Announcements

Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Crews to begin city-wide hydrant flushing Sunday, Sept. 26

    posted on 9/22/2021

    The Community Services Utilities Division will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the City of Dover on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Hydrant flushing is expected to take six weeks.

    Crews will work at night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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

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

  • Public hearing for 2023-2033 draft 10-year state transportation plan on Oct. 4

    posted on 9/21/2021

    The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) is holding 21 public hearings around the state on the draft 2023-2032 Department of Transportation (DOT) 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Two of those public hearings will be held in Dover and Somersworth on Monday, Oct. 4.

    The first public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. in Dover's City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Avenue. The second one will be held at 7 p.m. at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive, in Somersworth.

    The purpose of these public hearings is to receive public comments/testimony on transportation projects and priorities included in the draft 2023-2032 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan as recommended by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to GACIT. ...more

  • City Council meets Wednesday to consider budget amendment for additional education aid

    posted on 9/20/2021

    The City Council meets for its second regular meeting of the month on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

    On the agenda is a public hearing on a resolution that would adopt a fiscal year 2022 general fund budget amendment to appropriate $1,561,230 in additional state education aid to be received by the school district. These unanticipated funds result from the State of New Hampshire biennial budget adopted on June 24, 2021. The City Council adopted the City of Dover’s FY 2022 budget on June 2, 2021. This resolution requires a two-thirds vote by the Council to pass. The City Council is expected to vote on the resolution following the public hearing.

    The Council will also refer a FY 2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) appropriation and bonding request for the Pudding Hill water treatment plant for a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with an anticipated City Council vote on Wednesday, Oct. 27. 

    The complete agenda can be viewed ...more

  • Dover Chamber now registering for 2021 Citizen's Leadership Academy

    posted on 9/15/2021

    The Greater Dover of Chamber of Commerce is producing the 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 an opportunity to help shape the future of the city.

    The 2021 Citizens Leadership Academy will meet on Oct. 7, 14, 21, 23, 28, and Nov. 4. 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. It will increase citizens’ knowledge of the community and introduce them to opportunities to become more involved as active community members.

    “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,” said Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Joyce.

    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 Denise LaFrance, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Harbron, Fire Chief Paul Haas, Police Chief William Breault, Community Services Director John Storer and Recreation Director Gary Bannon. ...more

  • Road closures, parking restrictions in place Sunday for Horne Street School 5k

    posted on 9/17/2021

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Horne Street School 5k and Fran's Memorial Fitness Walk on Sunday, Sept. 19:

    • Sixth Street will be closed in the northerly direction from Grove Street to Whittier Street from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Horne Street will be closed to through traffic between Glenwood Avenue and Redden Street from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
    • Whittier Street will be closed to through traffic between Sixth Street and Glenwood Avenue from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
    • Glenwood Avenue will be closed in the easterly direction from Sixth Street to Whittier Street from 9 to 9:45 a.m. 

    ...more

  • Children's Museum hosts 9th Annual NH Maker Fest

    posted on 9/14/2021

    The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will hold the 9th Annual NH Maker Fest on
    Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside and around the museum in downtown Dover.
    This day-long festival is perfect for anyone looking to spend a few hours discovering something
    new, whether that’s about printmaking, zines, sewing, baking, robots and so much more.

    Freelance Illustrator Alex Edgerly from Newmarket will be showing off her linocut print designs.
    Master carpenter and seasoning expert, Dan Gagnon will be sharing samples of his three “NH
    Dan’s Seasonings.” Seacoast ArtSpot, a new studio in Portsmouth, will be on hand at the
    Maker Fest to share their love of learning through a wide variety of art and craft-based experiences. Sages Entertainment, which specializes in entertaining with bubbles, magic, STEAM
    enrichment, and more, will bring their special bubble tricks and hands-on play to NH Maker
    Fest this year. They’ll also bring a few robot friends and show off their special skills as well.

    Thanks to generous lead sponsors including Sprague, the UNIQUE College Investing Plan, and
    Kennebunk Savings Bank, this year’s Fest entrance is by donation. ...more

  • Space available in Dover Recreation fall swim programs

    posted on 9/11/2021

    Dover Recreation still has room in their fall swim lesson programs offered at the Dover Indoor Pool.

    Classes range from infant/toddler all the way through adult lessons. A packet containing information about the different youth swim programs can be viewed here ...more

  • Dover Arts Commission soliciting artists and businesses for Dover Art Beat exhibits

    posted on 9/10/2021

    The Dover Arts Commission is working with artists, area businesses, the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, and the Dover Main Street Program to connect businesses and visual artists.

    The Arts Commission’s goal is to encourage local businesses to display local art and give artists an alternate display venue other than specific galleries or themed gallery shows. This also provides the public more opportunities and locations to view artwork.

    How the Dover Art Beat program works ...more

  • 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Dover Veterans Park, Saturday, Sept. 11

    posted on 8/26/2021; updated 9/10/2021

    Dover Fire and Rescue will hold a 20th-anniversary remembrance ceremony this Saturday for those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The event is open to the public.

    The ceremony will be held at Dover Veterans Park in front of the McConnell Center at 32 Locust St. at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Uniformed personnel planning to attend are asked to stage in the McConnell Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

    In inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Dover High School Auditorium at 25 Alumni Drive in Dover....more

  • Waterfront committee gives conditional approval for development plans

    posted on 9/7/2021

    The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (CWDAC) provided conditional approval to the Carthartes’ development plans at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 31, allowing the project to move forward to Planning Board review.

