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 At the second part of town meeting last night, residents rejected all remaining proposals to repair the outdated building and with no options left, tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment that would appropriate money for a new design study.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

Northfield to vote on money for road projects

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Three years ago, voters asked Northfield officials for a better plan on the town’s network of roads, Town Administrator Glenn Smith said. So the town has given them one, and this year, voters at town meeting will decide whether they want to continue paying for it when they …

Webster voters consider salary increases in budget, improvements to public safety building

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Webster officials are asking voters for money to change the slope of the roof on the town’s public safety building. This change would help the town manage snow that piles up on top of the roof during the winter, Finance Administrator Wendy Pinkham said. In a draft of …

Loudon voters to consider $4.1 million budget

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The warrant in Loudon includes a $4.14 million proposal for the operating budget, a 3.9 percent increase over the current budget. Board of Selectmen Chairman Bob Krieger said the warrant includes significant road work to more than a mile of Oak Hill Road. Voters will be asked to …

Road repairs at top of Tilton town meeting Saturday

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Calef Hill Road in Tilton has deteriorated to the point of becoming “extremely dangerous” in some areas, selectmen Chairwoman Patricia Consentino said, and voters will be asked to approve a bond for repairs to that road and possibly several others during Saturday’s town meeting. The town will only …

Andover residents turn down bond request for road, bridge repairs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Andover residents last night defeated a $1 million bond request to repair roads and bridges, a plan selectmen insisted would save the town hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next decade. The town voted, 96-80, to scrap the proposal. It needed a two-thirds majority to pass. The …

LIVE BLOG: N.H. town meetings and elections 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Contested budget committee election in Bow highlights rising taxes

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bow Ballot voting: Today, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bow Community Building. Town Meeting: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Bow High School. Bob Arnold has never run for town office. But he said he couldn’t complain anymore about Bow’s rising taxes unless he threw his hat into the …

Keepers of the crypt: Cemetery trustees watch over Henniker’s history

Sunday, March 9, 2014

In early summer, Martha Taylor got a call. A young man from Maine was looking for his grandfather’s grave in Henniker. Taylor found the plot in the town cemetery database and headed out to Old Center Cemetery. There, …

Activists statewide propose warrants to get corporate money out of politics

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Maureen Quinn says big money in politics is a threat to democracy. And she hopes her fellow Deerfield residents will join her Tuesday in supporting a warrant article asking federal and state leaders to put a stop to it. “I see our political system going down a really …

Pittsfield voters to decide on zoning amendments

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pittsfield voters will have six zoning amendments and two contested elections to decide at polls tomorrow. The annual town meeting Saturday will allow deliberation and voting on the remaining 16 warrant articles – nine of which the board of selectmen endorses and the budget committee opposes. The town …

Voters to weigh in on debate between SB 2, traditional town meeting

Sunday, March 9, 2014

In 2009, Aaron Gill signed a petition to abandon the traditional Deering Town Meeting in favor of ballot voting. He had never been to a town meeting. He didn’t want to go to one. But five years later, he is a member of the Deering Board of Selectmen, …

Hopkinton residents approve full-day kindergarten, four-year teachers contract

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hopkinton residents gave a green light to full-day kindergarten, a four-year teachers’ contract and classes scheduled outside the traditional school day at yesterday’s district meeting. Voters who attended the 90-minute meeting mostly praised or raised questions about the budget and contract, but they were not openly critical during …