TOWN OPERATIONS CHANGING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

We continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation, which is rapidly evolving. The Town is committed to the continued health and optimal safety of our residents as well as our employees and we intend to do our part to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the Select Board has decided that effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Town Offices will be closed to the public until further notice. As of right now, the Transfer Station will remain open, with the exception of the Swap Shop. We ask that you refrain from bringing in bulky items until further notice.

However, we will still be working to serve the residents of Effingham. We intend to do our best to operate as a “VIRTUAL TOWN HALL.” In today’s world, many of the transactions for our residents can be done online or arranged via phone, email, or drop box. Resident questions can and will be answered via phone or email. Our Town employees will be working both remotely and on-site—but we will continue to be at your service. Information on online services available at this website effinghamnh.net.

Non-Emergency COVID-19 questions, please CALL 2-1-1 (state 24/7 hotline for health/social services).

POLICE – ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911
All other inquiries and requests call 539-5380 or email: police@effinghamnh.net – Officers will address needs via telephone where possible. No VIN verifications, fingerprinting, motor vehicle lock-outs, or other walk-in services.

FIRE / EMS – ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911
All other inquiries, including burn permits, call 539-7956 or email: efandr@hotmail.com.

TOWN OFFICES – 539-7770
Select Board/Town/Assessing Offices are closed to the public but available by phone during regular hours or email: townofeffingham@effinghamnh.net or officeassistant@effinghamnh.net. Regular hours as of March 2nd are: Monday: 8am-2pm, Tuedays: 10am-6pm, Thursday: 8am-2pm, Friday: 8am-12noon.

SELECT BOARD – With the COVID-19 virus precautions in mind, the Select Board will be restricting their meeting agendas to essential business only. The Select Board is suspending the public comment portion of meetings until there is no longer a health and safety concern respective to public gatherings. Citizens with issues or concerns for the Board can relay them through the office at the emails and phone number above. 

ASSESSING539-7770 – Property assessment information and applications are available by either calling the Assessing Office  or email: assessing@effinghamnh.net. Veteran Credit, Elderly Exemption and Current Use applications are available on the municipal website at effinghamnh.net under “Docs, Forms and Applications on the left side of the page. Property assessment cards and applications can be emailed or sent via U.S. Mail. If you need to drop off applications, review request materials, intents to cut or reports of cut, etc., there is a Drop Box located on the outside of the Municipal Office Building at 68 School Street, Effingham NH

TRANSFER STATION – Public safety permitting, we are open for essential household garbage/recycling only, during regular posted hours, so long as safe social distancing is maintained: six feet between all persons.

  • Any items that require collection of fees under the Transfer Station Ordinance (Category 2 – Fees Required), including bulky items, will not be accepted until further notice, to ensure safe social distancing.
  • Employees will not be stationed to assist unloading at this time.
  • The full force and effect of the Transfer Station Ordinance will continue.  

TOWN CLERK/TAX COLLECTOR – 539-7551 – Office closed to the public until further notice. Vehicle registration renewals, dog licenses, vital records requests are available online (left side bar column of website). All other inquiries, including marriage licenses, please inquire by phone during regular posted hours or email effinghamdeanna@roadrunner.com or tcassist@effinghamnh.net. Regular hours as of March 2nd are: Monday: 8am-2pm, Tuedays: 10am-6pm, Thursday: 8am-2pm, Friday: 8am-12noon.

DROP BOX – At the public entrance to Town Offices, there is a secure mailbox where you may drop off checks (PLEASE NO CASH) or other paperwork. Should your paperwork not fit, please contact the number above to make alternative arrangements.

REGISTRATION AND TITLE TRANSFERS OF A NEWLY PURCHASED VEHICLE:
We are working to establish a process for NEW registrations, titles and transfers; we will make information regarding the logistics for this process available as soon at the Department of Safety make it available to us.

BUILDING REVIEW/ LAND USE/ PLANNING/ ZONING
Currently, call 539-7770 regarding any new land use applications or Intents to CutBuilding Permit applications are available online Docs, Forms and Applications.

Review of ongoing Zoning Permit Applications and answering zoning questions is now being handled remotely. At this time there are no Office Hours and telephone messages will not be responded to. You may reach Rebecca by email zoningofficer@effinghamnh.net.

DROP BOX: is located at the public entrance to Town Offices for any documents to be dropped for pickup.

ROAD CONTRACTOR – The Road Contractor will continue to maintain normal operations at the current time.

LIBRARY539-1537 – Effingham Public Library will be closed until further notice. NO curbside delivery after Governor’s Stay At Home Order – until May 5th. We apologize for the inconvenience of our library closure and hope you understand we want the best outcome for everyone in this situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you. please call the library, 539-1537 or email: effinghamlibrary@gmail.com

ALL UPDATES TO TOWN CHANGES WILL BE POSTED ON WWW.EFFINGHAMNH.NET