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New Town Forester

After an interview, the Select Board voted in non-public session on August 25, 2016, to hire Ryan Harvey as Dorchester Town Forester. Ryan brings a wealth of forestry experience to the position, and he will be a valuable resource for our very wooded Town. Among his duties will be auditing and organizing the files for properties in Dorchester presently under Current Use designation. He will also advise the Town on management of the Town Forest. We look forward to working with you, Ryan!


New Selectman

Please welcome Mike Woodard to the Select Board. At its meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2016, the two members of the Select Board -- Acting Chairman Steve Bjerklie and Acting Vice Chairman Larry Walker Jr. -- voted to appoint Mike to fill the remainder of the term of the Board position previously held by Maria Weick, who resigned from the Board in May. Mike will join Steve and Larry at the front table at the Select Board's meeting on September 8, 2016. Congratulations, Mike!


Budget-to-Actual Financial Reports Now Available

Budget-to-Actual financial reports for Dorchester are now available here on the Town website.

Click on the "Selectmen" tab in the menu bar above. You'll see a drop-down menu, and now there's a new page in that menu, "Town Budget." This is where you'll find budget-to-actual financial reports posted. There will be two posted every two weeks, one for the general budget and one for Highway specifically.

Budget-to-actual reports tell you where we are, as a Town, financially with regard to spending. For example, for the overall budget, the July 28 report shows that there was 42% of the fiscal year remaining as of that date, and the Town had 39% of budgeted funds remaining as of that date. The office will be open on Thursday, September 22nd from 2:30 - 5:30 pm.


Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office Closing

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 21st due to tax collecting training. The office will be open on Thursday, September 22nd from 2:30 - 5:30 pm.


New Time -- Road Agent Hiring Committee Meeting

Road Agent Hiring Committee Meeting
Wednesday August 31, 2016
Town Hall @ 6:30 PM


Town Office Keys

The Town Office contains a lot of information about our Town, some of which is sensitive and legally private. Over the years, as Town officials came and went, keeping track of who has keys to the Town Office became difficult. In fact, there's no clear record of who had a key to the Town Office. As you can imagine, this puts the sensitive and private information in the Office at risk. In order to minimize that risk, this week the Select Board had the locks on the Town Office changed.

Keys to the Town Office are now held by the three persons who work in the Office: the Town Clerk/Tax Collector, the Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector, and the Administrative Assistant to the Select Board. In addition, the Town Accountant has a key, as does each Selectman.

All keys to the Town Office are now tracked, and each person with a key has had to sign for it. Each key is stamped "Do Not Duplicate."

If you are a Town official and believe you need a key to the Town Office, please contact the Select Board.

We all want to keep our Town's information safe, especially any sensitive or private information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Building Permits

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.


Flu Clinic

A flu clinic will be held on October 27, 2016 from 4-7 pm at the Canaan Hall for ages 10 and up. High dose vaccine will be available for ages 65+.


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!


Firewood Assistance

If you need firewood assistance, contact the Friends of Mascoma via cacusick@friendsofmascoma.org.


Food Pantry

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:

Mondays 5-7 PM
Wednesdays 11 AM-1PM

Proof of residence required. You can shop once a week.

food@friendsofmascoma.org
Call: 603-306-7831


Town Listserv

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Dorchester Notes

A local Dorchester resident currently publishes a monthly newsletter which we are happy to share. Click here to view the latest edition.

If you wish to receive the monthly newsletter by email, click here to subscribe.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings are in the Town Hall unless otherwise indicated.

ZBA
August 29, 2016
7:00 PM

Selectmen's Meeting
September 8, 2016
6:30 PM

Planning Board
September 14, 2016
7:00 PM

Conservation Commission
September 20, 2016
7:00 PM


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Play Mascoma Valley
The Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation are offering spring and summer events. Click here to learn more.