Election night results from Concord area SB2 towns

  • Lyla Scheyd, 6, goes into the voting booth wih her grandmother Joann Scheyd at the St. John’s Parish Hall in Allenstown on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 3/12/2019 11:33:34 PM
AllenstownKeno gets thumbs up from voters

Voters overwhelmingly approved bring Keno to town, 260-93.

They also approved the $3.98 million town budget, 295-57, which was slightly less than last year’s budget.

The $10.4 million school budget passed much more narrowly, 192-163.

In the contested selectman’s race, Maureen Higham soundly defeated Aaron Lambert and Jason Tardiff. There were no contested race on the school ballot.

A trio of articles giving tax breaks and other credits to veterans all passed by more than a 4-to-1 margin.

BelmontVoters reject water treatment facility

A hefty $3.1 million for a facility to treat iron and manganese in town water was defeated, 287 yes to 342 no. About half of the money would have been covered by a water grant and half by a bond that would be paid back over decades by water fees and taxes.

Jonathan Pike won a three-way race for selectman, defeating Douglas Trottier and Robert Veloski.

Voters approved spending $400,000 for a new ambulance, and the town’s $7.69 million operating budget passed, 407 to 216.

EpsomYes to Keno, no to full-day kindergarten

Epsom voters rejected the $11.8 million school district operating budget, 486 yes to 525 no, and turned down the idea of expanding kindergarten to full day, 459 yes to 560 no.

However, they strongly supported bring the lottery game Keno town, 639-377.

For the one-year school board term, Brian O’Sullivan beat Mary Frambach, while Cheryl Gilpatrick defeated John Klose for the one-year selectman’s seat.

In other contested races, Scott Elliot edged Gordon Ellis for road agent, 536-496, and a four-way battle for three Budget Committee seats saw winners in Joni Kitson, Meadow Wysoki and Linda Hodgdon.

All zoning ordinances passed, including one requiring that the homeowner live in a residential property if it also has a accessory unit or in-law apartment.

PittsfieldVoters keep SB2 

One year after the town approved SB2, the ballot-voting law, a simple majority voted to overturn it. Voters said yes to a petitioned article to rescind SB2, 362-335, but it didn’t meet the two-thirds threshold to be repealed.

Carole Richardson and Carl Anderson won seats on the select board.

They also replaced the Housing Standards Agency, or HSA, by State Rental Standards, an obscure but contentious issue.

WeareVoters limit Chase Park to residents

Voters overwhelming passed a petitioned warrant article limiting Chase Park to “Weare residents and other permitted users only,” 945 to 507.

John Meaney defeated Heleen Kurk in a race for a selectman’s seat, 670-572, with John Jeskevisius a distant third at 134.

The $6.12 million operating budget passed easily, 839- 674.

Voters rejected funding a school resource officer, an extra full-time police officer, and a police cruiser, but passed virtually all other warrant articles.

David Brooks




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