Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Dover Memorial Day ceremony is May 28

    posted on: 5/22/2018

    Memorial Day services in Dover will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 6 p.m., at Pine Hill Cemetery.

    The ceremony will include guest speakers, the playing of Taps, placing of the wreath, massing of the colors by the Naval Junior ROTC, an invocation and closing prayer. Mayor Karen Weston will give opening remarks.

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

    The ceremony is organized by the Dover Veterans Council and is held rain or shine.

  • Placement of flowers at Pine Hill Cemetery

    posted on: 5/21/2018

    Flowers may be placed on lots at Pine Hill Cemetery seven days before May 30 and must be removed no later than seven days after May 30, 2018. No flowers may be planted in the ground. No glass or breakable containers will be permitted on the lot. Only lots that have monuments with extended bases or cement pads on the side of the monument will be allowed to display flowers after June 6.

    Items that do not conform with the above rules and regulations (such as solar lights, remembrance lights, wooden signs, shepherds hooks and personal items) will be removed and disposed of by the Cemetery Department.

  • Developer to update abutters on Third Street development

    posted on: 5/21/2018

    The developer of the Third Street Parking Lot will hold a meeting to update abutters and interested parties at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

    The meeting will be held in the Second Floor Conference room at City Hall. The conference room is adjacent to the Finance Department offices.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place Sunday for road race

    posted on: 5/17/2018

    On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10 a.m., the Spirit of Recovery 5K Run/Walk event will be held at Liberty Mutual on Liberty Way. This event is part of the Dover Race Series.

    Between 10 and 10:15 a.m., Sixth Street will be closed in both directions to accommodate the early portion of the race course, between the Indian Brook Drive and Liberty Way intersection and the Education Way and Venture Drive intersection.

    Motorists should expect lane shifts and brief delays on Sixth Street between 10 and 11 a.m. Dover Police officers will be on hand to help control the flow of traffic. Parking for the event will be at Liberty Mutual, 100 Liberty Way. The course follows an out-and-back route utilizing Liberty Way, Sixth Street, and Education Way (Measured Progress).

  • Arbor Day Foundation names Dover Tree City USA

    posted on: 5/17/2018

    Dover was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    Dover achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

    "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

  • High School JBC to hold public session on turf field

    posted on: 5/13/2018

    The Dover High School and Regional CTC Joint Building Committee will hold an informational session on the turf field proposed for the new high school.

    The discussion, which is open to the public and includes an opportunity for residents to speak, will occur during the regular meeting of the JBC, which begins at 4:30 in Room 306 at the McConnell Center. Discussion on the turf field is expected to begin about 5:45 p.m.

    The meeting agenda can be viewed here.

  • Electric vehicle charging stations now open at the Orchard Street Parking Garage

    posted on: 5/11/2018

    Chairman of the City of Dover Parking Commission, Charles D. Reynolds, is pleased to announce the opening of parking spaces dedicated for electric vehicle charging in the Orchard Street Parking Garage.

    Through a grant from Telsa, Inc., the City received four wall-mount units at no cost, as well as $4,000 towards installation. The Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) wall units are on the second floor in the northeast corner of the garage, just above the interior entrance to the Police Station. Two wall units are dedicated Tesla units and two are universal stations available to any non-Tesla plug-in electric vehicle. The four units will be shared among three parking spaces to allow for several combinations for universal and Tesla vehicles.

  • Road closures in place Sunday for road race

    posted on: 5/11/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures for the 10th annual Moms on the Run Mother’s Day 5K event, which is part of the Dover Race Series.

    On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9 a.m., the following road closures will be in effect:

  • Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman at Dover Public Library on May 15

    posted on: 5/7/2018

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library are once again pleased to host actor and stage performer Stephen Collins on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Lecture Hall. His one-man show, “Unlaunch’d Voices: an Evening with Walt Whitman” opens as the elderly Whitman celebrates his 70th birthday. He begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He recalls a mystical experience in his 37th year that inspired him to write poetry.

