Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Public hearing slated for Wildcat Transit Service reduction

    posted on: 6/23/2020

    Due to University of New Hampshire budget reductions and the conclusion of NHDOT supplemental construction mitigation funding provided by the Little Bay Bridge project, Wildcat Transit will be making service reductions on all routes effective with the planned restart of service for the 2020-21 academic year in late August. Wildcat Transit will reduce service frequencies during both full service (including weekends) and reduced service periods. Visit for schedule details.

    A public hearing, via Zoom, is scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m., to receive rider feedback on the anticipated service reductions. Login details are as follows:

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    Meeting ID: 996 5595 9645

  • Dover Open Lands Committee celebrates 20-year anniversary along with Pollinator Partnership

    posted on: 6/22/2020

    Open Lands logoFor the past 20 years the Dover Open Lands Committee (OLC) volunteers and city staff have been working with willing landowners to conserve Dover’s most important natural and cultural resources. These resources protect our drinking water supplies, preserve our farm and forest lands, provide flood mitigation in extreme weather events, maintain critical fish and wildlife habitat, and preserve of our community's character for current and future generations to enjoy. Over the past 20 years many dedicated residents have served on the OLC, but two devoted volunteers, Anna Boudreau and Ann Reid, have been on the committee since it was formed in 2000. Steve Bird, City Planner, has been the staff liaison since the first meeting.

    This year, to commemorate their 20th anniversary, a “Pollinator Week” logo was designed by Viera Boudreau, an artist from Dover, to be unveiled at the OLC’s first annual Pollinator Week event, which was planned to coincide with the global Pollinator Partnership’s 20th anniversary as well. Pollinator week runs from June 22-28, 2020, but due to social distancing concerns the event will not be held this year; however, you are encouraged to check the OLC Facebook page daily during Pollinator Week to learn about things you can do to support pollinators.

    Anna Boudreau, the current Chair of the OLC, reflected on the accomplishments of the last 20 years by stating, “Often partnering with other organizations like the Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT) and The Nature Conservancy, we have managed to complete 20 separate land protection projects that has resulted in the permanent conservation of over 850 acres in Dover. The benefits from this success includes the conservation of wildlife habitat, the protection of land for drinking water wells, the preservation of farmland to promote local foods, the safeguarding of scenic vistas, and maintaining undeveloped areas that allow us to experience the serenity and renewal provided by nature.”

  • Dover Chamber to host State of the City forum on June 22

    posted on: 6/18/2020

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will host its annual State of the City Forum on Monday, June, 22 at 9:30 a.m. The event, underwritten by Eversource, will take place via the video conference platform Zoom with a simultaneous livestream on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The event will also be recorded and made available through both the Chamber and the City of Dover’s websites.

    This year’s forum will focus on the City’s outlook and priorities for the rest of the year and will also feature an overview of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital to the COVID-19 outbreak. Panelists include Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Dover Economic Development Director Daniel Barufaldi, Dover Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Paul Haas, and Dr. Malcolm Rosenson, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer.

    “Our annual State of the City Forum provides members and citizens with a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from City officials about relevant topics,” says Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce. “The Chamber is honored to partner with the City of Dover in presenting the forum and we are grateful to Eversource for their support of this event.”

  • Downtown paving work under way

    posted on: 6/14/2020; updated: 6/16/2020

    Paving work is scheduled to begin on the following streets on Monday, June 15:

    • Washington Street, from Chestnut Street to Central Avenue
    • Chestnut Street, from Washington Street to Locust Street
    • Locust Street, from Washington Street to Silver Street

    The work will occur on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is expected to conclude in two to three weeks.

    The work will consist of lowering structures such as catch basins and manholes, milling, raising structures, and paving. While the work is ongoing, on-street parking restrictions may be in effect and posted as necessary to facilitate the work.

    Once paving begins, additional traffic restrictions will be in place, including a single lane of traffic on Locust Street and access to the Public Library and McConnell Center from the Silver Street intersection with Locust Street only. Access from Washington Street will be restricted.

  • Dover's Frank Torr named Citizen Planner of the Year

    posted on: 6/15/2020

    Frank TorrOn June 10, Frank Torr was named recipient of the 2020 Citizen Planner of the Year by the New Hampshire Planners Association. The organization made the presentation during their spring webinar series.

    The New Hampshire Planner’s Association (NHPA) award annually recognizes citizen planners from New Hampshire for their advancement to the science and art of planning and commitment to community involvement through planning initiatives. The New Hampshire Planners Association promotes, assists, and supports professional planners in the State with the goal of achieving planning excellence to improve the quality of life today and tomorrow in New Hampshire’s communities. The Citizen Planner of the Year is a reflection of that ideal, and is sought annually through nominations.

