Last Day for Declaration of Candidacy

Today is the final day to file a Declaration of Candidacy for Town Boards and Committees as well as School Board and School District positions

Additional can be found below, and also on the Town Website.

Declaration of Candidacy is available at the Town Office for the following positions:

• One Select Board member and overseer of the poor for a (3) three-year term
• One Town Clerk for a (3) three-year term
• One Town Treasurer for a (1) one-year term
• One Town Moderator for a (1) one-year term
• Three members of the Budget Committee for (3) three-year terms
• One Trustee of the Trust Funds for a (3) three-year term
• One Trustee of the Library Trust for a (3) three-year term
• One Trustee of the Cemetery for a (3) three-year term

The filing period opens Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and closes Friday, January 29, 2021.
If you are interested in declaring your candidacy for any of these positions, please call (603) 742-2510 or send an e-mail. We can then schedule a time for you to come to Town Hall to fill out an official declaration of candidacy form.

A Special Sign-up Session will be also held at Town Hall from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Friday, January 29, 2021.


Rollinsford School District
Legal Notice

The filing period for the following Rollinsford School District officers begins on January 20, 2021 and closes January 29, 2021. Applications will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00AM-4:00PM at: 

SAU 56
51 West High Street
Somersworth, NH 03878

Potential Candidates can also make an appointment with the Rollinsford Town Clerk, Dan Cullity by calling 603-742-2510 or by emailing.

Rollinsford Town Hall will also be open on January 29, 2021 from 3:00PM-5:00PM to submit an application. 

Applications can be found online here

Open Positions 

School District Moderator- One Year 

School District Clerk- One Year 

School District Treasurer- One Year 

School Board Members-Two (2) Three Year 

Help Us Celebrate the Retirement of Chief Ducharme!

After 38 years of continued service for Rollinsford, Chief Robert “Bob” Ducharme is retiring as of December 31st! Starting in 1982 when he became a part-time officer, he quickly moved into a full-time position in 1986, and has served as Chief since 1992.Throughout those years has been an active member of our community including spearheading the Police Benevolent Association drive for holiday food baskets for needy residents.

The Town would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for his dedicated service and we need your help.We would love to host you all in person and allow you the opportunity to say your fond farewells, but current social distancing requirements make that difficult.

Yet there is a way to celebrate and it takes each of you. We hope you will help Bob remember his time with us and remember it fondly. Maybe you could write him a letter recounting a story of a time he helped you. Perhaps you and he shared a funny moment together. So many things have happened over those years. If you remember things, even as a bystander, now is the time to compliment his service. Most of us were part of his time here in some way, even if it was just a simple “hello” at the Post Office. It could even be a thank-you for that warning he gave you when he pulled you when he could have given you a ticket. Let’s get creative!

We will compile the submissions and put them into a nice book to present to him that he can enjoy for years to come.

Help us make this moment special for him. You can mail them to the Town Hall (PO Box 309,) or put them in the drop box at the Town Hall. We ask that you have your submissions in by Tuesday, January 19th.

 

Toy Drive 12.6.20

Rollinsford Happenings Toy Drive

SUNDAY December 6, 10:00-2:00

We will be at the Town Hall parking lot to collect toys for Rollinsford families for Christmas. There will be a doggie Reindeer to help Santa.  Help Santa fill our trucks with presents for Rollinsford’s Children on his big night!  BRING YOUR LETTERS FOR SANTA!!!!

In case you cannot make it to the Toy Drive——–

Point of Contact:

Jaimie Adams

Virtual Veterans Day Celebration 2020

Over the years, many from the seacoast area and beyond have had the opportunity to join the Marshwood Middle School community at their annual Veterans Day Celebration and witnessed the care, respect, and genuine dignity that students and staff have fostered for our veterans and first responders. During this current period of uncertainty with the global pandemic, our grade six, seven, and eight students and faculty have created, yet again, a comprehensive program to thank those that protect us. This year marks our twentieth celebration and they would like to share this “Virtual Veterans Day Celebration 2020” with as many of the residents, district families, staff, and leaders of our communities as possible.
We thank you for being in attendance as our honored guests at past celebrations and we hope to share our celebration with you in-person next November.
Please know we are very grateful for your leadership and service as well as your kindness in recognizing the importance of our celebration. Please enjoy the video.

