Thinking about moving to Monroe or been here only a short while? Here are some things you may want to know.
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- New construction, whether of a home, garage, barn, or other outbuilding, requires a permit from the Select Board. You can download the application form here and then mail it in to Town Hall. There is no fee for a building permit. For some reason, the name on the form is "Zoning Permit", but that is the one you need.
- New homes built with oil-heated furnaces are required to have an inspection by the Town Fire Chief. Homes built with propane do not require an inspection.
- There are no "certificates of occupancy" issued in NH for residential construction; obviously, it is in your own best interest to have a qualified home inspector check your property before moving in.
- See the Links page for links to area restaurants, as well as to Restaurant.com, which carries coupons for several local eateries. This is by no means an exhaustive list; it is focused on restaurants that maintain their own websites.
- Cost $7.50 per year if neutered; $10 if not, and are available from the Town Clerk. A current rabies certificate is required. Usually, the town participates in a rabies clinic once a year at the East Ryegate Small Animal Hospital in Vermont. Watch the calendar during the January - February timeframe for notices.
- Monroe is served primarily by 2 different electric utilities: the NH Electric Co-Op and Liberty Utilities.* Your provider will depend on where you live, and so will your rates! *Please note, we have not had good luck getting the Liberty Utilities website to load properly using Microsoft Internet Explorer - Google Chrome and Firefox both seem to function better with their site. You may have different results!
Emergency (911) Address Assignments
- If you are building a new home, you will need to have a "911" number assigned as your permanent address. Contact the Town Clerk for more information.
- Do the Fire Department and Fast Squad a favor and put up a reflective address marker at the end of your driveway. They need to know where your DRIVEWAY is, not your mailbox!
- See the Links page for links to movie theaters and area arts groups. Farther afield, Hanover offers a full calendar of arts performances through Dartmouth University's Hopkins Center.
- There are now two ways to get a fire permit! You can contact the Fire Warden (Maynard Farr) or Deputy Wardens (see below) for free permits OR you can now use the state's on-line system which charges a small fee (at this writing it is $3). Generally, permits are issued for certain "class" days, so check with the Fire Department or on the State's website for our area. (Monroe is in "Northern Grafton County.")
- You must have a permit to burn outdoors unless the ground is completely covered with snow.
- You may only burn between 5 pm and 9 am, unless it is raining. Please remember that you may only burn clean wood or brush; no trash or painted wood can be burned.
- You may call Maynard Farr, 638-2612; Russ Brown, 638-2294; Glenn Wagner, 638-3007; Dick Cinnamond, 638-2774; or Rick Ames, 747-3530 for permits.
- Much of Monroe has high speed internet available from Time Warner Cable or Fairpoint Communications. Check your proposed address with them, just to be sure.
- The Town Library has wireless internet access, and a public computer available during library hours.
- Do not plan to rely solely on your own wireless mobile access (i.e., smartphone). There are still quite a few "dead spots" around town.
- Post office boxes are available for rent at the Post Office; otherwise, mail will be delivered to your home. If you've built a new home, please check with the Post Office about where to site your mailbox.
- If you want to cut down on junk mail (who doesn't?), don't forget to register your new address with the Direct Mail Association's free service. It won't eliminate everything, but reputable marketers abide by these lists. To cut down on internet advertising (where ads pop up based on some of your past searches or purchases, go here: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/)
- Residents receive one plot, or the equivalent of 2 grave sites, in Monroe cemetaries. You need to have lived here for 5 years first, so don't go getting sick!
- There is an outdoor ice skating area in front of the Town Garage (obviously seasonal).
- Sand is available to residents for use on their driveways/walkways only. You may pick it up at the Town Garage. Salt is not available for individual use.
- You must pay tax to both Monroe and the State; information is found under "Taxes" on the Government page or call the Town Clerk.
- Vehicles should be registered within 60 days of moving into NH; after that, registrations (and inspections) are renewed annually in the birth month of the owner.
- Information about NH Licensing is available here.
- Out of state drivers should apply for their NH licenses within 60 days of moving into the state.
- Personalized plates seem to be a NH passion; in fact, NH ranks second in the country with the highest percentage of personalized plates (14%, if you're counting, compared to #1 Virginia's 16%.) Search your desired plates here to see if they are available.
Newspapers & Newsletters
- The Monroe Church sponsors a bi-monthly newsletter mailed to all households in Monroe. Alternatively, to read the latest issue on-line, go to the Church page for a downloadable version.
- The Bridge Weekly is mailed free to all homes in Monroe, typically arriving on Thursdays.
- The Caledonian Record is a daily (except Sundays), available by subscription. Home delivery is now available in many parts of Monroe; you can call the paper to check your address (802-748-8121 ). They offer a discount to new subscribers, as well. You are able to view brief headlines on-line, but full access requires a subscription.
- The Littleton Courier is a weekly, available by subscription (US Mail) or at area stores. You can only read it online with a paid subscription.
