Recent News and Announcements

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

  • City Code now available in new, searchable format

    posted on: 3/9/2020

    As part of the City’s overall efforts to improve services to its citizens, the City of Dover has put its complete municipal code online in a new, searchable format. To use the new electronic version of the Code, visit the City’s website at http://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-charter-code/.

    The new online Code provides convenient access to the City’s ordinances in a feature-rich format that has been specifically designed for optimal viewing on desktops and laptops as well as smartphones and tablet devices. Partnering with General Code, the City’s online Code offers the most flexible access for its citizens from any location – at home, at work or on-the-go.

    Designed to be easy-to-use and search-friendly, the user experience is intuitive and highly functional. By simply entering a keyword or two, search results will provide the information needed within seconds.

    “Our new online Code is one more valuable tool for our citizens to gain access to the information they need, when they need it,” said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. “Convenient, free access to our Code of Laws benefits our citizens, our officials, business leaders and others who want to do business in our city.”

  • Meeting to provide update on neighborhood reconstruction project

    posted on: 3/8/2020

    Work on the Elm and Belknap Streets Neighborhood Reconstruction Project will resume later this month. Severino Trucking Co. will begin to mobilize and start construction at the end of this month and into April, continuing through the fall of 2020. This work is a continuation of the neighborhood reconstruction project that began on Belknap Street last fall. The remaining work includes the reconstruction of the water mains, drainage and streets and sidewalks on Summer Street, Hamilton Street and Elm Street.

    To update residents and the community, the City of Dover and the project contractor will hold a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at Community Services, 271 Mast Road.

    A description of the proposed improvements and the construction process will be provided during the meeting and time will be allotted for residents to ask questions of the contractor and city officials. Officials will also review the anticipated construction timeline and discuss temporary impacts.

  • Daylight Saving Time a reminder for fire safety and prevention

    posted on: 3/6/2020

    Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m. It's a good time to change and test the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

    Dover Fire and Rescue reminds residents that one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use Daylight Saving Time as a reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.

    “Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms," said Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas. "It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by ensuring you have an appropriate number of smoke detectors where you live and adopting the simple habit of changing your batteries when you change your clocks. If you have hardwired detectors, replacing the batteries at these intervals helps to ensure they can withstand the duration of a potential power outage at any time during the year.”

  • Applications for veteran tax credit due by April 15

    posted on: 3/4/2020

    Veterans who qualify for the All Veterans' Tax Credit must complete an application by April 15. State law allows municipalities to extend tax credits to all veterans who have served at least 90 days and honorably discharged from the military.

    According to the law, “A person shall qualify for the all veterans' tax credit if the person is a resident of this state who served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and was honorably discharged or an officer honorably separated from service; or the spouse or surviving spouse of such resident, provided that Title 10 training for active duty by a member of a national guard or reserve shall be included as service under this paragraph; provided however that the person is not eligible for and is not receiving a credit under RSA 72:28 or RSA 72:35. “

    The 2020 credit, which covers the 2020 tax year bills in December 2020 and June 2021, allows for a tax bill reduction of $660. The 2021 tax credit will be $750.

  • Police Department, City Council recognize annual awards recipients

    posted on: 3/1/2020

    Dover Police Awards 2020The Dover Police Department recently held its annual awards banquet at Ember Wood Fired Grill. The award recipients were also recognized with a proclamation by Mayor Robert Carrier and the City Council.

    The Police Department's award recipients this year are:

    Employee of the Year: Officer Christopher Plummer received the award in recognition of his attributes in many areas, to include his work as the Whittier Falls liaison officer where he worked tirelessly to better the quality of life for Dover Housing Authority residents. Chris transitioned back to the patrol bureau where he proved to be an asset working to train new officers and improve the quality of department wide trainings in the area of use of force. Chris has spent a lot of his free time and efforts to help create more realistic and advantageous trainings for fellow officers. Officer Plummer’s 15 years of experience as an officer, his time in the Drug Task Force, his experience as a Team Leader with the Strafford County Regional Tactical Operations Unit, and his positive attitude and enthusiasm for police work make him an asset to the Dover Police Department and worthy of the recognition as the Dover Police Department’s 2019 Employee of the year.

