Before this work, volunteers from Train Riders Northeast have greeted train and bus riders and maintained the building. The City looks forward to a continued partnership with Train Riders Northeast.

    Train and bus schedules will not be affected by the Transportation Center's temporary closure. The City thanks the public for their patience while the Transportation Center building is closed.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for City offices

    posted on: 12/22/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. In addition, City administrative offices will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, Dec. 26.

    The Public Library will close at noon on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

    The Dover Ice Arena will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

    The McConnell Center Recreation facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

    The Dover Community Senior Center will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

    The Dover Indoor Pool will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day the week of Dec. 25, 2019, beginning on Wednesday. There is no pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

  • City warming centers remain open

    posted on: 12/18/2019; updated: 12/22/2019

    City of Dover warming centers will remain open as temperatures rise this week, possibly climbing to the high 40s on Monday, Dec. 23. According the National Weather Service, today's high is expected to reach 40 degrees, dipping to a low of 26 degrees tonight. Monday's high temperature is expected to reach 49 degrees. The low temperature Monday evening will be around 26 degrees.

    The City of Dover's public facilities continue to serve as warming centers, including the McConnell Center, the Public Library and City Hall. These public buildings are accessible to all seeking relief from the cold during regular business hours. Warming centers in Dover are also available and accessible anytime at the City's Police Station, located downtown on Chestnut Street, and the City's three fire stations. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road.

    The temporary warming center at St. George's Maronite Church will not open this evening. The church's assembly hall had opened as an overnight warming center Friday night and Saturday night.

    When extreme cold weather is forecast, additional emergency, overflow warming centers will be activated, including the Strafford County's Extreme Cold Weather Shelter, located at 276 County Farm Road in Dover.

  • Dover Fire Toy Bank seeking donations

    posted on: 12/1/2019; updated: 12/17/2019

    The leaves have fallen, the weather is much colder, the days are getting shorter and that means the 2019 Dover Fire Toy Bank has started planning for their annual toy bank.

    The Dover Fire Toy Bank has been coordinated by current and retired members of the Dover Fire & Rescue for more than 40 years. The Toy Bank started out all those years ago helping a dozen families in the city, it has now grown to helping over 350 families. While Christmas typically conjures up visions of Santa and toys, the Toy Bank also provides educational aids, warm clothing, and boots to many children in Dover.

    Games and toys are fun; but this year as in the recent past, the Dover Toy Bank is also anticipating an increased need for the fundamentals for many Dover families.

    The Dover community - area businesses, seniors, families, school groups, civic groups and others have been very supportive and generous in the past. Donations of toys, games, clothing, personal hygiene items, gift certificates, and monetary donations have enabled us to help those less fortunate. The Toy Bank would not be successful without continued help from the community.

  • Dover Youth to Youth offering tours of Santa's Castle

    posted on: 12/4/2019; updated: 12/16/2019

    Dover Youth to Youth is hosting its annual Santa's Castle at the McConnell Center in downtown Dover on the two weekends before Christmas. Each night children and their families will be able to tour several rooms in Santa's Castle and meet Santa and many of his elves and other costumed characters.

    During the first weekend the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Over the second weekend the Castle will be open on Friday, Dec. 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During the tour, students from Youth to Youth will guide visitors through Rudolph's stable, Mrs. Claus's Kitchen and other parts of the Castle. Along the tour children may choose to take part in a variety activities, including such things as decorating a cookie in Mrs. Claus' kitchen, writing a letter to Santa, or making "reindeer food" in the stable.

  • Portion of Portland Avenue closed today

    posted on: 12/16/2019

    Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 16, Portland Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Cochecho Street and Chapel Street to allow the Community Services Department to perform road work.

    Outbound traffic will be diverted onto Cochecho Street, toward Atlantic Avenue or Oak Street. Inbound traffic will be diverted onto Chapel Street and Broadway.

    Local traffic to businesses at 44 Portland Avenue will be permitted from either direction.

