Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820


April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk





Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator



Dear IDN and Strafford County Colleagues,

There have been several conversations in Strafford County communities recently about opportunities to support our homeless neighbors during cold weather.

The goal of this message (and Facebook post @SCEmergencyShelter) is to raise awareness about the Strafford County Extreme Cold Emergency Shelter – what it is, what it is not, how it runs, when it runs, and how neighbors can help each other through connection with the shelter.

Planning for the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Emergency shelter has been underway since February of 2019. Planning accelerated in September of 2019. The Shelter is a collaboration between your Strafford County government, the Integrated Delivery Network in Region 6 (Strafford/Seacoast), and a number of regional social service partners. It is not associated with the Tri-City Mayor’s Task Force or addressed in the Tri-City Mayor’s Task Force Plan.

The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Emergency shelter is a resource available to the region when one or more Strafford County communities advise the County that their ability to shelter homeless residents in their city or town has been overwhelmed and they need help responding to a real, objectively identified risk to life-safety caused by weather, just as any other mutual aid support would work in an emergency or disaster situation.

Community leaders and the Tri-City Mayor’s Task Force have been advised of this model, and of the County’s expectation that cities/towns must mount some type of response effort to shelter the homeless population within their community before the County shelter can activate. County leadership and advisors also consider intelligence from NH Homeland Security weather briefings and regional homeless shelter partner capacity in their decision-making process to activate the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter.

If the shelter is activated/opened, it will be at 272 County Farm Road in the same space as last year – the top floor of the Alms House in the building shared with Southeastern NH Services. The shelter space is handicapped accessible, although it requires staff assistance for those with mobility support needs. The shelter is considered ‘low-barrier’, which means we work to make safe shelter available to everyone, regardless of conditions that may impact access to traditional shelters.

Shelter openings will be announced through the Facebook Page @SCEmergencyShelter (Strafford County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter), through email distribution lists, on other social media, and via traditional media with at least 48 hours notice whenever possible.

There are active plans for transportation options to ensure anyone in need can access the shelter. Shuttle service from the Dover Transportation Center will be available whenever COAST bus routes are not available. Detailed transportation plans will be announced with each activation, as plans do vary depending on the event circumstances.

Information about volunteer (and training) opportunities, donation opportunities (supplies and meals), and staffing opportunities (shelter managers and skilled staff) will be posted on the Facebook page and, whenever possible, posted to other media outlets.

The Shelter team can be reached at<>. The phone number for the Shelter team is (857)-323-0388.

Thank you for your amazing work serving our most vulnerable neighbors. It is a privilege to work with you all.

Tory Jennison PhD, RN
Director of Population Health
Integrated Delivery Network
Region 6 (Strafford/Seacoast)


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Regulatory compliance with the EPA requires Strafford County to make their “Stormwater Management Program” (SWMP) publicly noticed. In addition, links to a number of informative bulletins from the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) that cover best management practices for Stormwater Management are included for further reading as part of the County’s educational outreach.



Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. In a forest, meadow, or other natural environment, stormwater usually soaks into the ground and is naturally filtered. When forests and meadows are developed, they are commonly replaced with impervious surfaces such as houses, buildings, roads and parking lots. Impervious surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground, which create excess stormwater runoff.    

Excess stormwater runoff can create problems when stream channels have to accommodate more flow than nature intended. When this happens, flooding is more frequent, banks erode, and the groundwater table is lowered. Stormwater can also become polluted with trash and debris, vehicle fluids, pesticides and fertilizers, pet waste, sediment, road salt and other pollutants when it flows over impervious surfaces, lawns, and other developed areas. These pollutants get picked up with the stormwater runoff and eventually flow untreated into nearby lakes, streams and other bodies of water.  The end result is to render these recreational and wildlife areas unsafe for swimming and creating an unsafe habitat for fish and other wildlife.

Stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water pollution nationally. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, i.e., point source pollution, which is caused by a discrete number of sources that are easily identified, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.

In New Hampshire, stormwater has been identified as contributing to over 90% of the surface water quality impairments in the state. All across New Hampshire, communities, businesses and property owners are experiencing the challenge of managing stormwater to protect the state’s water resources and to balance the need for a healthy environment with the need for social and economic growth.



Excessive stormwater runoff can carry pollutants to receiving waters that impact a wide range of water quality issues including:

- Shellfish bed closures due to bacterial contamination.
- Swimming beach closures due to bacterial contamination.
- Pathogenic bacteria/viruses from fecal material in pet waste.
- Toxic cyanobacterial algal growth from excess nutrients in runoff.
- Toxicity from ammonia, metals, organic compounds, pesticides, and other contaminants.
- Depleted dissolved oxygen levels due to increased oxygen demand from biodegradable organic
  material – leading to oxygen deprivation of aquatic organisms.
- Contamination of groundwater aquifers with soluble organic chemicals, metals, nitrates, and salt.



Strafford County Stormwater Management Program (SWMP)

Strafford County Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Plan

Strafford County NOI 9-13-2019

STRAFFORD COUNTY - 2018-2019 Annual Report




Virtually all water pollution problems in New Hampshire are caused by stormwater runoff from the roads we travel, the buildings and parking lots we visit, and even the homes in which we live. Every single property has the potential to contribute to water pollution. Every property owner can also be part of the solution to water pollution. NHDES has created a comprehensive guidance document and a hands-on voluntary program to assist New Hampshire home and small business owners in reducing water pollution.


City of Dover link on managing Pet Waste 

Managing septic systems

Full NHDES “Stormwater” website with links


March 21, 2019

After a five (5) month public budgetary process, the Strafford County Legislative Delegation unanimously approved the Strafford County Commissioners’ Proposed 2019 Budget as presented on March 13, 2019. The budget funds all County operations and all Union contracts negotiated for the 2019 calendar year.

Commissioners Maglaras, Watson, and Rollo were very pleased that their Proposed Budget was under the tax caps for the Strafford County cities of Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. This is the tenth (10th) year in a row that we have accomplished this.

Commissioner Maglaras reports that he is pleased that we continue to find ways to enhance County services while honoring the three cities’ tax caps. Commissioner Rollo stated that the budget also includes fair and responsible increased compensation for all our employees. Commissioner Watson added that the pay and benefit adjustments keep Strafford County competitive in a very tight labor market and recognizes how much we appreciate the hard work of all our employees.

An increase in revenues for inmate boarding at the Strafford County House of Corrections was a key factor in balancing expenses and revenues. The cooperation of all our Elected Officials and Department Heads has produced a great budget for the taxpayers.

We appreciate the hard work and support of Chairman Peter Schmidt and the Strafford County Legislative Delegation in their review and unanimous support of the 2019 budget.