    The NHPA selection committee recognized Frank and “wished there were more people like him” who encourage innovative planning, volunteer and have an interest in development. In a letter of support written by Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker, Frank is described as “a voice of reason, a voice of realistic expectations and has a critical and substantial knowledge of property rights in New Hampshire. Not a meeting goes by without Frank offering pearls of wisdom about how an applicant should be treated, how we should protect abutters’ interests and the community’s role in land-use regulation.”

  • Hale Street traffic and parking restrictions in place June 22 and 23 for utility work

    posted on: 6/15/2020

    Hale Street will be closed to through traffic on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, for utility work. In addition, on-street parking restrictions will be in place for the duration of the work. The work will not affect the outdoor dining area on the Hale Street sidewalk, but may be loud at times and generate some debris.

    The work involves the extension of a natural gas service line to City Hall. Businesses on Hale Street, including City Hall, will remain open.

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

  • Dover Indoor Pool begins phased reopening on June 15

    posted on: 6/11/2020

    The Dover Indoor Pool will begin a phased reopening on Monday June 15, 2020. To slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Indoor Pool has been closed since March, in accordance with the governor’s emergency order.

    During the first phase, the Indoor Pool will be open only to Dover residents 17 years and older. Only adult lap swim will be allowed at this time. Lap swimming will be broken down into one-hour swim blocks, followed by a 30-minute block for staff to clean the facility. Patrons will exit the facility no more than 15 minutes after their swim block has ended.

    All swimming is arranged by reservation only. To make a reservation, visit and follow the instructions to sign up.

    Patrons visiting the pool will asked the following questions before entering: 

  • Dover Trivia helps give a boost to local businesses

    posted on: 6/10/2020

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dover continue to partner on programs meant to assist with the economic recovery of the community's local businesses, while adding a bit of fun.

    This month, the Chamber and City have launched Dover Trivia. To play, download this week's trivia card at, answer as many questions as you can, and email your completed card to Each week, two winners will be drawn at random from among the completed trivia cards. The winners will each receive a $100 gift card to a local business. Winners will be announced each week in the Chamber of Commerce's Peek at the Week e-newsletter and in the City's Dover Download e-newsletter.

    New trivia cards will be available each week throughout the month of June. The final drawing is July.

  • Tri-City mayors issue statement about protests over death of George Floyd

    posted on: 6/9/2020

    The tragic death of George Floyd two weeks ago unleashed a tsunami of protests across our nation. The protests make clear that issues of racism that some may have hoped were behind us require a renewed national conversation and a commitment to guaranteeing that the American dream is available to every one of us.  It would be easy, and wrong, to think that these issues don’t affect those of us lucky enough to live in our relatively small communities in the nation’s northeast corner.  While our nation is vast and wonderfully diverse it is as true now as ever that we all suffer when one American or group of Americans is ill-served by our society.  The actions of each of us—police officer, elected official, citizen—must recognize that we’re all in this together.

    Elected officials at every level must make sure that governmental departments and public employees treat each citizen with respect in each and every interaction.  As Mayors we know first-hand that our local police departments remain committed to equal and just treatment of all citizens and constant self-examination for improvement.  Our goal and approach has been and will always be to create communities where all are celebrated and welcomed.

    As a united team of Mayors, we will continue with vigilance to ensure the seeds of hate never root within our Tri-City area. The Tri -City Mayors of Rochester, Somersworth and Dover, agree not only do Black Lives Matter but the lives of every person in this nation matters; African American, Native Americans, immigrants, Latinos, Asians, LGBT, all ethnic groups, all religions. It is our collective hope that through the protests, demonstrations and conversations that we will finally awaken to erase the lines of division and hate, and walk together as united citizens to ensuring the American dream for all.

  • Dover's "virtual" graduation to air June 10

    posted on: 6/7/2020

    A "virtual" graduation for Dover's Class of 2020, which consists of more than 300 students, will air live on Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

    The ceremony, which was recorded over several days this week at Dover High School, follows a mostly traditional format, including addresses and greetings from staff and class leaders, and the presentation of diplomas.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, school officials and the School Board approved plans for a virtual graduation that adheres to health guidelines restricting large in-person gatherings and encouraging social distancing.

    The ceremony can be viewed live on June 10 at 7 p.m. on Channel 22, streaming live on the City of Dover's website here, and on the City of Dover's YouTube channel here.

    In addition, the Dover High School Awards Night will air on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. on Channel 95 and on the City of Dover's YouTube channel.

  • Arts Commission approves new art installation at Henry Law Park

    posted on: 6/3/2020

    Work on a new art installation at Henry Law Park is under way this week. The project, endorsed by the Arts Commission, is located in the lower section of Henry Law Park.

    The installation is the work of Marielle Carpentier of Dover, a recent graduate from Marywood University with a degree in art therapy and minors in psychology and 3D design.

    "The Dover Arts Commission is delighted to share Marielle’s vibrant artistry with our community," said Jane Hamor, chair of the Dover Arts Commission.

