The Town of Warner had a significant increase in active COVID cases in the past two weeks. The increase is largely attributed to the outbreak announced by DHHS at Pine Rock Manor with 35 residents and 8 staff members testing positive as of Monday, October 12th. The facility is currently closed to visitors. The NH Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Services Cluster Investigation Unit is working with the facility. Town Officials are monitoring the outbreak and will update this message as the situation changes.
Moderate community spread is occurring in Merrimack County at this time. Residents are encouraged to follow the Safer at Home guidance to include practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing masks in public. Residents who become symptomatic are encouraged to get tested and follow the isolation and quarantine guidance provided. Contact Tracing is conducted for COVID-19 cases in accordance with the DHHS DPHS Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Plan: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-case-investigation-plan.pdf.
The DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control has created a useful FAQ document: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid-19-faq.pdf
Additional COVID-19 information is available through the following State of NH link: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm
The Town Offices are closed to the public until further notice per the Governor's Stay At Home Executive Order. This is to support efforts to control spread of the COVID-19. Town Hall employees are in working in their offices, so if you have business to conduct, please use email or phone. If you need to physically come to an office, please schedule an appointment. The selectmen will review this action as the situation changes. CLICK HERE for additional information. Public meetings are being held using Zoom to control the spread of the virus. Please see meeting agendas for Zoom meeting URLs. These meetings will also include a conference call phone number for those that wish to participate that way.
- The form to request an absentee ballot can be downloaded here.
- PLEASE request and submit your absentee ballot as soon as possible!! At this time Absentee Ballots received after 5PM on November 3rd cannot be counted per the NH Secretary of State.
- When submitting an absentee ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, please check the box for disability on the affidavit envelope. (The Request for Absentee Ballot has a checkbox for COVID-19 but the affidavit envelope does not).
- Additional information on Absentee Voting can be found on the NOTICES page.
- Warner does not have a Ward. Please leave that blank when filling out an absentee ballot.
Check your absentee ballot status at: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PartyInfo.aspx
- Voting is on Tuesday November 3, 2020. Polling hours are 7 AM to 7 PM at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St, Warner, NH 03278.
- Additional information on voting can be downloaded here and also found on the State of NH Secretary of State page at: https://sos.nh.gov/elections/voters/voting-during-covid-19-state-of-emergency/ and https://sos.nh.gov/media/eiwnnszz/covid-19-absentee-ballot-instructions.pdf
Town Offices have relocated within the building.
- The Tax Collector office has moved to the basement office, by the large safes in the hallway.
- The Selectboard office has moved to the west side office on the main floor (left as you come in the front doors)
- The Town Administrator has moved to the east side office on the main floor (right as you come in the front doors)
- The Town Clerk office has moved to the driveway side office.
Please continue to ring the side doorbell for scheduled appointments.
Conserve Water: The Water District Commissioners have instituted a ban on outside water usage except for use on vegetable and flower gardens. This ban is in effect until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation. Warner Village Water District.
- Halloween Safety: Tips from the State of NH: https://readynh.gov/halloweensafety.htm
- Reservations Required to access Rollins State Park: Visitors must make a reservation prior to arrival at the park. Visitors who do not make a reservation, will be turned away. Reservations must be made prior to the arrival and no later than 9am the day of your visit. https://www.nhstateparks.org/planning/day-use-reservations
- NH State COVID-19 Info:
- Governor's website
- Emergency and Executive Orders
- Status: https://NH.Gov/covid19
- Health and Human Services (DHHS): Health Alert Network (HAN) website.
- Business Resources: https://NHEconomy.com/covid19, HHS Letter 2/27/20
- SBA Concord Office: https://sba.gov/offices/district/nh/concord
- Visiting NH: Please see www.VisitNH.gov/covid19/reopening for complete details on what out of state visitors need to know.
- WHO website: https://who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
- COVID-19 Map: Johns Hopkins University global cases map
- COVID-19 Community Resources: Intown Concord has put together a list of community resources useful for businesses
Town Bulletin Board
- Tax Collector's Office: The office is open to the public by appointment. Payments may be made using the drop box which has a slot on the front door of the Town Hall (NO CASH PLEASE). Payments may also be mailed to Tax Collector, PO Box 264, Warner, NH 03278. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions, our number is 603-456-2298 ext 224 or email: email@example.com.
- Town Clerk Hours: Starting June 1st, 2020, the Town Clerk’s office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00a – 3:00p and Tuesday 8:00a – 6:00p, by Appointment only. Renewals, dog licenses and Copies of Vital Records can still be done on line, by mail, or by using the drop box which has a slot on the front door of the Town Hall (NO CASH PLEASE). Please do not hesitate to call with any questions, our number is 603-456-2298 ext 5 or 6 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Welfare Assistance: If you need assistance, please download an application from the Welfare Department page.
