Recent News and Announcements

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

  • State DRA sets Dover tax rate

    posted on: 11/19/2019

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

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

    Tax bills will be mailed to all property owners by next week, according to the City's Finance Department. The first half of the tax bill is due 30 days after it's mailed, and the second half is due by June 1, 2020.

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

  • City to conduct fall sign clean-up

    posted on: 11/18/2019

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

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

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

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

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 6

    posted on: 11/15/2019

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

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

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

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

  • Dover400 debuts first in series of commemorative ornaments

    posted on: 11/14/2019

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

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

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

  • Spur Road reconstruction expected to begin this month

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

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

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

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

  • Fifth Street closed to traffic Nov. 13

    posted on: 11/12/2019

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

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

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

  • Cochecho Street closed to traffic Monday and Tuesday

    posted on: 11/10/2019

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

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

  • Veterans Day ceremony is Monday, Nov. 11

    posted on: 11/8/2019

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

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

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

  • City offices closed for Veterans Day

    posted on: 11/8/2019

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

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

  • Downtown utility work postponed to Nov. 12

    posted on: 11/7/2019

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dover High School to host 8th Grade Information Night

    posted on: 11/3/2019

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

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

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

    posted on: 10/30/2019

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

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

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

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

  • City seeks election workers

    posted on: 10/27/2019

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

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

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

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

  • River Street to remain closed through Oct. 29

    posted on: 10/26/2019

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

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

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

  • Central Avenue traffic restrictions in place beginning Oct. 25

    posted on: 10/24/2019

    Beginning Friday, Oct. 25, a portion of Central Avenue will be reduced to one lane during underground utility work adjacent to the Cocheco Mill Courtyard.

    The traffic restriction will remain in place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, while the work is ongoing, four parking spaces will be unavailable on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The trench work will eventually cross Central Avenue from the courtyard to First Street and may require additional parking restrictions on First Street once the Central Avenue work is completed. The work, which is being conducted by an Eversource contractor, is expected to last about two weeks.

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

  • Sunday hours at the Recycling Center

    posted on: 10/24/2019

    The City of Dover Recycling Center on Mast Road will open for additional hours on Sunday beginning Oct. 27.

    From Oct. 27 to Dec. 1, the Recycling Center will be open on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

    For more information about the Recycling Center, call 516-6450.

  • River Street remains closed for utility work

    posted on: 10/22/2019

    River Street remains closed this week to all traffic while crews excavate the area to install a gas main. The gas main will cross the Makem Bridge and Cochecho River, connecting River Street with Washington Street.

    While the work is ongoing River Street will be closed completely each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., between Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue.

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

  • Central Avenue parking restrictions in place during utility work

    posted on: 10/16/2019; updated: 10/21/2019

    Four parking spaces along Central Avenue, adjacent to the Cocheco Falls Millworks Courtyard, are posted for no parking during ongoing utility work. The parking restriction will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  while the work is under way.

    The work is being conducted by an Eversource contractor on Central Avenue, from the Cocheco Courtyard to First Street, and may last for two weeks.

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

  • City Clerk to test ballot machines Oct. 23

    posted on: 10/16/2019

    The City Clerk will test the City's AccuVote electronic ballot machines on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, starting at 1 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room at City Hall. Ballot machine testing precedes the Tuesday, Nov. 5 municipal election and is open to all.

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

  • Planning Board and City Council to receive Capital Improvements Program proposal

    posted on: 10/12/2019; updated: 10/16/2019

    The City of Dover's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2021 through 2026 will be presented to the City Council and Planning Board at a joint workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. The workshop will be held in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.

    Following the presentation, the Planning Board and City Council will continue to review the CIP over the next several weeks. The City Council is expected to vote on the proposed CIP in November or December.

    The CIP is a tool which outlines a schedule for the next six years for capital projects and purchases over $25,000 which maintain and improve the community infrastructure.

    The CIP is updated annually and involves input sessions with the Planning Board and City Council, including public hearings. The Planning Board will forward its recommendations to the City Council, after which the City Council will discuss and ultimately approve the CIP later this year.