  • Upcoming sessions an opportunity for community to help homeless population

    posted on: 12/7/2019; updated: 12/13/2019

    The Integrated Delivery Network of Strafford County will hold four training sessions for volunteers interested in working with the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Emergency Shelter. Each session is the same and volunteers are required to attend one of these sessions if interested in volunteering at the shelter, when activated.

    These training sessions are also strongly encouraged for anyone interested in supporting city, town or other local agency shelter efforts, as well as those interested in helping address homelessness in Strafford County. These sessions and volunteering at the shelter are opportunities for communities and residents to band together and directly contribute to the ongoing work to address the needs of the homeless population in Strafford County.

    The dates and locations of the sessions are as follows:

  • Public input sessions coming up for Police Department review

    posted on: 12/2/2019; updated: 12/9/2019

    Chief William M. Breault announces there will be two opportunities for the public to provide input about the Dover Police Department during the upcoming re-accreditation process.

    The Dover Police Department has been internationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, also known as CALEA, since 1988 and was the first police department in New Hampshire to achieve accreditation. Since then, CALEA has periodically conducted reassessments and the Dover Police Department has been successfully re-accredited each time.

    On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, CALEA will visit Dover to assess the Dover Police Department for the 10th time. This site-based assessment occurs every four years and will be conducted over the course of three days. Part of this assessment will include two opportunities for the public to provide input to the assessment team. The input can be provided through a telephone call-in session or at a public hearing.

    The call-in session will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The phone number for this session is (603) 516-7752. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the training room at the Dover Police Department, 46 Chestnut St.

  • City now accepting Community Development Block Grant applications

    posted on: 11/20/2019; updated: 12/2/2019

    The City of Dover Department of Planning and Community Development is now accepting applications from public service agencies, qualified individuals and eligible organizations for grants from the fiscal year 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The fiscal year spans July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

    Applications are available online at www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/planning/community-development/ and at the Planning Department. The application submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the Department of Planning and Community Development, 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820-4169.

    CDBG workshops to provide an overview of the CDBG Program and specific application requirements will be held in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

    Due to this week's weather, two additional sessions have been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall, and Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

    Applicants are encouraged but not required to attend.

    The City of Dover may reject incomplete or late applications.

    Eligible CDBG activities include, but are not limited to acquisition of property, development or improvement of public facilities, clearance or demolition, public services, and special economic development activities.

  • Dover Hometown Holiday Party is Dec. 7

    posted on: 11/30/2019

    Downtown Dover comes alive with the fourth annual Hometown Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 2 to 7 p.m. Celebrate the Christmas season with ice sculptures, hot cocoa, crafts, Santa Stroll, caroling in the streets, and more.

    Sponsored by First Seacoast Bank, the Hometown Holiday Party is packed with holiday fun for people of all ages.

    For more information, visit Dover Main Street at dovermainstreet.org.

  • Upcoming holiday hours for City offices

    posted on: 11/25/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday Nov. 29, 2019, for Thanksgiving.

    In addition, city administrative offices will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

    The Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 29. The Public Library will also be closed on Sunday, Dec. 1, for the annual Holiday Parade.

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road and all Recreation facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

    The Dover Community Senior Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 29.

    Inspection Services, located at the North End Fire Station, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 29.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day on Thursday and Friday only.

    Downtown parking is free on Friday, part of the the Plaid Friday initiative to encourage shopping local.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place for Thanksgiving Day race

    posted on: 11/25/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Dover Turkey Trot 5K run/walk event, organized by and benefiting the Garrison Elementary School PTA. This is the final race of the 2019 Dover Race Series.

    On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., Shaws Lane will be closed in both directions between Garrison Road and Tideview Drive, for a period of approximately 15 minutes to accommodate the start of the race (8:20 to 8:35 a.m.). Garrison Road will be closed in the westerly direction at Morningside Drive from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with traffic diverted through the Morningside neighborhood.

    Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., motorists should expect additional delays in the following locations:

  • State DRA sets Dover tax rate

    posted on: 11/19/2019; updated: 11/22/2019

    The City of Dover's property tax rate for fiscal year 2020 (tax year 2019) has been calculated by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) and certified on Nov. 18, 2019, at $25.19 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

    According to City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., the late adoption of the state budget delayed the certification of the tax rate by the DRA.