    The development plans include site plans and architectural renderings. CWDAC also recommends the project receive a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Board for building height, which is 55 feet for that district.

    The approval includes the condition for CWDAC for developer Cathartes, the City of Dover’s planning and recreation staff, and the CWDAC’s Park Planning Subcommittee to “work diligently and closely with the paddlesports community to ensure cooperation in any future plans for the design, permitting and construction for a paddle sports facility.” ...more

  • Candidate filing for Nov. 2 municipal election opens Sept. 8

    posted on: 7/28/2021; updated: 9/5/2021

    The filing period for the City of Dover municipal election opens this Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. and ends Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at 4 p.m.

    Candidates seeking the office of Mayor, City Council, School Board, Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator, Selectpersons and Ward Clerk must file a written declaration of candidacy with the City Clerk during the filing period. 

    The municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

    At the election, voters from all wards will elect the Mayor, two at-large City Councilors, and one at-large School Board member. In addition, voters in each of the six Dover wards will elect a City Councilor and School Board member and election officers, including a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator, three Selectpersons, and a Ward Clerk. All elected positions are two-year terms. ...more

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

    posted on: 9/3/2021

    Dover Police Chief William Breault announces the following road closures and parking restrictions for the Cochecho Challenge Half Marathon and 5K footrace.

    On Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., the 3.1- and 13.1-mile footraces will begin simultaneously on Silver Street, near Central Avenue, and end in front of the First Parish Congregational Church parking lot off Church Street. Brief street closures will be in effect on Silver Street and Arch Street to accommodate the 8:30 a.m. start. A portion of the 5K course will be run along the Dover Community Trail between Washington Street and Central Avenue, and will cross Fisher Street.

    Motorists should expect and give way to runners wearing numbered race bibs on any Dover roadways between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.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 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. ...more

  • City administrative offices closed Labor Day

    posted on: 9/2/2021

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Library is closed Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, for Labor Day.

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

  • Voters may request absentee ballots for Nov. 2 municipal election

    posted on 9/1/2021

    Absentee ballot applications for the City of Dover Nov. 2, 2021 municipal election are now available online and at the City Clerk's Office.

    Any registered voter unable to vote on Election Day or who cannot make it to the polls because of a disability, religious observance, or employment obligations may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk's Office in person or by mail.

    Absentee ballots will not be available until after the candidate filing period is complete and the municipal election ballots are printed, anticipated to be late September or early October.  ...more

  • Dover's Open Lands Committee partners with First Light Habitats for pollinator talk

    posted on: 8/31/2021

    Dover's Open Lands Committee and First Light Habitats will hold "Places for Pollinators: Creating habitat for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds" on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The talk will be held at Riverside Gardens, 201 Tolend Road.

    The talk will feature Deb Perkins from First Light Habitats, who will discuss identification, ecology and habitat needs of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. The event will feature a 45-minute indoor presentation, followed by a pollinator garden tour. Masks and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. ...more

  • City lifts mandatory water restrictions, officials still urge water conservation

    posted on 8/27/2021; updated 8/30/2021

    Effective today, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., rescinded the mandatory, citywide ban on outdoor water use implemented on June 30, 2021.

    At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Joyal said the water levels in the city's drinking water aquifers have returned to levels in past droughts, though he continued to urge water conservation. He also noted that recent rains from Tropical Storm Henri should continue to add water to the aquifers. 

    Joyal made the "Declaration of Water Emergency" and instituted the "Water Emergency Restrictions" soon after the U.S. Drought Monitor drought declaration for the city on June 22, 2021. The 2021 drought declaration followed a full year of the City of Dover being classified as abnormally dry or in drought conditions, including extreme drought, creating a significant precipitation deficit of more than 10 inches. When Joyal declared the water emergency, many of the City of Dover's drinking water aquifers were below the extended 2016 drought levels. The Pudding Hill aquifer, capable of supplying about 40% of the water demand in the city, was and is offline. Joyal and the Community Services Director electively took the Pudding Hill aquifer offline in 2019, reserving it for emergency use until a water treatment facility is built, expected in the next two years.

    Joyal cited the low aquifer levels and the Pudding Hill aquifer as reasons to continue the outdoor water ban, even after one of the rainiest July's on record. Joyal has noted that significant rains do not "automatically recharge the aquifers. It takes time for that water to percolate through the ground and get to the aquifer." Joyal wanted to ensure rebounding aquifer levels before removing restrictions. "We are being extremely cautious with the demands on our system," Joyal told the Council earlier this month. ...more

  • U.S. Census: Dover's population grows by more than 9% over 10 years

    posted on 8/26/2021

    Newly released U.S. Census data shows the City of Dover was among the fastest-growing cities in the state, as it was with the 2010 census.

    Dover's population increased by 2,754 people from April 1, 2010, to April 1, 2020, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. It's a 9.18% increase, 0.03 points less than Rochester's 9.21% population increase, the highest among New Hampshire's cities. Rochester's population increased by 2,740 people.

    Over the last 20 years, between the 2000 and the 2020 Census, Dover's population increased by 5,857, or 21.79%. During the same time frame, Rochester's population increased by 4,031 or 14.16%, Somersworth by 378 or 3.29 percent, and Portsmouth by 1,172 or 5.64 percent.