  • Fake news: What is the real story?

    posted on: 5/7/2018

    On Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Dover Public Library will host a nonpartisan discussion with White House press veteran Randall Mikkelsen presenting his program “Fake News: What is the real story”?

    The wave of ‘fake news’ that flooded Facebook and other social media during 2016’s election campaign was a wake-up call. Big changes have overtaken the way we get news in the United States, and how it is produced. These changes have given us the opportunity to be better informed. They also require us to be more careful consumers, so we can recognize distortion, propaganda and outright lies.

  • Central Avenue, Main Street parking restrictions in place tonight

    posted on: 5/5/2018; updated: 5/7/2018

    The following streets will be posted for no overnight parking tonight, Monday, May 7, into Tuesday morning, May 8, while Community Services crews paint parking stalls, weather permitting:

  • Drainage work to close northern entrance to Shaw's Plaza

    posted on: 5/3/2018

    The northern entrance of Shaw's Plaza, directly across from Morin Street, will be closed to all traffic on Friday, May 4, 2018, for drainage work. Traffic will be diverted to the south entrance of the plaza.

    Friday's work is expected to conclude by 4 p.m.

    The entrance will be closed again next week, Monday through Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, for additional drainage work.

  • Road closures and parking restrictions in place for Saturday road race

    posted on: 5/3/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual 5K Run/Walk event.

    On Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 9 a.m., the following downtown streets will be closed briefly to all traffic. These closures should last about 10 to 15 minutes:

  • Crews to begin citywide hydrant flushing May 6

    posted on: 4/30/2018

    The Community Services Utilities Division will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the City on Sunday, May 6, 2018. This phase of hydrant flushing will occur on dead-end streets and is expected to take one week.

    Crews will work at night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    Hydrant flushing is essential to maintain water quality and allow adequate fire flows throughout the distribution system. No disruption of water service is expected. Residents may notice some discoloration of the water. This is temporary and does not pose any threat to public health.

  • Tax bills in the mail

    posted on: 4/28/2018

    The City Clerk and Tax Collector's Office have mailed tax bills to all property owners. 

    The current bill, which is the second half billing of the annual tax levy bill, is due by Friday, June 1, 2018.

    The City of Dover's property tax rate for fiscal year 2018, as calculated by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, is $25.87 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

    For more information, contact the City Clerk and Tax Collector's Office at 516-6018.

  • Road work to close portion of Central Avenue Sunday evening

    posted on: 4/25/2018

    Sargent Corporation, the City’s general contractor for the Keating Avenue and Birchwood Place neighborhood reconstruction project, will perform additional road work on Central Avenue. This work will again require the complete closure of Central Avenue (NH Route 108) at the Birchwood Place intersection. The closure will occur overnight between 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 and 5 a.m. on Monday, April 30.

    The work zone will be just north of the Exit 7N and Locust Street intersections.

    Through traffic in both directions will be diverted toward Locust Street. Silver Street will be the primary detour route, with Trakey Street also available to non-commercial vehicles as a shorter detour. Dover Police and civilian traffic control personnel will be on hand to help manage the traffic diversion.

  • Road closures, parking restrictions in place April 29 for 5K

    posted on: 4/25/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Tails to Trails Dog Walk and 5K Run event, benefitting the Cochecho Valley Humane Society.

    On Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 11 a.m., the following street closures will be in effect, in the direction and during the times noted below:

  • Central Avenue paving work to restrict parking beginning Monday

    posted on: 4/20/2018

    Parking on the easterly side of Central Avenue, from 263 Central Ave. to Washington Street, will be posted as no parking from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, April 23, 2018.

    The parking restriction is in place for paving work by the gas utility company. As paving is completed, parking restrictions will be lifted. All paving operations are expected to be complete by Wednesday afternoon, April 25.

    All other parking areas are unaffected.

