Please consult the official Mason website for current office hours and contact information:
Selectmen & Town offices
Town Clerk & Tax Collector
I am keeping this UNoffical site alive to provide
an informal site which can be updated quickly as required by ongoing events.
An official site inevitably requires formal policies, oversight and authorization for postings; thus producing a more reliable but less agile site.
There is now a separate page for
(2012 ... )
March 12, 2019, Town & School Vote results have been added.
Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to Mason
on Tuesday, April 23
You are invited to Mason Town Hall, 7 Meeting House Hill Road, at 1:00 pm for a FREE program sponsored by NH Humanities Council and Mason Public Library.
A beautifully illustrated interactive presentation by Marina Forbes will feature the history of Matryoshka nested doll making in Russia. Using a fully illustrated show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work and from her extensive collection, Forbes will examine the tapestry of the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the doll's appearance and the interesting link between doll making and other traditional Russian art forms.
There will be a quick stop at the 1900 World Fair in Paris that made Russian nested dolls and Fabergé eggs famous, followed by an exciting illustrated tour of a working doll-making factory in rural Russia, depicting the various stages in the doll making process. The presentation will conclude with a glorious show of hundreds of examples of the finest Matryoshka artwork available in Russia.
Marina Forbes, who earned an MA in Philology at University of St. Petersburg, Russia, is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia. Marina's talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad, but always unmistakably Russian.
For more information, call Mason Public Library at 603.878.3867.
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY, April 27
Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am until 2 pm at Mason Police Station on Darling Hill Road across from Mason School. Drop off unused medications -- keep them away from our environment and children.
NO questions asked. For further information, call Mason Police Department at 878.1111.
Sponsored by Mason Police Department and Mason Conservation Commission in conjunction with a nationwide DEA program.
Annual Roadside Cleanup - through mid-May
It's time for Mason's annual Roadside Cleanup! It can be done anytime through mid-May. Choose the time that works for you and clean up your favorite section of road.
Charlie Lanni of the Mason Conservation Commission is coordinating. The big blue bags are available at Charlie's Auto, 575 Jackson Road, right outside the front of the garage.
Please call Charlie at the shop (878-3637) to let him know where and when you can do your part of the cleanup. When you're done, just leave the blue bags by the roadside for the Mason Highway Department to collect.
Many thanks -- many hands make light work! Mason Conservation Commission
Kindergarten and First Grade Registration - April 1st - 19th
Mason Elementary School will be holding registrations for incoming NEW Kindergarten and First Grade students for the upcoming 2019-2020 School Year beginning on April 1st - 19th.
Registration is for Kindergarten students who turn 5 on or before September 30, 2019, and for First Grade students who turn 6 on or before September 30, 2019.
Children are not required to come to the registration. You can find registration forms online or you can stop in at the main office from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropped off at the main office.
Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and a copy of their immunization record. We can make a copy at the front office. Your child must have had a physical within a year of September 2019.
Should you have any questions, or are unable to come at this time, please contact the Mason Elementary School office at (603) 878-2962 ext. #10.
January 26, 2019: Town Hall Historic Building Assessment report:
As approved by voters at the annual town meeting in March 2018, the historical building assessment on Mason's town hall has been completed.
Click here to download the Weller & Michal Architects Inc. report MasonTownHall_HistoricBuildingAssessment-Jan-2019.pdf (47 pages, 11.2 MB)
September 10, 2018: Garth Fletcher has created some 24"x24" and 36"x36" maps of Mason, including a unified topo map (Mason is on 4 separate USGS maps using 2 scales and 3 different contour intervals). Also includes maps of soils, parcels, culverts, watersheds and areal photography from Fall 2010. Go to the Documents tab or click on my Mason Maps
August 2, 2018: Bob Larochelle has created updated maps:
2018 Mason Tax Maps
2018 Mason Conservation Lands Map
2018 911 Map
2018 Mason Road Map
Go to the Documents tab to find these.
INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSED NATURAL GAS PIPELINES THROUGH MASON
Documents from the 2014 through 2016 successful battle against the pipeline. May be of interest to other communities faced with such proposals.
Includes a compilation of all citizen comments to FERC, maps of all the affected NH towns and contact information for their elected officials, collections of documents about gas pipelines, links to groups, etc.
The City of Nashua Department of Public Health & Community Services
has released their "Lyme Disease Toolkit" .
Details and downloads here. Inludes materials for adults, children, hikers,
workers, employers and medical professionals, along with a 30 second spot and 15 minute
They also distributed a DVD with extra materials to the Mason Conservation Commission. I have uploaded the contents (except the very large videos) to here.
Our local food bank serving Mason, New Ipswich, Greenville and Temple needs donations. It is located at the Sacred Heart Parish (878-1121), 15 High Street, Greenville, NH . Donations can be brought during parish office hours: Monday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday 9am - 1:30pm, Wednesday 9am - 1:30pm or Thursdays 9am - 4:30pm.