    "As anyone who lives here knows, Dover is a special place and has a lot to offer residents," said Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker. "It is great to see more people being welcomed into the community, continuing a 100-year trend of positive growth and evolution of the community."...more

  • City Council considers placing Charter questions on ballot for Nov. 2 municipal election

    posted on 8/24/2021

    The City Council meets for its second regular meeting of the month this coming Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at City Hall's Council Chambers.

    On the Council's agenda are a few items related to the Nov. 2, 2021, municipal election. One is setting the voting hours. The other two are Charter-related ballot questions: authorizing the placing of the Council's proposed Charter amendments on the ballot and whether to place a question of creating a Charter Commission on the ballot.

    The City's Charter and Code -- the set of ordinances specific to the City of Dover -- are periodically reviewed for accuracy and completeness. In 2017, the City contracted with a firm specializing in developing and publishing municipal code to perform an in-depth review of the Charter, along with the rest of the City's Code, as part of an overall recodification process. The recodification process is designed to make the City's Charter and Code more accessible to the public with improved online availability, searchability, and formatting. The detailed review of the Charter and Code revealed typographical and formatting issues, improvements in readability, and needed updates to reflect current statutes and practices.

    In 2020, the City Council accepted revisions to the Code to implement the improvements; however, changes to the Charter must be approved using ballot questions during a municipal election. The City Council mandated the Ordinance Committee to propose ballot questions to address the Charter amendments recommended during the recodification process. The Ordinance Committee previously approved the proposed Charter amendments and ballot questions after holding a series of public meetings in 2020 and 2021 to identify, discuss, and refine proposed charter amendments. In July, after a public hearing, the City Council approved the proposed amendments, which were then sent to the Attorney General for final review. The vote Wednesday would authorize these amendment questions to be placed on the ballot for voter approval.

    The other item is whether the City Council will put a question on the ballot to see if voters want to create Charter Commission. ...more

  • Recent water bills reflect a longer quarterly cycle

    posted on 8/24/2021

    The City of Dover recently sent water bills to customers for the last quarter, which for most customers reflect a billing cycle of about 120 days, about 28 days longer than a typical quarter. The lag in water bills is partly due to changes in billing software and the labor to read water meters that haven’t been switched out with new meters. Community Services Director John Storer plans to have every old water meter swapped out within 12 months.

    Quarterly billing cycles have oscillated between 70 to 120 days. Once all the new meters are installed, the billing cycle will become more consistent. Because of the fluctuations in billing cycles, Storer encourages water customers to look at the gallons-per-day water usage rather than the total bill cost. For questions about water usage or if users feel there is an error in the bill, Storer encourages users to contact Community Services at 516-6450. For those with new meters, city staff can review usage and locate anomalies, such as a water leak, by comparing historical water use. Water leaks can waste hundreds to thousands of gallons of water. A simple drip every two seconds can lead to a waste of more than 1,500 gallons per year. See a water drip calculator here: https://drinktap.org/water-info/water-conservation/drip-calculator.

    A portion of the bills also reflects the City Council-approved water rate increase that went into effect when the 2022 fiscal year began on July 1, 2021. The water rate increased from $5.54 per hundred cubic feet (HCF), or about $0.0074 per gallon of water, to $5.95 HCF, or $0.008 per gallon. A hundred cubic feet of water equals 748.052 gallons of water. An average shower uses about 17.8 gallons of water; with the rate increase, the cost of an average shower increased a penny from $0.132 to $0.142. ...more

  • Dover Fire and Rescue awarded FEMA grant

    posted on 8/18/2021

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded Dover Fire and Rescue $82,378 through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The department will use the grant to purchase a system designed to automatically load and unload its patient stretchers into and out of their ambulances to minimize the risk of back injuries to medical personnel.

    Conducting an operations risk analysis in 2020, the department found that paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) loaded or unloaded a stretcher more than 11,000 times during nearly 3,000 patient transports in a year, a situation where personnel can injure themselves while trying to provide life-saving care. Dover Fire and Rescue applied for the competitive FEMA grant to cover the cost of the Stryker Power-LOAD system for each of its three ambulances. It can load and unload a patient up to 700 pounds.

    “Back injuries are not uncommon in the fire service due to the myriad of heavy equipment we utilize and the unstable environments our members are frequently called to work in,” Haas said. “Every patient transport is a lifting action with the potential for a back injury. The probability of injury increases when paramedics and EMTs provide care in a fast-paced, life-or-death situation. This auto-loading system will significantly reduce the exposure of our personnel to the potential of a career-ending back injury.”...more

  • Dover submits Great Bay adaptive management plan with Portsmouth, Rochester and other towns

    posted on 8/18/2021

    The cities of Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester and the towns of Rollinsford, Milton and Newington – all members of the Municipal Alliance for Adaptive Management – recently submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) its first joint adaptive management plan (AMP) to monitor and set scientific benchmarks to judge Great Bay water quality improvements.

    The submittal of the joint AMP is a voluntary part of being covered by the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Great Bay Total Nitrogen General Permit (GBTN) for Wastewater Treatment Facilities in New Hampshire that became effective Feb. 1, 2021.

    The AMP, which can be read here, outlines a comprehensive method to explore and understand the stressors impacting the health of the Great Bay Estuary. It provides a practical approach to refining and advancing scientifically sound watershed-level water quality protection programs. In addition to focusing on total nitrogen levels, the AMP emphasizes exploring critical information about other potential pollutants and the changing nature of eelgrass, salt marshes, shellfish habitats and fish in the estuary.

