Recent News and Announcements

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

  • Dover Police issues scam alert

    posted on 10/31/2022

    Chief William Breault of the Dover Police Department would like to alert the public regarding scam phone calls being perpetrated by individuals posing as members of the Dover Police Department.

    On Oct. 31, 2022, numerous Dover residents called police after receiving a suspicious phone call in which the caller told residents that they were “under investigation” or “missed jury duty” and would be fined $3,500. The residents were instructed to pay the fine immediately to avoid arrest.

    This type of scam has been used nationally. The caller(s) pose as representatives from various law enforcement agencies and threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment unless paid. They will demand payment via QR code, gift card, or ask for personal information such as a social security number or date of birth. Suspects often target the elderly and can be aggressive on the phone....more

  • SOS awarded contract to operate Tri-City warming center beginning in November

    posted on 10/28/2022

    Strafford County, through a partnership with the cities of Dover, Somersworth and Rochester, has contracted with SOS Community Recovery Organization to operate the warming center on Willand Drive in Somersworth on an emergency basis, from Nov. 25, 2022, through March 31, 2023.

    SOS estimates it will be open 70 to 90 nights through the winter season. When activated, the warming center will be available for those seeking shelter from 5 p.m. through 9 a.m. the following morning. SOS is partnering with area agencies, including Red's Good Vibes, which will help provide food. SOS will also need volunteers and support from local restaurants, supermarkets, and agencies involved in food insecurity to provide nutritious meals and snacks.

    Volunteer training sessions

    SOS will conduct at least three volunteer trainings at the warming center before Nov. 25. Those seeking to volunteer should complete a volunteer application available on SOS's warming center page www.sosrco.org/what-we-do/willand-warming/. SOS states that volunteers will be required to have COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots, among other vaccinations. When activated, all staff, volunteers and participants must wear a mask inside the warming center. When activated, the warming center will open at 4 p.m. for staff and volunteers and 5 p.m. for participants. It will remain open and will remain open until 9 a.m. the following morning for participants, with volunteer and staff clean-up through 10 a.m....more

  • After 'putting Dover first' for 35 years, Bill Boulanger retires

    posted on 10/27/2022

    Bill Boulanger, deputy director of Community Services, who began his career as an entry-level laborer in the sewer division and worked his way up through the ranks to become an expert in drinking water and an innovator in public works, retired last week after 35 years of service to the city.

    "He always put the city first, sometimes to the detriment of his family," said Community Services Director John Storer, who has relied on Boulanger for his institutional knowledge of the city since Storer became director in 2017.

    For years, whenever a water main breaks or a sewer fails, Boulanger was at the scene, regardless of the weather or time of day. "A lot of times I wasn't home for Christmas, wasn't home for birthdays," Boulanger said. "When they call, you had to go."

    Water breaks are particularly common during long spells of frigid weather when the frost line deepens. Working in those temperatures are the events that stay with him and others working with him.

    "I can remember one stretch – it was like every year we were working Christmas Day or Christmas Eve for water breaks or other issues," he said, crediting the support of his wife and children for his career and success. "I couldn't do what I do without her."...more

  • Friends of the Dover Public Library's annual book sale begins Oct. 28

    posted on 10/26/2022

    The Friends of the Dover Public Library are having a book sale beginning on Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30 in the Library Lecture Hall. All leftovers will be free on Monday, Oct. 31.

    Hours will be Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Library will have hundreds of items for sale including fiction and non-fiction books, biographies, DVDS, CDs, children’s books, cookbooks and more. Prices range from 50 cents to $3, and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Dover Public Library.

    You can also get a piece of history at this year’s book sale. The Dover Public Library recently replaced the slate roof that was original to the building built in 1904-1905. The Friends are selling the old slate for $15 for one or $10 each when buying multiples. They are being sold as is and will come with a certificate of authenticity with some history of the library. They all have holes drilled in them so they could make a nice wall hanging, garden decoration, or other repurposed use. ...more

  • COAST Bus resumes afternoon services on bus routes 1 and 33

    posted on 10/25/2022

    The region’s public transit system resumed nearly all weekday afternoon services on bus Routes 1 and 33 beginning on Oct. 24. COAST has run reduced afternoon services on these routes since late-May because of a shortage of bus operators.

    “At this point we have added enough bus operators to be able to add a new driver shift and resume these runs,” said Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “Unexpected departures of staff can of course affect these plans,” he added.

    Specific bus runs that are resuming, by route, are as follows:

    • Route 1 – 2:30 p.m. northbound, 2:55 p.m. southbound, 4:30 p.m. northbound, 4:55 p.m. southbound, 6:30 p.m. northbound, and 6:55 p.m. southbound
    • Route 33 – 1:30 p.m. outbound, 1:59 p.m. inbound, 3:30 p.m. outbound, 3:59 p.m. inbound, 5:30 p.m. outbound, 5:59 p.m. inbound, 7:30 p.m. outbound, and 7:44 p.m. inbound. The 4:30 p.m. outbound and 4:59 p.m. inbound runs will be suspended for now.

    An adjustment will also be made to the Route 34 schedule because of the resumed services on Routes 1 and 33. The 7:57 p.m. Route 34 outbound run will resume once again.

