Dover Download

City of Dover NH

Dover Download is a weekly look at what's happening in the City of Dover, New Hampshire, hosted by Deputy City Manager Christopher Parker. Tune in for a closer look at the city's programs, services, public bodies and projects, as well as a look back each week at Dover's history. read less
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Inside Dover's FY2025 Budget Proposal
20-02-2024
Inside Dover's FY2025 Budget Proposal
In this episode of the Dover Download podcast, Deputy City Manager Christopher Parker chats with City Manager J. Michael Joyal about the municipal budgeting process. Joyal explains that he must present a proposed budget to the City Council by February 15 each year. The Council then reviews the details over several weeks through public workshops and hearings, soliciting feedback from residents, boards and commissions. The goal is to decide spending levels across services to meet community priorities and needs. After final discussions, the Council votes to adopt the budget in early April, which takes effect July 1. The budget serves as a policy document reflecting priorities, a financial plan allocating resources, an operational guide for service delivery, and a communication tool. Factors influencing it include Council directives, contractual obligations, state/federal mandates, economic conditions, operational needs, and financial policies. This year's proposed $198 million budget across all funds prioritizes public safety, education, and infrastructure while addressing inflationary pressures and recruitment/retention challenges. In his presentation, Joyal outlined the proposed budget for fiscal year 2025, including expenses, revenues, and tax impacts. He explained the budget process and highlighted strategic priorities like education, public safety, infrastructure, economic development, and fiscal stewardship. After detailing key increases and departmental budgets, he invited further review and public input over the coming weeks before the Council votes to adopt the budget on April 3.
A Conversation with Developer Eric Chinburg
13-02-2024
A Conversation with Developer Eric Chinburg
In this episode of the Dover Download podcast, Deputy City Manager Christopher Parker chats with Eric Chinburg, owner of Chinburg Properties, which has owned and redeveloped the mills in downtown Dover for the past 15 years. They discuss the changes Chinburg has spearheaded in redeveloping the mills into vibrant mixed-use spaces, the process and incentives involved in rehabilitating historic buildings, and the current challenges developers face with construction costs and financing. Chinburg also talks about his company's approach of having in-house teams for development, construction, and property management, as well as their focus on saving and repurposing historic mills and buildings in downtown areas. He shares examples of projects in Dover and other New Hampshire cities and towns, addressing factors that make redevelopment feasible or challenging, such as availability of parking, zoning allowances, and sewer infrastructure capacity. Chinburg and Parker also discuss trends in the residential rental market. In This Week in Dover History, we learn about Maria Ricker, a prominent women's rights activist who lived in Dover in the late 19th/early 20th century. As one of the most influential suffragists of her time, she tirelessly advocated for women's right to vote through writing, public speaking, and protests. She made history as the first woman to attempt to vote in NH in 1870, to apply for bar membership in 1890, and more.
Preparing for Winter Weather: A Look at Dover's Snow Removal Operations
16-01-2024
Preparing for Winter Weather: A Look at Dover's Snow Removal Operations
In this episode of the Dover Download podcast, Deputy City Manager Christopher Parker chats with John Storer, Community Services Director, and Brian Landry, Public Works Supervisor, about winter preparations and challenges in snow removal. The conversation covers the extensive planning and preparation undertaken by the team before snowfall, including equipment readiness and crew briefing. They discuss the types of equipment used, like wing plow trucks, loaders, and sidewalk tractors, emphasizing the all-hands-on-deck approach during plowing events. Storer and Landry detail the difficulties in handling different types of snow, especially wet snow, and the slow pace of clearing sidewalks in such conditions. They address the high expectations of Dover citizens and the logistical challenges they face, such as staffing shortages and equipment breakdowns. The discussion also includes how residents can stay informed about parking bans during storms. Moreover, they discuss environmental concerns, particularly regarding the use of salt for de-icing roads. Efforts to reduce salt usage through brining equipment and more efficient application methods are mentioned. They also touch on the importance of community participation in clearing hydrants and catch basins post-storm. In "This Week in Dover History," Mike Gillis discusses an event from 1924, where eight women employees from the Dover office of Twin State Gas and Electric attended a company meeting in Berlin, New Hampshire.