    “The creation of this adaptive management plan has truly been a collaborative effort by the municipalities, project partners, and stakeholders focused on improving the health of the Great Bay Estuary,” said Gretchen Young, Environmental Projects Manager for the City of Dover. ...more

  • Olympic medalist and Dover native Jessica Parratto visits city Tuesday, will be honored at public event

    posted on: 8/13/2021; updated: 8/15/2021

    Dover native and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist diver Jessica Parratto will visit her hometown and be honored by the City of Dover at an event at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park this Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, members of the City Council, and other officials will be in attendance to help celebrate Parratto's Olympic achievements. The public is welcome to attend.

    Parratto won the silver medal in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving competition on July 27 with diving partner Delaney Schnell. It is the United States' first Olympic medal in that competition. The 27-year-old also participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she placed seventh in the same event and 10th in the individual 10-meter platform diving competition.

    Parratto began her swimming career at the Seacoast Swimming Association in Dover, founded by her parents Amy and Mike Parratto, both members of the Dover Sports Hall of Fame. Jessica started her diving career with her mother, a five-time All-American Diver at Wellesley College, as her coach. Her father was an early coach of another Dover Olympian, Jenny Thompson, one of the most decorated Olympians in history....more

  • Outdoor water ban to remain in place at least through Labor Day

    posted on: 8/14/2021

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. told the City Council Wednesday that he anticipates keeping the mandatory outdoor watering ban at least through Labor Day to ensure adequate recharging of the public drinking water aquifers.

    Joyal issued an emergency order on July 1, 2021, enabling water restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use, per City Ordinance 121-51.

    Current daily water use averages two million gallons per day, which Joyal said was manageable for the city’s drinking water supply. While the region is no longer considered to be in a drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor and received more than 11.5 inches of rain in July, there is still more than a five-inch precipitation deficit dating from June 2020. From June 23, 2020, to July 20, 2021, the U.S. Drought Monitor classified the City of Dover as either abnormally dry or in drought conditions, including extreme drought last fall.

    Even though the region has had significant rains in July, Joyal said the precipitation “does not automatically recharge the aquifers. It takes time for that water to percolate through the ground and get to the aquifer.” ...more

  • City Council recognizes Arts Commission with proclamation

    posted on: 8/12/2021

    At the City Council meeting this week, Mayor Robert Carrier and the Dover City Council recognized the Dover Arts Commission for being honored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with the Governor's Arts Award for Creative Communities. The Creative Communities Award recognizes a city, town, community-wide organization, or an individual that significantly fostered the arts through funding and/or program initiatives within the past three years, and the Arts Commission was chosen because of a number of arts-related initiatives in recent years.

    "What you guys do is unbelievable," Carrier said to members of the Arts Commission, shortly before reading the proclamation.

    Arts Commission Co-Chair Jane Hamor, Vice Chair Linnea Nemeth, and Commission member Cliff Blake were in attendance at the City Council meeting to receive the proclamation.

    The proclamation reads:...more

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session Sept. 7

    posted on 8/11/2021

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, record changes of address, name and party affiliation, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist.

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

  • FEMA to conduct nationwide test of emergency alert systems on Aug. 11

    posted on: 8/10/2021

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct national tests of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, at 2:20 p.m.

    These tests will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide. The test messages will clearly state the alert is only a test. In the event that widespread severe weather or another significant event occurs on Aug. 11, 2021, both tests will be postponed until Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

    The EAS national test is very similar to regular monthly tests typically originated by state authorities. During the test, radios and televisions across the country may interrupt normal programming to play the EAS test message. The message may be delivered in English or Spanish. ...more

  • Central Avenue north end water main project slated to begin September

    posted on: 8/9/2021

    The year’s second major water main infrastructure project is slated to start in late August or early September.

    Called the Central Avenue North Water Improvements, the project will replace aging water mains along Central Avenue from Abbey Sawyer Memorial Drive to Glenwood Avenue. This project will begin once the Washington and Main Water Improvements project is substantially complete, anticipated by Aug. 19.

    The Central Avenue North project will replace two sections of water mains. One is a 133-year-old 14-inch water main from Lowell Avenue to Abbey Sawyer Memorial Drive, a critical piece of infrastructure of the City of Dover’s water system. The other is an undersized six-inch water main from Glenwood Avenue to Lowell Avenue installed in 1927. Both mains will be replaced with new 16-inch ductile iron pipes expected to last the next 100-150 years. The project is anticipated to be substantially complete by mid to late December. A complete street paving overlay will occur next spring. ...more

  • School Board subcommittee recommends renaming Horne Street school in honor of beloved nurse Fran Hopkins

    posted on: 8/6/2021

     School Board subcommittee is recommending the full School Board name the Horne Street Elementary School after the beloved, retired school nurse Frances “Fran” Hopkins, who died last year due to complications from COVID-19.

    The subcommittee, which includes School Board members Kathleen Morrison, Carolyn Mebert and Zachary Koehler, voted unanimously to recommend the change at the meeting Thursday, Aug. 5. Koehler said the School Board would vote on the recommendation at its meeting Monday, Aug. 9. The subcommittee did not recommend a specific name but suggested the Fran Hopkins Elementary School at Horne Street as a potential candidate. Many residents sent emails and spoke in favor of the renaming proposal, sharing stories of how the Horne Street nurse, who retired in 2016, made a difference in their or their children’s lives.

