Some Town Meeting warrants are going to be packed with citizen petition articles in March.
Atkinson’s warrant will have 10 such articles, five of them submitted just minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline yesterday.
Residents filed a petition Monday to keep the police chief’s position part time. That’s in opposition to selectmen’s plans. The board is seeking $78,000 for the position this year, which is now a part-time job.
The Atkinson Budget Committee opposes the move, too.
According to the petition, which was started by Brian Boyle, selectmen would have to keep the position part time for at least 36 months.
Resident Paul DiMaggio submitted two articles designed to help residents cope with contaminated wells.
One calls for $157,000 to install water lines on Oakridge Drive and Deer Run Road.
The second calls for $160,000 to help individual homeowners with connections should the federal government fail to help them get public water.
DiMaggio said he collected 83 signatures on the petitions.
Atkinson Town Clerk Rose Cavalear said she received five additional articles, just 10 minutes before yesterday’s deadline. The signatures have not been approved by Cavalear and the supervisors of the checklist.
Those last-minute petitions include increasing the number of selectmen from three to five, a three- to five-year financial audit of the town, and requiring any contract for $5,000 or more to go up for competitive bid.
In Salem, nine citizen petitions were filed — all on the town side.
While most were funding requests from social service organizations, one filed by SalemFest organizer Betty Gay seeks permission for nonprofit organizations to place signs in town rights of way. Gay has criticized selectmen’s efforts to regulate signs advertising festivals, craft fairs and other special events.
Another petition article asks that “big money be taken out of politics,” Town Manager Keith Hickey said. It would be nonbinding if passed, he said.
In addition, $40,000 has been requested for the Kelley Library employee separation fund and organizers of the town’s rail trail project seek approval to accept up to $910,000 in state and federal grants for the work.
Kingston residents submitted eight petitions. Forty-seven residents are asking the town to postpone demolishing the Grace Daley House for two years. Residents voted to raze the home at last year’s Town Meeting.
Other petitions include spending $18,300 to treat milfoil in Powwow Pond, and $4,000 to support Kingston Community House, who operate a thrift shop in town.
Danville’s elected Animal Control Officer Sheila Johannesen has filed a petition to change her position to become a paid employee.
Only one petition was filed in Newton. The petition would change the zoning regulations in the town’s commercial areas.
Two petitions were filed in Sandown this year. Resident Linda Meehan asked the town for 75 percent of the revenue collected from the land use change tax to be added to the general fund rather than the town’s conservation fund. Peter D’Ambrosio is looking to change the real estate tax exemptions for seniors, the blind and veterans.
In Londonderry, resident Kent Allen filed a citizens petition to have the town forest put under control of the town manager in the hopes of getting a cleaning project started.
Allen has been before town boards for several months, pushing for a forest cleanup, saying the land adjacent to the Town Common is “a mess.”
Allen got more than 40 signatures on his petition and, if approved, the forest will be put under the manager’s watch for all supervision and management duties. The town manager also has jurisdiction over the Town Common.
There were no petitioned articles on the school district side.
Derry’s school district also had no petitioned articles. The town of Derry follows a different budget schedule with the Town Council approving a budget in May.
In Pelham, petitions request about $32,000 for nursing and student testing services at St. Patrick’s School. affecting about 100 pupils from Pelham. There also are requests for $680,000 for a new fire truck, and 5 percent cuts in the school and town budgets.
Pelham officials already have legal opinions that the budget-cutting proposals are advisory only and would not force reductions in the budgets. The Budget Committee, selectmen and School Board are opposing the articles.
In Windham, a petition requests up to $860,000 to purchase the Campbell farm property on Kendall Pond Road, though conservation commissioners expect $700,000 or less will be needed. Another petition proposes to discontinue a portion of Pine Hill Road.
In Pelham, Atkinson, Windham, Hampstead and Kingston, voters will take up a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment regulating campaign spending.
There were no petitioned articles in Plaistow and the Hampstead school district.