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Warrant article for $4.5 million new building withdrawn by selectmen

Proposal to purchase Bell Building rejected by board

January 08, 2010
WOLFEBORO — During a long and sometimes heated meeting on Jan. 6 the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to withdraw the $4.5 million warrant article for a new three-story town office building on Lehner Street as well as its modified article for Brewster Hall repairs at the reduced level of $50,000.

The board endorsed a petitioned warrant article submitted by the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall for the full $110,000 recommended by town staff for the Brewster Hall repairs and improvements. The votes to withdraw the $50,000 article and to approve the $110,000 article were 4-1, with Selectman Kristi Ginter being the dissenter in both cases.

Selectman Marge Webster moved to create a new warrant article for $1.5 million, not bonded, to purchase the three-story Bell Building on Lehner Street for town offices. Ginter seconded the motion but it failed 3-2, with Chairman Dave Senecal voting against along with Selectmen Linda Murray and Sarah Silk.

The board held public hearings on the six other warrant articles that are to be bonded and approved all six to appear on the ballot. Also approved was a petitioned warrant article for $10,000 requested by the Wolfeboro 250th Committee to fund partially the program booklet and events to be held celebrating the 250th anniversary of the naming of the town for General James Wolfe, two new articles reaffirming the town's blind and solar exemptions, and a modification of the scope of two public works articles.

The board also voted unanimously to approve adding $7,500 to the budget for the new noontime senior meals program started this year at the First Congregational Church.

A complete report on this lengthy meeting will follow in the Jan. 14 issue of the Granite State News.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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