    The subcommittee was formed by Chair Amanda Russell during School Board Matters of Interest at the June 14, 2021, School Board meeting “to gather input and the appropriateness of the request and to formulate a recommendation.” Russell noted she had received an email from resident David Bamford to rename the school....more

  • Dover’s waterfront history is topic of next Dover400 lecture

    posted on: 7/28/2021; updated: 8/4/2021

    Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. with an online presentation about Dover illustrious history as a 19th-century shipping port.

    Our speaker for this webinar is George Maglaras, proprietor of George’s Marina which is located at the former epicenter of Dover’s thriving and bustling seaport. This shipping trade, which included all manner of vessels from gundalows to three-masted schooners, also supported many businesses and industries which lined the Cochecho River. This area, along Cochecho Street, was the commercial center of Dover for 200 years, until the great flood of 1896, called “Dover’s Black Day”, wiped out most riverfront businesses and deposited vast amounts of silt and sand into the river, essentially ending large-scale shipping.

    George Maglaras grew up along the waterfront and is a highly regarded raconteur of Dover’s maritime history. Maglaras has been a Strafford County Commissioner for 19 terms, and Chairman since 1987. He has over 45 years of involvement in numerous civic, municipal, and state organizations as well, serving in the NH Legislature and as Mayor of Dover in 1990-91. His presentation will combine the waterfront history with a large dose of entertainment through George’s tales of river lore and legend.

    Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the July 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org. ...more

  • Dover Police to participate in National Night Out on Aug. 3

    posted on: 7/27/2021; updated: 8/2/2021

    Chief William M. Breault of the Dover Police Department is pleased to announce that the Dover Police Department will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.

    The event will take place at the police station, 46 Chestnut St., from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

    National Night Out is a time for community members to meet with police officers, discuss issues, learn what the police do, and unite with the common goal of crime prevention and safety. The public will be able to take tours of the station and see a variety of displays around the building including some of the specialized equipment and vehicles that the police use. These will include a police cruiser, the police motorcycle, the crime scene vehicle and our tactical rescue vehicle. Several officers will be at the event and interacting with the public. ...more

  • Council to hold workshop on new skate park, pump station upgrades

    posted on: 8/2/2021

    The Dover City Council is scheduled to hold a workshop on the new Dover Skate Park on Wednesday, Aug. 4. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Conference Room at City Hall.

    The workshop is to allow Recreation Director Gary Bannon and members of the Dover Skate Park Design Committee to provide an overview and cost of the project planned for Guppey Park and to answer Council questions. Bannon anticipates bringing a resolution at a subsequent City Council meeting in August to fund the next two phases of the skate park, which includes design engineering and construction.

    Last fall, the Dover Skate Park Design Committee unveiled its preliminary design of the new skate park designed by Pillar Design Studios. After receiving public feedback, the design committee and Pillar Design Studios worked on a final concept design plan. The design engineering would take that final concept plan to create specs that can be given to contractor to build.

    As currently envisioned, the park would include three elements to be built in an undeveloped site of Guppey Park behind the Jenny Thompson Pool. The elements include the main skate park, a skate bowl and a BMX pump track. The plan is to build the skate park first, with the bowl and pump track in future phases as funding allows....more

  • Engineers seek feedback on new signal timings on Central Avenue and Durham Road

    posted on 8/2/2021

    Traffic engineers deployed new signal timings on Monday, Aug. 2, along the congested stretch of Central Avenue/Durham Road and seek driver feedback about the timing changes.

    The five intersections on Central Avenue/Durham Road, which includes the Exit 7 interchange of the Spaulding Turnpike, is the first signal system to receive new traffic signal timings. New timings will be deployed to traffic signals systems at Weeks Crossing, north Central Avenue (Morin Street to Oak Street), and Silver Street (Central Avenue to Arch Street) in the coming months.

    The City of Dover, through a Federal Highway Administration grant administered through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, is deploying new signal timings at 17 critical traffic signals along the Central Avenue corridor that have already been upgraded with new hardware and software. The city has contracted with Sebago Technics to upgrade the signals, deploy and adjust traffic signal timings.

    Once deployed, Sebago Technics engineers will monitor traffic flow and adjust timings based on traffic flow data and public feedback. For the Central Avenue/Durham Road corridor, engineers plan further adjustments when the new school year begins. ...more

  • City Council to hold public hearing on River Street Pump Station upgrades

    posted on 7/28/2021

    The City Council will hold a public hearing at its Wednesday, July 28 meeting on planned upgrades to the River Street Pump Station. It will also vote on resolutions for a new cable franchise agreement and sending proposed Charter amendment changes to ballot for the Nov. 2, 2021 municipal election. 

    The public hearing on the River Street Pump Station is on a resolution that would authorize a fiscal year 2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) appropriation and allow participation in the Department of Environmental Services Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for the pump station upgrades. According to the background materials, the resolution would authorize $7,206,000 for the FY 2022 CIP appropriations. These funds are in addition to the $1 million appropriated in the FY 2020 CIP. The total project is estimated to cost $8,206,000.

    By participating in the state’s CWSRF program, the City of Dover would be eligible for up to $1 million in principal forgiveness for the loan.