    Carpentier said her installation at Henry Law Park is meant to remind everyone to celebrate even small victories.

    "We often decorate trees in times of celebration; it can bring a sense of wonder and excitement," Carpentier said. "This piece, while not in a time of celebration, I hope will bring some wonder to people's walks, and maybe remind us to still celebrate the little victories. Creating beauty in times of ugliness is something we as humans do all the time. My hope is that these simple circles can remind us of that."

  • Spring street sweeping continues

    posted on: 6/3/2020

    Citywide street sweeping by Community Services crews continues this week. Street sweeping operations begin weekdays 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.

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

  • An Open Letter to the Community from Dover Police Chief William Breault

    posted on: 6/1/2020

    To the Dover Community:

    Given recent events that have unfortunately occurred throughout the country, as your Police Chief, I want to reassure you that the women and men of the Dover Police Department remain steadfast in protecting the constitutional rights of everyone. Now more than ever, as we move through these events together, I call on all community members to demonstrate respect and compassion for one another.

    As your Police Chief, I want to express my own thoughts and feelings regarding what I saw occur in Minneapolis. I am outraged by the action and inaction of those who took an oath to protect and serve and am saddened by the tragic loss of human life. Although this current incident occurred many states away, it has eroded the very same public trust we have worked so hard to achieve. What we saw occur in Minneapolis is not only completely against the mission, vision, and values of the Dover Police Department, but also the training, tactics, and professionalism with which our officers serve the community each and every day.

    I ask that our community finds confidence in knowing that officers of the Dover Police
    Department receive the best and most current training available and they demonstrate daily deescalation and sound judgement when serving their fellow community members. As a department our training, tactics, policies and organizational culture demonstrate our commitment to treating ALL PEOPLE with a high level of dignity, compassion and respect.

    The women and men of the Dover Police Department remain dedicated to providing exceptional and professional service to every community member by listening to their concerns, remaining impartial and having the goodwill of others in mind before ourselves. Through shared understanding, open dialogue, and building relationships with community members we share the mutual respect necessary to move forward through challenging times.

    As Police Chief, I am proud of the work your Dover Police officers do each and every day as they serve with courage, dedication, and commitment to the community. Seeing the action and inaction of officers as we did in Minneapolis is incredibly frustrating for all of us, but none are more disappointed than the hardworking men and women in law enforcement. I am confident that the our officers will continue to focus on improving the quality of life for every community member in Dover as we continue to build and maintain community trust by making positive differences in the lives and safety of those we serve.

    Please know that we as law enforcement professionals stand with you, feeling the same pain, anger, and frustration. Let us all work together to make positive change and focus on keeping Dover a safe and peaceful place for everyone.

    Yours in service,

    Bill Breault
    Chief of Police

  • Road and parking striping continues this week

    posted on: 6/1/2020

    Crews striping the city's roadways and parking areas will continue painting operations this week.

    The citywide striping work typically begins at 9 p.m. each weeknight, Monday through Thursday, and continues until 5 a.m. the following morning.

    While these crews are at work, drivers should use caution and be aware of road cones, wet paint and striping vehicles. The work may cause some traffic delays.

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

  • Green and White Day celebrates Dover High School’s Class of 2020

    posted on: 5/30/2020

    Dover High School is reaching out to the community to help celebrate the Class of 2020 which has persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic with grace and strength. To help acknowledge this is a different graduation season, the school is asking the community to participate in a citywide Green and White Day on Friday, June 5.

    During a two-hour window between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Dover High School seniors and their families are encouraged to drive through the community, particularly Central Avenue from Weeks Crossing to Durham Road, and then onto Alumni Drive. The high school is also asking local businesses to acknowledge the Class of 2020 on existing signs and deck the area out in front of their businesses in green and white.

    The school is also encouraging community members to do the same outside their homes. Any green and white decorations will help seniors know how much they are supported by the community. Anyone who can be outside on Central Avenue and Durham Road in green and white and with a sign to salute our seniors would be greatly appreciated.

    When students arrive on Alumni Drive, they will be greeted by the Dover Police and Fire departments as well as faculty and staff as they take a victory lap past the school. The campus will be decked out in green and white to celebrate the Class of 2020’s graduation which will take place on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

    The community-wide Green and White Day is based on the model of Spirit Week held annually every fall and which culminates on a Friday with the most anticipated school day of the year, Green and White Day.

  • New Hampshire Food Bank offers drive-through food pantry in Dover on May 30

    posted on: 5/29/2020

    The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, will host a mobile food pantry in Dover this Saturday with a truckload of food available for distribution.

    The food bank’s culinary kitchen has been providing ready-to-eat meals at mobile food pantries throughout the state during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    The mobile food pantry in Dover will be held at Dover High School on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m., and will continue while supplies last. The high school is located at 25 Alumni Drive.

    The mobile food pantry is a drive-through event. Food is distributed to people while in their vehicles.