  • Public comment period on EPA draft permit open through April 8

    posted on: 2/20/2020; updated: 2/27/2020

    A public comment period on a draft nitrogen discharge permit recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Great Bay remains open through April 8, 2020. The EPA recently extended the comment period by 30 days after several requests, including from the City of Dover.

    The draft permit's requirements, if adopted would likely exceed $100 million in Dover alone, and could top $1 billion across all communities in the Great Bay watershed.

    Public comments must be submitted by the close of the comment period on March 9 either in hard copy form or electronically to: Michael Cobb (Cobb.Michael@epa.gov), U.S. EPA, Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite-100 (06-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912.

    Officials from Dover and throughout the Great Bay region attended a public hearing earlier this week to voice concerns to the EPA about the draft permit.

    Dover's City Council recently approved a resolution that urges additional peer review of the draft permit. The Great Bay Total Nitrogen General Permit, or NPDES, will regulate nitrogen levels in the Great Bay watershed, including the levels of nitrogen discharged from wastewater treatment facilities.

  • City seeks public input on Consolidated Plan

    posted on: 2/18/2020

    The City of Dover’s Department of Planning and Community Development is developing a Consolidated Plan to identify how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are distributed. The Consolidated Plan will describe community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken under certain Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including CDBG.

    Each year, the city accepts applications from public service agencies, qualified individuals and eligible organizations for grant funds from the CDBG program. The federal funds are distributed to organizations and projects that are found to best address development needs identified by the community. 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.

    The City of Dover will hold a series of Listening Sessions to gather community input related to Dover’s CDBG program. Information gathered during these sessions will assist in the development of the Consolidated Plan and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. These CDBG documents are used by local decision makers to prioritize annual CDBG funding allocations for community-based projects, programs and organizations over a five-year period. Draft versions of both documents, which will incorporate feedback from the Listening Sessions and other outreach efforts, will be made available for public review in late March.

  • City Council urges review of EPA ruling that could cost Dover, region hundreds of millions of dollars

    posted on: 2/13/2020; updated: 2/16/2020

    The City Council this week approved a resolution that urges additional peer review of a draft nitrogen discharge permit recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Great Bay. The Great Bay Total Nitrogen General Permit, or NPDES, will regulate nitrogen levels in the Great Bay watershed, including the levels of nitrogen discharged from wastewater treatment facilities. The cost of meeting those requirements would likely exceed $100 million in Dover alone, and could top $1 billion across all communities in the Great Bay watershed.

    In addition to the resolution, city and elected officials will attend an upcoming public hearing on the permit to voice their concerns. The public is also encouraged to attend. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the regional office of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, located at NHDES Portsmouth Regional Office, located at Pease International Tradeport, 222 International Drive, Suite 175, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

    The City of Dover has worked for decades to reduce nitrogen in the estuary, investing significantly in science-based wastewater technology and infrastructure.

  • City offices closed Monday for Presidents Day

    posted on: 2/14/2020

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, for Presidents' Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

    The Public Library will also be closed on Presidents Day.

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

  • Coffee with the Mayor and City Council on tap Feb. 22

    posted on: 2/3/2020; updated: 2/17/2020

    A "Coffee with the Mayor and City Council" will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at 9 a.m., in the Community Room at the Dover Police Department on Chestnut Street. In addition to the Mayor and City Council, City officials will also be on hand.

    Coffee with the Mayor and City Council is open to everyone and provides an opportunity for discussion on all city matters of interest.

    Coffee will be provided.

  • State to hold public hearing on Public-Private Partnership proposal

    posted on: 2/13/2020

    Public-Private partnerships allow for the sharing of resources to finance, design, build, operate, and maintain transportation infrastructure projects and are especially effective when limited financial resources are available. In 2016, the New Hampshire Legislature passed Senate Bill 549, establishing a Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Oversight Commission. (RSA 228:107-115.)

    The P3 Commission will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, 6-6:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth City Hall, 1 Junkins Avenue, Conference Room A, Portsmouth to introduce new members and update the status of pending projects.

