Listed below are various Departments and Committees of the Town of Warner Government along with a brief description of their responsibilities. Beside each title is listed one of the following indicators and their meaning. (E: Elected A: Appointed)
The Board of Selectmen are elected to "manage the prudential affairs" of the Town. "Prudential affairs" means the same thing as filling in the details, thus the Selectmen are the Executive, Managerial and Administrative body that does what is necessary to carry out the votes of the towns people enacted at Town Meeting. Click here for Selectmen's Meeting Minutes index page.
The Town Administrator manages the day to day operations of the Town, supervises office staff and department heads (with the exception of elected officials), acts as liaison with residents and town committees, as well as prepares information statements that serve as the basis for many policy decisions made by the Selectmen. On top of having the authority to make various administrative decisions within the authority given by the Selectmen, the TA also carries out directives of the Board of Selectmen on a regular basis and is available to the public during office hours.
The Town Clerk is the Official recorder of the Town and is the Keeper of the Town's records. Records include births, marriages, deaths, dog licenses and auto registrations. The Town Clerk also performs administrative tasks dealing with elections including voter registrations and ballots.
The Town Treasurer is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all funds provided to the town from Federal, State and local sources and the proper accounting of the same.
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes and the collection of other taxes due the Town based on warrants provided by the Selectmen. The Tax Collector also computes interest charges on delinquent taxes and places liens on property for non-payment of taxes.
The Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget for the Town as submitted by the Selectmen and various departments. The result is a recommended budget presented to the public at the Public Budget meeting. Incorporating any changes as the result of the Public Budget Meeting, the budget is then presented to the voters at Town Meeting. Click here for Budget Committee Meeting minutes. Budget Committee Meeting Schedule
The Chandler Reservation is an elected committee that oversees the management of the Reservation. Management activities include forestry, recreation and wildlife. A trail system has been developed which offers great hiking opportunities. A self-guided woods-walk trail has 19 "stations" showing points of interest. Click here to go to the Chandler Reservation page.
The Conservation Commission is concerned with the proper utilization and protection of the Town.s natural resources, both land and water. The Commission administers a conservation fund which it uses to acquire conservation easements from willing landowners to protect parcels with exceptional natural qualities. The Commission advises other Town boards on resource management issues. It also undertakes studies from time to time, and conducts public information activities. Click here for Conservation Commission Meeting minutes.
The mission of the Warner Energy Committee is to recommend local steps to save energy and reduce emissions to the Board of Selectmen. This will include measures which encourage and empower our citizens and community to move toward greater energy conservation, security, sustainability, and more responsible energy usage. The Committee advocates protecting the natural local and global environment, by supporting the responsible development of a civic and business environment which fosters and attracts green businesses and jobs, promoting local sources of renewable energy, and proposing solutions to benefit citizens that reduce energy costs and environmental impacts.
The Pillsbury Free Library has been serving Warner since 1892.
The Planning Board is responsible for preparing and amending from time to time the Town Master Plan. The Board recommends programs for development of the municipality, makes changes to the Zoning Ordinance, conducts site plan reviews for major developments, reviews and approves subdivisions. Click here for Planning Board Meeting minutes. Click here for the meeting schedule.
The Warner Police Department officially began after a Town vote on October 4, 1774. Stephen Edmund was voted into office as the Town's constable for a term of one year.
Over the passing years, the Warner Police Department continued to serve the community with part-time officers. In 1990 the Town appointed William Chandler as its first full-time police officer who now serves as Chief of Police.
The Police Department now consists of four full-time officers, one part-time officer and a full-time administrative assistant. The Department possesses and utilizes a full array of modern policing equipment, most of which was obtained through federal and state grants. The agency has three vehicles that are in current use. These vehicles consist of two patrol sedans and an SUV that is utilized during poorer weather conditions and on special assignments.
The Warner Police Department is committed to the concept of community policing. It is the dedication of the Warner Police Department to responsibly address the community's needs and to provide professional services that contribute to the quality of life of its residents.
Originally founded in 1830 as Silver Lake Hose Co. No. 1, the Warner Fire Department has been in continuous operation for the past 180 years. (More History) Currently classified as a "call" department, where members are paid for the time spent responding to calls, the Warner Fire Department was originally volunteer and maintains all the best aspects of those roots today, with hundreds of "volunteer" hours spent each year in training and maintaining the station and equipment.
With a roster of thirty-three (33) officers and firefighters and nine (9) Emergency Medical Technician.s, the department responds to approximately 300 calls per year. Well equipped, with two Engines (Pumpers), three Tanker Trucks, carrying 4350 gallons of water on wheels, a Heavy-Rescue and an all-wheel drive Brush Truck, the department proudly maintains its 170-year heritage.
Outside burning permits are required for any outside burning unless the ground is completely covered with snow. The NH Department of Environmental Services also prohibits the open burning of household waste. Burning permits are available from the Forest Fire Warden or several of the Deputy Wardens listed here.
The Warner Firefighters Association, Inc., formed in 1986, was chartered to protect and preserve the history and memorabilia of our organization. For more information you may contact them at P.O. Box 64. Warner, NH 03278 or leave a voice message on 603-456-2222.
The Warner River Nomination Committee is a group of landowners and representatives from five of the Warner River watershed towns (Warner, Bradford, Sutton, Webster, and Hopkinton), the Warner Energy Committee, Basil W. Woods Jr. Trout Unlimited, NH Fish & Game and Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission proposing the Warner River be considered for nomination into the NH River's Management and Protection Program.
The Warner Village Water District operates the Water and Sewer Systems. The area served is known as the "Precinct". It encompasses the area within a 1/2 - 1 mile radius from the Village center.