Meeting Information

SELECTBOARD MEETING LOCATION
2529 Route 25A, Orford, NH

Selectboard meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the Town Office to conduct Town business

From John Adams, Selectboard Chair, March 24, 2020

Conducting the town’s business during the current corona virus epidemic

The Governor has mandated group gatherings of not more than 10 people. This restriction applies to attendance at official meetings in Town e.g., Selectboard, Commissions, Boards. Social distancing guidelines will be observed at those meetings.

For required meetings, the Governor has authorized conference calling in place of physically gathering at a site, so those individuals who need to be in a meeting can do so with less risk. The Selectboard expects to have that capability in place by 4/3.

At this time the Town offices are NOT closed. There is a continuing need to conduct the Town’s business. Both Esther Dobbins-Marsh, Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard, and Deborah Hadlock, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, will continue their regular hours. HOWEVER they expect everyone NOT to come into the building unless absolutely necessary. Remember most business can be conducted over the telephone, via e-mail, or via US mail.  There is also a drop box at the front entrance if you want to drop something off. If you need documents, please arrange with either Esther or Deborah a way to pick up documents in person. It is expected that an appointment can be made to pick them up, and the documents will be taped to the outside door for you to retrieve. No direct conduct is expected or needed. Esther can be reached at:603-353-4889 or via e-mail at orfordselectmen@orfordnh.us. Town Clerk, Deborah can be reached by phone at 603-353-4404, or by e-mail: at townclerk@orfordnh.us. Tax Collector, Deborah can be reached by phone at 603-353-4404.

Town Treasurer, Nancy Murphy will continue with her usual schedule so that accounts payable and payroll checks are processed on time. No direct contact is expected with her for her official duties.

The use of hand washing soap, hand-sanitizer, and surface cleaning protocols are in place to help keep Town staff from undue exposure to corona virus.

All Highway Department personal will remain active. Highway Department personnel are considered to be essential employees. We are not like a big city where they can designate only some employees to come to work on any given day. It is mud season and we have roads to maintain.  The Town garage is now closed to non-employees. For requests of service or to report a road condition please reach the Highway Department by phone at 603-353-9366 or e-mail at: highway@orfordnh.us. For urgent dispatch phone: 603-643-2222

Police and Fire Departments are practicing new interaction guidelines set forth by Hanover Dispatch. When they are dispatched to a call, information about the status of the people on the scene needing assistance will be part of the call notice. Therefore, our first responders will know what to expect and can take personal preventative actions if required.

The Transfer Station (Dump) is a vital town service and is not closed at this time.  Local rules are in place there for hygiene and social distancing.

The libraries are closed. They are each under the control of their individual board of directors. For changes to their status contact the library directly.

Our Emergency Management Director, Mike Gilbert, is periodically keeping the Selectboard and our community updated on the general situation. Town Officials are not meant to be your sole source of information, nor your source for the most current information. Please consult national, state and regional sources for the current status of the corona virus epidemic, legal and social requirements. One reliable source for corona virus information is CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov.

Leadership

John Adams, Board Chair
(603) 727-8886
jqadams@orfordnh.us

Tom Steketee, Board Member
(603) 728-8169
tsteketee@orfordnh.us

Fred Kidder II, Board Member
(603) 359-2028
fkidder@orfordnh.us

The Rivendell Review Committee’s (RRC) Impact Summary can be found under Documents at the bottom of this page

Contact & Hours

SELECTBOARD OFFICE – The Selectboard’s office is located in the Town Office
Mailing Address: 2529 Route 25A, Orford, NH 03777
Phone: 353-4889
Fax: 353-4489
email: orfordselectmen@orfordnh.us
Esther Dobbins-Marsh, Administrative Assistant
Office Hours:
Monday thru Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

2020 US Census

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation’s founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

Easy and Convenient – In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.

Confidential and Secure – Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
*The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.
*The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

KEY MILESTONES FOR THE 2020 CENSUS

March 2020—The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at 2020census.gov. Replying by mail or phone will also be an option.
April 2020—Every 10 years, we observe Census Day on April 1.
June 2020 through July 2020—Census takers go door to door to count people who have not responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers are Census Bureau employees and will provide proof that they are official government personnel.
December 31, 2020—By this date, as required by law, the Census Bureau reports to the President of the United States the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state.
2021—Initial 2020 Census data are made available to the public on www.census.gov