Weare OKs teacher contract, rejects town operating budget

Monitor staff
Published: 3/10/2021 6:18:18 PM

Town meeting voters in Weare turned down a proposed noise ordinance that would keep keep “potent explosion” target practice out of residential areas Tuesday and also rejected the town operating budget, while school district voters approved a new teachers contract as well as the school budget.

Two newcomers were elected to the Weare School Board in a race that saw 10 people seeking two open seats. Sarah Button received 374 votes and Daniel Recupero received 373. Incumbent Susan Morin came in fourth behind Alyssa Small.

School voters approved a $16.5 million operating budget, 993-429, and a new collective bargining agreement with teachers, 795-634.

Voters will have to return to the polling place May 11 to cast ballots in the John Stark Regional District, which invoked Gov. Chris Sununu’s emergency order to delay annual meeting because of the pandemic. The deliberative session will be Monday, April 5.

On the town side, Frederick Hippler and Sherry Burdick were re-elected to the Board of Selectmen over Mark Nelson. Steven Roberts won the contested fire ward seat over Samuel Small.

Voters rejected the $7.15 million town operating budget by a 2-1 margin. A $7 million default budget will be used instead.

They approved hiring two firefighter/EMTs at a cost of $99,291, bought a police cruiser for $61,000, and gave raises to non-union town and library personnel and workers in Chase Park but turned down the idea of change the building inspector from a part-time to a full-time position.

The proposed noise ordinance would have restricted weaponry “that results in a potent explosion” within residential areas, including what are known as reactive targets sold under the brand Tannerite which explode when hit by a bullet. It was narrowly rejected, 726-698.

Tannerite has been the subject of numerous noise-related disputes around the country in recent years and has been the topic of discussion at Weare selectmen’s meetings.

Voters soundly rejected, 857-546, a proposal to allow accessory dwellings to be built on a nonconforming lot if certain conditions are met. Such dwellings, called ADUs, have gained increased attention in recent years as a lower cost way to address the housing shortage.

A petitioned warrant article calling for “fair and effective representation of New Hampshire voters without gerrymandering” when redrawing voting districts in the state was strongly supported, 868-491. “These voters urge the General Court to carry out the redistricting in a fair and transparent way through public meetings, not to favor a particular political party, to include communities of interest, and to minimize multi-seat districts.”

The non-binding article also petitions the legislature to ensure that Weare has “its own exclusive seat(s) in the N.H. House of Representatives” that are not shared with other towns.

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog granitegeek.org, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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