March 21, 2019WOLFEBORO — Election Day, March 12, dawned sunny and bright, conditions accommodating to residents heading out to Town Hall to vote. Each received a four page ballot to take into the voting booth in addition to the school ballot, a time commitment that 1,306 voters took on, according to Town Clerk Pat Waterman.
Voters approved all the warrant articles recommended by the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee, and rejected the two petitioned warrant articles, but a citizen's campaign against funding the second allocation for dockside addition and expansion of the public restroom facility and the operating budget brought those two votes closer than all the rest.
The public restroom facility project passed 655 – 601; the 2019 operating budget was approved 699 – 536.
The question of whether KENO should be allowed in Wolfeboro was answered with opposition, 393 – 845.
Otherwise, seven planning board amendments sailed through with counts in approval ranging from 896- 966, and infrastructure improvements will commence, including the Electrical Distribution Conversion Phase #5 project, Pleasant Valley Bridge construction, and the ever popular Town Road upgrades (1009 - 247).
Residents approved the appropriation of $500,000 from the lawsuit settlement funds in the Sewer Enterprise Fund for the purpose of completing the NH Department of Environmental Services Administrative Order requirements including engineering, permitting, pilot testing and wetlands mitigation as required.
Support for water quality protection was in evidence with approval of $50,000 for a water quality study for the purpose of studying, engineering, and permitting a solution to environmental concerns related to water quality at Carry Beach. Voters also said yes to raise and appropriate matching funds for NH DES Section 319 Watershed Assistance grants for Winter Harbor and the Lake Wentworth watershed, for watershed education and water quality testing.
The Libby Museum may use gift funds from the Betty Jane Schroth Revocable Trust for a feasibility study on design options to best accommodate both the current collection and additions to it by improving and/or expanding the museum building.
The town also authorized the Wolfeboro Public Library Board of Trustees to expend gift funds from that same Trust in the amount of $ 118,463.
Accumulated revenue from prior years in the police department's special detail fund may be used to purchase a replacement cruiser and allow the town to dispose of the existing cruiser by sale or trade in.
Capital reserve funds were approved for existing accounts for fire trucks and apparatus replacement, public works vehicles and equipment, the waste water treatment plant, building maintenance, the Abenaki Ski Area, Public Safety building related expenses and dispatch equipment. Police union and AFSCME contract agreements were also approved, along with adoption of a veterans tax credit.