EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 1, 2013

N.H. starts deliberative sessions tomorrow

Staff reports
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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 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.


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.


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.

Kingston residents also will be asked to spend $150,000 to shore up the Grace Daley House. If that article is defeated March 12, voters also are being asked to OK razing the structure.

The deliberative session begins at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.


Debates animal control officer

Danville’s operating budget is proposed at $2.8 million, up less than $30,000 over the current (and default) budget.

Voters will debate the merits of raising money for capital reserve funds for fire equipment, culverts, cemetery expansion, a police station and a leach field at the library.

An article that may draw some debate would rescind an article approved last year that created an elected animal control officer’s post. That article was the result of a citizen petition.

Now, selectmen hope voters will dissolve that post and continue to administer animal control through the police department.

Selectmen also backed spending $175,000 for an ambulance. The Budget Committee was less enthusiastic, with three members supporting it, two not and one abstaining.

Voters will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Danville Community Center.


May expand board

If Newton voters don’t support the proposed $2.9 million budget they will debate tomorrow, the default budget is some $30,000 higher.

It could be the last budget proposal drafted by just three selectmen. As the result of a citizen petition, voters will decide whether to increase the board to five members.

Newton residents will discuss whether to make the highway foreman’s job fulltime, spend $35,000 for a hazardous waste day, build a $52,500 fence at the transfer station and fund senior citizen trips at a cost of $3,500.

Voters also face questions about funding a reserve fund for sprinklers for Town Hall, a long-term lease for a fire tanker, a lease for a dump truck with plow and sander, and a number of funding requests from community service organizations.

Newton’s meeting starts at 1 p.m. at Town Hall.

School district

Voters meet in Derry

Derry School District voters meet at 10 a.m. in the gym at West Running Brook Middle School.

The proposed budget of $78.6 million is up just 1.65 percent over this year’s spending.

A decrease in state adequacy funding and an increase in retirement and heal-care costs are to blame, officials have said. Tuition costs at Pinkerton Academy also are going up — $276 more per student.

Superintendent Laura Nelson said district officials looking at everything in an effort to hold the line on spending.