AnnouncementsTown 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.
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!
New Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard
We have a new Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard, Anneliese (Ana) Tyrie. Welcome!
Licensed Forrester Needed
The Town of Dorchester Is seeking a licensed forester. Must be licensed, have experience helping municipalities with yield taxes, and have conservation forestry experience. Please email email@example.com to schedule an interview.
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:
Mondays 5-7 PM
Proof of residence required. You can shop once a week.
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