Canterbury to gather outdoors Saturday morning for town meeting

  • Canterbury town moderator Edward LeClair points to the speaker's microphone table where the town provided sanitary wipes and remined residents not to use the hand microphone as a precaution to forstall the spread of the COVID-19 virus at the meeting at the elementary school on Friday night, March 13, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 4/29/2021 2:22:25 PM

Canterbury’s 2021 town meeting will be held Saturday in a large tent on Elementary School ballfield.

The session begins at 10 a.m. and voters will face a quiet warrant.

The $2.85 million operating budget is less than one percent below last year’s budget, although it’s $220,000 above the amount that was actually spent last year because of how the pandemic scrambled municipal operations.

Warrant articles include $101,000 to buy two police cruisers; $158,000 to replace two culverts on Morrill Road with a concrete spanned bridge; $53,000 for a Fire Department command car; $173,000 for deposits into eight capital reserve funds for various pieces of highway and emergency equipment; and $20,000 to replace the Elkins Public Library roof.

At the first session of town meeting, held March 9, voters approved allowing campgrounds in residential area as an accessory use to a home.

“The pandemic, pain, penury, protest and politics of 2020 will surely occupy a prominent place in the future history books of our nation,” members of the Board of Selectmen wrore in the town’s annual report. “Here in this limited space we cannot recount all the detail of this extraordinary past year. We can however record for future historians of Canterbury that in these troubled times our community held together and we took care of each other.”

The full warrant can be seen online at

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