  • Planning Board adopts Culture and Recreation chapter of Master Plan

    posted on: 5/29/2020

    At its May 26 meeting, the Planning Board unanimously adopted the Culture and Recreation chapter of the City's Master Plan.

    The updated Culture and Recreation Chapter of the Master Plan replaces the 2009 Recreation Chapter and adds culture to its title to address the arts in Dover. The chapter also includes more details about programming for culture and recreation in the community than in the previous chapter.

    The updated chapter follows the work of a steering committee; City staff; the Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC), which served as the consultant; and significant public input.

    During the fall of 2019, the City of Dover and SRPC attended four community events (two Art Walks, the Downtown Trick-or-Treat, and Apple Harvest Day), conducted surveys on art and recreation, and gathered information at different City locations such as outside the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. This past winter, SRPC and staff met to review previous Master Plan recommendations to discuss what had been accomplished, what has not yet been accomplished, and how to overcome any obstacles as well as adding new recommendations. This spring, members of the steering committee, Recreation Advisory Board, and SRPC reviewed different recreation sites in person to fill out site assessments to see what was needed at each location.

  • Daytime bridge work on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover

    posted on: 5/26/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) maintenance crews will make required repairs to the Spaulding Turnpike Bridge over NH 108 in Dover beginning on May 26, 2020.

    The work will be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to be completed, weather permitting, on May 28, 2020.

    During the day the Spaulding Turnpike southbound will be reduced to one lane at the Exit 7 interchange and the on ramp will be closed. NH 108 traffic seeking to enter the Spaulding Turnpike southbound ramp will be directed via signs and messages boards to use the Spaulding Turnpike northbound on ramp and reverse direction at Exit 8. Steel plates will be left in the travel way during off work hours.

  • Some recreation areas open with restrictions in place

    posted on: 5/22/2020; updated: 5/29/2020

    Some recreation areas are open again to the public, including the Longhill Park Dog Park, pickleball and tennis courts, and the Bellamy Park Disc Golf Course.

    Several restrictions will be posted and remain in place at these locations until further notice, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with new state guidelines for reopening parks and recreation facilities.

    Use of these locations will be prohibited to those who exhibit and symptoms of the coronavirus, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are at risk due to known factors including underlying health conditions.

    Before using these facilities, people are asked to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, clean and wipe down any equipment, bring a personal-use water bottle, consider wearing face coverings and gloves, not congregating in a parking lot, and to play with members of their own household or those considered low risk. People using these recreation facilities and amenities are also asked to limit their time on site and leave the area once finished. People are also asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after leaving the location.

    Each location has additional, specific guidelines and restrictions in place, including:

  • Tri-City Mayors band together for virtual Memorial Day ceremony

    posted on: 5/23/2020

    With Memorial Day approaching and traditional ceremonies and services canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the mayors of Dover, Rochester and Somersworth will hold a virtual ceremony to honor the military personnel lost while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

    The ceremony was recorded this week at Dover Veterans Park and will air on the government access channels in all three communities beginning this weekend and on Monday, Memorial Day. The virtual ceremony is available online here.

    In attendance at the ceremony were Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, as well as representatives from area veteran organizations. The Rev. Andrew Nelson of St. Ignatius and St. Mary parishes in Somersworth provides the ceremony's invocation and benediction.

  • Library open for limited access to computers and copiers

    posted on: 5/21/2020

    The Library opened its doors for computer and copier use only today, Thursday, May 21. Hours for these services will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ten library patrons at a time will be allowed into the building, with a one-hour use limit. Appointments can be made at Computers will also available for walk-ins. Please enter through the front door of the Library and proceed to the adult circulation desk. Patrons are required to wear masks, which will be provided, if necessary. Strict social distancing rules will be in place.

    The Library is still offering a Book Pick-up Service for those wishing to check out materials. The Book Pick-up Service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons who wish to pick up books on hold need to make a reservation via, through email at, or by calling 516-6050 (staff are answering phones Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

    The deadline for picking up books is as follows:

  • Dover Police seek information about downtown tagging

    posted on: 5/13/2020

    The Dover Police Department is seeking information regarding tagging that has occurred at the Joe Parks Garden Riverwalk. Over the past few months, there has been a significant amount of graffiti damage committed on the public and private property along the Riverwalk area.

    This case is being investigated by the Dover Police Department’s Community Response and Engagement Unit. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Dover Police Department at 603-742-4646 to speak with Officer Caproni and refer to Case # 20009283.

    Anonymous tips may be called into the Dover Crimeline at 603-749-6000. The Dover Crimeline can also be contacted via

  • Public comment period now open for proposed Bellamy River recharge facility

    posted on: 5/12/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced that a public comment period for a proposed artificial recharge facility located in the Pudding Hill aquifer along the Bellamy River in Dover is now open.

