AnnouncementsChristmas Tree Lighting Postponed to Dec. 17
Due to this week's inclement weather, which is inhibiting the effort to procure a wild, natural Christmas tree and have it installed on the Town Common, the Select Board has postponed Dorchester's Christmas Tree Lighting until Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. We realize this may conflict with some other holiday plans that residents may have, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Mascoma Valley Ecumenical Council
The Mascoma Valley Ecumenical Council, in collaboration with the area Scout Units, will continue a tradition started
in 1974 to provide Thanksgiving food baskets for those in our community who are in need. Any person or house hold within
the towns of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton and Orange is eligible to be referred.
Road Agent Hiring Committee Minutes
Highway Department Update: October 15, 2016
In the absence of a full-time Road Agent since July 25, Dorchester has hugely benefited from the great work done on our
roads and at the Highway Shed and Yard in the interim by a very dedicated team, including Larry Walker Sr., Paul Smith,
Brian Sousa, and Ernie Marsh. They have filled potholes, cleared ditches, repaired a washout, removed windfall trees and
branches, cleared away brush, worked on the Highway trucks and equipment, cleaned up the Highway Yard, and have, without
fail, responded quickly and effectively to every situation brought to their attention.
Budget-to-Actual Financial Reports Now Available
Budget-to-Actual financial reports for Dorchester are now available here on the Town website.
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.
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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