    Tax bills have been mailed to all property owners and are expected to arrive by Wednesday, Nov. 27, according to the City's Finance Department. The first half of the tax bill is due Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, and the second half is due by Monday, June 1, 2020.

    The tax rate set by the DRA represents an increase of 27 cents, or a 1.1 percent increase over the prior year.

  • City to conduct fall sign clean-up

    posted on: 11/18/2019

    The City of Dover’s Department of Planning and Community Development announces it will conduct a clean-up of off-premise signs, including those placed on trees and utility poles or within the right-of-way without permission.

    In Dover, temporary signs are permitted only in selected commercial zoning districts and must meet dimensional and liability requirements. With a few exceptions, temporary signs that are not located on the owner’s property (also known as “off-premise” signs) are prohibited throughout Dover. Sign clean-ups are conducted in order to remove signs placed without permission, such as those often found attached to roadside trees and utility poles, or on the ground along roadsides. These signs can cause a safety hazard for motorists and pedestrians or create a visual blight that is unsightly for residents and visitors.

    Assistant City Manager Chris Parker explains that another goal of the clean-up is to support those organizations with legal signage.

    “Dover’s sign regulations were created to balance the need for identification, advertising, and communication with the need to protect safety and welfare and maintain an attractive appearance throughout the City,” Parker said. “Removing illegal signs helps to ensure that those who’ve followed these regulations know that their efforts to obtain permits are meaningful.”

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 6

    posted on: 11/15/2019

    The 34th annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Henry Law Park will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.

    Nancy Gurick will lead attendees in singing popular Christmas songs around the tree.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend this family tradition, held each holiday season, and to bring a weather-appropriate ornament to hang on the tree. After the ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance and speak with the children.

    Please dress warm and join in for some caroling around the tree.

  • Dover400 debuts first in series of commemorative ornaments

    posted on: 11/14/2019

    Dover 400 ornamentDover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently debuted its first of five holiday ornaments in celebration of Dover’s 400th birthday. Produced by Hampshire Pewter, the series is limited to only 200 pieces.

    Unveiled during Apple Harvest Day, the souvenir showcases Dover’s beloved landmark, the Damm Garrison House. Each year leading up to 2023, a new ornament will be released featuring a distinguished piece of Dover history and culture.

    Ornaments can be purchased for $20 at the Dover Public Library or the City Clerk’s Office. Or simply send $28 and the ornament will be shipped directly to you. Make checks payable to the City of Dover NH with Dover400 in the memo. Send to Cathy Beaudoin, c/o Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover, NH 03820.

  • Spur Road reconstruction expected to begin this month

    posted on: 11/8/2019; updated: 11/13/2019

    The reconstruction of Spur Road, including drainage work and the installation of a section of water main from Finch Lane to New Bellamy Road, is expected to begin later this month with the replacement of the drainage system. Trenches from this work will be patched for the winter months. Construction of the water main will begin in the spring of 2020.

    A neighborhood meeting to review the project will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall auditorium. All residents are encouraged to attend this meeting to meet the contractor and City staff who will be working on the project. The City has hired D&C Construction to complete the project.

    A description of the proposed work and construction process will be given during the neighborhood meeting, followed by time for residents to ask questions of the contractor and City officials. There will be a review of the anticipated construction timeline and discussion of expected temporary impacts.

  • Fifth Street closed to traffic Nov. 13

    posted on: 11/12/2019

    Fifth Street will be closed to through traffic between Grove and Chestnut streets on Wednesday, Nov. 13., from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The closure is necessary to allow a contractor to excavate and install a water line in the area of 20 Fifth Street.

    On-street parking in the immediate area will also be restricted on Wednesday, where posted.

  • Cochecho Street closed to traffic Monday and Tuesday

    posted on: 11/10/2019

    Cochecho Street will be closed to traffic on Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The road closure is necessary for ongoing excavation and utility work. The project contractor is SJ Cantwell.