    The River Street Pump station is nearly 30 years old and is a critical component of the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure, conveying more than 80 percent of the City’s wastewater. ...more

  • On the Agenda: Planning Board, 7/27/2021

    posted on: 7/22/2021

    In a video released this week, Assistant City Manager Christopher Parker reviews what's on the agenda at the next Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, July 27. The video can be viewed here: https://dovernh.viebit.com/player.php?hash=ds8ksLscj8jy.

    Among the items before the Planning Board on July 27 are the second of three public hearings to consider zoning amendments, a second public hearing and possible vote on site plan review amendments, and a second public hearing and possible vote on subdivision of land regulation amendments. The Planning Board will also consider a minor lot line adjustment on Durham Road; a minor subdivision on 64 Littleworth Road; a request to waive Police and Recreation Impact Fees for First Street at Garrison, LLC., 200 First Street; a conditional use permit and site plan approval for a convenience store with six vehicle refueling and one electric recharging stations at the intersection of Dover Point Road and Pointe Place; and a conditional use permit and site plan approval for a professional and medical office building on Dover Point Road. The complete agenda can be viewed here: Planning Board agenda, 7/27/2021.

    The July 27 meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 22 and streamed live online. ...more

  • City Council OKs joining Community Power Coalition

    posted on: 7/22/2021

    At the City Council’s July 14 meeting, the Council authorized the City Manager to sign the Joint Powers Agreement of the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, thereby joining the Community Power Coalition as one of its founding members. Community Power is a non-profit corporation created as a result of state law RSA 53-E.

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. told the Council the coalition allows participating communities to work together to secure electrical power supply contracts. Joyal said that each community could decide on the power supply provider and the makeup of the energy provided by the supplier. According to the resolution background materials, local governments can procure and provide electricity to its residents and business on a competitive basis with traditional energy suppliers. By working together with other communities, the City could lower costs and leverage renewable energy projects as a source of power. Joyal said there are likely to be procurement costs associated with obtaining power supply contracts in the future; however, there is no commitment for the City of Dover to share those costs at this time. Currently, any costs are covered by a grant by one of the other founding communities....more

  • City Council proclaims July 2021 Plastic Pollution Reduction Month

    posted on: 7/21/2021

    Mayor Robert Carrier and the City Council recently proclaimed July 2021 to be Plastic Pollution Reduction Month. Carrier read the proclamation at the June 23 meeting, which states:

    WHEREAS: The City of Dover strives to be a leader in sustainability and passed a resolution in April 2019 calling for a city-wide, voluntary reduction of the use and distribution of single-use plastics; and

    WHEREAS: The City of Dover wishes to conserve resources, minimize waste, reduce greenhouse gas emission and other pollution, and protect the welfare of our residents and wildlife, all of which contribute to the quality of life in Dover; and...more

  • JBC works to close out Dover High School project

    posted on: 7/16/2021

    The Dover High School Joint Building Committee (JBC) met this week as it works to close out the $87.6 million construction project.

    Even though Dover High School completed its third year of operation in June, there remains a few punch list items for the JBC to accomplish. When the new school opened in August of 2018, there were significant items to be completed, such as the demolition of the old high school and installing athletic fields and parking lots in its place. Now it's down to a handful of items. One significant thing that remains is building an animal pen for Career Technical Center's Animal Science Program. The JBC is working to put that project, estimated to cost $100,000, out to bid soon. Other items include installing a welding sink and fume hood for other CTC classrooms.

    The general contractor for the project, PC Construction, officially closed outs its responsibility at the end of 2020. Some of the remaining tasks that PC Construction was initially scheduled to complete were transferred to the JBC. The committee felt it could get better pricing than what the contractor offered, such as new fencing and dugouts for the baseball and softball fields. ...more

  • Police Chief recognizes officers for life-saving response, swears in new officer

    posted on: 7/14/2021

    In a ceremony held on July 14, 2021 at the Police Department, Dover Police Chief William Breault swore in the department’s newest officer, Luis Berdecia and recognized eight department employees.

    Three department employees were recognized related to an incident that occurred on June 20, 2021. During the afternoon hours of June 20th, the Dover Police and Fire departments responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a New Rochester Road residence. The call initially came in as an open line and then escalated over the course of a few minutes to a disturbance, a physical altercation and culminated in a report of shots being fired. Shots can be heard on the audio recording of the 911 call. Throughout the very chaotic call, dispatcher Erin Driscoll did a remarkable job remaining calm, asking pertinent questions and providing succinct updated information to responding officers.

    Officers Tim David and Mike McGee were among the first officers to arrive on scene where they encountered a gunshot victim in the yard of the residence. The victim had been shot multiple times and was losing blood from arterial bleeds. While Officer David quickly ensured that the scene and firearm were secure, Officer McGee began to provide aid to the victim. Officer McGee and Officer David applied tourniquets to stop bleeding. There is no doubt that the actions taken by both Officer McGee and Officer David helped stabilize the victim, and ultimately aided in saving the man’s life.

    In recognition for their actions, Chief Breault awarded dispatcher Driscoll with the department’s Exceptional Service Award and Officer Tim David and Officer Mike McGee with the Lifesaving Award....more

  • City Council to hold public hearing on cable franchise agreement with Atlantic Broadband

    posted on: 7/13/2021

    A draft franchise agreement with Atlantic Broadband is the subject of a public hearing during the City Council’ s next meeting on Wednesday, July 14. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    The cable franchise agreement appeared on the City Council’s agenda June 23 and was referred to a public hearing, which will be followed by a City Council vote on July 28.