  • Dover Arts Commission announces City Literary Laureate position

    posted on: 2/11/2020

    The Dover City Council recently approved the position of Dover Literary Laureate as a new ex-officio member of the Dover Arts Commission. Established this year, the Dover Literary Laureate Program is dedicated to building community through the written word by appointing and supporting an outstanding local poet or author as Literary Laureate for the City. The Literary Laureate is an ambassador for all writers in Dover and works to heighten the visibility and value of the craft in our community.

    The Literary Laureate is appointed by the Arts Commission and approved by the City Council with the advice and counsel of a jury comprised of professionals from the New Hampshire literary community and from nominations made by the public. Nominees must demonstrate a dedication to the art of writing.

    The Dover Literary Laureate is tasked with broadening community involvement in all forms of literary expression by developing and executing projects funded by the Dover Arts Commission with activities intended to enrich the quality of life for Dover citizens.

  • Resolution urges peer review of EPA ruling that could cost city over $100 million

    posted on: 2/8/2020

    On the AgendaThe City Council on Wednesday will consider a resolution that urges additional peer review of a draft nitrogen discharge permit recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Great Bay. The Great Bay Total Nitrogen General Permit, or NPDES, will regulate nitrogen levels in the Great Bay watershed, including the levels of nitrogen discharged from wastewater treatment facilities. The cost of meeting those requirements would likely exceed $100 million in Dover alone, and could top $1 billion across all communities in the Great Bay watershed.

    The City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The agenda can be viewed here: go.usa.gov/xdku5.

    The City of Dover has worked for decades to reduce nitrogen in the estuary, investing significantly in science-based wastewater technology and infrastructure.

    "The City of Dover recognizes that new and innovative regulatory efforts are integral to those continuing efforts," said Community Services Director John Storer. "However, Dover and the communities that comprise the Great Bay Municipal Coalition maintain the criteria used by the EPA in its draft permit is flawed and incomplete."

    As a result, Wednesday’s resolution before the City Council calls for a comprehensive and scientific peer review of the EPA’s draft permit prior to issuing the final permit.

    At a City Council workshop on Feb. 5, City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. and Community Services Director reviewed the draft permit with councilors and explained the potential ramifications to taxpayers and water and sewer system ratepayers. The presentation to the City Council can be viewed in its entirety here: https://dovernh.viebit.com/player.php?hash=UfLPvLi60Xj6.

  • Dover Fire and Rescue implements program to reduce firefighter exposure to toxins

    posted on: 2/5/2020

    Dover Fire Decontamination ContentsWith cancer now a leading cause of firefighter illness and death, Fire Chief Paul Haas announced recently that Dover Fire and Rescue has implemented a “post fire decontamination” program. The goal of the program is to reduce exposure to the harmful chemicals and toxins that permeate a firefighter’s personal protective gear. Research shows the protective gear firefighters wear becomes contaminated with the toxic smoke, soot and charred debris while fighting a fire. These toxic chemicals can later be absorbed into the skin and, if not removed, inhaled when toxic gas is released. This toxic exposure puts firefighters and their families at a greater risk for cancer when compared to the general population, and at much greater risk for specific forms of cancer.

    The program will allow protective gear to be decontaminated at the scene of a fire, before the gear is returned to the station. The program is part of Dover Fire and Rescue’s continuing efforts to seek proactive methods, tactics and strategies to reduce the risk of cancer in firefighters.

  • Meeting to address upcoming waterfront blasting

    posted on: 1/30/2020

    Crews from Severino Trucking Company and Maine Drilling and Blasting will resume blasting operations on Dover's waterfront development site on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. A pre-blast meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the auditorium at City Hall. The meeting will review blasting and drilling operations and allow for questions.

    Once underway, blasting and drilling will occur Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Blasting operations are expected to conclude by March 15.

    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.

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

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Jan. 31

    posted on: 1/29/2020

    The City Clerk will test the City's AccuVote electronic ballot machines on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, starting at 1 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Feb. 11 Presidential Primary and is open to all.

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

  • 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.