The Town of Mason is looking for volunteers to serve on the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. If you are interested, send a letter of interest to email@example.com, or attend a Planning Board meeting on the last Wednesday of every month.
from Fire Dept, April 17, 2015: The Fire Department now offers burn permits online. For more information, go to: https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net/
In February 2015 the Paved Road Restoration Committee published a pamphlet entitled "Five Year Recommendation" which you can download from the official masonnh.us website: HighwayPamphlet_2015_02_01.pdf
October 15, 2014: Available online: Application for building permits
The application for building permits is available online on the Building Inspector's General Information page
September 29, 2014: The Board of Selectmen's office hours are now:
Monday: 11 am - 3 pm
Tuesdays 11 am - 3 pm except 11 am - 2 pm on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of month
Wednesdays: 11 am - 3 pm
Thursdays: 11 am - 3 pm
August 26, 2014: The Board of Selectmen and Conservation
Commission have adopted an ordinance regulating the use the Mason Quarry
Click to download the revised ordinance
2014 NH DOT road maps and road information has been added to the Documents page
The Nashua Regional Planning Commission has launched a GIS (geographic information system) parcel viewer that displays tax map parcel and assessment data. For more information, go to: www.mapgeo.com/nrpcnh/
from Conservation Commission, May 3, 2014: The Botanical Inventory of Mason Quarry Conservation Area can be downloaded from here.
I have downloaded and formatted the current NH DOT data for roads which can be found here. Useful for comparing road maintenance costs between different towns.
from the Conservation Committee (14 Jan 2014): Since quite a bit of timber harvesting happens in Mason, the Conservation Commission thinks this Guide to New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Laws (5.6 MB PDF) from the UNH Cooperative Extension would be helpful. We would especially like to draw attention to the maps on pages 27 and 29 of this guide, showing all the setbacks required by the Basal Area Law and the Slash Law.
Betty Mulrey's wonderful slide show "Mason NH - Our Town!"
can be viewed here
Some browsers have problems handling the above "live" presentation. You can download the entire December 3, 2013, version as a PDF file (30 MB) named Mason_Our_Town_Rev_2013_12_03.pdf
tax rate history:
2017 tax rate is $25.15 per thousand
2016 tax rate was $25.21 per thousand
2015 tax rate was $23.78 "
2014 tax rate was $23.81 "
2013 tax rate was $24.90 "
2012 tax rate was $24.75 "
2011 tax rate was $24.33 "
2010 tax rate was $21.64 "
2009 tax rate was $18.75 "
from Mason Library (Nov 5, 2013): Effective December
7, 2013 Saturday hours will change to mornings from 9 am to 12 pm.
Questions - call the Library at 878-3867.
from Alanna, Webmaster of Official Mason Website, Sep 26, 2013:
The Mason Elementary School participates in the Box Tops for Education fundraising program. With every Box Tops coupon, the school earns 10 cents through the program. How to donate your "Box Tops" to Mason Elementary School
Information files from NH Forest Protection Bureau - Forest Health Section about Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) which is infesting Mason's hemlock trees, and also about Elongate Hemlock Scale (EHS) which has been found to the East of us can be found here along with information about other pests.
I've uploaded a history of the statue of Bode which was installed in 2008 next to the Mann House. You can dowload this PDF (2.3 MB) from "The History of Bode and of his Statue".
A link to on-line copies of J.B. Hill's History of the town of Mason, N. H. from the first grant in 1749, to the year 1858., along with other references for Mason history, has been added to the Miscellaneous page.
A link to on-line copies of Proceedings of the centennial celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Mason, N.H., August 26, 1868 prepared for publication, under the direction of the Committee of Arrangements by J.B. Hill. Published 1870, along with other references for Mason history, has been added to the Miscellaneous page.
from Conservation Commission, July 24, 2013:
The final report on the Mason RR Trail Jackson Road RR Trestle Restoration
project (completed in June 2013) can be downloaded
The Commission received a NH RTP matching grant which reduced the cost to Mason's Conservation funds from $15,329 to $1,578.
Many thanks to the volunteers from Mason Area Neighborhood Equestrians, Wilton Lyndeborough Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club, Mason Conservation Commission and friends who contributed their hard work. The size of the RTP grant was based on the total project cost PLUS the value ($3,126) of those volunteer efforts - which helped get the work done AND increased the size of the RTP grant.
Beginning in November 2012, the monthly Mason
Grapevine will be distributed on-line; a printed version will no
longer be mailed.
Here is the link to the on-line Grapevine: http://mason.gvines.com
from Town Clerk Deb Morrison, June 14, 2012:
We are very pleased to announce the ability to now view your tax bills online. You can view and print but we cannot accept payments online. Please go to
and click on the town of Mason. You have several search variables, so go ahead and check it out. At some point we will be adding notices or other information you may find useful.
Although we will update on a regular basis, you may happen to check on your bill before an update, so check back again a day or so later. At this time it only shows the first tax bill for 2012 but will build history as we go along.
If you need prior years information, you still need to call us -- 878-3768.
Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks on the New
Hampshire Downloadable Books website are available to Mason residents
with current library cards.
Downloads to your computer, mobile device, Kindle, iPod and other compatible devices
Site address: http://nh.lib.overdrive.com Follow
the instructions for first time users.