    The NHDES draft Water Quality Certification for the proposed facility is available for public review and comment at

    The draft certification states that based on the facts, findings and conditions in the certification, NHDES has determined that there is reasonable assurance that the proposed activity will not violate state surface water quality standards.

    The artificial recharge facility will withdraw water from the Bellamy River and discharge it to two infiltration basins. Groundwater recharge is needed to increase the sustainable yield of two of the City’s water supply production wells (Ireland and DP #1) and to help manage groundwater quality within the Pudding Hill Aquifer.

    Public comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on June 15, 2020. Only written comments will be accepted. Comments may be sent by postal mail, or email (email is preferred due to COVID-19 restrictions). Please include the project name/certification number, your name, and organization; mailing address, email address and telephone number with your submittal.

  • Portion of Spur Road to close beginning May 12

    posted on: 5/11/2020

    Construction will begin Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on a sewer line that will cross Spur Road. While the work is under way, Spur Road will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the work, expected to be about two weeks.

    The road will be closed at the site of the work, at 21 Spur Road, near Nute Road.

    The work is part of the Spur Road Reconstruction Project.

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

  • Public Library to resume book pick-ups

    posted on: 5/7/2020

    The Dover Public Library is pleased to announce the resumption of the Book Pick-Up Service on Monday, May 11. The book drops for returns will also open again on May 11.

    The Book Pick-up Service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Patrons who wish to pick up books on hold need to make a reservation via an online form at, through email at, or by calling 516-6050. (Library staff can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

    The deadline for picking up books is as follows:

  • New community initiative calls on Dover to show solidarity in green and white

    posted on: 5/1/2020; updated: 5/6/2020

    Mayor Robert Carrier is encouraging the entire community to proudly display Dover’s signature colors of green and white as a reminder we’re all in this together. The initiative, “Green and White, Let’s Unite!”, is a way for the entire community to show solidarity during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    “During this unprecedented public health emergency, our residents and business community are faced with new challenges every day,” Carrier said. “Despite these challenges, one thing I know for certain is Dover will beat this. Part of the fabric of our community’s nearly 400-year heritage is our resilience.”

    Carrier said people can show their support for the community by displaying green and white any way they choose. He said it can be anything from a green and white ribbon wrapped around a tree or hanging from a window or door, a handmade poster, or green and white hearts in a storefront window.

    “This is an easy way to show support for the entire community,” Carrier said. “We’re all in this together, whether it be your neighbor, the business community, healthcare professionals and first responders, or essential staff at our grocery stores and restaurants. I hope everyone will join me. We’re stronger together.”

  • Public Private-Partnership to hold remote meeting May 13

    posted on: 5/6/2020

    There will be a meeting of the Public Private-Partnership (P3) Commission on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. to review the proposed final draft of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Long Term Lease/Concession Agreement of the Dover and Portsmouth transportation facilities (bus terminals). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be virtual. Any votes will be conducted via roll call.

    The public is invited to listen to the meeting. This is not a public hearing and public comments will not be accepted. There is no physical location for the meeting.

  • Main Street cancels this year's Dover Pride Clean Up Day

    posted on: 5/1/2020

    As the traditional date for the annual Dover Pride Clean Up Day rapidly approaches (first Saturday in May), Dover Main Street announced this week the event will not be held this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    The goal of Cleanup Day is to bring the community together downtown to help beautify and restore many public locations suffering from the harsh effects of winter; however, the current health emergency makes bringing large groups of people together unwise and potentially dangerous.

    Dover Main Street hopes to adapt its efforts by making these sites available to be worked on through the summer, toward the same goal, in a safe and responsible manner. Dover Main Street will announce its plans at a later date.

  • Maintain physical distancing when using parks and community trails for walking and running

    posted on: 4/27/2020

    Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas, the city's Emergency Management Director, is reminding people to practice physical distancing when using the city's parks and trails for walking or running. The City's parks and trails are closed to all other activities.

    "We recognize that people are eager to get some fresh air by taking a walk or running along our community trails and in our parks," Haas said. "We certainly encourage that activity, but it's imperative that people be respectful of others by practicing responsible physical distancing and refraining from congregating in groups."

    To help slow the community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the City earlier this month closed public parks, playgrounds and outdoor sports areas, limiting activity to walking or running for fresh air or exercise only, as permitted in Gov. Chris Sununu's Emergency Order #17.

  • Portion of Henry Law Avenue to close April 28

    posted on: 4/23/2020; updated: 4/24/2020

    As part of ongoing work on the former Foster’s building at 333 Central Avenue, DeStefano & Associates will close Henry Law Avenue to all traffic between Washington Street and Williams Street on Tuesday, April 28, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    A crane will be positioned on site to deconstruct scaffolding and perform other necessary work. No on-street parking will be permitted during these hours on Henry Law Avenue from Washington Street to Williams Street, but the rest of the street will be open for parking.

    Access to Henry Law Avenue will be available via Williams Street from Central Avenue.

