October 20, 2020
(Manchester, NH) -- “Homelessness is a crisis affecting our city, communities throughout our state, and throughout our country. For months, we've watched as unsheltered individuals set up an encampment on state-owned land where the Hillsborough North Superior Courthouse is located. And today, it's estimated that approximately 25 people are living on that state-owned land in Manchester.
The City and our local service providers conduct outreach on a daily basis, and police patrol the area to ensure no illegal activity is occurring. While the City is doing everything it can to keep the area safe, the State has jurisdiction over this property.
In September, the State posted “no camping” signs on the state-owned property, but during a recent call, they did not share any plans to move individuals from the location. Throughout the course of the conversation, the State advised that no one, including unsheltered individuals, would be prevented from being on their property, confirmed there’s no curfew, and made it clear that they were focused on an anti-camping provision, not an anti-loitering provision.
The State cannot move individuals from state-owned land unless they can identify a specific bed for each individual, which is the same situation Manchester and other communities are in. This is why for over three years, the City has been advocating that the State increase the number of emergency shelter beds, supportive housing, and affordable housing options statewide.
The State plays a significant role in ensuring that all communities have the tools and resources they need to prevent and end homelessness. However, the last time the State completed a statewide plan to address homelessness was in 2006. The State is now in the same position that Manchester and many other communities are in, where unsheltered individuals are living on public land, with no other sheltering options available.
Winter is around the corner. And while we're actively preparing for emergency winter sheltering and making fatality prevention plans -- the City of Manchester can't solve this problem alone. We all have a shared responsibility to help our most vulnerable residents, and it's past time for the State to acknowledge their role and take action.”
Pursuant to N.H. RSA 654:27 the Board of Registrars shall hold session for correction of the checklist prior to an election. The Board of Registrars will be in session at the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:45 p.m. to make the final corrections to the checklist prior to the City of Manchester State General and Municipal Special Election which is to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Any voter who would like to register to vote is encouraged to complete a voter registration form at the Office of the City Clerk. Voters may register during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m). The last day to register to vote prior to the City of Manchester State Primary Election is Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Office of the City Clerk. No new registrations or changes will be taken by the clerk after the deadline so that the checklist for the City of Manchester Presidential Primary Election can be finalized and printed. Voters may also register at the polling place on Election Day. For additional information, please visit the City Clerk website or call 624-6455.
Pursuant to RSA 659:49 I & II the Moderator in Wards 1 – 12 may begin processing the absentee ballots for the State General and Municipal Special Election at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Per RSA 658:31; the Office of the City Clerk of Manchester hereby gives public notice to the voters of Manchester that the official ballots to be used in the November 3, 2020 State General and Municipal Special Election will be counted at the Office of the City Clerk during normal business hours throughout the week beginning on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. until completion of all 12 wards. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk for specific times for each ward.
Pursuant to RSA 656:42 VIII the Office of the City Clerk of Manchester will be testing ballots for the November 3, 2020 State General and Municipal Special Election and sealing all tabulator machines on Monday, October 26, 2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Walter A. Stiles Conference Room, 2nd Floor of City Hall. The public is welcome to view the process.
MANCHESTER, NH – On Saturday, October 24, the Manchester City Clerk’s Office, located at City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, will be open extended hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for ‘Voting Saturday.’ Residents will be able to come in to register to vote, request an absentee ballot or vote absentee in person.
The last day to register to vote at the City Clerk’s office is Wednesday, October 28. However, eligible voters are able to register to vote on Election Day, November 3 at their polling location. Visit the City of Manchester website for more information on how to vote during COVID-19, and where to find your polling location.
