City Services – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:47:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 City Services – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Colonial Pines Sewer Project Featured in Trade Magazine https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/16/colonial-pines-sewer-project-featured-in-trade-magazine/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/16/colonial-pines-sewer-project-featured-in-trade-magazine/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:42:59 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1577 The City of Rochester's Colonial Pines sewer project was recently featured in the trade magazine NASTT-NE Northeast Journal of Trenchless Technology Practices. 

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The City of Rochester’s Colonial Pines sewer project was recently featured in the trade magazine NASTT-NE Northeast Journal of Trenchless Technology Practices.

The project was the first phase of installation of a full gravity flow sewer system in the Colonial Pines neighborhood — which will one day serve 200-plus homes.

The newly installed sewer line earned recognition overcoming the challenges associated with connecting the neighborhood on the east side of the Spaulding Turnpike with Rochester’s wastewater treatment plant on the western side.

Phase one of that project was completed last fall, and future phases are expected to be completed in the coming years.

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City of Rochester Votes to End Negotiations with Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) over Land Purchase https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/city-of-rochester-votes-to-end-negotiations-with-rochester-agricultural-and-mechanical-association-rama-over-land-purchase/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/city-of-rochester-votes-to-end-negotiations-with-rochester-agricultural-and-mechanical-association-rama-over-land-purchase/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:09:18 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1417 ROCHESTER -- Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick report that the City of Rochester today voted to cease all negotiations with the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) with regard to a proposed land purchase.

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  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

City of Rochester Votes to End Negotiations with Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) over Land Purchase

ROCHESTER — Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick report that the City of Rochester today voted to cease all negotiations with the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) with regard to a proposed land purchase.

The city had considered locating its planned public works facility on an 11-acre section of the Rochester Fairgrounds after RAMA approached the city about its interest in selling some portion of the property.

City Manager Fitzpatrick stated that twice in 2017 members of the RAMA Board approached him about the possibility of the city purchasing RAMA property. The second time that he had been approached by Board members of RAMA, they asked about the possibility of selling a portion of the property specifically for a public works facility. Negotiations began in the Fall of 2017.

During negotiations, the City of Rochester gave RAMA a March 1 deadline for a signed and executed purchase and sale agreement in order for the city to meet the ideal construction timeline for 2018. When that deadline passed, RAMA Director Donald Whittum asked that the negotiations be suspended until RAMA received a new appraisal for the 11 acres. The city agreed to a one-month extension, which has since elapsed.

“Our sole responsibility as a city government is to the taxpaying residents and business owners of Rochester, and a large purchase such as this must be conducted with all due diligence performed,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “Unfortunately this purchase no longer makes financial or practical sense, and it is our responsibility to go no further in this process.”

During negotiations, the asking price for the property more than doubled. Additionally, there have been several recent news articles about sweeping changes to the RAMA board and staff. The price, the timing, and other logistical concerns ultimately raised concerns on the part of the City of Rochester about its ability to finalize a major real estate transaction with RAMA, making a deal untenable.

“We are ready to move forward with another location for our new public works facility and cannot delay this any longer. A new DPW facility is our top capital priority,” said City Manager Fitzpatrick. “The location at the Fairgrounds was a good one for the facility and would have provided funds for RAMA to use as it saw fit. Ultimately, we have to make a responsible decision. We have other options and have concluded our negotiations.”

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Blaine Cox Appointed as Rochester’s Next City Manager https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/03/blaine-cox-appointed-as-rochesters-next-city-manager/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/03/blaine-cox-appointed-as-rochesters-next-city-manager/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:27:08 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1401 Mayor Caroline McCarley is pleased to announce that the City of Rochester has appointed Blaine Cox to serve as the next City Manager. 

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The Rochester City Council has appointed Blaine Cox as the next city manager. (Courtesy Photo City of Rochester)

Mayor Caroline McCarley is pleased to announce that the City of Rochester has appointed Blaine Cox to serve as the next City Manager. 

Cox has served the city of Rochester for the last eight years as Deputy City Manager and Director of Finance and Administration, and will succeed City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick upon his retirement in June. 

“Blaine has been a fantastic resource for our community and I have no doubt that he is the right person to continue to guide the city forward,” Mayor McCarley said. “The relationships he’s built throughout Rochester will no doubt serve him well and allow him to make an immediate positive impact.” 

In his current role, Cox has overseen the city’s capital, operating, revenue and capital debt budgets, and coordinated the City Council’s budget development process. He’s also served as a direct adviser to the City Council and Utility Advisory Board. 