  • Candidates forum slated for Oct. 22

    posted on: 10/15/2019

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Dover Listens, will present a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Dover High School Library. Come meet the candidates and hear the key differences between candidates in the contested races. Candidates in uncontested races will record brief candidate statements that will air later on Channel 22.

    The schedule for the Candidates Forum is as follows:

    6 to 8 p.m. - Candidates in contested races will participate in a moderated question-and-answer session. Questions will be posed by moderators and the public. Public questions will be facilitated by Dover Listens.
    8 to 8:30 p.m. - Meet and greet with all candidates in the area outside the library. Light refreshments will be served.

  • City offices closed on Columbus Day

    posted on: 10/11/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 for the Columbus Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The Public Library is also closed on Columbus Day.

    Columbus Day is a parking holiday in Dover. Metered parking is not required on parking holidays.

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

  • Cochecho Street closure in place Oct. 15

    posted on: 10/12/2019

    Work by a contractor to replace a sewer structure on Cochecho Street which will require the full closure of the road to through traffic on Tuesday, Oct. 15, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Local traffic to and from Cochecho Street properties, including George’s Marina and Castaways, will be available only from the Portland Avenue side.

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

  • Portion of Saint Thomas Street to close Friday

    posted on: 10/10/2019

    A utility contractor working in conjunction with the 104 Washington Street “Orpheum” project will excavate on Saint Thomas Street, near Chestnut Street, on Friday, Oct. 11, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting. This work will require a full closure of Saint Thomas Street, near the front of the District Court.

    Local residents and tenants of the McConnell Center will be able to access Saint Thomas Street in the opposite direction from Atkinson Street; the road will be open to two-way local traffic. The district court will not be in session on Friday. A police officer will be stationed at the work site, and detour signs will be in place to direct motorists around the block.

  • Community Trail gets infusion of color, new features thanks to local design firm

    posted on: 10/7/2019

    Community Trail NECOLORThe Dover Community Trail Advisory Committee thanks Dover’s Northeast Color for its recent work to help clean up and improve the urban section of the Community Trail.

    About 45 Northeast Color employees spent Friday, Oct. 4 cleaning up and completing several projects along the Community Trail. Trail users will now discover a new railing that leads to the river, just beyond the trestle bridge, a new train planter created from logs at the Rotary Trailhead, hopscotch games, a newly painted Silver Street tunnel, and an overall clean-up of trash, debris and branches.

    “We really appreciate when organizations come to us wanting to help with the Community Trail,” said City Planner Donna Benton, who is also the City’s staff liaison to the Community Trail Advisory Committee. “Northeast Color accomplished more than we ever expected with some of these family friendly projects on the urban section of the trail. It’s so nice to see ideas like these come to fruition. I invite everyone to check out the trail and join us in thanking Northeast Color and the City’s Facilities and Grounds staff for all of their efforts.”

  • Absentee ballots available

    posted on: 10/7/2019

    Can't make it to the polls Nov. 5 for the Municipal Election? Absentee ballots are now available at the City Clerk's Office.

    Absentee ballot requests, which are available online and at City Hall, must be returned to the City Clerk's Office.

    For more information, visit the Municipal Election page, or contact the City Clerk's Office at 516-6018.

  • City updating Recreation Chapter of Master Plan

    posted on: 10/1/2019; updated: 10/6/2019

    The City of Dover is updating the Recreation Chapter of the Master Plan and wants feedback. Each year a different chapter of the city’s guiding document, the Master Plan, is updated. This year it’s recreation, which was last updated in 2009. The new chapter will not only focus on recreation but also include a larger arts component.

    The public is encouraged to weigh in on recreation and the arts in Dover and what they would like to see in the future. The Strafford County Regional Planning Commission will help facilitate the public input process and update the chapter.

  • Road closures and traffic restrictions in place for Apple Harvest Day

    posted on: 10/3/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces the following street closures and parking restrictions for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s annual Apple Harvest Day festival.

    On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the following streets will be closed to all traffic:

  • Overnight parking restrictions in place Thursday and Friday

    posted on: 10/1/2019

    Parking restrictions, 10.34.2019Portions of Central Avenue, Third Street, Second Street, First Street and Henry Law Avenue, as highlighted in the accompanying map, will be posted for no overnight parking on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4.