    COAST, like many public transit systems across the country, has struggled to hire enough staff to maintain their full bus schedules....more

  • Council set to vote on CIP, public syringe disposal program

    posted on 10/24/2022

    The City Council is set to discuss and possibly vote on three resolutions related to the proposed Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2024 to 2029 at its Oct. 26 meeting next week.

    One resolution is to adopt the six-year CIP document, which outlines the projects the City of Dover plans to complete over the next six years. It's a document that can be modified and does not appropriate funding nor authorize bonding. This resolution requires a simple majority vote to pass.

    The second resolution is to authorize non-debt financed projects for FY2024 only. This resolution would appropriate capital reserve funds to finance portions of the CIP, such as the police cruiser and heavy equipment replacement programs. The total amount of proposed non-debt finance projects for FY2024 is $3,088,825. This resolution requires a two-thirds majority vote by the Council to pass.

    The third resolution is to authorize bonding for debt-financed projects slated to begin in FY2024, which totals $22,220,000. These include reconstruction projects for Court and Union streets and Fifth and Grove streets. It also provides funding for rehabilitating the Chestnut Street bridge deck and the Portland Avenue retaining wall. This resolution also requires a two-thirds majority vote by the Council to pass....more

  • City mails updated property assessments following citywide valuation

    posted on 10/20/2022

    The City of Dover's Tax Assessment Office has completed its annual review of property valuations and mailed updated valuations to property owners whose valuations changed in the past tax year.

    As stipulated by state law, property valuations reflect market conditions as the property existed on April 1, 2022, the first day of the 2022 property tax year in New Hampshire.

    The city's overall assessed valuation for the 2022 tax year increased by $633,130,490 to $5,222,817,620, a 13.8% increase over the 2021 tax year, comprised of three categories: Residential, commercial and industrial, and public utilities.

    Overall residential assessed values increased 14.7% to $3,882,439,840. Overall public utility valuations increased 5% to $101,380,200, and overall commercial and industrial properties valuations increased by 11.7% to $1,238,997,580. The commercial and industrial category includes apartment complexes, which increased by 5.1% to $459,564,400. General commercial and industrial properties, excluding apartment complexes, increased by 15.7% to $806,210,750.

    The average single-family residential assessment increased by $57,888 to $471,406, a 14% increase. The average commercial assessment, including apartment complexes, increased by $126,113 to $1,279,956, a 10.9% increase. The valuations for all properties in the City of Dover are posted in the Tax Year 2022 List of Assessed Values report available at https://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/finance/tax-assessment/assessment-reports/.

    Residential valuations make up 74.3% of all valuations for tax year 2022. Last year, it was 73.7%. Commercial valuations make up 23.8% of all valuations for this year, compared to 24.2% last year. Public utility valuations are now 1.9% of overall valuations, compared to 2.1% last year.

    The updated assessments will be reflected in the upcoming 2022 property tax bill. The City of Dover's tax rate has not yet been set by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration but is anticipated to occur around mid-November. ...more

  • Supervisors of the Checklist in session on Nov. 1

    posted on 10/18/2022

    The Supervisors of the Checklist for Dover will be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 288 Central Ave. It's the last supervisors meeting before the 2022 General Election held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. 

    During this session, supervisors will register new voters and make corrections that may be necessary to the checklist, such as changes of address and name changes. 

    For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at 603-516-6018....more

  • Design engineers seek additional input, clarification for Fifth and Grove reconstruction project through online survey

    posted on 10/17/2022; updated 10/18/2022

    City of Dover engineers seeks additional feedback from the public through an online follow-up survey on the Fifth and Grove Reconstruction Project currently under design.

    The objective of the follow-up survey is to clarify resident preferences related to the proposed roadway improvements within the project area based on feedback from the initial survey in August. Respondents to the previous survey indicated the importance of tree selection, and many requested the city consider more native tree options, which are included in the follow-up survey. There are also clarifying questions regarding travel preferences and on-street parking.

    The survey is available at https://polco.us/sfrddd. Completing the survey requires an email address and zip code. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.

    Fifth Street and a section of Grove Street are targeted for a reconstruction project to create a consistent roadway layout, provide sidewalks on both sides of the street, and define parking areas. It also includes reconstructing Fifth Street, restoring Grove Street, and replacing the water main and storm drainage. Click here for the project webpage, where you can find more information about the project, view the neighborhood meeting presentation slides, and signup for project email updates....more

  • Mayor, City Council recognize community planners with proclamation

    posted on 10/17/2022

    At the City Council's meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, Mayor Robert Carrier recognized the city's various land-use boards, as well as the Planning and Community Development Department, during National Community Planning Month.

    "Community planning can help manage this change in a way that provides better choices for how people work and live," Carrier said, reading from a proclamation. "Community planning gives everyone an opportunity to be meaningfully involved in making choices that determine the future of their community. We recognize the many valuable contributions made by professional community and regional planners on behalf of the City of Dover, and extend our heartfelt thanks for the continued commitment to public service by these professionals."

    Members of some of the city's land-use boards were in attendance to receive the proclamation, including Zoning Board of Adjustment Chair Chris Prior, Planning Board Chair Gina Cruikshank, Energy Commission Chair Bill Baber, and Conservation Commission Chair Bill Hunt. Planning Director Donna Benton was also in attendance. Benton thanked the many volunteers who comprise the city's land-use boards.

    "I really appreciate all the work that the volunteers do, all the time and effort," Benton said. "Thank you very much for making Dover the place it is....more