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February 1, 2013

N.H. starts deliberative sessions tomorrow

Town Meeting season officially kicks off tomorrow with town deliberative sessions in six Southern New Hampshire towns and one school district session.

Plaistow voters will discuss spending $25,000 to study a public safety complex, which could meet the needs of police, fire and emergency management.

They also will debate a proposed $7.7 million budget, less than the current $7.8 million budget, which would be the default spending plan should voters reject the proposal.

Eighteen warrant articles are up for discussion tomorrow, for debate, explanation and potential amendment. Voters will pass judgment at the polls March 12, when they also elect town and school district officers.

Plaistow

Plaistow will consider capital fund deposits, increasing selectmen’s annual pay from $1,000 to $3,000, spending $80,000 to build a picnic shelter at the PARC facility, building repairs, police radios and a new pickup truck.

The session starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow on the second floor of Town Hall, 145 Main St.

Atkinson

Debates budget, hunting

Atkinson voters will meet at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at Atkinson Academy, 17 Academy Ave., to consider about two dozen warrant articles.

The proposed budget is $4 million, up from the current (and default) budget of $3.9 million.

Voters also will debate spending $25,000 for equipment for Atkinson Community Television, $250,000 from a capital reserve fund for a new fire tanker, $30,000 for six fire hydrants, paving work and more.

Bow hunting for deer could be allowed in town forests if voters agree. Selectmen unanimously backed the article, suggesting it would help reduce the tick population and associated threat of Lyme disease.

Kingston

Mulls building repairs

Kingston town voters will debate amendments to the town zoning ordinance, impact fee changes, noise standards and tax map corrections.

The municipal budget is proposed at $4.7 million. If defeated, the default budget is $4.6 million.

Voters also will weigh appropriating money to various capital reserve funds and withdrawing $195,000 for a new ambulance.

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