    On Thursday night, Community Services will be sweeping the streets in the posted areas. On Friday night, these same areas must be cleared of all parked vehicles in order to accommodate setup for Apple Harvest Day. Setup for the festival begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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

  • Waterfront Committee approves development agreement

    posted on: 9/26/2019

    The future of the city's waterfront took a significant step forward Tuesday when the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC) approved the development agreement between the City of Dover and Cathartes, the firm selected to develop the city's 23-acre waterfront parcel. The committee voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

    “Thanks to the efforts of CWDAC and City staff, we feel this project is on the path to a successful and mutually beneficial outcome for both the City of Dover and Cathartes,” said CWDAC Chair Dana Lynch.

    “The approval of the development agreement is an important milestone in the City’s efforts to redevelopment the waterfront property," said City Planner Steve Bird. "We look forward to a productive, long-term partnership with the Cathartes team.”

    Cathartes is currently developing the Orpheum Apartments project on Washington Street.

    “We are grateful to have the opportunity to develop this important waterfront site in a vibrant, growing city like Dover,” said Jeff Johnston of Cathartes. “Our team is anxious to move on to the design process and looks forward to working with staff and CWDAC.”

  • Dover Fire and Rescue recognizes recent promotions

    posted on: 9/25/2019

    Fire and Rescue Swearing InA crowd of more than 100 family, friends and fire service members attended a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 23 to recognize the recent promotions and career achievements of several Dover Fire & Rescue members.

    The ceremony was held in the auditorium at City Hall and officiated by City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. and Fire Chief Paul Haas.

    The following members were officially sworn in and recognized for recent promotions: Paul Haas, Fire Chief; Michael McShane, Deputy Fire Chief; Dale Spainhower, Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services; Craig Chabot, Division Chief of Safety and Training; Keith Irwin, Captain; Michael Ferullo, Lieutenant; and Bradley Ryder, Firefighter/AEMT.

  • Route 4 delays possible during night work

    posted on: 9/25/2019

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces upcoming night work on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 on U.S. Route 4 to facilitate the opening of the new roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Route 4, Spur Road, and Boston Harbor Road in Dover.

    Weather permitting, work will begin at 7 p.m. and include pavement marking operations, sign installations and traffic signal removal to transform the existing signalized intersection into a roundabout. Night operations are being utilized to produce the least amount of impact to daytime commuter traffic.

    Alternating one-way traffic may be utilized at night through the work area with signs, traffic control devices, uniformed officers and flaggers in place to help direct motorists.

    The duration of this night work is expected to be one night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. This is a complex, weather sensitive operation with a number of subcontractors involved. Unforeseen scheduling issues and adverse weather conditions would delay this work.

  • Waterfront Committee to vote on land agreement with developer at Tuesday meeting

    posted on: 9/20/2019

    When the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC) meets for its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, it will review and vote on the land disposition and development agreement between the City of Dover and Cathartes, the firm selected to develop the city's 29-acre waterfront parcel. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 305 at the McConnell Center.

    The land disposition and development agreement follows the approval of a term sheet by CWDAC and the City Council earlier this year. The term sheet spells out the parameters of the the proposed project, including the sale of the property to Cathartes for $3,372,500; 500,000 square feet of mixed-use development consisting of residential, retail, office, restaurant and hotel space; and site plan approval to begin by the end of 2019. As part of the agreed upon terms, the City of Dover earmarked $6.6 million in Tax Increment Financing funding to complete public improvements including bluff excavation, site grading, shoreline stabilization, a waterfront park, streets and public utilities.

    The land disposition and development agreement will finalize the terms of the agreement between the City of Dover and Cathartes. The proposed agreement before CWDAC on Tuesday, Sept. 24, can be viewed here.

  • City Council adopts architectural and solar zoning changes

    posted on: 9/19/2019

    At a recent meeting, the City Council voted to adopt the latest zoning amendments. These amendments include housekeeping revisions, along with changes to the zoning tables and text for architectural design standards and guidelines, including solar power in the Central Business District. These amendments were adopted after a yearlong project led by a steering committee appointed by the Planning Board, the Planning Department and their consultant, Resilience Planning and Design, LLC of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Public feedback was sought last fall through a visual preference survey, booths at Apple Harvest Day, stakeholder interviews, a citywide mailing, media releases, and public hearings. The Planning Board adopted the site review regulation amendments in March. Amendments to the City’s Zoning Code also requires adoption by the City Council.

