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Selectmen set final order for 2010 warrant articles


January 21, 2010
WOLFEBORO — In a relatively brief and non-controversial special meeting at the Community Center last Wednesday, Jan. 13, selectmen set the final order for the articles on the 2010 warrant.

The final list, with descriptions, will appear in next week's issue to help voters prepare for the Deliberative Session, to be held in the Kingswood auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In addition to the articles reviewed in previous public hearings, the selectmen determined where to place the five petitioned articles. There are two articles dealing with the Historic District Commission (HDC), one proposing to abolish it and the other to establish a separate HDC for the Cotton Mountain Historic District. The board decided to place these two, number Articles 10 and 11, just after the eight warrant articles relating to zoning.

The third petitioned article, submitted by the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall to restore the $110,000 for basic repairs and to fix code violations at Brewster Hall, was positioned as Article 20, just after the bonded articles and the operating budget.

Two last-minute petitioned articles were placed at the end of the warrant. The first asks to see if the town will "establish a Heritage Commission, as defined by the North Wolfeboro and Cotton Mountain Historic District boundaries, to manage, recognize, and protect historical and cultural resources and authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint five members and three alternates to the commission in accordance with the provisions of RSA 673:4-a. Said Heritage Commission purpose and authority shall be in accordance with RSA 674:44-a, b, c, d and shall be advisory and review in nature only."

The second states, "To see if the Town will vote to approve the following resolution to be forwarded to our State Representative(s), our State Senator, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President Resolved: The citizens of New Hampshire should be allowed to vote on an amendment to the New Hampshire Consitution that defines 'marriage'."

Selectman Marge Webster gave her opinion that all petitioned articles should be placed at the end, but the rest of the board voted for the placements given above.

Other business

Webster informed the board that Representative Dave Knox is looking to have the reconstructed Smith River Bridge named in honor of Specialist Matthew J. Stanley, who was killed in Iraq on Dec. 16, 2006. The board agreed to have Town Manager Dave Owen write a letter supporting this proposal, to be presented to Knox before Jan. 20. The commemorative signs would be paid for through fundraising.

The board authorized Owen, together with one or two selectmen, to meet with representatives from Tuftonboro and Moultonborough the joint application with Tuftonboro and Moultonborough to explore applying jointly for a grant from the NH DES to purchase a Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) to be shared by the three towns to remove variable milfoil.

Selectmen divided up the warrant articles for the purpose of recording explanations of the articles from voters in the studio of Wolfeboro Community Television on Jan. 19, 20 and 21.

In the public input section at the end of the meeting, HDC Chairman Bruce Fichter submitted a written questionnaire to each of the five selectmen, asking each to circle yes or no after the eight questions he asked at the Jan. 6 regular meeting (see "HDC issues raised again," Jan. 14, pages A1 and A13). The selectmen accepted the questionnaires but did not indicate whether or not they would be completed.

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