Please take notice that there will be a Public Hearing at the meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Dorchester at the Town Hall, 24 Town House Road, Dorchester, NH on:
October 11th 2017 at 7 pm
for the purpose of discussing specific revisions to the Dorchester Master Plan.
Due to a DMV upgrade The Town Clerk will not be able to process the state portion of vehicle registrations from Friday, October 6th, 2017 through Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.
Public Notice - Open Selectman Position
There is an open Selectmen's position available. Anyone who is interested, please contact the Town Office; via email and/or by phone. Contact information listed below.
It's summer, and the building is easy -- well, at least easier than in winter! Many Dorchester residents are taking advantage of the warm, good weather we enjoy this time of year to build new garages, sheds, workshops, firewood storage sheds, decks, and home additions.
Building permits are required for these projects. The good news is that the application for a permit is easily downloaded from the Town website; click on "Building Permits" on the Town Regulations page. Completed applications may be mailed to or dropped off during office hours at the Town Office.
Please remember two important points:
One, allow two to four weeks for a permit to be processed. Do not schedule a work crew for the day (or week) you submit the application!
Two, it's very important that an application include the measurements from the property lines to the new structure. Dorchester's legal setbacks are listed on the application. If a new structure is closer to the property lines or water or road frontage than the setbacks allow, the property owner will need a variance for the structure from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Dorchester Historic District Roads Restoration
Please be aware the roads in the Dorchester Historic District surrounding the Town Common are now being restored to their traditional width of approximately 15 feet. This is somewhat narrower than these roads have been for the past few years. When driving in the Historic District on North Dorchester Road or Town House Road, take care to avoid newly loamed and grass-seeded areas, especially at the points of the Common's triangle. Thank you!
If you need firewood assistance, contact the Friends of Mascoma via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A food pantry is open now at 9 Mechanic Street in Canaan behind Canaan Hardware. The pantry is open to any resident of Enfield, Canaan, Dorchester, Orange and Grafton. Hours of operation:
Wednesdays: Canaan : 2:30-6:30 PM
Proof of residence required. You can shop once a week.
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