Prefix 4175 to your library card number, e.g., your library card number #nnn = nh downloadable number: 4175nnn
For more information, call the Library 878-3867
School bus routes and school menus are posted on the website at mason.sau89.org
The Conservation Commission has just released new maps of the invasive species in Mason.
Updated Planning Board Subdivision & Site Plan
See Planning Board page
Updated Planning (Zoning) Ordinance (2010)
See below or Documents page
Property Tax Relief Form DP-8:
From Barbara Milkovitz: here is the form for Low and Moderate
Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief. This is through the State, not
the town. The State usually sends the forms to anyone who's applied the
previous year but, in order to save money, they are not sending any out.
I got the forms off the DRA site. Time for applying is May 1st through
New Hampshire Department Of Revenue Administration Low And Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Form DP-8 (PDF 104 KB).
The Florence Roberts Conservation Commission programs are posted on the Conservation Commission page.
Susan Wagoner, Town Clerk & Tax Collector, forwarded some information about sources for assistance for homeowners who may be having trouble paying their mortgage or dealing with the bank.
The Mason Fire-EMS Department is in need of new members! For information see the Fire-EMS Department page.
There has been much interest and some confusion
surrounding the School budget. I was looking for an answer to my
question of "how much do we pay for our School system and how is
that changing from year to year". To help answer that question I
have prepared tables which show the actual dollar amounts charged to
"NET School cost to taxpayers" for the School Budgets for
the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-2013 school years.
This NET cost to taxpayers is more useful than "Tax rates" which mingle and confuse the effects of changing property valuations with changes in budgets. For example an increase in Town valuation can decrease the Tax Rate without changing the actual NET taxes raised, and vice-versa.
From Garth Fletcher, December 3, 2011: I have updated my "Historical Taxation in Mason" spreadsheet to cover 1972 through 2011.
|Town Offices & Library|
|Mann House, 16 Darling Hill Rd
Mason, NH 03048
|Tel: 878-2070, Fax:878-4892|
|Eml: Selectmen's Office|
|Meetings:||Second & fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM|
|Town Clerk, Tax Collector|
|Tel: 878-3768, Fax: 878-4892|
|Eml: Town Clerk|
|Mason Police Department|
| 38 Darling Hill Rd
Mason, NH 03048-4615
| Tel: 878-1111 (business, dispatch), Fax: 878-0859
|Eml: Police Department|
|Mason Highway Department|
| 83 Depot Road
Mason, NH 03048
|Tel: 878-2279 (business, dispatch)|
|Eml: Highway Department|
|Mason Fire-EMS Department|
| 101 Depot Road
Mason, NH 03048
| Tel: 878-2208 (business, dispatch)
|Eml: Fire Department|
|Mason Health Officer|
|Tel: 878-2070, Fax:878-4892|
|Meetings:||Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30 PM at Mann House|
|Scheduling & Applications:|
|Nashua Regional Planning Comm.|
|9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201|
|Merrimack, NH 03054-4058|
|Ph: (603) 424-2240 x25|
|Fx: (603) 424-2230|
|Tel: 878-2070 (Town Offices)|
|Eml: Building Inspector|
|Note to residents, tradesmen or supply houses (e.g., Lowes, Home Depot, etc.): When a building permit is required (before construction) it must be applied for from this office only. Please use the above contact information to schedule an appointment. A message may be left at either phone number and will be returned promptly.|
|Board of Adjustment|
|Meetings:||Third Monday of the month, 7:30 PM at Mann House|
|Meetings:||Second Wednesday of the month, 7 PM at Mann House (except July & August)|
|Mason Energy Commission|
|Eml: Mason Energy Comm|
|Meetings:||First Monday of the month, 7 PM at Mann House (except December)|
|Mason Public Library|
|Tel: 878-3867, Fax: 878-6146|
|Eml: Mason Library|
|Wilton Recycling Center|
|WEB: Recycling Center|
|Nashua Regional Planning Commission|
|Tel: 424-2240, Fax: 424-2230|
|WEB: www.nashuarpc.org||NRPC Meeting Minutes & Reports|
|9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201|
|Merrimack, NH 03054|
Town Documents Maps, Town reports, Town Meeting minutes, presentations, etc.
PLANNING (Zoning) ORDINANCE, revised March 2010,
file:MAS251-2010-1_ZN_BC_Ord_Gen_Info_amended_3_2010.pdf, 272 KB
Including: Floodplain Development Ordinance, BUILDING CODE (April 2004) and GENERAL INFORMATION: Emergency & Town Office Telephone Numbers, Map of Zoning Districts & Tax Maps, FEMA Flood Hazard Boundary Maps, and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Effective Date: September 25, 2009
Mason School Board: Budgets, reports, presentations, etc.
Mason Police Department: Pistol Permit Applications
Mason Fire-EMS Department: Fire Permits
Mason Planning Board:Subdivision Regulations, Site Plan Review Regulations, Master Plan, Subdivision Applications
Mason's Regional Planning Commission.
NH Secretary of State
NH Laws (RSA)
The Mason Grapevine (Mason's local monthly newsletter)
Mason Congregational Church
NH Tour Guide - interesting information about NH
USGenWeb page for Mason, NH (genealogy)
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