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to continue my work here in Rochester, and I want to thank Dan Fitzpatrick for giving me the opportunity to be a fully engaged partner throughout his tenure as city manager,” Cox said. “I look forward to working with the Mayor and City Council and collaborating with our talented City staff to provide residents with the best possible municipal services.”

Cox is one of just 14 International City and County Management Association members in New Hampshire to earn the ICMA’s Credentialed Manager designation. He also serves as the treasurer of the Rochester Rotary Club and has worked as an adjunct professor in the education department at his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.

Prior to joining the City of Rochester, Cox served as the business administrator for the Oyster River Cooperative School District, as the town administrator for the Town of Epping and as the properties manager for UNH. 

In his first year, Cox plans to build upon his existing relationships with both city staff and members of the community. He will assume his new role on July 1.

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Rochester Fire Department’s Longtime Administrative Assistant Retires https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/01/rochester-fire-departments-longtime-administrative-assistant-retires/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/01/rochester-fire-departments-longtime-administrative-assistant-retires/#respond Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:33:28 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1270 ROCHESTER — The area outside what is now Chief Mark Klose’s office is likely colder this week than it’s been at any time in the last two dozen years. Administrative Assistant Cindi Potts — known by Rochester Fire verterans for her trademark space heater and the high temperatures that surrounded her desk — officially retired last week, …

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ROCHESTER — The area outside what is now Chief Mark Klose’s office is likely colder this week than it’s been at any time in the last two dozen years.

Administrative Assistant Cindi Potts — known by Rochester Fire verterans for her trademark space heater and the high temperatures that surrounded her desk — officially retired last week, wrapping up a 37 year career that included a 13 years with the police department and 24 more with the fire department.

“One thing I won’t miss is her 95 degree office,” said Assistant Chief Mark Dupuis, who spent all but one year of his quarter century as a Rochester firefighter working — and fighting for control over the office thermostat — with Potts. “Not having her here is going to be a pretty dramatic change. She’s given us a lot of outside perspective on different things and been a great friend to all of us.”

Deputy Chief Dennis Dube has known Potts, a friend of his parents, for his entire life, and has worked with her every day since joining the fire department in 1996.

“It’s a strange day for us here,” Dube said at her retirement party on Thursday, Feb. 22, surrounded by current and former firefighters who worked with Potts. “She touches every aspect of the department, and replacing someone like that is impossible.”

Chief Klose, who has been on the job just six months after moving from Bedford, is the third chief Potts has worked alongside. Her knowledge and experience was an invaluable resource to him as he’s navigated through his new role leading the department.

“That’s 24 years of institutional knowledge walking out the door, and I’ve appreciated her guidance over the short time we worked together,” he said. “As a new chief, she has been extremely supportive in helping me learn how to manage the budget and get to know Rochester.”

At her retirement party, Potts reminisced about her time in the fire department’s administrative offices. She recalled playing “The Twist” over the station’s PA system and the squirt gun fights between she and former Chief Mark Dellner.

“We used to have some good times back then, but now is the right time time for me to go,” said Potts. “I met a lot of great people and a lot of great friends. I feel like a grandma to these kids, but they’re a good bunch of guys.”

According to Dube, the longtime assistant’s departure will leave a unique void at fire headquarters.

“The entire place is going to change,” he said, noting that even her retirement party represented a dramatic shift for them, since it’s always been the type of thing Potts has handled herself. “It’s basically just like losing a chief, and maybe even more significant than that.”

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Rochester Police to Host Citizens Police Academy https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:40:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1228 Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department's Citizens Police Academy.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is an 11 week program that begins on March 13 and runs through May 22. The program is designed acquaint civilians with the duties that law enforcement — including detectives, prosecutors and juvenile diversion officers — perform on a daily basis.

Academy participants will also get an in-depth look at the Rochester Police Department’s different units, including forensics, SWAT, accident reconstruction and its K9 officer. The program also offers an opportunity to experience hands-on training with the department’s computerized simulator and indoor shooting range.

The program also enables residents to better understand the rules, regulations and policies that police officers are sworn to follow, and provides a stronger sense of the broad range of responsibilities and challenges Rochester Police officers face in serving the community.

“This is an opportunity for residents and police officers to meet in a friendly setting and get to know one another on a more personal level,” said Capt. Todd Pinkham, who oversees the program. “I’m eager to welcome this year’s academy class, and I’m confident that it will once again be a fun and positive experience for citizens and officers alike.”

Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Residents can visit Rochesterpd.org to print the required authorization forms. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, mail or in-person at the police station. All forms should be submitted to the attention of Capt. Pinkham. Prospective participants will be required to undergo a brief background and criminal records check.

