ROCHESTER — City Manager Blaine Cox and Mayor Caroline McCarley announce that the City of Rochester is preparing to host essential City Council, committee and board meetings remotely in light of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Chris Sununu has announced a stay at home recommendation for residents and ordering all non-essential businesses to close in-person and public-interacting operations starting at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 until Monday, May 4.
Essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open during this time. Residents will be allowed to go outside, but are strongly urged to practice social distancing — maintaining at least six feet between individuals — while doing so.
Remote learning for students has also been extended to Monday, May 4. Schools will continue to provide to-go meals for students during this time. More information about that service can be found here.
More information about Gov. Sununu’s order will be released on Friday, March 27. Information about his previous orders can be found here.
The City of Rochester temporarily postponed such meetings in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus earlier this month. However, the City of Rochester has prepared since then to hold public meetings that are essential for the City remotely, and plans to begin with the City Council’s Tuesday, March 31 meeting.
The City Council’s meeting will be broadcast on Cable Channel 26 for Atlantic Broadband customers, and audio of the meeting will stream live on the City’s website at www.RochesterNH.net.
Gov. Chris Sununu has temporarily lifted the requirement that the public have an opportunity to meet and comment in-person during such public meetings, and residents instead will have the opportunity to comment remotely by email or telephone.
“We’d like to thank residents for their ongoing cooperation, understanding and patience throughout this unique situation,” Mayor McCarley said. “Fortunately, we’re going to be holding our first remote meeting soon, and this will allow our City to continue important business that needs to be addressed.”
Residents who wish to submit public input prior to a meeting can do so by emailing [email protected] no later than by 5 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Residents can also leave voicemail input by calling 603-330-7107 no later than by noon on the day of the meeting. All email and voicemail input will be included with the City Council’s packet as an addendum.
Information about upcoming meetings will be posted on the City’s website.
Residents can renew vehicle registrations online on the City’s website here. This service is for renewals only.
Per the orders of Gov. Chris Sununu, all 20-day plates for newly purchased vehicles through a New Hampshire dealer are valid through April 30. Those who recently purchased a vehicle through a private sale are asked to call 603-332-1136 for additional guidance.
Tax, Water and Sewer Payments
Residents can pay their tax, water and sewer bills on the City’s website here.
Payments can also be deposited in the drop box at the front of the Revenue Building next to City Hall or mailed to:
City of Rochester
19 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867
Donations and Support
The City of Rochester wishes to thank its residents and business partners for their support and partnership during this unprecedented period. Residents are generally heeding the urgent warnings about social distancing, and the business community has stepped up despite the fear and uncertainly occurring nationwide.
Market Basket recently donated 400 rolls of toilet paper to the Rochester Housing Authority to be dispersed among residents.
Those wishing to make donations should email [email protected].
Additional updates will be shared as information becomes available.