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New London: Residents to decide to buy sweeper, contract it


Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot topic:  The town is looking to spend $265,154 on three purchases for the highway department: a sweeper, a sidewalk tractor and a mower. Town Administrator Kimberly Hallquist said at the budget hearing some residents would prefer to not purchase the street sweeper and instead contract out that work. Other residents wanted the streets cleaned as soon as possible, which would require the town to own its own equipment.

Budget: The proposed operating expenses are divided by department in warrant articles 6 through 11. They total $7.23 million, up $142,999, or 1.98 percent, from last year.

If approved, the tax rate will go up about 4 percent, said Hallquist, which is about $35 on a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: Residents will be asked to approve a $875,000 bond to upgrade the Pleasant Lake Dam, close the final sewer lagoons, make repairs to the Academy Building, study future use of the Harold W. Buker building, and pave some of the town’s gravel roads.

One petition warrant article would extend a current property tax credit for veterans who served in certain conflicts or wars to any veteran honorably discharged who had 90 or more days of active duty service. The article was triggered by a state law change.

A second petition asks the residents of New London to petition the federal government on several programs to reduce its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Contested races: There are five people running for three three-year term spots on the budget committee: Joseph Cardill, Gerald Coogan, Suzanne Jesseman, Thea Lahti and Christopher Lorio.

When and where: The town meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kearsarge Learning Campus,114 Cougar Court, with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. Ballot voting will be Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Whipple Memorial Hall.

Sarah Kinney