Class size is limited, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 22.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older, or 15 if accompanied by a parent.

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City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/13/city-rochester-agreement-principle-purchase-portion-rochester-fair-property/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/13/city-rochester-agreement-principle-purchase-portion-rochester-fair-property/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:44:06 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1213 ROCHESTER-- Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property. 

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ROCHESTER– Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property.

Yesterday evening, a representative for the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA), which owns the Rochester Fair, notified City Attorney Terence O’Rourke that the organization’s board voted to accept the city’s offer of $450,000 in exchange for approximately 11 acres of property.

The City of Rochester anticipates that it would use the land to construct a new public works facility.

“This is an extremely positive development for the city, and I’m glad that we were able to come to a preliminary agreement,” Mayor McCarley said. “Having this land will ultimately benefit the city and its residents, and I’m eager to move ahead.”

“We have been working cooperatively with RAMA, and I’m pleased that those efforts have resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement,” City Manager Fitzpatrick. “This is an excellent opportunity to further modernize and streamline our city services for the direct benefit of our residents.”

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Parking Ban in Effect Tonight to Allow for Snow Removal https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/parking-ban-effect-downtown-overnight-monday/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/parking-ban-effect-downtown-overnight-monday/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:49:14 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1206 Downtown Snow Removal 11PM Monday February 12, 2018 SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION DOWNTOWN PARKING BAN IN EFFECT February 12, 2018 11PM Snow Removal parking ban is in effect as of 11 PM on Monday February 12, 2018 through 6 AM on Tuesday February 13, 2018 in the areas defined below. The Department of Public Works will be working on snow removal in the two downtown …

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Downtown Snow Removal 11PM Monday February 12, 2018

SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION
DOWNTOWN PARKING BAN IN EFFECT
February 12, 2018 11PM

Snow Removal parking ban is in effect as of 11 PM on Monday February 12, 2018 through 6 AM on Tuesday February 13, 2018 in the areas defined below.

The Department of Public Works will be working on snow removal in the two downtown areas. The following streets will be affected:

Downtown area Rochester
South Main from Lambert to North Main
North Main St. From South Main to Maple
Wakefield Street from South Main to Union Street
Portland Street from Columbus Ave to Charles
All of Union Street, Bridge Street, Hanson Street, Central Ave and Liberty Street Granite St. Davyanne Locke Lane
Downtown area Gonic
Main Street from Colby Street to Pickering Road
All of Colby Street
Church Street from Main Street to rear entrance to Gonic Mill
Railroad Avenue from Pickering Rd to the Gonic School.

NO VEHICLE WITHOUT AN EXEMPTION PERMIT MAY BE PARKED ON THESE CITY STREETS OR IN CITY PARKING LOTS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD

In the future, when a snow emergency is declared in the “downtown areas”, the parking restrictions will be on the streets described above only.

If you have any questions please call the DPW at 332-4096

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Rochester City Manager To Retire This Summer https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-city-manager-retire-summer/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-city-manager-retire-summer/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:07:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1187 Mayor Caroline McCarley announces that City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick will be retiring from his role at the end of June.

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Mayor Caroline McCarley announces that City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick will be retiring from his role at the end of June.

City Manager Fitzpatrick has served Rochester for the past seven years, capping a more than four decade career in government administration.

During his tenure in Rochester, he oversaw several critical projects, including a $5 million bridge that allowed Albany and Safran to expand its manufacturing operations in Rochester, as well as the renovation of the old fire and police station into a state-of -the-art City Hall Annex.

He also made transparency at City Hall a top priority, establishing monthly city manager reports and a more open budgeting process. In addition, he created and used the City Manager’s Corner program on the Rochester Government Channel to keep residents more informed about their city.

“Dan has made numerous meaningful and lasting contributions to our city that will have an impact on residents for years to come,” Mayor McCarley said. “I have no doubt he’ll continue to serve our community well throughout the remainder of his tenure.”

City Manager Fitzpatrick also spearheaded the renegotiation of a new contract with Waste Management that helped boost the city’s non-tax revenues and strengthen the company’s corporate citizenship in Rochester. He also oversaw the development of a franchise agreement with Comcast to foster cable competition in Rochester, marking the first cable overbuild in New Hampshire’s history.

“I’ve loved serving the residents and business owners of Rochester over the last seven years,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m eager to continue working on behalf of our community members and look forward to what the future has in store.”