Based upon the recommendation of public health and safety officials, and pursuant to the Governor’s emergency orders, there will be no physical location to attend either the aldermanic committee or board meetings beginning October 19 and 20, 2020. You will be able to telephonically access the meeting (listen only) by dialing the unique number and access code for each meeting on the City Calendar. To both view and listen to the meeting on Manchester Public TV, you may view Public TV Channel 22 or visit MPTV’s website at www.manchestertv.org.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Pursuant to Rule 2A of the Rules of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, residents of Manchester are allotted a period of thirty (30) minutes to address the Board on items of concern affecting the community only during the Special Meeting of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen - Public Participation between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. You will be able to offer public comment during this period by emailing email@example.com or using the designated number and unique access code found on the City Calendar for each Special Meeting of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen - Public Participation between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Participants are automatically ordered by the meeting software upon entry to the meeting. All speakers will be muted upon entry and unmuted when their number is called. Participants are required to identify themselves and provide their home address. Each speaker will be limited to a strict three minutes to afford an opportunity for the maximum number of people to speak during this thirty (30) minute period. If you do not intend to be a speaking participant of the meeting, you are encouraged to both view and listen to the meeting on Manchester Public TV on Public TV Channel 22 or visit MPTV’s website at www.manchestertv.org so as not to unnecessarily delay the meeting for participants who wish to speak. You are also encouraged to submit any email comments prior to the commencement of the meeting to ensure that your comments are received by your elected officials as they will be accepted as part of the meeting until the close of the public comment period at 7:30 p.m. during any Special Meeting of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen - Public Participation. Email will be monitored by staff up until the conclusion of this special public meeting.
Per order of the Governor, all New Hampshire ice skating facilities (including the JFK Coliseum and West Side Arena) are closed for two weeks, effective October 15. This is in response to several large COVID-19 outbreaks linked to hockey or indoor ice skating.
MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Mayor Craig announces she is hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, October 8th at 3:30 pm. The town hall will broadcast live on Facebook and Manchester Public Television Channel 22.
Mayor Craig will be joined by a representative from the Health Department to discuss the current state of COVID-19 here in Manchester. All questions are welcome. Anyone wishing to submit questions in advance can email them to: Mayor@manchesternh.gov.
2020 event will also include Downtown Trick-or-Treat
MANCHESTER, NH -- Today, Mayor Joyce Craig announced the third annual ‘Halloween at City Hall,’ scheduled for Friday, October 30, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s event will also include ‘Downtown Trick-or-Treat,’ with trick-or-treaters encouraged to visit downtown participating businesses for a Halloween treat.
For two hours, students, parents, and children are invited to come downtown and get a free book from the Bookmobile, meet Mayor Craig and grab Halloween treats from participating downtown businesses.
“While Halloween looks a little different this year, I’m excited to offer a fun, new and safe way for kids to trick-or-treat downtown this year,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Plus, with the addition of Downtown Trick-or-Treat, we’re encouraging families to walk around, shop and take advantage of extended outdoor dining options.”
Halloween at City Hall will take place outside in City Hall Plaza. All participants are asked to adhere to social distancing, and to wear a mask. This event is subject to change, based on rates of COVID-19 in Manchester in late October.
Trick-or-Treating is scheduled in the City of Manchester for Saturday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The last day to register to vote in the City Clerk's Office is Wednesday, October 28 and we are open until 5 PM.
The City Clerk's Office will be open on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9 AM until 2 PM for voter registration and absentee ballots.
Check out the Manchester City Library's October newsletter for the latest news and information from the library.
HUD FY2019 Annual Action Plan Amendment
In accordance with the City of Manchester’s Citizen Participation Plan, the City will be conducting a process to provide City residents with an opportunity to comment on the expenditure of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding. In conjunction with the CARES Act, the City will receive $645,094 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV3)). These funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus. The receipt of this funding will result in an Amendment to the HUD FY 2019/City FY 2020 Annual Action Plan.
Today, the City of Manchester is announcing Trick-or-Treating is currently planned for Saturday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, city officials are reminding residents to take precautions if they choose to participate in Halloween festivities.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when trick-or-treating or when handing out treats
- Avoid confined spaces and large gatherings or parties
- Find ways to trick-or-treat while staying at least 6 feet away from others, including when handing out and accepting treats.
- Clean hands frequently
- Stay home if you are not feeling well, or if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
As a reminder, participating in trick-or-treating is completely optional. The City of Manchester is encouraging individuals to find safe ways to celebrate Halloween and hand out treats. Those who are at greatest risk of severe illness are encouraged to avoid high risk activities.
For more information on safe ways to celebrate Halloween, review recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of New Hampshire. These outlined recommendations are subject to change, based on rates of COVID-19 in Manchester in late October.
If you would like a COVID-19 test, please call the City’s Hotline at 603-668-1547 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday to make an appointment. Free testing is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.