  • Nighttime lane closures on Spaulding Turnpike begin April 22

    posted on: 4/20/2020

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces that beginning Wednesday, April 22, 2020, nighttime construction operations will commence on the Spaulding Turnpike (NH 16) between Exit 3 and Exit 6 to facilitate the installation of overhead sign structures in Dover.

    Construction work will include the installation of three overhead sign structures that span the Spaulding Turnpike between the Little Bay Bridge and Exit 6. Lane closures will be implemented on both the north and southbound barrels of the Spaulding Turnpike. In addition, short-term traffic stoppages and rolling roadblocks will be utilized for the erection of the sign structures and signs over the turnpike. Night operations will be in place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and are being utilized to produce the least amount of impact to daytime commuter traffic. This phase of work, which is weather dependent is scheduled to be completed over a four-day period.

  • Willand Pond Boat Launch closed through April 22

    posted on: 4/18/2020

    The public boat launch servicing Willand Pond located in Dover is closed until the end of the day on Wednesday, April 22. The closure is due to paving improvements made to the boat launch’s overall access and parking lot. Both the boat ramp and the parking area will be closed, and the launch of electric or non-motorized cartop or trailered boats, kayaks, and other hulls is also suspended.

    The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Statewide Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees, which are combined as match dollars with federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds to facilitate boat access opportunities in the state. Fish and Game’s Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites, and builds new public boat access areas.

  • City offers no-interest business assistance loans

    posted on: 4/15/2020

    The City of Dover's Business Assistance Program is now offering zero-interest loans of $5,000 to local businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency. The bridge loan is intended to provide working capital to assist businesses with expenses such as payroll, leases or inventory, while awaiting federal CARES Act funding or funds from other federal relief programs.

    In addition to zero interest, the 30-month loans require minimal documentation to help expedite the approval process. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. each Thursday for review by the Business Assistance Program Loan Committee. The committee, which consists of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Finance Director, will review applications each week. A written decision will be emailed to the applicant by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Applications can be downloaded at and emailed to

  • Secretary of State, Attorney General say safety first at the polls, open absentee ballots to all

    posted on: 4/14/2020

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald recently released guidance on additional provisions for voters in upcoming elections.

    In the memorandum, Gardner and MacDonald specifically addressed the two upcoming elections in September and November.

    "It is reasonable to anticipate that voters may feel apprehension about voting in person in the September 2020 Primary and November 2020 General Elections," they write in the memorandum. "Voters should not have to choose between their health and exercising their constitutional right to vote."

    As a result of the guidance from the state, all voters can now request an absentee ballot if they do not want to travel in person to the polls.

    "Any voter may request an absentee ballot for the September 2020 Primary and November 2020 General Elections based on concerns regarding COVID-19," the memorandum states. Gardner and MacDonald said additional guidance will be forthcoming for election officials to help plan and accommodate an expected significant increase in absentee ballots.

    The absentee ballot can be downloaded here from the City of Dover's website.

  • Dover CARES is here to help

    posted on: 4/10/2020

    The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis that has disrupted our local, national and worldwide economy. This disruption is creating significant financial hardships and potentially lasting economic impacts that affect Dover residents, businesses and nonprofits. To assist in overcoming the financial and emotional challenges many are experiencing now and in the weeks and months ahead, a number of programs and services are already in place or being implemented by the City of Dover. These measures are being coordinated with federal, state and private efforts, and provide economic support and financial relief to all residents, businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis and in need of assistance.

    Earlier this week, the City Council voted to launch Dover CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Support), a new program that provides updated information about relief measures available to Dover taxpayers, resident, businesses and nonprofits. Some of the relief measures available now include property tax relief, financial assistance, resources for housing and food, extended payment plans for water and sewer utilities, waived fees, and much more.

    The information is conveniently available at the Dover CARES online resource at The information at Dover CARES will be updated regularly as additional relief measures become available.

  • Budget review continues this week

    posted on: 4/10/2020

    The City Council continued its review of the FY2021 proposed budget on April 8 with a workshop session on the School Department's proposed budget. A public hearing on the school portion of the citywide proposed budget was held during the regular meeting that followed the workshop.

    This School Department budget presentation can be viewed here:

    The City Council will continue its budget review on Wednesday, April 15, with a workshop on the Police, Fire and Recreation departmental budgets, beginning at 7 p.m.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and state health provisions intended to limit person-to-person contact, the City Council will conduct its workshop and meeting via video conferencing. The public is encouraged to view the meeting live on Channel 22, streaming live at, or to listen to the meeting by phone by dialing 1 (470) 869-2200, followed by the meeting ID of 6035166338, when prompted. The public is also encouraged to provide comments to the City Council prior to meetings, including by email at or by leaving a message at 603-516-MEET (6338). Email and phone messages will be sent to all Councilors and will be retained as part of the meeting minutes. Residents may also provide comments in person at the meeting, at City Hall. No more than 9 people will be allowed in the room at one time. Additional overflow space will be provided, if needed.
  • Recycling Center limits vehicles while open

    posted on: 4/2/2020

    The Recycling Center on Mast Road remains open during regular hours, but in accordance with state and federal health guidelines to maintain physical distance, only 10 vehicles at a time will be permitted into the Recycling Center. This precaution is intended to protect both residents and employees by ensuring proper physical distancing and limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    As the Recycling Center continues to refine this process to accommodate everyone's safety, staff appreciates the community's cooperation and patience during this time.