Fitzpatrick’s experience in city government spans multiple cities and more than four decades. Before arriving in Rochester, he served as a city manager in Augusta, Maine, Oak Park, Michigan, Peekskill, New York and Englewood, New Jersey.

His dedication to the cities he served resulted in numerous International City/County Management Association (ICMA) awards, including an Award of Excellence, Professional Award for Career Development and Program Excellence Award for Intergovernmental Relations, among others.

Fitzpatrick graduated cum laude from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He received his master’s degree of business administration and his master’s of public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He also graduated from the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Rochester Firefighter Earns City’s 2017 Employee of the Year Award https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-firefighter-earns-citys-2017-employee-year-award/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/06/rochester-firefighter-earns-citys-2017-employee-year-award/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:49:49 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1184 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to report that Firefighter Matt Furtney has been named the City of Rochester's Employee of the Year for 2017. 

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to report that Firefighter Matt Furtney has been named the City of Rochester’s Employee of the Year for 2017. 

Firefighter Furtney earned the recognition for his immense dedication to protecting the safety and welfare of Rochester’s residents throughout the year. He will be officially recognized at Employee Recognition Night on Friday, March 16, at the Elks Club.

In June, he spearheaded an effort by several Rochester firefighters to build a wheelchair ramp for an East Rochester resident, helping to make his home more accessible.

Additionally, in July, Firefighter Furtney showed extraordinary courage when he rescued a man at risk of drowning in the Cocheco River. First responders initially could not locate the man in the open water, but Firefighter Furtney was determined and initiated a search through dense brush and swampland. He was eventually able to locate the victim with a flashlight, allowing crews to reach him and pull him to safety.

“Matt sets an extraordinary example for our entire department of what it means to be a firefighter, and I’m proud of him for earning this honor,” Chief Klose said. “He’s someone that all of our firefighters look up to, and his commitment to excellence in service to the people of Rochester is something that we all admire.” 

Rochester’s Employee Recognition and Achievement Team selected Firefighter Furtney from a group of finalists that also included Firefighter Kaitlin Taatjes, who earned an honorable mention for her work in 2017.

“I want to congratulate Firefighter Furtney for earning this award, which represents his extraordinary contributions to the fire department and the city throughout 2017,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “He distinguished himself with his courage and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, and this honor is well deserved.”

Firefighter Furtney has been with the Rochester Fire Department since 2014. He was named the city’s Employee of the Month in September of 2017, and was nominated by Capt. Mark Avery.

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Video: City Manager’s Corner Introduces Rochester’s Chief Assessor and Provides Insight on the Assessment Process https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/31/video-city-managers-corner-introduces-rochesters-chief-assessor-provides-insight-assessment-process/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/31/video-city-managers-corner-introduces-rochesters-chief-assessor-provides-insight-assessment-process/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:24:24 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1152 City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to unveil the latest chapter of the City Manager’s Corner, in which he and new Chief Assessor Jonathan Rice discuss the complexities of property assessments.

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City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to unveil the latest chapter of the City Manager’s Corner, in which he and new Chief Assessor Jonathan Rice discuss the complexities of property assessments.

The City Manager’s Corner, a video series in which City Manager Fitzpatrick and his staff discuss a variety of government topics, is released approximately every other month on the city’s video hub.

In the most recent installment, which you can watch by clicking here, City Manager Fitzpatrick first introduces residents to Rice. Together they then provide an overview of the assessment process in an effort to demystify property tax bills and the the work completed by the assessing department.

“New England cities and towns have historically relied on property taxes as a way to fund government services,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “We want taxpayers to understand the assessment process and how that ultimately impacts their tax bills.”

In the video, Rice breaks down different approaches to assessing property value and describes in brief what they mean, as well as how they’re applied to different properties.

“When looking at individual properties, we do everything we can to ensure the assessed value is in line with both the fair market value and that it is equitable when compared to similar properties within Rochester,” Rice said. “We also place a high value on making sure that all taxpayers’ concerns are heard and fairly evaluated.”

Taxpayers who disagree with their property’s assessed value have multiple options to have their assessments reconsidered. Fitzpatrick and Rice discuss those options at length, including talking directly with Rice, filing an abatement with the assessing office and — if neither of those provides a suitable resolution — appealing to the state agencies that oversee local assessments.

Taxpayers also have the option to appeal to the city’s Board of Assessors.

This program will be repeated many times on the City of Rochester Government Channel, MetroCast cable channel 26. For the cable schedule and more information about the government channel please visit: https://www.rochesternh.net/rochester-government-channel

 

For more information on the Rochester Assessing Department, visit its page on the city website or call the office directly at 603-332-5109.

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