Click here to view the MMS Veterans Day Video

With our sincere thanks and wishes,
Catherine Locke, Ashleigh Locke, and Kristine Bisson
Organizers of Marshwood Middle School Annual Veterans Day Celebration
Over the years, many from the seacoast area and beyond have had the opportunity to join the Marshwood Middle School community at their annual Veterans Day Celebration and witnessed the care, respect, and genuine dignity that students and staff have fostered for our veterans and first responders. During this current period of uncertainty with the global pandemic, our grade six, seven, and eight students and faculty have created, yet again, a comprehensive program to thank those that protect us. This year marks our twentieth celebration and they would like to share this “Virtual Veterans Day Celebration 2020” with as many of the residents, district families, staff, and leaders of our communities as possible.
We thank you for being in attendance as our honored guests at past celebrations and we hope to share our celebration with you in-person next November.
Please know we are very grateful for your leadership and service as well as your kindness in recognizing the importance of our celebration. Please enjoy the video.

Click here to view the MMS Veteran’s Day Video

With our sincere thanks and wishes,
Catherine Locke, Ashleigh Locke, and Kristine Bisson
Organizers of Marshwood Middle School Annual Veterans Day Celebration

Openings on Zoning Board of Appeals

The Select Board is looking for volunteers to fill vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals. This quasi-judicial body has the responsibility of hearing from property owners who are aggrieved by the Zoning Ordinance or an administrative decision based on the Zoning Ordinance.

Knowledge of the Zoning Ordinance is preferred but can be acquired over time. It is also helpful for volunteers to have previous experience on the Planning Board but is not required.

If interested or for more information, please email letter of interest or call 742-2510 x313

Trick or Treat 2019

Trick or Treat is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th, 6 pm-8 pm.

The Police Department will be delivering reflective Halloween bags and glow sticks to the students at RGS.  The PD will be open for Trick or Treat and will have goodies for the kids.  Officers in the cruisers will also have goodies for the kids.
We remind all to be safe on Trick or Treat.  Only go to those homes with outside lights on, and have parents check candy before eating it.  Watch for vehicles as you travel down or across any roads.  The drivers may not see the children in the costumes.

Camp Rolly and Teen Camp May Be Discontinued

For decades Rollinsford has offered summer camp for the children in Town. In 2016, when the long-time director and active Recreation Committee members were resigning at the same time, the Select Board took the opportunity to discontinue the program because of safety and liability concerns.

A number of parents who valued the program were upset that it would be discontinued and were allowed by the Select Board to recreate the program with a few stipulations:
● that the volunteers make the camp safe and reduce the known liabilities
● bring in as much in fees as it would cost to run the program
● manage the camp in such a way that it would not be an administrative burden on the Town as the administrative office was already very busy and understaffed

The first year Camp Rolly was created it operated much better than ever before. The second year, Teen Camp was added. This past summer, again both Camp Rolly and Teen Camp were offered.

This past year there were a number of liability concerns some of which can be mitigated, others may be beyond what the Town can afford to accommodate. If the Town is to offer a camp, it must accept those who register. We cannot nor would we want to discriminate and yet we need to be sure we can afford to offer a program that meets the needs of those who might apply. Whether or not the Town can do that safely and affordably is questionable.

Given the situations that came up this past summer, the Select Board’s concern for the program has increased. The Recreation Committee has been given the directive that job descriptions for each role of the Committee must be written out so that the volunteers know what they are taking on and the timeline for each part of the role. The jobs of the Committee include, interviewing staff to be hired by the Select Board, writing grants, managing the registrations, planning field trips, etc. In addition, policies and forms need to be created to ensure everything can run smoothly with limited risk.

At this point, the Committee has lost a key member. Membership of the Committee has dwindled at a time when there is a lot of work to be done. The Committee would like for the Select Board to provide the administrative support necessary to get the program where it needs to be. The Select Board is struggling with this decision because they understand the value of the program to the residents and yet it is not clear whether we can afford to operate the program at the level it would need to be. And would the residents pay an increased fee for a program with fewer field trips? What is clear is that for the program to continue, it would require a substantial amount of time of the Town Administrator and a Recreation Director would likely need to be created to manage the work to be done. Volunteers would still need to help as well. Here it is budget planning season and the additional cost is unknown. What would happen if a director position were created for an insufficient amount of time or one could not be found for the allocated amount? Would the program still be adequately improved and allowed to continue? Would it be better to take a year off while working these things out? These are the questions the Select Board is considering.

Again, the Select Board sympathizes with the families who rely on this program. It has been part of the Town in one form or another for many, many years and is known to be the most affordable option in the area. We can all agree that it would be disappointing if it were to be discontinued. However, the Select Board is charged with managing the operations of the Town. This includes expenses, revenues and liabilities.

The Select Board welcomes your feedback about how to best balance the challenges before them regarding summer programming. Please join the Select Board for a public hearing at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 15th at the Town Hall.