    Recycling Center hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

  • City restricts use of parks and outdoor recreational areas

    posted on: 4/1/2020

    Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas, the city's Emergency Management Director, said today the city is restricting activity in all parks and outdoor recreational areas.

    In accordance with federal and state guidelines limiting groups to no more than 10, and recognizing that increased occurrences of community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been documented throughout the region, the city is taking the proactive step of limiting activities in its public parks, playgrounds and outdoor sports areas strictly to walking or running for fresh air or exercise, as permitted in Gov. Chris Sununu’s Emergency Order #17.

    Residents and families are reminded to practice physical distancing with their children and follow guidelines from state and local health officials intended to curb community spread, including:

  • Budget presentations continue April 1

    posted on: 3/31/2020

    Following the presentation of the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget to the City Council on March 25, the City Council will hold a budget workshop on Wednesday, April 1, beginning at 7 p.m. During the workshop, Councilors will hear budget presentations from several city departments, including the Executive Department, Finance Department, Planning Department, Library, Public Welfare and DoverNet.

    Budget sessions will continue for the next several weeks.

    Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and state health provisions intended to limit person-to-person contact, the City Council will conduct its meeting via video conferencing. The public is encouraged to view the meeting live on Channel 22, streaming live at, or to listen to the meeting by phone by dialing 1 (470) 869-2200, followed by the meeting ID of 6035166338, when prompted. The public is also encouraged to provide comments to the City Council prior to meetings, including by email at or by leaving a message at 603-516-MEET (6338). Email and phone messages will be sent to all Councilors and will be retained as part of the meeting minutes. Residents may also provide comments in person at the meeting, in the City Council Conference Room. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the room at one time. Additional overflow space will be provided, if needed.

  • Curb work to require partial closure of Chestnut Street

    posted on: 3/30/2020

    Contractors for the Orpheum Apartments construction project will reset curbs on Chestnut Street beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The work will continue for four or five days, on weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

    To facilitate the work, traffic will be affected as follows:

    Northbound traffic on Locust Street will be restricted from continuing north on Chestnut Street and will be diverted to remain on Locust Street to reach Washington Street.

    Southbound traffic on Chestnut Street will continue to flow past the work site.

    Northbound traffic destined for Saint Thomas Street or Citizens Bank can follow a short detour around the 104 Washington Street block.

    The project's construction management firm, Fulcrum, has obtained certificates of occupancy for some of the residential units within the building, and new tenants are expected to begin occupying the property this week.

  • Portion of Spur Road to close to all traffic March 30

    posted on: 3/27/2020; updated: 3/30/2020

    Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7 a.m., Spur Road will be closed to all traffic at 67 Spur Road, about half way between New Bellamy Lane and Finch Lane. The closure is necessary during the installation of a box culvert, part of the Spur Road Reconstruction Project.

    This work is expected to continue for at least one week, during which time the road will remain closed continuously.

    In addition to the closure, water will be shut off to a portion of Spur Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for three days beginning Wednesday, April 1, and concluding Friday, April 3.  This shut-off will affect residents on Spur Road from New Bellamy Lane to, and including, Bellamy River Village. 

    Water service will be restored, each day, as soon as the work is complete. 

    For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450 or visit the project page at

  • City of Dover parking system now offers touch-free option

    posted on: 3/26/2020

    For users who prefer a touch-free option to park downtown, the City of Dover has initiated a Pay-by-Plate program similar to what is available in the parking garage.

    When using the garage, drivers can pay at the meters in the garage or use the Flowbird application on a mobile phone. The program, which is now known as Flowbird, works exactly as it did under its previous name, WHOOSH. Those who downloaded the WHOOSH app can continue to use it without issue.

    In the garage, open the app and enter your space number to pay for parking. Now, in addition to the garage, you can pay for specific parking lots, as well on-street parking spaces, directly from the app.

    The app works in the Belknap, Orchard, First Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Transportation Center and the Indoor Pool parking lots. All on-street spaces are also included in the Touch-Free Flowbird App.

  • Wentworth Terrace line work to require water service disruption Thursday

    posted on: 3/25/2020

    Water line work along Wentworth Terrace on Thursday, March 26, will require shutting off water to the area. Crews anticipate the work will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. Water service will be restored to the area as soon as the work is completed.

