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Town Meetings 2014

Dunbarton selectmen approves final $103,000 reduction to 2014 budget

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday night, the Dunbarton Board of Selectmen signed off on a final operating budget that reflects a $100,000 reduction residents approved at town meeting. The board was at odds over the proposed $2.17 million budget – up roughly $103,000 from the 2013 budget – it presented to residents at the meeting March 11. Voters approved an amended sum, slimmed down to $2.07 million. Selectmen Chairman Ted Vallieres said the reduced …

Bow voters reject proposal to overhaul fire station

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The future of Bow’s fire station is still hazy. At the second part of town meeting last night, residents rejected all remaining proposals to repair the outdated building and with no options left, tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment that would appropriate money for a new design study. “If we can’t amend this, we walk out of here with no path,” said resident …

Bow residents to decide fate of fire station at second part of town meeting

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Bow fire station will again take center stage at part two of the town meeting tomorrow night. This time, residents will consider plans to repair the station where it stands, a week after they overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to construct a brand-new building to house both the fire and police stations. The state fire marshal has mandated the town’s fire station be …

Winnisquam passes football, budget and contracts – but not kindergarten

Saturday, March 22, 2014

There will be football next year in the Winnisquam Regional School District, paid for and overseen for the first time by the school district. The second-to-last item on the warrant, the highly anticipated and hotly debated $28,000 proposed …


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Moderator Gary Richardson led Hopkinton’s town meeting yesterday with good humor and grace, drawing laughs at times and a standing ovation at the meeting’s close. Over cheers and whistles, he saluted the crowd and thanked them before he …

Pembroke voters go after delinquent sewer customers

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Paying old bills and hiding new electricity lines dominated Pembroke’s town meeting yesterday. With recommended spending by the budget committee and selectmen nearly identical, delinquent payments to the sewer department and the threat of tall towers, compliments of the Northern Pass project, were the issues that moved people …

Contoocook Fire Station will be expanded

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hopkinton residents approved a $3 million renovation to the Contoocook Fire Station that officials say will equip the building to store gear more efficiently, host certification trainings and provide better community medical services. At town meeting yesterday, the …

Henniker voters green-light money for bridge construction

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Voters approved the final step to repair the Western Avenue bridge at yesterday’s Henniker town meeting – the money to fix it. The bridge has been closed since the state deemed it unsafe in 2008, increasing traffic on the Patterson Hill bridge, which was rebuilt 20 years ago …

Tilton voters approve Calef Hill road repairs, turn down others

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Nancy Trowsdale is worried about her children learning to drive on a road littered with obstacles, a road that has deteriorated so much that Tilton selectmen Chairwoman Pat Consentino said school buses must travel in the opposite lane to navigate a bend. Tilton voters shared those concerns and …

Pittsfield residents debate, add money to reserve funds

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Many Pittsfield residents at yesterday’s town meeting said they didn’t understand exactly how a half-million dollars in reserve fund spending would not impact the tax rate. But after multiple questions, and a change of heart from a key …

Loudon approves more than $550,000 in capital reserve money

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pay now, save later, the selectmen promised. With almost no challenge to town spending at yesterday’s annual meeting, Loudon voters agreed to set aside more than $550,000 for future projects and payments. Residents will add that cost to …

Northfield voters back spending on roads

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Northfield voters focused on road improvement at yesterday’s town meeting, approving $241,000 for the road reconstruction fund and agreeing to spend $347,600 from that fund for road and bridge reconstruction and repairs through 2015. There was much discussion about how the money would be spent, what kinds of …

Webster rejects pellet boiler, approves work to fire station

Saturday, March 15, 2014

With an adamant “no,” voters at Webster’s town meeting sent a message that they did not want a wood pellet boiler for the town. However, the town’s fire hall will be getting some safety improvements to the tune of $128,000. It was standing-room only as a crowd of …

Canterbury voters okay money for bridge projects, new police, fire equipment

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Voters agreed to knock one bridge down and rehab another at last night’s town meeting in Canterbury. Nearly 100 years after the Boscawen-Canterbury Bridge was built over the Merrimack River, it will be demolished with money from both …

Bow school budget passes, though some residents question lack of cuts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Residents in Bow last night handily passed a new two-year support staff contract and a $26 million school district budget that will have no net tax impact in the coming fiscal year. The budget is up $1.1 million from this year’s, but the increase will be offset by …