January 3rd Select Board Newsletter


January 3, 2020

Dear Stratham Residents,

Happy New Year!
Please read below for news and notes from the Town of Stratham. 

In this edition:

  • Community Bonfire Rescheduled
  • Voting and Elections Information
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Trash / recycling collection delay
  • Historical Society event

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The Select Board
Michael Houghton, Chairman             Joe Lovejoy, Vice Chair         Allison Knab

Due to the warmer temps and Saturday's forecast, Stratham Parks & Rec has decided to postpone the bonfire until Saturday, January 25th 5-8PM. We are hoping this later date in January will ensure colder temps will allow the use of the ice rink during the event.  PLEASE NOTE: the bonfire has been postponed but the 5th Grade Committee is still moving forward with their Christmas Tree Pickup Fundraiser on Saturday, 1/4. Again, this Saturday, TREES will still be picked up. If you would like your tree picked up this Saturday, please send an email to sms5thgradetreepickup@gmail.com.

Trees need to be at the end of the driveway by 8 AM on Saturday.
$10 fee per tree picked up, this is a fundraiser for the 5th grade SMS class. 

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session at the Stratham Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm to accept voter registrations prior to the candidate filing period and Town Election.  If registering to vote, residents must provide photo ID and proof of residency.

The filing period for Town and School officials starts Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 and ends Friday, January 31st, 2020.  Candidates must be registered voters in the Town of Stratham, and must apply in person with a photo ID at the Town Clerk’s Office.  Our hours are Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  In addition, on Friday, January 31st, we will have additional hours for filing purposes only, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Town positions open for the March 10, 2020 Town Election are:
Select Board - 1 position, three year term
Library Trustee - 2 positions, (one) three year term, (one) one year term
Trustee of the Trust Funds - 1 position, three year term
Cemetery Trustee - 1 position, three year term
Town Moderator - 1 position, two year term

Stratham School District elected positions open for the Town Election are:
School Board Member- 2 positions, each a three year term

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The next Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting is to be held on January 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Municipal Center.  This planning process is open to the public and funded 100% by a grant from the State of NH.

Due to the New Year holiday, trash and recycling pick up will be delayed by one day this week (week of December 30th).  If your pick up is normally on Thursday, it will be on Friday, January 3rd.  If your pick up is normally on Friday, it will be on Saturday, January 4th.  For more information on what can / cannot be recycled, click here.

On Monday, January 13th, the Stratham Historical Society in conjunction with the Wiggin Memorial Library will be hosting a presentation by Jeff Warner of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Humanities entitled “Songs of Old New Hampshire”.  The public is invited to join them in the Morgera Room at the Fire Station beginning at 7:00 pm.    


For further information on any of these items please visit http://www.strathamnh.gov
603-772-7391 Ext. 187
David Moore