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

  • Veterans Day ceremony is Monday, Nov. 11

    posted on: 11/8/2019

    A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 11 a.m., at the City Hall auditorium.

    The ceremony will include an invocation, Taps, posting of colors, and the national anthem. There will be remarks by City officials, including Mayor Karen Weston, veterans and guest speakers.

    The master of ceremonies is Davide Wiggin, Dover commander of the Disabled American Veterans.

  • City offices closed for Veterans Day

    posted on: 11/8/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, for Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is also closed on Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling are not affected by the holiday and will follow a regular schedule.

  • Downtown utility work postponed to Nov. 12

    posted on: 11/7/2019

    Downtown utility work by both Unitil and Eversource has been postponed until next Tuesday, Nov. 12. There will be no work activity or parking restrictions downtown on Friday, Nov. 8 or on Monday, Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    Beginning Tuesday, work will continue on First Street and will result in on-street parking restrictions near Central Avenue between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and may also result in intermittent closures of First Street. Local traffic for First Street may access the road from the Chestnut Street end.

    Also beginning Wednesday next week, work will continue on Chapel Street between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. which will result in on-street parking restrictions between Main Street and the Janetos Plaza driveway, and a closure of Chapel Street at Main Street. While the street is closed, a detour will be in place via Broadway and Saint John Street. Parking restrictions will be posted in advance, and those who have parking permits for Chapel Street may park on Saint John Street or anywhere else on Chapel that is not posted.

    Unitil is installing a gas main from Chapel Street to First Street.

    Eversource is improving the reliability of the electric utility downtown. The work is in response to power disruptions earlier this year and follow-up meetings between Eversource and downtown merchants.

  • Dover High School to host 8th Grade Information Night

    posted on: 11/3/2019

    Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center (DHS/CTC) will host its annual 8th Grade Information Night on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dover High School. The school is located at 25 Alumni Drive.

    Students and families will hear a brief overview of programs and offerings and have an opportunity to meet administrators, instructors, counselors, staff, and students. Guests are invited to tour the brand-new building outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities to meet demands of 21st-century education. In the town square, gymnasium, and learning commons attendees will find displays highlighting academic and career technical programs, extracurricular activities, and student organizations designed to enhance student engagement and connection.

  • Night utility work to affect downtown traffic and parking beginning Nov. 3

    posted on: 10/30/2019

    On Sunday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m., work is tentatively scheduled to begin to install a gas main from Chapel Street to First Street. This work is expected to continue from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each evening, Sunday through Thursday, for approximately two to three weeks.

    As the work progresses, traffic will be reduced to one lane on either a portion of Main Street northbound or on Central Avenue southbound. Initially, this work will require the temporary, complete closure of Chapel Street at Main Street, and the Franklin Plaza loop. Detours will be in effect to facilitate reverse direction traffic. The Janetos Plaza will remain accessible from all driveways except the southbound, left turn at the mouth of Chapel Street.

    Additionally, parking will be prohibited in the westerly spaces along Central Avenue, from Second to Third streets, for the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. only.

    Once the work on Main Street and Central Avenue is complete, additional parking restrictions will be in place along the first block of First Street and the first 100 feet of Chapel Street.

  • City seeks election workers

    posted on: 10/27/2019

    The City Clerk's Office is seeking election officers to help staff Dover's polling places during the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

    The City Clerk's office provides training to all election workers. These are paid positions. Election workers must be at least 18 years old and a Dover resident.

    Election officers assist with a variety of duties on election day, including aiding voters, maintaining order, opening and closing the polls, and processing the vote counts.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018 or email City Clerk Susan Mistretta at s.mistretta@dover.nh.gov.

  • River Street to remain closed through Oct. 29

    posted on: 10/26/2019

    River Street will remain closed to all traffic on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Oct. 29 while crews excavate the area to install a gas main. The gas main will cross the Makem Bridge and Cochecho River, connecting River Street with Washington Street.

    While the work is ongoing River Street will be closed completely, between Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue.

    Parking permit holders who need access to the River Street parking areas can do so via the Washington Street side, through the construction zone. Traffic control personnel are on site to help manage traffic.