COVID-19 Hollis Updates 4/2/2020

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April 2, 2020
In support of the Stay at Home directives issued by both Governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire the Hollis Select Board is hereby closing all trails and the Rocky Pond boat launch until further notice.  This action is deemed imperative to control crowds that could lead to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through crisis together.

March 20, 2020
This message is from the Selectmen and the Office of Emergency Management.  The emergency management team has been working together to develop plans and procedures to keep our residents safe and healthy during this unprecedented public health emergency. We now need your help and assistance.  We ask you to adhere to social distancing requirements.  Not just the elderly who are most at risk but the young as well as they can get this virus and spread it to the most at risk.  For our elderly population we urge you to limit any travel to only what is absolutely necessary and to avoid any gathering of people. Suspension of services and closures in Hollis can be found on the town web site and the public access channel. We are a strong New England community and together we will get through this. Thank you.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO THE RESIDENTS OF HOLLIS, NH
March 24, 2020

 

Governor Sununu issued a state of emergency for the State of New Hampshire on Friday evening due to COVID-19. The Governor directed all schools to close and work toward a virtual environment at least until April 6th. The Town of Hollis is committed to providing a high level of service for the community, while also prioritizing the health and safety of our employees as well as our citizens. As you will read in this update many of our services are now being conducted virtually or by appointment where at all possible.

PUBLIC SAFETY & EMERGENCY SERVICE
The dedicated personnel of our Police, Fire, Ambulance and Communications  will continue to serve the residents of our town on a “business and usual” basis, however, we ask that you please keep all non-emergency calls to a minimum so that they may devote their time to those residents in need of emergency services.
Fire Department- https://www.hollisnh.org/fire 
Police Department- https://www.hollisnh.org/police

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Emergency management is active and coordinating efforts with Town of Hollis Department Heads and the State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Center to respond to and mitigate the current public health emergency.  We may in the future be pushing out critical messages on our Code Red and Nixle platforms which are essentially reverse 911 systems.  If you are not signed up to these systems now would be a good time to do so. Information can be found under the emergency alert tab on home page of the town web site.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Non-essential Board and Committee meetings are cancelled for March and more information will be forthcoming about meetings in April and beyond. The Governor’s Office has issued a formal guidance to NH municipalities making it clear that, given the emergency declaration, board and committees have the ability to expand their use of teleconferencing to limit interpersonal exposure. We are continuing to work through the logistical details associated with the use of applications such as Zoom that will enable a meeting to more efficiently accommodate remote participation among its members. Please check the Town’s website for an up-to-date calendar of meetings that will be taking place.

TOWN HALL
The Hollis Town Hall will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020.  Town Hall personnel will still be conducting business, so residents are encouraged to call or email with questions or to set up an appointment. Tax payments can be dropped off in the drop box (located next to the Town Hall front doors).  Larger items that do not fit in the drop box can be placed in the blue receptacle.  Both the drop box and receptacle will be checked daily.

HOLLIS SOCIAL LIBRARY 
The Hollis Social Library is now closed to the public. Curbside pick-up will be ending on Friday March 20th due to new information about the COVID-19 virus. Staff will be on call to answer your questions and assist you in accessing our online resources. Staff will be available via phone and email Monday through Friday 10:30am-5pm. A moratorium has been placed on all fines and all items will now be due on Monday April 6th. If possible, please keep all of your items at home until we reopen. If you need to return items sooner, our outdoor book drop will remain open. However, if you or a member of your household is ill please do not return library materials until 3 days after all members of your household are well again. Please visit their website for more information www.hollislibrary.org.

LAWRENCE BARN
All events and meetings at the Lawrence Barn have been cancelled through April 20th and more information will be forthcoming.

HOLLIS TOWN CLERK
The Town Clerk’s office is currently closed to the public.  Vehicle renewals, dog licensing, and vital records, can be done online, or by mailing a check made out to TOWN OF HOLLIS to Hollis Town Clerk, 3G Marketplace, Hollis, NH 03049.  Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so renewals can be mailed back to you.  Contact the Town Clerk’s office at Townclerk@hollisnh.org for any fee or other questions. For Marriage Licenses please email us with a phone number.  We will call you with the Covid19 protocol and set up an appointment. For more information contact the Town Clerk at https://www.hollisnh.org/town-clerk

TAX COLLECTION
Hollis residents are encouraged to pay their property taxes online or by mail.. All ACH checking fees ($1.50) will be waived, however, there will be a 2.79% charge for using a credit card. At the front entrance to Town Hall there is a secure, metal drop box where you may drop off checks (NO CASH). For more information contact the Tax Collector at https://www.hollisnh.org/tax-collector. 

ASSESSING
Interior inspections will be temporarily suspended. Exterior measurements, photos of sale properties with uncompleted building permits will continue.  All exemption and credit forms can be found online. The Town of Hollis is extending the filing deadline from April 15th, to May 1.  Prior to coming into Town Hall please email or call if you need further assistant.  https://www.hollisnh.org/assessing.

PLANNING
Applications are being accepted for staff review.  The March planning board hearing will be rescheduled to April 21.   However, we are encouraging you to contact the Planning Department via phone and email to address questions and concerns.  https://www.hollisnh.org/planning-department.

HOME AND BUILDING INSPECTIONS/PERMITS
All non-emergency interior inspections are suspended until further notice. However, exterior and new construction inspections will continue. Permit applications are available on the town website https://www.hollisnh.org/building-code-enforcement. Please contact Building and land Use coordinator at 465-2209 ext. 501. for fees and other questions.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
All DPW employees will continue to serve the residents of our town on a “business as usual” basis. All forms and permits can be found online. https://www.hollisnh.org/public-works. For all inquiries call 465-2246. DPW is closed to the public.

TRANSFER STATION - updated 3/24
At this time, the Transfer Station remains open with regular hours however, the “STILL GOOD” table will be closed until further notice. There will be no public access to the Transfer Station office. The Transfer Station will remain open and updates to changes to the station being open will be posted on the Town web site.

Extra hours for Hollis residents age 60 and older: Wednesdays 8am-noon

Changes effective March 19, 2020 are as follows:

  • All Recycling will be thrown in the trash. 
  • Card Board will remain open for anyone who would like to recycle cardboard.
  • Scrap metal will be open for recycling. Aluminum cans and steel cans maybe dumped in scrap metal if anyone would like to continue recycling that material.
  • Fluorescent Tubes and batteries will continue to be recycled.  If possible, can you please keep these items at home till Heath Emergency is over.
  • At this time, we will not be accepting TV’s and any electronic payables at this time including tires and dump stickers.
  • There are two roll off boxes at the facility for trash to ease any traffic congestion that might occur.
  • At this time, we are trying to minimize the exposure to our staff and our residents we serve.  Please do not linger. Dump your trash and leave.

STUMP DUMP 
The Stump dump will remain open and updates to changes will be posted on the web site.
All brush, compost and stumps, please drive thru and drop your material off.
Demolition material will not be accepted at this time. Please stock pile it until the Health Emergency is over.

For more information please visit our website https://www.hollisnh.org/public-works/transfer-station-10-rocky-pond-road.

WELFARE
We encourage you to contact the Town Administrator with questions or to set up an appointment. https://www.hollisnh.org/select-board.

Should you have a general question and you are not sure who to call, please contact our Administration Office as follows:

Town Administrator, Lori Radke 603-465-2209 ext.101

State of New Hampshire-Governor’s Webpage
https://www.nh.gov/index.htm