Hi 24° | Lo 11°

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 At the second part of town meeting last night, residents rejected all remaining proposals to repair the outdated building and with no options left, tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment that would appropriate money for a new design study.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 …

Bow voters reject public safety building plan

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bow residents overwhelmingly rejected plans to construct a $6.8 million public safety building, one year after a more expensive plan was narrowly defeated. The condition of the station will have to wait until the meeting resumes March 24. …

Pittsfield voters approve budget, teachers’ contract

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teachers in the Pittsfield School District will have access to dental insurance next year for the first time, after voters approved a new three-year contract last night. The contract doesn’t raise salaries next year, but provides dental insurance and requires the teachers to pay more of the cost …

Sutton to combine posts of tax collector, town clerk in 2015

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sutton will staff both a tax collector and a town clerk this year, but voters have decided the two jobs will be combined into one after 2015. The two positions have historically been held by the same person, Town Administrator Elly Phillips said, but this year, voters elected …

Hopkinton votes Saturday on $3 million fire station renovation

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The equipment can’t be safely cleaned in-house, the building doesn’t meet ADA requirements, and there is not space to hold certification trainings. Those are a few of the problems at the Contoocook Fire Station, said Chief Doug Mumford. …

Gilmanton library gets $52,500 in close vote

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The privately owned Gilmanton Year-Round Library will remain open after voters narrowly approved $52,500 to cover costs over the next year. If the motion was defeated, the library would have closed. The petitioned warrant article passed, 500-483. “We are very excited to see the support,” said Anne Kirby, …

Barnstead selectmen, budget committee differ on two fronts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Barnstead Board of Selectmen and budget committee disagree on two articles seeking a combined $75,000. The selectmen, via a 4-1 majority, recommend buying the property at Route 28 and Oxbow Road, a total of about 15 acres, for $55,000. Selectmen Vice Chairman David Kerr said the transaction …

Bow town meeting rescheduled for tonight due to weather

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bow postponed deliberation on the fate of the town’s fire station until tonight. The town meeting was rescheduled yesterday due to pending weather and will take place tonight at 7 in the Bow High School auditorium. At issue is the outdated fire station. Residents will consider several proposals …

Henniker voters approve budget, contracts for teachers, staff

Thursday, March 13, 2014

For the first time in at least three years, Henniker School District voters approved a multiyear contract with their teachers, including an innovative approach to health insurance that could save thousands in future years, according to one board …

Bow town meeting postponed until Thursday because of winter weather

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Bow town meeting will be held Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Bow High School Auditorium. The meeting had previously been scheduled for this evening. Voters will consider proposals to fix the outdated fire station, an operating budget, and money for a study to look …

Town-by-town vote totals

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ALLENSTOWN SELECTMAN (1 seat, 3 years) Kate Walker 443 Dave Eaton 361 SEWER COMMISSIONER (1 seat, 1 year) Jeff McNamara 561 Howard Komm 218 BUDGET COMMITTEE (4 seats, 3 years) Stephanie Tallini 504 Debra Carney 495 David Coolidge 431 Michael Frascinella 380 Larry Anderson 303 BUDGET COMMITTEE (1 seat, 2 years) Elaine Boisvert (write-in) 34 Keith Klawes (write-in) 34 …

Allenstown voters reject $1 million school district budget cut

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Allenstown residents widely rejected a plan to cut $1 million from the school district budget in a vote that has reshaped town politics. Voters yesterday chose the higher default school budget of $9.7 million by a margin of …

Boscawen voters approve $3.2 million budget, money for bridge demolition

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The fate of the historic Boscawen-Canterbury Bridge is in the hands of Canterbury voters after Boscawen residents approved money to demolish the crumbling span. With no opposition, voters last night approved $200,000 to complete their share of the bridge demolition. At Friday’s town meeting in Canterbury, voters will …