- "Out of town", major market papers, such as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal are available at certain area stores such as the Barnet Deli, That Dam Pit Stop, the Littleton Bookstore, or the Boxcar and Caboose in St. J. Many stores will hold papers for you.
- Fall soccer and winter basketball are run through the school but also open to home-schooled children. See the school website for more info.
- Spring baseball is run through the Babe Ruth 3 Rivers League, and funded by the town. Sign-ups are typically in March or early April.
- Swimming lessons are provided for children ages 3 through 8th grade. Bus transportation is available to the St. Johnsbury Academy pool. Lessons are free but you must sign up. Information is disseminated through the school, town website, and town newsletter.
- The Comerford Dam is a popular swimming and boating area, with free access to the reservoir, picnic tables/grills, and porta-potties.
- An outdoor tennis court is available behind the school.
- The school playground may be used when school is not in session.
- An outdoor ice skating rink is available in front of the Municipal Garage.
- A drop-off recycling program is open at the town Municipal Garage. See the Recycling page for more info. No sorting is required.
- Each spring, many town roads are "posted" with weight limits, making it difficult for large construction equipment to move freely. If you are planning to build or renovate, plan accordingly.
- Littleton, NH, approximately 15-25 minutes (depending on where you live in town!), has many small shops, a Wal-Mart, and a Shaw's grocery store. A food Co-Op is open and you do not need to be a member to shop there. Other chain stores include: T.J. Maxx, Game Stop, Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Staples, and Lowes. Littleton also has a fairly large state liquor store.
- Woodsville, NH, approximately 15-25 minutes (again, depending on where you live), has a Super Wal-Mart, a "Job-Lot", and a small Shaw's.
- St. Johnsbury, VT, approximately 20 minutes, has many small shops, a Price Chopper grocery store, and a small mall north of town with a J.C. Penney's.
- The closest "convenience" stores are Paul's Whistle Stop (also gas) in Mcindoe Falls, the Barnet Store, and That Dam Pit Stop. If you'd like to phone before you drive to make sure they have what you need, Paul's is 802-633-4189; Barnet Store 802-633-2302, and the Pit Stop, 603-444-2844.
- Property tax rates are found under the Taxes page. NH residents pay no income or sales tax; however, services targeted to visitors, such as hotel rooms, entertainment, restaurants, and so forth, DO have a tax added. Also see Motor Vehicles; the car tax can be significant depending on the age/book value of your vehicle.
- Monroe is served by Fairpoint Communications. Telephone is also available from Time Warner Cable.
- There is reasonable cell phone reception in the village, but reception can be spotty in other areas.
- The entire state of NH is served by area code 603, so when you are quoted a phone number, the area code is often truncated. You'll get used to it.
- Virtually the entire town of Monroe is in exchange 638, so if you are given a local phone number, it may only be the last 4 digits. You'll probably never get used to that.
- Most everyone has their landline listed. Makes it easier to find people. Don't go being unfriendly and paying extra for an unlisted number. If you register your new phone number (and cells, too), on the National Do Not Call list, you'll cut right down on those pesky telemarketers and your new friends will still be able to find you.
- Time Warner Cable serves most of Monroe, with television, telephone, and high-speed internet access.
- Dish Network and Direct TV provide service nationwide.
- Picked up on Tuesdays by Pete's Rubbish Removal (787-2400) and paid for by the town. Place your cans or black bags at the bottom of your driveway, by the road. The guys won't walk halfway up your driveway to get them! If your bags get missed, please phone Pete's.
- Please note, we are often asked "what time" your trash pick-up will be. Frankly, "it depends." On where you live, whether Pete's has changed their pick-up route, etc. If you want a specific time window, please give Pete's office a call with your address - they may have a better idea.
- The town typically provides 4 "large trash days" each year, where residents are allowed to bring a pre-specified amount to the Municipal Garage. The dates for 2016 (at this writing they have not been publicly announced by the town) look to be April 16, May 21, July 16, and September 17. Please note, these days are for items like furniture, appliances, building materials, etc., NOT for normal household trash. Hours are usually 9 am - 3 pm, with no early birds and no "pickers" allowed. Monroe residents are allowed one cord, one vehicle or one trailer measuring 4 x 4 x 8. For more info, please call the Selectmen's Office, 638-2644.
- "In town" residents pay for town water; everyone farther out has a well. Check with the Town Clerk about your proposed address. For more information about public water systems in NH, check out the NH DES website, or you can review Monroe's past water sample tests here. Note that the recommended maximum levels for Nitrites are <1 mg/liter, and for Nitrates, <10 mg/liter.
- Remember, one of the things making you even think about moving to Monroe is that we're in the country. With the country come "critters." Most locals take care of the problem on their own. If you prefer not to do things that way, we've had some good experiences with a Wildlife Control guy by the name of Dennis Mason. You can reach him at 989-9830. He may take a few days to get back to you. And he'll be humane, unless you are so annoyed at whatever animal you've got that you don't want him to be!