    At a workshop on Wednesday, July 7, the City Council heard a presentation by city officials and Atlantic Broadband, outlining the terms of the agreement and what services Atlantic Broadband proposes for Dover.

    The city currently has a cable franchise agreement with Comcast, which expires in 2027. ...more

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session July 13

    posted on: 7/6/2021

    The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave.

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters, make changes of address and name, make changes of party affiliation, and make other necessary corrections to the checklist.

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

  • City of Dover implements mandatory water use restrictions

    posted on: 7/1/2021; updated: 8/27/2021

    Friday, Aug. 27, 2021: City Manager J. Michael Joyal rescinded all outdoor water restrictions effective immediately. He continues to urge water conservation practices whenever possible

    Effective July 1, 2021, the City of Dover implemented a mandatory, citywide ban on outdoor water use following the June 22, 2021 drought declaration to ensure an adequate and sustainable water supply throughout the summer.

    The U.S. Drought Monitor's June 22 drought classification followed a full year of the City of Dover being classified as abnormally dry or in drought conditions, including extreme drought, creating a significant precipitation deficit. Levels at some of the City of Dover drinking water aquifers were below levels measured during the extended 2016 drought.

    City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., issued an emergency order on July 1, 2021, enabling water restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use, per City Ordinance 121-51.

    "With the drought designation, significant precipitation deficit, and lower than average water aquifer levels, we are instituting mandatory water use restrictions to ensure a sustainable drinking water supply throughout the summer,” Joyal said when he issued the emergency order. “The restrictions will likely remain in place until we see significant rainfall and the aquifers relied upon for the city’s drinking water supply have been replenished.”

    Measurement data at City aquifers in June indicated that water levels at many are two to three feet lower than at the same time last year and during the 2016 drought. According to the National Weather Service precipitation measurements at the Skyhaven Airport in Rochester, June was the driest month on record since it started collecting data in 2000.

    After significant precipitation in July, the City of Dover, as of July 20, 2021, is no longer considered in drought or abnormally dry conditions. However, the water restrictions remain in place at least through Labor Day to allow the recharging of the city's aquifers.

    The City of Dover obtains all of its drinking water through 11 groundwater wells. However, three wells that pump water from the Pudding Hill Aquifer that typically supply 40% of city’s drinking water are offline and reserved for emergency use until a water treatment facility is built.

    “With those out (wells) out of service, we are being extremely cautious with the demands on our system,” Joyal told the City Council on Aug. 11.

    Under the emergency order, the following outdoor water use restrictions are in place: ...more

  • Fireworks malfunction ends show early; Garrison Hill Park reopens

    posted on: 7/4/2021; updated: 7/5/2021

    The annual fireworks display on Sunday evening, July 4, launched from Garrison Hill this year, ended abruptly due to a malfunction. About 15 minutes into the display, one of the six-inch shells failed to launch completely and fell back to the ground, igniting other fireworks on the ground and causing an explosion. The fireworks display, conducted by Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group of Jaffrey, was immediately halted for the safety of the fireworks crew. No one was injured.

    Dover Fire and Rescue, already stationed at the site as a precaution, quickly extinguished the remaining fireworks racks on the ground. Dover Police also responded. The state Fire Marshal’s Office was notified of the incident.

    Garrison Hill Park reopened this morning about 11:30 a.m....more

  • Cochecho Arts Festival kicks off Thursday, July 1 at Henry Law Park

    posted on 7/1/2021

    The Cochecho Arts Festival returns to Henry Law Park on Thursday, July 1, with a performance by the Dover Community Band.

    The 35th Annual Cochecho Arts Festival will feature a Children’s Series, Headliner Series, Community Band, Shark in the Park, Family Movie Night, a Visual Arts Showcase, and more. This year's festival is underwritten by Orpheum Cowork & Apartments.

    The Dover Community Band, a New England community band made up of volunteer musicians from around the Dover area, will have Thursday night performances beginning on Thursday, July 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. They will appear again on July 15, 29 and August 12.

    The Headliner Series, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dover, will run on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 to August 13 and it will feature The Rockingham Groove, Amanda Dane Band, New Legacy Swing Band, Acoustic Radio, Soggy Po’ Boys, and Moon Boot Lover as live musical performances. ...more

  • Holiday hours for city offices and facilities

    posted on: 7/1/2021

    City administrative offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, July 6.

    The Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 5. The Library is currently closed on Sundays.

    McConnell Center Recreation facilities will be closed on Sunday, July 4, and will reopen on Monday, July 5.

    The Dover Indoor Pool will be closed on Sunday, July 4, and open regular hours on Monday, July 5.

    The Dover Ice Arena will be closed on Sunday, July 4, and open regular hours on Monday, July 5.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool will be open regular hours on July 4 and 5.

    Inspection Services, located at the Liberty North End Fire Station, will be closed on Friday, July 3. Regular hours will resume on Monday, July 6.

    Trash and recycling pick-up schedules are not affected by the holiday.

    July 5 is a parking holiday and parking at metered locations is free, with the exception of the Orchard Street parking garage, which is paid parking at all times....more

  • City Council issues proclamation for Pride Month

    posted on 6/29/2021

    At the June 23 City Council meeting, Dover Mayor Robert Carrier issued a proclamation to
    recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride Month is celebrated nationally in June to
    commemorate the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, which are considered to be the catalyst for the
    LGBTQ rights movement.