    City Planner Donna Benton thanks all of those who participated and contributed to the new amendments.

    “It was nice to see over 900 respondents to the visual preference survey,” Benton said. “Thousands stopped by the Apple Harvest Day booth and satellite office. Staff also visited and interviewed high school classes to gain their feedback on how the Central Business District should look and feel. Walking around the Central Business District, one will quickly notice there is a lot of in-fill development going on with all the building taking place. It is important to review the City’s regulations from time to time and gain public feedback on Dover’s direction.”

  • Road closures, traffic restrictions in place Sunday for Seacoast Cancer 5K

    posted on: 9/19/2019

    On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will hold the fourth annual Seacoast Cancer 5K to benefit the Seacoast Cancer Center. Over 2,000 participants are expected. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a start and finish at WDH. Motorists should expect -- and give way to -- runners or walkers wearing numbered race bibs on any Dover roadways between 9 and 10 a.m.

    There are several major street closures during this event, including:

  • Downtown utility work Thursday evening and Friday morning may cause brief traffic delays

    posted on: 9/18/2019

    Subcontractors for Unitil will grind, smooth and repave two trench patches in the downtown area where new natural gas mains were previously installed for new development projects. One is located on Third Street in the area of Ross Furniture and the other is at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue.

    On Thursday night, Sept. 19 after midnight, work will begin to grind the two trenches. The grinding operation will result in some noise for residents in the immediate area. On Friday morning, Sept. 20, between 7 a.m. and noon, the trench patches will be paved.

    The paving work will result in single lane closures, with one lane of alternating traffic, and some brief traffic delays.

    An overnight parking restriction will be posted on a portion of Third Street on Thursday night, but no parking restriction is expected during the day.

  • Locust Street closure in effect Wednesday for paving

    posted on: 9/16/2019

    In connection with the Orpheum Apartments project at 104 Washington St., SUR and Fulcrum Construction will work on street grading on Tuesday, Sept. 17, followed by paving of the gravel areas on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

    During Wednesday’s paving, Locust Street will be closed for up to three hours during the day from Saint Thomas Street to Washington Street. Traffic will be diverted to Chestnut Street during that time.

  • Mount Washington documentary to be shown at the Dover Public Library

    posted on: 9/15/2019

    Stories from Mount Washington, a 40-minute documentary film by Bill Millios, based on journalist Dan Szczesny’s 2018 book “The White Mountain,” will be shown at the Dover Public Library on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, the filmmaker, Bill Millios and the author, Dan Szczesny will discuss the film with the audience.

    The film narrated by Szczesny, includes various video footage, interviews and photos compiled during the book’s research period. Interviews include rare footage of legendary AMC Hut Girl Barbara Hill Richardson and George Etzweiler, a 97-year-old ultra-runner. In addition, Stories from Mount Washington features music by composer Jeff Rapsis as well as poetry by Mike Morin, Skyler Jaye Rutkowski and Rob Greene.

  • Dover Police to hold community forum on addiction

    posted on: 9/10/2019

    The Dover Police Department will host a community forum on the addiction epidemic on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Police Department, 46 Chestnut St.

    During the forum, Dover's police and fire chiefs will lead a presentation and discussion about the addiction epidemic and the City of Dover's response and progress.

    In addition, several community partner organizations and social service agencies working with the city to address substance misuse, mental health and homelessness, will be in attendance.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    For more information, contact Vicki Hebert at v.hebert@dover.nh.gov or by calling 603-516-3279.

  • Call for Cast Members: Woodman Museum’s “Voices From the Cemetery” event returns Sept. 28-29

    posted on: 9/9/2019

    For its sixth annual re-enactment event, the Woodman Museum will present a new edition of “Voices from the Cemetery” on Sept. 28 and 29, 2019 on the grounds of Dover’s picturesque and historic Pine Hill Cemetery.

