Stratham Town Offices Closing to Public

TOWN OF STRATHAM
STRATHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Public Notice
March 17, 2020

Stratham Town Offices Closing to Public

Guidance issued for how to access services via electronic means and telephone

Due to concerns and recommendations related to the current public health emergency, the Town of Stratham’s Select Board have approved the following changes in operations and services to take effect beginning at the close of business today (4:00 p.m.) March 17, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020.  Additional changes may be made depending on circumstances, and this time may be extended as the date approaches.  Please check the Town’s website regularly for updates.

Following close of business on March 17th, all municipal buildings including Fire, Police, DPW and the Town Offices (including Library) will be closed to the public.  Land Use Board meetings with scheduled public hearings will move forward at this time unless otherwise noticed.  See “Land Use/Planning” section below for more information. 

Emergency services, Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works functions will continue.  While the Municipal Offices are closed, town staff will continue to be available to serve the public via electronic means and via phone during normal business hours.  At this time, employees will work from the Town Offices.  A summary of service changes and strategies for each function are described below.

For questions about Town services going forward, please see the attached page of contact information for the names and contact information for staff who can assist you.

CALL 2-1-1: NH Governor Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management, announced that 211NH has been mobilized to handle all COVID-19 related calls from New Hampshire residents. All residents with questions or concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak can call 2-1-1.

Please see the following list of changes to Town Services.

POLICE – ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911, NO CHANGE

FIRE / EMS - ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911, NO CHANGE

TOWN ADMINISTRATION
For general inquiries related to the Select Board, Finance, Human Resources and other general inquires, please see the contact information on the following page.

TOWN CLERK/TAX COLLECTOR
Motor Vehicle and dog renewals can be accessed on line at the Town website under the Town Clerk/Tax Collector icon.  Property tax payments may be made online as well. 

For new motor vehicle registrations and transfers please contact the Town Clerk’s office directly for information and direction.

Certified copies of vital records can be obtained through the State of New Hampshire, Division of Vital Records website: http://sos.nh.gov/vital_records.aspx or you may order through the vendor “VitalChek at https://www.vitalchek.com or by calling 1-877-878-8007.  You may also apply in person at 9 Ratification Way (fka/gps: 71 S. Fruit Street), Concord, New Hampshire

Other inquiries by phone during regular posted hours.

TRANSFER STATION
There are no changes to the Town’s Transfer Station hours or operations at this time.

Winter Hours (December through March): 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 9:00am to 4:00pm

Summer Hours (April through November): Every Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm

There is no change in curbside collection.

RECREATION
All programs including after-school programs are closed indefinitely.  Senior Community Room at the Municipal Center is closed. 

For more visit the Recreation Department Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stratham.recreation/), and be sure to sign up for the P&R newsletter by creating an account at Stratham.recdesk.com.

WIGGIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
The Library is closed indefinitely. 

For the latest information about the Library, please monitor the Library's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/WigginMemorialLibrary/) or sign-up for the Dewey Dispatch newsletter (https://tinyurl.com/uyblpjj). 

BUILDING INSPECTION
New building permits will be processed electronically. 

Inspections will be handled on a case by case basis.  See last page of contact information.

Questions during normal business hours.  See last page of contact information.

LAND USE/ PLANNING/ ZONING

•     New applications will be processed electronically. 

Questions during normal business hours.  See last page of contact information.

Legally-noticed meetings with public hearings on land use applications, are slated to move forward at this time.  This includes tomorrow’s March 18, 2020 Planning Board meeting.  The meeting will be moved to the larger Meeting Room A using an entrance directly off of the parking lot (see signage). 

Town of Stratham Contacts
Have a question for a particular department?

Please contact the following staff members via email or by phone (603) 772-4741, specific extensions noted below):

Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Motor Vehicle, dog licensing, and property tax questions: Town Clerk/Tax Collector Joyce Charbonneau, x 140.  [email protected]   Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector Deborah Bakie, x141.  [email protected].

Fire Department: For emergencies, call 911.  For general business inquiries, Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. please call, (603) 772-9756.  For business calls during off duty hours, please call (603) 583-3149.

Police Department: For emergencies, call 911.  For general business inquiries, call (603) 778-9691.

Trash and Recycling: Executive Assistant Karen Richard, x 187, [email protected]

Public Works: call (603) 772-5550; Public Works Director Nate Mears, [email protected].

Assessing Department: including Veteran/Elderly/Blind/Solar Credits and Exemptions: Town Assessor Andrea Lewy x 144, [email protected] or Assessing Assistant James Joseph x 184, [email protected]

Building Department: Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Health Officer
Shanti Wolph x 182, [email protected]
Building/Code Enforcement Coordinator Denise Lemire x 180, [email protected]

Planning Department: Town Planner Tavis Austin x 147, [email protected]
Land Use Project Coordinator Stephanie Gardner x 180, [email protected]

Parks & Recreation: Parks & Recreation Director Seth Hickey X 250, [email protected]
Program Coordinator Cantrece Forest x 250, [email protected]

Select Board, Town Administration, & Direct Assistance: Town Administrator David Moore x 181, [email protected];  Executive Assistant Karen Richard ext. 187. Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology:  Finance Administrator Dawna Duhamel x 183, [email protected]Accounting & Benefits:  Accounting and Benefits Coordinator Laurie Plantamuro x 183, [email protected].

Recreation: please visit the Recreation Department Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stratham.recreation/), and be sure to sign up for the P&R newsletter by creating an account at Stratham.recdesk.com. Please contact Seth Hickey, Parks & Recreation Director directly with more questions [email protected].

Library: For the latest information about the Library, please monitor the Library's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/WigginMemorialLibrary/) or sign-up for the Dewey Dispatch newsletter (https://tinyurl.com/uyblpjj).  For questions or assistance, call 772-4346 to leave a voicemail, or send an email to [email protected].