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 At the second part of town meeting last night, residents rejected all remaining proposals to repair the outdated building and with no options left, tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment that would appropriate money for a new design study.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

Pembroke teachers’ contract passes one year after narrow defeat

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pembroke voters overwhelmingly passed a three-year teachers’ contract yesterday, one year after narrowly defeating a similar proposal that called for salary increases spread out over a shorter period. Under the new contract, teachers will receive a 4 percent …

Chichester teachers’ contract narrowly defeated, school budget passed

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Chichester voters yesterday narrowly defeated a new three-year teachers’ contract that would have increased the town’s tax rate by 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, according to the town moderator. The contract, which was supported by the school board, called for an additional $50,000 in the …

Dunbarton voters pass bigger school budget, bigger stipend for board members

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dunbarton voters yesterday approved a $250,000 increase to the school district’s coming budget, the bulk of which will be used for special education and tuition costs for an expanding middle school population, said Duane Ford, business administrator for the Bow School District. Ford, who attended yesterday’s annual meeting, …

Vote will decide library’s future in Gilmanton

Sunday, March 9, 2014

If Gilmanton voters don’t agree to pay for the privately owned Gilmanton Year-Round Library in their tax bills this year, it will close Saturday – just four days after the election. The library was built in 2008 and runs on a $70,500 operating budget. On Tuesday, the residents …

Voters to take up teachers contract, modular classrooms

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Some teachers have rolling carts for their supplies instead of their own classrooms. Part of the library has been converted to class space. The art teacher and the Spanish teacher share one room. “We are really cramped for space at the Gilmanton School,” Superintendent John Fauci said. That …

$1 million police renovations on warrant in Gilford

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Gilford police and town office building is pegged for renovations, and officials are asking taxpayers to approve $1.2 million in bonds for the work. “It really is to the point where it impacts our performance to some degree,” said Acting Police Chief Lt. James Leach. “We’ve been …

Gilford school budget includes telephones, bleachers

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Gilford School District’s proposed operating budget is $24.6 million, about a 2 percent increase over the current year. The $512,500 increase is driven mostly by maintenance projects, said Superintendent Kent Hemingway. New auditorium seats are included for $105,000, and a new phone system will cost $200,000. “Our …

Several big-ticket items absent from Deerfield warrant articles

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Deerfield has shelved requests for a few items with “pretty weighty price tags” after residents rejected them over the last few years, said Town Administrator Michael Wright. “We’re a small town with limited assets,” Wright said. “There’s going to be a big impact to any purchase, and we’ll …

Allenstown School District: Vote no on Article 1

Saturday, March 8, 2014

On Feb. 1, a few dozen Allenstown voters agreed to slash the school board’s proposed budget. When voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to approve those cuts, they’ll read on the ballot that the school …

Hill residents to consider recreation revolving fund

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Hill Parks and Recreation Department hopes to create a recreation revolving fund to help finance itself without relying on money from the general budget or tax dollars. The department also may receive a 30 percent increase in the budget, up from $8,200 last year to $10,700, and …

Weare voters to consider school budget increase for new technology

Saturday, March 8, 2014

When teachers at Weare Elementary School want to show their students how to do research online, they have to first load all of the kids onto buses and ride over to John Stark Regional High School. In the coming years, mandated state testing will evolve from papers and …

Northwood teachers could get first contract in a few years

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It will be the first time in roughly three years Northwood teachers have a contract if residents approve the proposed agreement Tuesday, said Northwood School Board member Dave Ruth. Voters have rejected the past few contracts presented by the district, he said. The proposed one-year contract was recommended …