COVID-19 Hollis Updates 6/15/2020

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NH Dept of Health and Human Services COVID-19 updates

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May 5, 2020

Hollis trails are now open to Hollis Residents.

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.

Town Seal

 

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
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
Effective Monday June 1 the Hollis Town Hall will be reopened to the public using Standard Operating Procedures based upon public health guidelines, designed to keep employees and the public safe.

  • Town Hall shall be thoroughly cleaned. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Plexi-Glass Guards have been installed at all customer service counters.
  • When possible, workstations will be separated by at least six feet.
  • Town Hall will limit the number of people entering the building.

Signage at the building entrance will be posted stating the following: 

  • Please do not enter the building if you are sick or not feeling well.
  • Please check in with the receptionist. We are limiting the number of people entering the building.
  • We recommend you wear facial protection and use hand sanitizer while in the building.
  • The restrooms are not open to the public.
  • Tax payments may be mailed, paid online, or placed in the Town Hall dropbox (located near the front doors).
  • We encourage you to use online services as much as possible.
  • Be sure to maintain social distancing.

Residents are encouraged to call or email with questions or to set up an appointment. 

HOLLIS SOCIAL LIBRARY 
The Hollis Social Library is closed to the public. Even though the building is closed, there are many online resources available to you. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 10:30am-5pm and Saturday 11am-1pm by phone or email: [email protected]. Curside pick-up is back! Please visit their website for details www.hollislibrary.org.

LAWRENCE BARN
All events and meetings at the Lawrence Barn have been cancelled through June 15th and more information will be forthcoming.

CEMETERIES - updated 6/15
Click here for details about updated Cemetery Operations effect June 15th due to the coronavirus crisis.

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 to Hollis Town Clerk, 3G Marketplace, Hollis, NH 03049. Checks should be made out to "Town of Hollis". Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so renewals can be mailed back to you. 

Or, drop an envelope with your Renewal Notice and check into the Drop Box outside the Town Clerk’s office.  Leave a phone number if you want to pick it up, or include a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail it back to you.

We are currently taking appointments for new or new to you cars needing new plates, or transferring plates, and new people to town.

Contact the Town Clerk’s office at [email protected] for appointments and questions.
For more details see the Town Clerk webpage at https://www.hollisnh.org/town-clerk

TAX COLLECTION
Hollis residents are encouraged to pay their property taxes online or by mail. There is a small $1.50 ACH checking fee, or 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
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 6/16
The “STILL GOOD” table and library are open effective June 16th. Please use social distancing.  
Please see details for Recycling on the Transfer Station webpage
Extra hours for Hollis residents age 60 and older: Wednesdays 8am-noon
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.
Effective May 13 the Stump Dump is open to accept demolition, and payable material, brush for commercial businesses and stumps for residents and commercial business.
Please stay in your vehicle. Checks are preferred.
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