Alton voters pass most warrant articles


Articles for new vehicles, fire truck go down to defeat


March 16, 2017
ALTON — Amidst the snow, Alton voters made the trip to St. Katharine Drexel Church to cast their ballots on Tuesday, with more than just a few elected positions to decide.

There were also a large number of warrant articles on the ballot.

All but two of the warrant articles on the ballot met with the approval of voters. Articles seeking funds for vehicles for the assessing and building departments and another for a new aerial ladder fire truck were the only two that did not pass.

First up on the ballot was to amend the Alton Zoning Ordinance to allow that in the Rural Zone on a lot with more than 45 acres, two separate single family dwellings may be constructed as long as the second home is situated on the lot so in the future it can be subdivided if need be. This passed 367-140.

Articles three through 17 were planning board proposed zoning amendments.

Article three was to amend the necessary definitions and sections 319, 401, and 413, of the existing Zoning Ordinance to specify where and how Accessory Dwelling Units are to be permitted. It passed 419-148.

Article four was to amend Section 340 Sign Regulations to specify the timing, location and size requirements for temporary signs and off premises signs and to reorganize the layout of the existing ordinance for clarity. The final vote was 428-145.

Article five was to amend Section 603 Personal Wireless Service Facilities Ordinance to amend several definitions, to update the procedural requirements for different modifications to existing facilities and for new facilities, to update references to related codes and standards and to include requirements for bonding, security and insurance. This was approved 423-136.

Article six was to amend Article 300, General Provisions, Section 332 Sexually Oriented Business, Sub- Section E. 2. Site Requirements, to include all childcare uses as defined in the zoning ordinance in the list of uses that a sexually oriented business must be located 500' away from. This passed 457-109.

Article seven was to amend Article 300, General Provisions, Section 333 Criteria for a Home Business, Section 333 D. to clarify that if a zoning district contains a different size sign provision, the section containing the more restrictive sign size shall prevail. This passed by a vote of 401-164.

Article eight was to amend the necessary definitions, add a new section 363, and amend Sections 400 and 500 as necessary to add a new section regarding solar energy systems. Voters approved this 395-171.

Articles nine through 17 were minor housekeeping amendments and all passed easily.

Article 18 was to see if the town will vote to extend the current veteran's property tax credit to all veterans who have served not less than 90 days, have been honorably discharged and have established full-time residency effective April 1 of the year in which the applicant is seeking the Veteran's Tax Credit. This was the article with the largest margin of victory, passing 511-83.

Article 19 was to see if the town would vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500 for the purpose of funding Old Home Week events such as the barbershoppers, band concerts, magic shows and other forms of activities. This passed 49-106.

Article 20 was to see if the town would vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 for the purpose of constructing an historic gazebo on the Western side of Route 11 in the Bay, which will provide historical information and show the history of Alton Bay. Voters approved 342-251.

Article 21 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to the Sidewalk Capital Reserve Fund and this passed 417-180.

Article 22 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $124,000 for the purpose of creating parking and sidewalk areas on the west side of Route 11 in Alton Bay. This passed 334-262.

Article 23 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Bridge Replacement Capital Reserve Fund and it passed 492-98.

Article 24 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $35,000 to be added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve Fund and it was approved 484-112.

Article 25 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Solid Waste Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. This was approved by a 459-127 vote.

Article 26 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to be placed in the Benefit Pay Expendable Trust Fund and it passed 326-263.

Article 27 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000 to be added to the Building and Site Improvement Capital Reserve Fund for the Transfer Station. The vote was 388-186.

Article 28 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $21,000 to be added to the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund, as previously established in 2010. This was approved 458-118.

Article 29 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 for the purpose of upgrading the Alton Bay restrooms to provide handicap accessibility and voters approved 420-156.

Article 30 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 to be added to the Recreation/Grounds Maintenance Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. This passed by a 374-202 vote.

Article 31 was to see if the town will vote to establish an A.V.A.S. Public Park Building Property Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of improvements and repairs to the A.V.A.S. Public Park Building property (Parks and Recreation - Grounds and Maintenance Department Building and property) and to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 to be placed in this fund. This was approved by a 313-261 votes.

Article 32 was to see if the town will vote to establish a Mount Major Community Center Property Capital Reserve Account for the purpose of improvements, maintenance and repairs to the Mount Major Community Center property (known as the West Alton Community Center), and further to vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be placed in said account. This article was the closest margin on the ballot, passing by just seven votes, 291-284.

Article 33 sought approval for the town to authorize the selectmen to enter into a five-year lease/purchase agreement in the amount of $51,520 for the purpose of leasing and or purchasing one vehicle for the building department and one vehicle for the assessing department, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $11,866 for the first year's payment for that purpose. This failed by a 321-249 vote.

Article 34 was the operating budget and default budget. Operating budget totaled $7,131,959. Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $7,124,908. The budget passed with a 383-186 vote.

Article 35 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $168,149 and to authorize the withdrawal of the $168,149 from the Ambulance Operation Special Revenue Fund for the purpose of funding the ambulance personnel wages, ambulance supplies and equipment, training, and vehicle fuel/maintenance. This passed by a 482-97 vote.

Article 36 was to see if voters would raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Alton Fire Department Building Improvements Capital Reserve Fund and it passed 391-190.

Article 37 was for the Fire Equipment Capital Reserve Fund, to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to be added to said fund. This passed 387-193.

Article 38 was to see if the town will authorize the selectmen to enter into a 10-year lease/purchase agreement in the amount of $850,000 for the purpose of leasing and or purchasing a new aerial ladder fire truck and equipment, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $125,000 for the first year's payment for that purpose. This failed by a 317-263 vote.

Article 39 was to see if the town will authorize the selectmen to enter into a five-year lease/purchase agreement in the amount of $127,122 for the purpose of leasing and or purchasing 15 sets of SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) units for firefighter purposes and appropriate the sum of $37,616 for the first year's payment for that purpose. The article passed 430-162.

Article 40 was to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $52,000 and to authorize the withdrawal of the $52,000 from the Ambulance Operation Special Revenue Fund for the purpose of two cardiac monitors. This passed by a 474-112 vote.

Article 41 was to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,500 and to authorize the withdrawal of the $14,500 from the Ambulance Operation Special Revenue Fund for the purchase of two medication infusion pumps. The vote was 477-109 for the article.

Article 42 sought to establish a Rock and Asphalt Crushing Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of contracting with a vendor who has a crusher to crush town owned recyclable materials and to raise and appropriate the sum of $55,000 to be placed in this fund. This passed 356-230.

Article 43 sought the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund and it passed 357-226.

Article 44 sought the sum of $950,000 to be added to the Highway Construction Capital Reserve Fund. Said amount is partially offset by revenues from the Highway Block Grant Fund estimated to be $191,000. This was passed 397-190.

Article 46 was to discontinue the Highway Garage Expansion Capital Reserve Fund created in 1998 and it passed 491-93.

Article 47 was seeking $20,000 to be added to the Highway Buildings Improvement/Repairs Capital Reserve Fund. It passed 395-196.

Article 48 was looking for $5,000 to be added to the Gilman Library Improvement/Repair Capital Reserve Fund as previously established in 2013 and it passed 477-113.

Article 49 was looking for $75,000 to be added to the Town Beach/Park Capital Reserve Fund. This passed 312-275.

Articles 50 through 61 were all requests from non-profit groups for funding from the town of Alton. Each of the articles passed by a margin of at least 100 votes.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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