- Riverside Park Playground Closed: To help ensure the safety of our community, the playground will be closed until further notice
- Dog Ordinance in our Parks: Dog Leash/Clean Up Requirements - A friendly reminder to all dog owners. The Town has an ordinance that has established that all dogs be leashed while inside Town recreation areas, and leashed or under voice command in Town common areas and that the handler be responsible for removing defecation as it occurs in all areas. The mandatory dog leash areas are as follows: Bagley Field, Riverside Park, Simonds School and the Old Grade School playground. The mandatory dog leash or under voice command areas are as follows: Town Hall lawn, Masonic lawn, Monument and all sidewalks. Please respect the ordinance to minimize clean-up when preparing the fields at a later date.
- 911 Address Markers: The Warner Firefighters Association is selling reflective address markers. More info...
- Warner Main Street Mural Project: The Warner Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) in partnership with the Warner Historical Society and citizens of Warner seeks proposals for a public art mural project. Additional details can be found on the EDAC page.
- White Plains Rd / Meadow Brook bridge deficiency (Webster, NH) has resulted in a 3 Ton Load Limit and Passengers Cars Only. Full details are in the NH DOT report.
- Wage Study Report (2017): Project Report, Participant Report, Master Spreadsheet
- Parking Ban: A reminder that no vehicle may be left on any road from Nov 1 until May 1. Vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner's expense.
- Preservation of Historic Barns is encouraged by granting property tax relief. More details here.
- 2020 Warner Fall Foliage Festival: The Festival board has decided that the event will be virtual this year as announced by WFFF Chairman Ray Martin: YouTube Video.
- The Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council, as part of the Coordinated Transit and Human Services Transportation Plan update, is seeking the public’s input regarding access to transportation across the region. There is an on-line survey here.
- State Renewable Energy Rebates: The State of NH provides a rebate payment of 40% of the system and installation cost, up to a maximum of $10,000, for NH residents who invest in high-efficiency (80% or greater), bulk-fuel fed, wood-pellet central heating boilers and furnaces serving designed intent and installer-certified on or after July 9, 2016. For complete program details, please see the PUC webpage
- Funds Available for Heating Assistance - Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc wants to remind homeowners and renters in Belknap and Merrimack Counties that Fuel Assistance funds are still available and the agency Area Center offices are open Monday through Friday to take applications. More info here
- The Kearsarge Area Food Pantry is asking for the help of the community to donate and help meet the increased need for assistance. Donations can be dropped off at the Warner Area Center at 49 W Main Street, Warner or in the donation box located in the entrance of Market Basket. For more information please contact Erin Reed or Lori Garret at 603-456-2207 or email@example.com. Checks can be made out to Warner Community Action Program with a note of "Food Pantry" and sent to PO Box 116, Warner NH 03278. Thank you.
- The Town is looking for pictures from past storm events. Please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
- The Community Wood Bank purpose is to provide supplemental firewood to people who are in an emergency or in a situation of need. Please see this document for more information.
- The Town is always looking for ideas or pictures for the yearly Town Report. Please email the Selectmen if you have something to recommend.
Warner, situated in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire and in the western part of Merrimack County, is eighteen miles northwest of Concord via Interstate 89 or NH Route 103. The village is pleasant and picturesque with neatness evident in all the surroundings.
Mount Kearsarge, at 2937 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Merrimack County and the third tallest peak south of the White Mountains. The 360 degree panorama from the summit includes the White Mountains, Green Mountains, New Hampshire and Maine coasts and the tallest buildings in Boston. There are 6 ponds within the town's 31,851 acres.
Warner is one of the seven towns that comprise the Kearsarge Regional School District. Kearsarge Regional High School was designated one of the exemplary schools in the nation by the United States Department of Education under its National Secondary Schools Recognition Program. It holds accreditation by both the State of New Hampshire and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Simonds Elementary School received the Excellence in Education award in 2008 for the New Hampshire Elementary School of the Year.
In early May, the annual Spring Into Warner Arts Festival is held which is sponsored by the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce, Warner retailers, and local organizations.
Update: September 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Fall Foliage Festival has been canceled. A virtual event is being planned instead. It is likely that the Festival of Trees and the Warner Hometown Holiday shopping event will also be canceled.
In October, on Columbus Day weekend, the annual Fall Foliage Festival is held, drawing thousands of people from all over New England and the USA.
In December, the annual Festival of Trees is held in the main hall of the Town Hall. Trees are decorated by various organizations and businesses and are on display from the Saturday one week after Black Friday until the day after Christmas. The Warner Hometown Holiday shopping and festival event is held the Saturday one week after Black Friday.