County of Cheshire New Hampshire



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Cheshire County is value and service driven.  Cheshire County will be known as an   innovative and progressive leader providing cost effective county services that are required by statute.  Others will benchmark against Cheshire County as an example of the best in local government as we partner to meet the unique or unmet needs of county residents.  The citizens and Board of Commissioners will be proud of the staff and have a firm belief in the reliability, truth and strength of the organization. 

Cheshire County, New Hampshire covers 23 towns and 729 square miles in the southwestern corner of the state. The Connecticut and Ashuelot (Ash-WHEEL-ot) rivers run through the county and the most hiked mountain in the world, Mt. Monadnock (3,165ft.) is found in Cheshire County.  The 2013 estimated population of Cheshire County is 76,610.  The County seat is Keene, NH.

Cheshire County government consists of two branches; a Legislative Branch, referred to as the county delegation, which is comprised of twenty-four Representatives elected for 2 year terms, and an Executive Branch consisting of three commissioners. Two of the commissioners are elected for 2 year terms and one is elected for a 4 year term on a rotating basis. The  Cheshire County commissioners appoint a full-time county administrator to oversee the daily operations of the county.

Delegation Farm Sub-Committee Meeting
February 12, 2016
Commissioner Conference Room @ 10:00AM
12 Court Street, Keene, NH

Maplewood Nursing Home

Delegation Sub-Committee Proceedings
2015 & 2016

(EGA Scenario Materials Now Posted 2/8/16)
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Maplewood Sub-Committee Meeting
March 18, 2016 @ 10:00AM
12 Court Street, Keene, NH


Maplewood Task Force Findings - 2014

Announcing four public information sessions:

The Cheshire County Commissioners want to hear from you regarding the future of the 40 year-old Maplewood Nursing Home.

        Thursday,        Monday,        Thursday,           Thursday
             Oct. 9                Oct. 20           Oct. 23                Oct. 30

    7:00pm            7:00pm               7:00pm
          Chesterfield    Keene High    Alstead  Vilas     Jaffrey VFW

           Town Hall            School       Middle School
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YouTube Link - Video of Chesterfield Meeting 10/9/14
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Video of Keene Meeting 10/20/14
1:59 hours in-length
YouTube Link - Video of Alstead Meeting 10/23/14
1:58 hours in-length
YouTube Link - Video of Jaffrey Meeting 10/30/14
2:19 hours in-length

The Future of Maplewood Nursing Home
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The Future of Maplewood Nursing Home
Frequently Asked Questions

Green House Feasibility Study
 Financial Worksheets

Posted 9/24/14

Report of The Maplewood Task Force
June 17, 2014


1st Compendium Report Regarding
 Maplewood Nursing Home

Posted 6/27/13
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MNH Task Force Minutes 2013 - 2014
Posted 06/30/14

MNH Task Force Members
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Old Cheshire County Court House (County Hall) Keene, NH


February 24, 2016 -
  Cheshire County Commissioners

The Cheshire County Commissioners will hold three public hearings at 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 in the second floor conference room.  An application to the NH Community Development Finance Authority for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be discussed.  CDBG funds are awarded on a competitive basis in New Hampshire and may be used for housing, public facilities, and economic development projects which have primary benefit to low- and moderate-income people.  A municipality can apply for up to $500,000 in the housing and public facilities category, up to $500,000 in the economic development category, and $12,000 for feasibility studies.  Municipalities may also apply for Microenterprise grants for the purpose of proving training and technical assistance to micro-enterprises.

The proposal to be considered by the Commissioners is a microenterprise grant to be submitted by Cheshire County for up to $500,000.  The funds, less administrative costs, will be sub-granted to multiple entities including the Hannah Grimes Center, Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, and the NH Small Business Development Center for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to microenterprises.  A public hearing has been scheduled to provide residents with specific information regarding the grant requirements.  A second public hearing will be held to adopt the Housing and Community Development Plan.  A third public hearing will be held to adopt the Relocation and Anti-Displacement Plan specific to this project. 

Interested people are invited to attend and comment on the projects.  Please contact the Cheshire County Commissioner’s Office, (603) 352-8215 or via Relay NH at 1-800-735-2964, in advance if you have a disability and need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing.  Anyone wishing to submit written comments prior to the hearing should address them to the Cheshire County Commissioners, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431. 

Employment Opportunities Maplewood Nursing Home

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2016 Commissioners Proposed Budget

 Commissioner's 2016 Budget Letter to the Delegation
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2015 Adopted Budget

2014 Cheshire County Annual Report - Posted 7/24/15
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 County of Cheshire Equal Employment Opportunity Policy


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