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 2019 – 2024 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 2019 – 2024 (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 $870,000 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.

Public Transit Bus Shelters
Providing bus shelters to protect from the weather and provide a place to sit could create a more attractive  environment and increase use of the public transit system. 

A review of existing bus routes (COAST and Wildcat Transit), stop locations (with and without shelters), bus ridership data, adjacent land uses, and roadway geometry resulted in a list of locations where the placement at new bus shelters would have a high return on investment.

This project costs $25,000 and the shelters are eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding, where they improve ADA accessibility.

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 2008 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 2008 ambulance will have over 120,000 miles on the engine and will need to be replaced.

This $240,000 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 2004 forestry vehicle 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.

Front Line Vehicle Corrosion Repair:
This project will fix corrosion on the Squad vehicle which carries the “Jaws of Life” and other technical rescue
equipment, in 2019. With this fix, the service life of this vehicle is projected to be extended until approximately
2027/2028 (30 years) and when its mileage reaches a projected 63,000 miles. If not funded, the service life is
expected to end around 2023 at the 26 year mark. Full replacement of this vehicle is approximately
$350,000 today.

This $47,500 project is funded through the Capital Reserve fund in the Fire and Rescue category.

Replacement of Protective Gear:
Bunker gear is the head-to-toe firefighter gear which provides protection for our personnel during all type of
emergencies. 

This protective gear allows firefighters to enter untenable atmospheres and fire situations to rescue victims. This gear is used on a regular basis and is essential to emergency response.

The expected life of the type of gear is 6 years. If replaced as outlined, these units would be over 10 years
old.

This $149,500 project 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 21 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 $2,001,482 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 $108,160 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/Traffic Calming
This project will fund an annual replacement and upgrading of 33 traffic signal equipment on a rotating
citywide basis. 

It will also add traffic calming and safety. This ongoing maintenance will reduce the need for the City to undertake citywide retiming and equipment projects.

The cost for this project is $90,000 .It is funded through the operating budget. 

Elm/SummerBelknap Road Reconstruction:
This project will include the design for drainage, sidewalks and street reconstruction. The design of this project
will take into account elements, as outlined in the City’s Complete Streets/Traffic Calming policy.

The cost for this project is $2,700,000. It is funded through debt financing.

Chestnut and Washington Street Intersection Reconstruction:
This project will work with the proposed redevelopment of 104-124 Washington Street. Through that redevelopment the City will receive Right of Way to improve the intersection and widen Washington Street.

The cost for this project is $600,000. It is funded through debt financing with a contribution from the developer, of $311,000.

Central Falls Dam Repairs
This project will repair the 40 year old retaining wall adjacent to the Central Falls dam and the Fish ladder
located off Central Avenue downtown

The cost of the projects total $1,1100,000 and will be debt financed. Of that cost, abutting property owners and other responsible parties will participate in the repairs.

Community Trail Phase IV
This work will bring the trail along Central Avenue/ Durham Road to Daley Drive, constructing trail heads
and trails running parallel to the Bellamy River over land of the Dover Middle and High Schools connecting
to Bellamy Road. From here, users will be able to connect through Bellamy Park to trails parallel to the Bellamy
River, along property fronting on NH Route 155.

This $400,000 project will recieve $320,000 in grant funding from NHDOT.

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. 

The cost of this project is $112,500, and is funded through the operating budget.

Bus Replacement:
The Recreation Department provides a variety of programs and services that require the use of a 15 passenger bus. The current bus is a 2002 unit that was donated by McIntosh College when it closed.

This bus primarily serves the Senior Center Day Trip program but is also used as a heating/cooling support unit for the Fire Department, Emergency Transportation for EOC related events, Teen Center/Youth to Youth programs, City Department training transportation, Economic Development tours as well as support for other administrative tours and orientation events.

This $60,000 project is funded through Capital Reserve funds and the operating budget.

Indoor Pool Heating System Renovation and Upgrades:
There are currently 4 separate Natural Gas fired hot water boilers that feed a distribution system of pumps and
heat exchanges. They feed the Indoor Pool building, the pool water heating and domestic hot water. This system dates back 20 years and was part of a larger electric and heat co-generation system that is no longer in operation.

The current system is in fair to poor condition and requires many hours of repair annually. This whole system needs to be upgraded or replaced in the very near future to avoid a serious failure along with the removal of the Cogen system.

This $240,000 project is funded through Capital Reserve funds.

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 $114,152 and is funded through the operating budget, as well as the Fund Balance of Library Fines.  

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 $50,000, $115,000, $50,000, $20,000 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 $100,000, 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 $125,000 and is funded by the operating budget.

Furniture Replacement:
Replacement of districtwide furniture in all school buildings due to damage and end of useful life.

The cost of this project is $25,000, and is funded through 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 $140,000, and is funded through the operating budget and capital reserves

Alternative School Roof Replacement:
This project will entail removing and replacing approximately 8,500 SF of an existing white TPO roof installed in 2002 (warranty expired 2011).

The cost of this project is $115,000, and is funded through the Capital Reserve

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 $1.2M project will be debt financed.

Comprehensive Facilities/Space Needs Study:
To develop long-term facilities needs and usage plan, the District will contract a consultant to conduct a comprehensive facilities space/needs study. The study will be inclusive, but not limited to demographics, population, and functional use of educational facilities for future use. It is expected to have a projection of city growth and impact on schools; recommendations for building modifications, additions, and possible new facilities. In addition, independent evaluation of shifting attendance areas and/or modification in grade alignments for the current schools.

The cost of this project is $50,000, and is funded through the operating budget

Special Revenue

Building Access Control Systems & CCTV Systems
To install electronic keycard and CCTV systems in all larger municipal facilities. To standardize on keycard and CCTV systems. This extends Access Control and Security Systems technology currently employed at the
Dover Police Station.

The cost for this project is $105,000 and is funded through the DoverNet.

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 $50,000 and is funded through the operating budget.

Athletic Improvements
Special revenue funds will be used in conjunction with capital reserve funds to fund improvements of current and future athletic projects and programming needs, such as:

  • Fields, track and related equipment
  • Tennis courts
  • Score Boards
  • Lighting
  • Storage Facilities
  • Bleachers

The cost for this project is $30,000 and is funded through the operating budget.

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 Main 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 $100,000 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 $1,000,000 and is funded through the water fund operating budget and capital reserve.

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 Main Replacement Elm Street
This project will design the replacement of an existing four and six inch cast iron pipe to eight inch ductile iron.
Existing pipe was installed in the late 1800’s and should be replaced before road reconstrucution.

This $1,100,000 project 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.

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.

Pump Station Replacement Varney Brook
This project will update the Varney Brook pump station, the city’s third largest pump station. The plant had to be shut down and flow had to be bypassed due to equipment failure. The station handles all flows from the southern end of the city and pumps directly to the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The cost of this project is $2,000,000 and is funded through sewer fund Debt Service.

Pump Station Replacement Cochecho
This project will design and upgrade the Cochecho Pump Station which was built in 1977. Upgrade to include
Gorman Rupp equipment, replacement of force main, rebuild of the retaining wall along Portland Avenue,
and add sidewalks to the station.

The cost of this project is $1,650,000 and is funded through sewer fund Debt Service.