  • Dover Planning Board to review proposed changes to land use code

    posted on: 4/20/2018

    The City of Dover Department of Planning and Community Development is pleased to announce the Planning Board will review proposed amendments to the land use code on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Planning staff drafted the proposed changes in February and March, based on Planning Board recommendations in January.

    Christopher Parker, AICP, Assistant City Manager, said this round of reviews is part of an ongoing process.

    “In 2009, we reviewed the Code for the first time in four years, and realized that it didn’t need to be that way,” Parker said. “We believe that our regulations should be dynamic and reflect the community. In order to meet that goal we need to look at the regulations on a constant basis.”

  • Spring street sweeping begins April 23

    posted on: 4/12/2018; updated: 4/13/2018

    City of Dover Community Services crews will begin spring street sweeping on Monday, April 23. Street sweeping operations begin at 3:30 a.m. and continue for two consecutive eight-hour shifts throughout the day.

    Work is expected to be complete prior to the end of June.

    Downtown street sweeping operations, which have been underway for several weeks, will wrap up on Friday, April 13, beginning at 3 a.m.

  • Third Street lot to close April 16

    posted on: 4/12/2018

    The Third Street parking lot will close on Monday, April 16 as construction begins on new residences and commercial space. Public parking along the railroad tracks is expected to reopen in December.

    All other nearby parking lots and on-street parking spaces will remain open, including the Transportation Center lot and the Chestnut Street lot.

  • Dover Coalition for Youth: We all play a part in preventing underage drinking

    posted on: 4/9/2018

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month and also happens to be when Dover High School is celebrating their prom. The Dover Coalition for Youth would like to use this as a reminder that everyone in our community plays a part in preventing underage drinking.

    Last week the Dover Police Department and the NH Liquor Commission conducted compliance checks with off-premise liquor licenses (stores where you purchase alcohol and consume it off site) to ensure they are not selling to minors. Twenty-two of the 27 stores checked refused to sell to minors. We want to thank those businesses for sending a strong message to Dover’s youth by refusing to sell to minors.

  • Dover Art Walk steps off Friday

    posted on: 4/5/2018

    The Dover Art Walk for April is this Friday, April 6, 2018, from 4-8 p.m.

    Start at the Washington Street Mill and then visit the downtown stops for a variety of local art on display. Some artists will be on site to discuss their work and provide demos. See the map here.

    End at the Falls by 8 p.m. to redeem your entry into a raffle with fully stamped maps.

  • Traffic restrictions, road closures in place for Sunday's race

    posted on: 4/5/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures for the 37th annual Reds Shoe Barn “Race for a Better Community” event.

    The event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in front of Dover City Hall. Both courses end at Henry Law Park.

    The following road closures will be in effect between 9:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday:

  • New traffic restrictions begin for Robbins block demolition

    posted on: 3/31/2018

    As the demolition of the Robbins block on Washington Street continues, new traffic restrictions begin April 2.

    On Monday, April 2, demolition of the portion of the building nearest Washington Street will begin ramp up. As the walls of certain sections of the structure become relatively unstable during the demolition process, safety clearance zones around the structure are required. The width of the clearance zone is based in part on the height of the structure. To accommodate the work, the following additional traffic restrictions are required:

  • Waterfront Committee appoints new member, reappoints four more

    posted on: 3/30/2018

    The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC) recently made some changes to the committee's membership.

    CWDAC welcomed newly appointed member Samia Touma. The Dover Housing Authority Commissioners appointed Touma on Jan. 23 to take the place of Carla Goodknight, who resigned after moving out of Dover. Touma has a strong background in architectural design and project management, and earned her master's degree in architecture from Laval University in Quebec City. Dana Lynch, CWDAC Chair commented, “As CWDAC moves forward with the review of project design plans and oversight of the development process, Samia's participation will be invaluable.”

    Additionally, four current members of CWDAC were reappointed to another three-year term by the Dover Housing Authority Commissioners. The terms of Norm Fracassa, Dane Drasher, Kyle Pimental and Dennis Ciotti now last until March 30, 2021.