    Cast members and tour guides are being sought to act, lead groups, or provide event assistance during this two-day production when famous (or infamous) Dover residents will rise from the dead at their gravesites to entertain you with details from their most interesting lives. All acting roles are for adults, but no acting experience is required. We are seeking individuals with an interest in bringing history to life, and in helping Dover’s oldest museum, now in its 103rd year.

    In a dozen scenes, laid out all over Pine Hill Cemetery, history will come to life in September during the 60-90 minute escorted tours of this burial ground that dates from 1731. You will learn about 37 noted, nefarious, or notorious Dover citizens who will come to life beside their headstones, regaling visitors with tales of mirth, woe, and amazement. Among the residents lifting their voices in the cemetery will be colonial settlers, sea captains, business and real estate leaders, politicians, industrialists, and even a famous children’s author.

  • National Citizen Survey seeks opinions from Dover residents

    posted on: 9/2/2019

    Residents in the City of Dover are encouraged to participate in the 2019 National Citizen Survey, which provides a snapshot of the community and helps Dover measure service performance and quality, and assess community needs.

    "Participation in the survey is very important," said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "Feedback from this survey helps guide decisions that affect our City. I encourage all Dover residents to take the survey and help us chart our community’s future.”

    The results of the National Citizen Survey, combined with other feedback, helps the City Council, various City boards and commissions and the City administration understand and respond appropriately to the needs of the community in the upcoming years, as well as make comparisons with peer cities.

    Some residents were selected at random to receive the survey at home, by mail. If you received the paper version of the survey, please complete that version and return it, rather than choosing the online survey.

  • New parking hours and rates in Dover begin Sept. 3

    posted on: 8/30/2019

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault announces new public parking hours and rates will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The changes follow recommendations by the Parking Commission, based on months of public input, and a vote to adopt the changes by the City Council in July.

    Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, metered public parking hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The changes include extending the hours of metered parking from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and adding Saturday.

    In addition, progressive parking rates will take effect Sept. 3 at most public parking locations and surface lots. The first two hours of parking remain unchanged at $1 per hour. The third and fourth hours of metered public parking will be $2 per hour. Metered parking after four hours will be $3 per hour. Progressive pricing does not include the Orchard Street Public Parking Garage, Chestnut Street lot and the Transportation Center lot, where existing hourly rates will remain in effect.

    “Part of the challenge of adding Saturdays was that during the weekday, there was a three-hour time limit,” said Parking Manager Bill Simons. “Having a time limit on Saturdays, when the average visit could be much longer, didn’t make sense. Combining the need for a longer visit option and a consistent parking policy throughout the week led to the progressive pricing program.”

  • City administrative offices closed Labor Day

    posted on: 8/30/2019

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is closed Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

    Recreation facilities at the McConnell Center and the Indoor Pool and Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool are also closed on Labor Day. The Ice Arena is open on Labor Day.

    Trash pickup and curbside recycling will be delayed by one day all week for the holiday.

    Labor Day is a "parking holiday." Metered parking is free on parking holidays.

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

    posted on: 8/29/2019

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Cochecho Challenge Half Marathon footrace.

    On Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., the 3.1 and 13.1-mile footraces will begin simultaneously on Central Avenue, near Silver Street, and will end in the parking lot of First Parish Church. Brief street closures will be in effect on Central Avenue, Silver Street, and Arch Street to accommodate the 8:30 a.m. start. Additional street closures will be in effect on Silver Street, near Arch Street, for the 5K race. Motorists should expect and give way to runners wearing numbered race bibs on any Dover roadway between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These include Washington Street, Tolend Road, Glen Hill Road, County Farm Cross Road, Sixth Street, Glenwood Avenue, Horne Street, Fourth Street, Atkinson Street, and Nelson Street.

    Church Street will be closed to all traffic between Locust and Academy streets between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

    Parking restrictions will be posted in the following locations on Saturday, Aug. 31:

  • Portland Avenue parking restrictions in place Sept. 3

    posted on: 8/29/2019

    The westerly side of Portland Avenue, from Atlantic Avenue to Main Street, will be posted for no parking on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 a.m. to allow Community Services to seal cracks in the pavement. The restriction will be removed as the work progresses.

