37997470_235806780385237_7710268171009130496_nFY 2020 Tax Bills

Dover’s FY 2020 tax rate of $12.84 has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Revenue.

Tax bills will be mailed in late December, with the first of two final payments due on February 3, 2020. Applications for abatement of the real estate or personal property tax must also be submitted to the Board of Assessors by February 3, 2020. For personal exemptions, the application deadline is April 1, 2020.

As required, the Town has completed its interim year valuation update for FY 2020 reflecting values as of January 1, 2019. The average single family residential valuation is $1,221,117.00; the median is $1,046,500.00.

If you have any questions about your bill or would like further information concerning abatements or exemptions, please contact the Assessors’ Office at 508-785-0032, ext. 241.

Dover Tree Lighting

Our annual DOVER TREE LIGHTING will be held on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th beginning @ 6:30pm, at DOVER TOWN HOUSE
Join us as the Chickering School Band plays seasonal musical selections, and The Dover Foundation will sing carols and other seasonal tunes!
PLUS NEW THIS YEAR: we will be adding COOKIE DECORATING to all the musical fun for children age 2-15 who attend the event!

river-10-04-5Dover Town Report Committee Seeks Photos for Publication

The Dover Town Report Committee invites photography enthusiasts to submit their work for publication consideration in the upcoming 2019 Dover Town Report. We seek photographs that showcase Dover and its citizens through themes such as nature and wildlife, architectural highlights, sports events, everyday town scenes or events that include Dover Days, summer concerts, races, Memorial Day, historical or library events or everyday life. Photographs can be submitted in color or black and white AND in print or electronic formats. Please send original files that are 2 MB or larger (Smart phone submissions and multiple submissions are welcome.) The submitter must own the material or know who does. The submission deadline is January 16, 2020. Please email original, non-compressed files larger than 2 MB to DoverTownPics@gmail.com or mail prints to Dee Douglas, 2 Francis Street, Dover, MA 02030. Include your name, contact information, image captions, and a stamped envelope for return of prints or print format.

gavel2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

At their November 21, 2019 meeting, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to open and close the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant as follows:

Warrant Opened: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Warrant Closes: Friday, January 17, 2020

If any Town board, committee, or department is interested in placing an article on the Warrant, it must be submitted to the Selectmen’s office by 1:00 PM on January 17, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Selectmen’s office.


Caryl Community Center Front ViewCaryl Community Center Project Update

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their November 6th meeting established an Owner’s Project Manager Selection Committee led by the Town Administrator and four individuals with relevant expertise to undertake the selection process. This Committee will confirm the project scope and qualifications criteria for the OPM, and develop an RFQ that includes that information and other information relevant to the project and the OPM’s anticipated duties. Qualified individuals will be interviewed and finalists selected. The BOS participates in the final selection and fee negotiation in accordance with this process.

The BOS also approved the Charge for the Caryl Building Committee. Its purpose is to provide support to the Owners Project Manager and Designer and perform community outreach activities to ensure that resident voices are heard throughout the project’s lifetime. The Committee will submit recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for a renovated Caryl Community Center and a new facility as approved at the October 7th, 2019 Special Town Meeting.

Caryl Building Committee Membership: This committee will consist of at least seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. At least three members will have knowledge of or experience with building/construction trades; and the remainder will consist of informed residents who represent the community at large. Non-voting members would include one representative from the Board of Selectmen and the Warrant Committee.

Individuals interested in serving on the Caryl Building Committee should contact Mona DiSciullo in the Selectmen’s Office by email at: mdisciullo@doverma.org. Candidates should be objective, with skills and experience related to the responsibilities outlined in the Charge.

Green Communities Award

 Green Communities Award

We’re excited to announce that the Town of Dover has been awarded $109,142 by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to fund a variety of projects intended to promote energy efficiency and reduce the town’s energy costs. The Town was eligible for this grant award because of our designation as a Green Community, and it was made possible by the collaborative effort of the Capital Budget Committee, Town Planner, and other Town staff. The lists of projects is as follows:

• $7,845, Protective Services—Air sealing and insulation
• $28,606, Town House— Air sealing and insulation
• $1,359, Library— Air sealing and insulation
• $22,435, Protective Services — HVAC improvements
• $27,897, Town-wide— LED streetlight conversion
• $21,000, Protective Services — HVAC improvements