    Lastly, at their March 20 meeting, CWDAC conducted their annual election and voted for new officers for 2018. Dana Lynch was elected as the Chair of the Committee and Norm Fracassa accepted the position of Vice Chair.

  • Citywide winter parking ban to end a week early

    posted on: 3/25/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the citywide winter parking ban will conclude on Monday, March 26, 2018 at midnight. The citywide winter parking ban typically concludes April 1, but a favorable weather pattern with warmer temperatures in the coming week prompted Dover Police and Community Services to lift the ban early.

    The winter parking ban prohibits all vehicles from parking on any City street or sidewalk between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.

  • Neighborhood meeting slated for Hanson Street reconstruction

    posted on: 3/21/2018

    As part of the City of Dover’s Capital Improvements Program, reconstruction of Hanson Street is expected to begin mid-April and will continue through the 2018 construction season. The project will consist of upgrades to existing water, sewer, and drainage systems as well as, reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks.

    The City will hold a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Community Services, 271 Mast Road. Residents are encouraged to attend to meet the City staff and S.U.R. Construction team working on the project and review the project details and anticipated timeline.

  • Dover Indoor Pool’s first Easter Egg Hunt

    posted on: 3/16/2018

    The Dover Indoor Pool will host its first Easter Egg Hunt in the pool on Saturday, March 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Bring your family and friends to help scour the pool 10 eggs each, one of which may contain a prize.

    Additional games, activities and music are scheduled from 2:30-5 p.m.

  • Joe B. Parks public gardens launches Adopt-a-Bench program

    posted on: 3/16/2018

    The Friends of the Joe Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens is launching an Adopt-a-Bench program to replace nine benches in the garden. To adopt a bench or for more information, visit www.joeparksgarden.org/index.php/2018/02/27/adopt-a-bench/.

    The Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens is located between 400 Central Avenue and Chestnut Street, along the banks of the Cocheco River, and forms a series of beautiful gardens filled with wild flowers, unique rhododendrons, mountain laurel, hostas, daylilies and countless other plants, many relocated from Joe Parks’ own gardens.

  • Downtown snow removal begins at 11 p.m. tonight

    posted on: 3/15/2018

    Community Services crews will clear snow from streets, sidewalks and curbsides throughout the downtown starting at 11 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Work will begin in the McConnell Center and Library parking lot and continue into the downtown.

    The specific areas of downtown snow removal operations include:

    Central Avenue, from Third Street to Kirkland Street;
    Third Street, from 42 Third St. to Central Avenue;
    Parking spaces around City Hall, including St.Thomas Street and Hale Street;
    Church Street;
    Main Street, from Chapel Street to Broadway.

    As a reminder, the citywide winter parking ban remains in effect and prohibits parking on all city streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Locust Street parking restrictions in place for building demolition

    posted on: 3/12/2018; updated: 3/14/2018

    The parking spaces on the west side of Locust Street, between St. Thomas Street and Washington Street, will be posted as no parking on Thursday, March 15, to facilitate the removal of the building.

    In addition, the row of parking spaces closest to the building in the Locust Street lot will also be closed starting Thursday morning.

    Parking areas will reopen when safe. The restriction in the Locust Street lot will most likely continue throughout the week. It will be determined daily when to reopen the lot.

    Locust Street lot permit holders unable to find a space in the remaining section of the Locust Street lot may park in the permit parking only spaces in front of the City Hall Customer Center entrance between Hale Street and St. Thomas Street on Locust Street itself. These are the spaces where marked police cruisers once parked and do not include the spaces in the small, adjacent parking lot.

  • 'Bridge to our Future' event connects students with careers

    posted on: 3/12/2018

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host "Bridge to our Future: Connecting Students and Businesses," on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Garrison Wing Conference Center.

    This event is an opportunity for high school students to explore potential career paths, engage with employers and contribute to the future workforce.

