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Dunbarton, Boscawen, Hillsboro delay town meeting; Salisbury stays the course

  • Polly Dawson stands outside the polling station in Boscawen on Tuesday, holding a sign for her friend Susan Kilgus, a write in candidate for town clerk. —LEAH WILLINGHAM / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Towns might have been blocked from changing voting day due to weather, but that didn’t stop some from postponing town meeting.

At least three towns – Boscawen, Dunbarton and Hillsboro – chose to move their town meeting Tuesday after the storm hit.

Boscawen’s town meeting was scheduled to take place Tuesday night, but town officials decided to postpone it until Saturday, March 24.

Boscawen select board member Mark Varney said officials had been watching the weather for a few days, and made the decision to delay town meeting Monday night.

“It doesn’t make sense to risk anyone’s safety if we don’t have to,” Varney said. “We want to make sure as many voters can be there as possible, and that everyone stays safe.”

Hillsboro’s town meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday night to Thursday, March 15. Dunbarton’s meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m.

The town of Salisbury, which also had a town meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, said the meeting would go on regardless of weather.

Salisbury select board chair Ken Ross Raymond said the town postponed both voting and town meeting last year due to weather, and it didn’t change voter turnout very much.

“This time, our moderator figured, ‘We’re all here, the storms not quite as bad as it was last year, so we’re going to go ahead and do it,’ ” he said.