Lyman residents put foot down on Town Forest
March 10, 2010
LYMAN—It was standing room only last night at the Lyman Town Hall, as approximately 150 packed into the hall for Town Meeting, particularly to vote on Article 2. That article was to designate 1,081 acres on Under the Mountain Road as a Town Forest and conservation easement and raise money for the purchase of the land.
After lengthy discussion on the article and questions about liability, what is essential to the town and an hour's worth of ballot casting, residents voted 77-63 to vote down the article.
Voters also decided to pass over Article 10 without a yes or no vote. The article was a petitioned article to see if the town would send a resolution to the state representatives, senator, Senate President and speaker of the house that New Hampshire residents should be allowed to vote on an amendment for the N.H. Constitution that defines marriage.
Though numerous residents departed after voting on Article 2, many stayed to pass the budget and help out the Highway Department by raising $249,722 for maintenance, expenses, salaries, equipment and supplies for the department (Article 4) and raising $50,000 for the Highway Equipment Capital reserve Fund and help replace the 1988 town backhoe with a 2010 CAT backhoe with a thumb (Article 5).
In election results, incumbent Elaine Sherry defeated David Simpson 77-66 for a three-year term on the Select Board.
In the uncontested races, Roberta Aldrich was elected to the Planning Board, David Simpson and write-in Bruce Presby to the Board of Adjustment, Phil Clark was once again elected Moderator through write-in votes, carol Messner will remain Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Celine Presby is treasurer, John Murray was a write-in candidate for supervisor of the checklist and Lisa Linowes was elected to be a trustee of the trust funds.