    Among the professionals and industries represented at the event are healthcare, government and public policy, information technology and programming, law, science and engineering, communications and marketing, hospitality, military, public safety, arts and culture, media, science and engineering, human services and various trades.

  • Emergency Parking Ban in place tonight beginning at 11 p.m.

    posted on: 3/11/2018

    The City of Dover has declared an Emergency Parking Ban downtown tonight, Sunday, March 11, beginning at 11 p.m. This emergency ban is in addition to the citywide winter parking ban, which begins at 1 a.m. each day.

    The ban will allow Community Services crews to remove snow from downtown streets and sidewalks. Snow removal operations continue following the recent storm that resulted in more than 15 inches of snow in Dover. Some snow operations have been hindered by significant debris and obstacles in the roadway and on sidewalks.

    The Emergency Parking Ban will conclude at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 12. The emergency parking ban downtown includes Central Avenue, from Silver Street to Washington Street; and Washington Street, from Fayette Street to Central Avenue, and Church Street. A map of the area can be viewed here.

    Vehicles interfering with snow removal will be towed at the vehicle owner's expense. All streets adjacent to these locations will be available until 1 a.m. on Monday, when the Citywide Winter Parking Ban takes effect.

    If parking after 11 p.m. on Sunday, use one of the following City of Dover controlled parking lots: Third Street lot; Chestnut Street lot; Transportation Center lot; Locust Street lot; or the Orchard Street Parking Garage.

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place for Saturday 5K

    posted on: 3/8/2018

    Dover Police Chief Anthony F. Colarusso, Jr. announces the following road closures for the fifth annual Run Before You Crawl 5K event, hosted by Dover Main Street and part of the Dover Race Series.

    On Saturday, March 10, 2018 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Chestnut Street will be closed to all traffic southbound. Additional partial closures will be in effect during brief periods to accommodate the race on Chestnut, Washington, Whittier and Sixth streets.

    The event starts and ends at the Dover Transportation Center. The course follows a clockwise loop of Chestnut, Washington, Whittier, Sixth and Chestnut streets. Dover police personnel and a number of event volunteers will be on hand to help manage the flow of traffic along the race route.

  • Curbside trash and recycling pickup delayed beginning Thursday

    posted on: 3/6/2018

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day beginning Thursday, March 8, 2018 in anticipation of a significant winter storm.

    Thursday's pick-up schedule will occur on Friday. Friday's pick-up schedule will occur on Saturday.

    In addition, the Recycling Center on Mast Road will be closed on Thursday, March 8. Regular hours will resume Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    A winter storm warning is in effect for Dover from 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Dover is expected to receive 12 to 16 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. For more information about the storm in Dover, visit the National Weather Service.

  • Open Lands Committee conducts easement monitoring

    posted on: 3/1/2018

    One of the most important responsibilities of the Dover Open Lands Committee is monitoring properties on which the City holds conservation easements. The purpose of the monitoring is to confirm conservation easement provisions are upheld and the land maintains the conservation values that made it worthy of protection.

    Volunteers from the Open Lands Committee, in conjunction with City staff, conduct the monitoring. Sometimes members of the Conservation Commission also assist. Monitoring activities include reviewing the easement deeds and maps before the visit, walking the property (sometimes with the landowner if available), taking photographs of the conditions and then preparing a written report to document the visit.

    In 2017, the Open Lands Committee monitored and completed reports for 17 out of 45 total properties. The City provides the monitoring report to the landowner and any public agency with a role in protecting the property.

  • March 2 snowshoe walk cancelled

    posted on: 3/1/2018

    The Full Moon Snowshoe Walk along the Community Trail, scheduled for Friday, March 2 has been cancelled due to trail conditions. The Open Lands Committee will reschedule a walk on this conserved property along the Cochecho River at a later date.

    Still looking for a community walk this Friday? Check out the Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Dover. More information at doverartwalk.com.