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

  • Mechanic Street to close to traffic for two weeks beginning Aug. 26

    posted on: 8/25/2019

    Beginning the week of Aug. 26, 2019 and continuing for two weeks, Mechanic Street will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The closure is necessary while contractors at the development project at the corner of Chapel and Mechanic streets remove and replace curbing and sidewalk along Mechanic Street, and excavate in the roadway to access underground utility lines.

    The School Street parking lot will be open and accessible from School Street and from the westerly side near Janetos Plaza. The rear parking lot of Janetos Plaza will be open and accessible from Chapel Street, but not from Mechanic Street. Mechanic Street will be open at night and on weekends.

  • Dover Citizens Leadership Academy starts Oct. 10

    posted on: 8/16/2019; updated: 8/24/2019

    The Greater Dover of Chamber of Commerce will once again produce the 2019 Eastern Bank Citizens Leadership Academy in partnership with the City of Dover this October. The free program offers Garrison City residents a firsthand look at local government and municipal operations and provides attendees a role in shaping the future of the city. Citizens Leadership Academy will meet on the evenings of Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, as well as a morning session on Saturday, Oct. 26.

    “Each year this program brings together people from diverse segments of the community interested in meeting and working with others to address key issues critical to maintaining and improving Dover’s quality of life,” said Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce. “Citizens Leadership Academy participants are encouraged to initiate discussions with other residents as well as business and government leaders, and contribute their knowledge, imagination and energy towards the betterment of the community.”

    This year’s Citizens Leadership Academy will include presentations by City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., Assistant City Manager/Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives Christopher G. Parker, Economic Development Director Daniel Barufaldi, Library Director Cathy Beaudoin, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Harbron, Fire Chief Paul Haas, Police Chief Bill Breault and Recreation Director Gary Bannon. The program will also include a visit to the North End Fire Station, Police Station, and a bus tour of the City’s Community Services facilities led by Director of Community Services John Storer.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday

    posted on: 8/20/2019

    The City of Dover, along with the towns of Rollinsford, Lee and Madbury, will hold a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the City's Community Services facility, 271 Mast Road.

    The goal of Hazardous Waste Collection Day is to allow for the proper disposal of household hazardous materials. Residents of the four communities can bring household hazardous waste to Community Services for safe disposal.

    The following household waste will be accepted: fertilizer with acids; bathroom cleaners; brush cleaner; pesticides car waxes/polish; disinfectants; corrosives; fungicides; creosote; furniture polish paint/stain/finish; insect spray; driveway sealers/tar; metal polish (lead and oil based); lighter fluid; flea powder; mothballs; rust preventative; pest strips/traps; gasoline; oven cleaner; solvents; pesticides; radiator flush; photo chemicals; thinner/turpentine; poisons; roofing tar; rug cleaner; wood preservatives; pool chemicals; and wood strippers.

    Empty containers are not hazardous. Please dispose of them in your regular trash.

    Explosives, asbestos, latex paint, oil (new or used) and antifreeze will not be accepted.

    Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Dover is for household residents only. Proof of residency is required.

  • Bellamy Road traffic restrictions in place Monday for paving

    posted on: 8/17/2019

    On Monday, Aug. 19, Continental Paving, under contract with the City of Dover, will pave Bellamy Road, from Alumni Drive to Knox Marsh Road (Route 155).

    During the paving work, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m, traffic restrictions will be in place.

    At the start of the work at 7 a.m., the traffic pattern on Bellamy Road will alternate in each direction. Significant delays are expected. At some point after 8 a.m., the traffic pattern will shift to one-way only in the southbound direction, from Route 155 toward Route 108. Bellamy Road will be closed to all northbound traffic at Route 108 until the paving is completed.

    Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

  • Traffic restrictions in place Friday on Central Avenue bridge

    posted on: 8/15/2019

    Traffic on the Central Avenue bridge will be reduced to one lane on Friday, Aug. 16, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., during paving work at the site of the Cochecho Falls retaining wall.

    The contractor, George R. Cairns and Sons, Inc. of Windham, expects to conclude work in two weeks.

    The $1.1 million project addresses safety concerns related to the retaining wall’s condition and integrity. The original granite blocks, which shifted over time, dated back to the early 1800s and were not intended to serve as a retaining wall. The old blocks were replaced with interlocking, precast concrete blocks that can withstand additional pressure.