    The water line work will connect existing lines to new lines beneath the Spaulding Turnpike. As part of the ongoing Spaulding Turnpike widening project, new water lines have been installed beneath the highway that will improve water service and the water system's reliability.

    A digital message board has been installed to notify residents of Wentworth Terrace. In accordance with guidelines from state and federal health officials intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Community Services staff will not place door hanger notifications on residential doors prior to the work and water service disruption.

  • Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget before City Council March 25

    posted on: 3/22/2020

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., will present the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget to the City Council on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Council Conference Room at City Hall.

    The budget presentation is the first of several weeks of City Council budget meetings, workshops, and public hearings, before the City Council adopts a budget.

    The budget presentation on March 25 and all budget meetings and workshops are televised live on Channel 22 and available for on-demand viewing at

    The city has made special provisions for public meetings in response to guidelines from state and federal health officials intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Meetings are open to the public; however, the public is encouraged to stay informed and involved by participating remotely, including by watching meetings live on Channel 22 and streaming live, as well as on demand. In addition, residents are encouraged to provide comments by phone, email, in writing, or by leaving a message at 516-MEET.

  • City Hall, other public facilities to close until further notice

    posted on: 3/17/2020; updated: 3/20/2020

    Based on new guidelines from state and federal health officials, City of Dover municipal facilities are closed to public access. The closures are in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and are intended to minimize person-to-person contact. On Monday, Gov. Chris Sununu banned all gatherings of 50 people or more in New Hampshire. Also on Monday, President Donald Trump recommended people avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

    While these new guidelines are in place, City staff will transition to a customer service model that utilizes remote and online public access. City staff will continue to report to work and will be available to respond to the public by phone or email. A directory of city offices and staff can be found on the city's website at

    "These restrictions, in keeping with the latest recommendations from our governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our state and across the country," said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "During this challenging time, I and all city staff are committed to providing the same responsive city government our customers expect. As we temporarily transition to remote access for many city services, I ask for the public's understanding and cooperation, while reminding everyone to follow the direction of our health officials by avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing."

    Residents are encouraged to use the city's online resources for access to many municipal services, including motor vehicle registration, dog licenses, parking ticket payments, live and on-demand public meetings, and more. A list of these services, along with direct links to each service, can be found at

    While city facilities remain closed, residents are also encouraged to pay bills by mail or by phone, wherever possible. To mail payments, residents should use the printed envelopes that accompany a bill or mail bills directly to City of Dover, 288 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820.

    A list phone numbers for all city facilities and offices can be found on the city's website at

  • Dover vows to win 2020 Census Response Rate Challenge

    posted on: 3/13/2020

    Census Challenge 2020The City of Dover and the towns of Newmarket and Durham are reviving a friendly competition that began during the 2010 Census. At a kick-off event today, Friday, March 13, 2020, Dover City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr, Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig and Newmarket Town Manager Steve Fournier threw down the gauntlet and challenged the residents of their respective communities to help secure the highest Census self-response rate.

    All three administrators urged residents to respond to Census questionnaires online. Invitations to respond to the Census began arriving in the mail this week.

    At today’s event, held at the Whittemore Center in Durham, the three administrators were joined by Census officials and representatives of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas.

    “I would encourage residents to go online and fill out the form and be counted,” Joyal said. “Although Dover keeps its fire trucks clean to make sure they're ready to respond to emergencies, if in fact we are successful, which I anticipate we will be by having the greatest response rate, we have made arrangements to take one of our trucks down a dusty, dirt road and will then have it presented to Todd and Steve for them to scrub with toothbrushes.”

    Joyal said the City of Dover would continue to share information with the public about the significance of Census participation, which will help determine future federal funding for Dover. In addition, Joyal said the City is providing residents with additional tools to help and encourage participation, including four dedicated Census computers at the Public Library. The computers are available to residents who need online access to the Census. Library staff can assist residents with access or reading questions, if necessary. In addition, a representative from the U.S. Census will be at the Library on March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to answer questions about the Census.

    On May 14, the Census will review the self-response rates of Dover, Durham and Newmarket and determine a winner of the Census Response Rate Challenge.

  • Dover Main Street postpones Run Before You Crawl

    posted on: 3/11/2020; updated: 3/12/2020

    Dover Main Street, a non-profit dedicated to downtown revitalization, took a precautionary step by announcing it will postpone its Run Before You Crawl 5K Road Race and restaurant crawl on Saturday, March 14, 2020. A new date will be determined as soon as public safety concerns related to COVID-19 are mitigated.

    All runners and crawlers will have their registrations held until the race is rescheduled.

    Known as a community building event, among the hardest hit will be the participating restaurants who have spent time and money preparing for the citywide annual event.

    “The epidemic is upsetting events across the region and the country amid concerns of transmitting COVID-19,” said Erin Tellez, Chair, Dover Main Street. “We felt rescheduling was the responsible thing to do.”

  • 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

    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.”