The Administration Department is responsible for Town Hall reception and mail processing duties, property assessing, and public access TV coordination and programming. Department staff also provides support to the Building Department.
The primary purposed of the assessing process is to ensure that all property within the Town of Northwood is assessed fairly and in accordance with the New Hampshire laws governing taxation.
Hours: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday
The Finance Department oversees all accounting, debt and cash management services for the Town of Northwood. Additionally it provides support services to the Town Administrator for preparing and administering the annual Town budget.
The Northwood Fire and Rescue Department protects approximately 4,000 residents in an area of 27 square miles. In the summer, the population nearly doubles. The Department has 35 members serving under the direction of the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, three Captains, and five Lieutenants. There is also a “support” crew and a fire explorers post.
The Highway Department maintains all Town accepted roads from repairing to snow removal. The Department also processes permits for any new driveways or any excavation on any Town right-of-way.
The Northwood Human Services Office provides assistance to qualified individuals for basic living needs in accordance with NH RSA 165 and the Town of Northwood General Assistance Guidelines and Basic Needs Policy.
The Land Use Department is actively involved in all matters relating to land use, development, and preservation.
The Northwood Police Commission was created by ballot vote at the March, 1986 Town Meeting, following a recommendation of the Police Advisory Committee. Police Commissioners are elected to a three year term, with one term expiring each March.
The Commission meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:00 PM at the Northwood Town Hall. The Commission’s agenda includes time for public input, the review of the general business of the Police Department, the Police Chief’s report, budget review and correspondence. The Chief’s report includes a summary of calls for service, arrests, motor vehicle accidents and summons issued during the previous month. All meetings are open to the public to attend.
Recycling is required in the Town of Northwood. Recycling not only keeps unnecessary waste out of landfills, it saves tax dollars. The Northwood Board of Selectmen is advised on waste management and recycling issues by the Recycling Committee.
Today the major duties of the clerk include caring for and preserving the town records, recording vital statistics, issuing permits and licenses, and acting as an election official. The Town Clerk registers all motor vehicles except off road vehicles, motor scooters and mopeds. The Town Clerk also issues motor vehicle plates. Other duties include writing reports, administering oaths, and furnishing information to townspeople and to other local and state officials.