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March 5, 2013

Hampstead votes for police station for fifth time

Hampstead voters asked to approve a new police station


“We know the majority of the people in Hampstead want this building,” Beaudoin said. “Even if we lose 3 or 4 percent from last year, it would still pass.”

At the library yesterday, resident Tom White, 62, said the duration of the payment wasn’t important to him.

“We just need to take the hit and get it over with,” White said. “The cost is only going to go up and they are in need of a new police station.”

Beaudoin hosted an open house at the station Saturday and said about 100 people showed up to take a tour.

“People were in awe that we do what we do in a building like this,” he said.

The building committee will host an information session about the proposal tomorrow at the library at 6:30 p.m.

Voters will be asked to OK a $5.36 million town budget, up just over 1 percent over the current budget.

Residents also will be asked to raise $51,000 to hire another full-time police officer and $28,500 for new extrication equipment for the fire department.

Law enforcement needs won’t be the only items on the warrant. The Sad Cafe, a nonprofit family music theater in Plaistow, is requesting $5,000 from Hampstead taxpayers.

“We are very fragile,” said Ruth Marie Kay, the executive director at the cafe. “Our only income is admissions and this past month has caused us to cancel several events because of the snow.”

Kay said they receive money from Kingston, Atkinson, Danville and Plaistow, in addition to money received from state grants. Kay said Hampstead used to fund a small amount of money to the cafe, but stopped in 2009.

Selectman Richard Hartung said he would be in favor of supporting the cafe again.

“They were on our list some years ago and, due to the poor economy, we couldn’t quite support it,” he said. “I think it’s a worthy organization that helps keep young people active and gives them something to do.”

Polls will be open next Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School.

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