  • Climate Adaptation chapter of Master Plan topic of public hearing

    posted on: 2/20/2018

    The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Climate Adaptation chapter of the Dover Master Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m., at City Hall. This follows a Jan. 9 Planning Board workshop to review the recently completed chapter.

    The Climate Adaptation chapter of the Master Plan addresses Dover’s water availability and quality, health and safety, food, energy, infrastructure and natural resources.

    In February 2017, the City adopted a Stewardship of Resources chapter of the Master Plan, which called for the creation and adoption of a climate resilience chapter. The Climate Adaptation chapter will serve that purpose.

  • Community Trail committee seeks volunteers for mural

    posted on: 2/16/2018

    The Dover Community Trail Advisory Committee (CTAC) is looking for community members, artists, and organizations to help create a mural in the Community Trail tunnel underneath Silver Street. The tunnel is part of the urban section of the Community Trail, which runs for approximately three-quarters of a mile from Fisher Street to the Dover Transportation Center.

    A community-focused mural that spans the 125-foot-long tunnel is the first step in creating more artwork along the trail. Plans for the mural will be discussed at the Feb. 20 Community Trail meeting. Due to the size of the tunnel, the CTAC would like to see many individuals and organizations create themed artwork in sections of the tunnel.

    The Dover CTAC invites all who are interested in learning more or participating in the Silver Street tunnel mural project to the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

  • City offices closed Monday for Presidents' Day

    posted on: 2/15/2018

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Presidents' Day.

    Curbside trash and recycling pickup is not affected by the holiday.

  • Sewer inspection work begins Feb. 12

    posted on: 2/8/2018; updated: 2/14/2018

    Crews from National Water Main Cleaning Company will be conducting closed-circuit video inspection of the City's sewer system in some neighborhoods beginning Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The work will be conducted at night, from 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Work will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 15.

    National Water Main Cleaning Company crews will be accompanied by staff from the City of Dover and Wright-Pierce, the City’s consulting engineer.

    Work includes opening manholes to clean and inspect sanitary sewer pipes. Residents should see no effects on their water or wastewater.

  • Main Street water line repair to require water shut-off

    posted on: 2/14/2018

    Community Services utility crews will shut off water tonight in the area of a water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue.

    Repair work will begin tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. and continue until the work is complete. To accomodate the work a water main from First Street to the railroad tracks on Central Avenue, and from Chapel Street to Broadway, will be shut off beginning at 10:30 p.m.

    This work may require water being shut off to other streets in the area.

    Notices to affected properties will be distributed today.

  • Planning Board to hold public hearing on annual community grant program

    posted on: 2/8/2018

    For over 35 years, the City of Dover has been a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. This program supports initiatives designed to assist those in greatest need throughout the community. The annual CDBG funding Dover receives helps support a wide range of community development activities intended to revitalize neighborhoods, support economic development, and provide improved community facilities and services.

    The City created a consolidated plan that serves as a road map to guide the use of CDBG funds. The current plan was adopted in 2015 with a goal of creating a viable urban environment through the improvement of housing and employment opportunities for low- and very low-income people, and also to improve and/or expand public facilities and services.

    Each year, the City develops an annual action plan (AAP) that identifies funding allocations for specific programs and projects to help achieve the goals of the consolidated plan. This plan is developed based upon federal and local guidelines, which require a formal application to the City, adherence to specific reporting and usage requirements, and are for programs and projects which will improve the lives of low- to moderate-income residents. The Planning Board shapes the plan, with input from City staff, and the City Council approves the plan.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review the proposed fiscal year 2019 AAP. The public is invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Planning Board will deliberate on the allocation and will develop a funding allocation for the various requests. These requests will be voted on at a separate meeting. The Planning Board’s decision will then be forwarded as a recommendation to the City Council, which will also hold a public hearing.