    “The City Council and staff have committed to make Dover an inclusive and welcoming
    community for all, including the LGBTQ+ community,” Carrier said, reading from the
    proclamation. “Dover is committed to standing with and supporting the LGBTQ community, and
    to working to ensure that all of its residents, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender
    identity or expression, are treated with respect and dignity.”

    Ben Bernier, a district staff member for U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, attended the City Council
    meeting and read a letter on behalf of Pappas.

    “As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a co-chair of the Equality Caucus, I
    believe every person, regardless of race, sex, religion or gender identity, deserves the same
    pathway to the American Dream,” Bernier read from Congressman Pappas’ letter. “Too often,
    members of the LGBTQ+ community face a lack of legal protection, experience violence and
    harassment, and face discrimination at disproportionate rates.”

    Pappas said in his letter Dover is one of New Hampshire’s most welcoming communities....more

  • City Council begins appointments to new graffiti management committee, seeks to fill open seats

    posted on: 6/29/2021

    The City’s Appointments Committee is seeking candidates to fill six vacancies on the newly
    formed Committee for Graffiti Management. The City Council approved the formation of the adhoc committee at its May 12 meeting. The committee's first member was appointed on
    Wednesday, June 23.

    The citizen-led advisory committee is tasked with assessing new strategies to manage graffiti
    citywide, with an emphasis on the Community Trail. According to the resolution to form the
    committee, a more creative approach to graffiti management needs to be pursued, as police
    enforcement and arrests have not deterred the vandalism.

    So far, following an Appointments Committee recommendation, the City Council has approved
    one member for the new panel, appointing Steve Piper during the Council’s June 23 meeting.
    Piper met with the Appointments Committee prior to the Council meeting. Piper, a Dover Main
    Street board member, has long been involved in projects to help beautify Dover.
    Piper’s drive to clean up the community was cited as one of the reasons he was recommended
    by the Appointments Committee. The Appointments Committee consists of Mayor Robert
    Carrier, Deputy Mayor Dennis Ciotti, and At-Large City Councilor Lindsey Williams. ...more

  • National citizen survey seeks opinions from Dover residents

    posted on: 6/23/2021

    Dover residents are encouraged to participate in the 2021 National Community Survey, which provides a snapshot of the community, helps the City of Dover measure service performance and quality, and assesses community needs.

    "Participation in the survey is critical," 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 City contracted with National Research Center at Polco to participate in the National Community Survey. This instrument was developed in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in 2001 to provide cities with a low-cost, high-quality method to conduct market research.

    The community survey results, 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 and make comparisons with peer cities.

    Randomly selected residents were mailed in May either a physical copy of the survey or a postcard that directs recipients to an online survey via a private link. If you received the survey's paper version or a private online survey link, please complete those versions instead. ...more

  • Dover's Fourth of July Fireworks display to launch from Garrison Hill

    posted on: 5/30/2021; updated: 6/22/2021

    The Fourth of July fireworks return this year with a show from atop Garrison Hill Park.

    As it has been in the past, the fireworks display will be on the night of July 4. The City is again working with Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment of Jaffrey to create the fireworks show.

    Recreation Director Gary Bannon said the decision to shoot the fireworks from Garrison Hill Park this year was to allow people to disperse throughout the city to view the fireworks instead of gathering en masse at Henry Law Park.

    For best fireworks viewing, Bannon said to find a location where you can clearly see Garrison Hill and the Garrison Hill Tower. There are some places, such as Henry Law Park, where the site line to the hill and tower is blocked....more

  • Jenny Thompson Pool reopens to public

    posted on: 6/21/2021

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool opens to the public on Monday, June 21. Other than specific times the pool is closed for swim meets, the outdoor pool will be open daily through Friday, Aug. 20.

    The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a six-lane, 50-meter competition pool located at 140 Portland Ave. next to the Dover Ice Arena. This pool is mainly used for competitive and recreational swimming as well as occasional lessons during the summer.

    The daily schedule, which includes dates when the pool will be closed for swim meets, is available here: https://www.dover.nh.gov/Assets/government/city-operations/2document/recreation/indoor-pool/JTPSummerSchedule2021.pdf.

    Reservations are not required for lap or recreational swims. However, there are capacity limits. Lap swim: four swimmers per lane. Recreational swim: 75 people on the weekends and 30 people on weekdays to share space with summer camp participants. First come, first serve for both lap and recreational swims. ...more

  • Arts Commission seeks historical marker for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, created in Dover

    posted on: 6/19/2021

    The City Council last week endorsed to an Arts Commission concept plan to install a unique historical marker commemorating the former site of Mirage Studios, the comic book studio that created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) in Dover in November 1983.

    The Arts Commission endorsed the concept plan at its June 7 meeting.

    The concept plan calls for the historical marker to be incorporated into a custom-designed maintenance hole cover in front of the lot where Mirage Studios was founded on Union Street.

    The idea to create art and a historical marker on a maintenance hole cover was envisioned by resident James Lane who proposed it to the Arts Commission. “Most storylines in TMNT comics take place in the sewer, making this unusual location relevant,” Lane wrote his Arts Commission proposal.

    Mirage Studios was founded in 1983 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird at 28 Union Street where they lived together and created the popular ninja turtles. The home was demolished earlier this decade, and the property is now owned by the Dover Housing Authority....more