  • Waterfront blasting operations ongoing through March 15

    posted on: 2/6/2018

    Crews from Severino Trucking Company and Maine Drilling and Blasting will continue blasting operations on Dover's waterfront development site through March 15, 2018. Blasting is scheduled Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will consist of a single blast each day. The remainder of work each day will consist of removing material.

    The blasting site is the area known as "the bluff," a steep area of ledge that borders River Street. The ledge is being excavated as part of the City's waterfront development project. Blasting began on Jan. 22.

    Although blasting operations are not loud, the ground within the vicinity of the blasting may tremble.

    Prior to blasting, abutters within 1,000 feet of the work were notified of blasting operations. Public abutter meetings about the blasting were held on Nov 1 and Dec. 22. Abutters were offered the opportunity to have Maine Drilling and Blasting conduct a preblast survey of their property.

    The five-acre bluff is part of the City's 12-acre waterfront parcel slated for development. The bluff's 3.7 acres of ledge will be excavated to street level to allow for more buildable land. The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee, which oversees the project, approved a concept plan last year that calls for 226 residential units, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the City owned waterfront property. The committee recently completed a request for qualifications from developers interested in the property.

  • “A Search for Justice” performance at Dover Library April 9

    posted on: 1/31/2018; updated: 2/6/2018

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library are delighted to present a one-man show, “A Search for Justice”, featuring actor Stephen Collins, on Monday evening April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

    In this performance piece, the audience will hear the words of Abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, and John Brown will tell you why he resorted to violence. Abraham Lincoln will deliver his oration at Gettysburg, and Thomas Hardy and other writers will comment on war and religion.

  • Dover Open Lands Committee announces 2018 officers

    posted on: 1/31/2018

    The Dover Open Lands Committee is pleased to announce the elected officers for 2017. Anna Boudreau was re-elected as the Chair of the committee and Kristen Murphy accepted the position of vice chair. Grant Killan will serve as secretary and Steve Bird, Planning Department liaison, will continue as treasurer.

    Since its inception in 2000, the OLC has worked with the Conservation Commission to help conserve more than 830 acres of conservation land in Dover, leveraging over $5.8 million in state and federal grant funding. In addition, the OLC holds workshops and tours of conservation lands that are open to the public, such as the popular full-moon snowshoe walk.

  • Dover session to provide update on Spaulding Turnpike widening

    posted on: 1/19/2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a Public Officials/Informational Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 to provide an update on the construction for the widening of a 3.5-mile section of the Spaulding Turnpike (NH Route16). This project begins north of Exit 1 in Newington and runs northerly to the Dover Toll Plaza, located just north of Exit 6 (US Route 4) in Dover.

    The public meeting will include an overview of the NHDOT's continued engineering evaluation and solicitation of public input to comply with the requirements of section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 for the General Sullivan Bridge. The Department will also provide an overview of two supplemental projects that are planned in the area; one involving a new Turnpike Maintenance Facility in the Town of Newington and a second project involving the upgrade of the Dover Toll Facility to incorporate open road tolling.

  • Planning Board elects officers and sets goals

    posted on: 1/19/2018

    Each year the Dover Planning Board elects officers and reviews and sets goals for the coming year. This goal-setting is accomplished at the first meeting of the year. For 2018, the Board began the process on Jan. 9, 2018. To start the meeting, the Board re-elected Kirt Schuman as Chairperson and Gina Cruikshank as Vice Chairperson.

    In setting goals, the Board reviews potential amendments to land use regulations, which planning staff has provided. These amendments pertain to the City’s zoning ordinance, site review regulations and subdivision of land regulations. In the past this review has resulted in addressing the need to allow Accessory Dwelling Units, adjust setbacks and review allowed uses in a particular zone.

  • Trash and recycling pick-up delayed by one day for remainder of week

    posted on: 1/17/2018

    Due to the weather, curbside trash and recycling operations are halted for the day. Pick-up will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

    A winter storm warning is in effect for Dover until 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. According to the National Weather Service, snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected in Dover. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday.