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Lots on deck at Alton Deliberative Session


February 02, 2011
ALTON — The Alton Town Deliberative Session will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School. The warrant articles will go to a vote on March 8. All articles require a majority vote unless noted.

Article 1: To choose all necessary town officers for which there are vacancies and to elect: two selectmen for three years, one trustee of trust funds for three years, one library trustee for three years, one cemetery trustee for three years, one water commissioner for three years, one budget committee member for three years, two budget committee members for two years, two planning board members for three years, one supervisor of the checklist for five years and two zoning board members for three years.

Article 2: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #1 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To amend Article 200 by amending the definition of "Agriculture" to that as defined by NH RSA 23:34-a, as amended, with the exception of the application of septage?

Article 3: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Alton zoning ordiance as follows: To amend Article 200, to add the definition of "Agritourism" as defined by RSA 21:34-a VI and to amend Article 400, Section 401 by adding "Agritourism" to the Table of Uses as an allowed use in the Rural Residential and Rural Zones?

Article 4: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #3 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To amend Article 200 to add the definition of "Kennel" to amend Article 400, Section 401 by adding "Kennel" to the Table of Uses as a use allowed by Special Exception in the Residential Commercial, Rural Residential and Rural Zones?

Article 5: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #4 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To repeal Article 300, Section 325 Off-Street Parking? (Parking standards are currently located in the Site Plan Review Regulations)

Article 6: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #5 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To repeal Article 400, Section 444 Special Exceptions subsection "A Off Street Parking" in its entirety? (Parking standards are currently located in the Site Plan Review Regulations where waivers may be granted by the Planning Board)

Article 7: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #6 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To amend article 600, Section 603.6 6.1 (D) by changing the allowed height above the average tree canopy of a ground mounted wireless telecommunications facility tower from 10 feet to 20 feet?

Article 8: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #7 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To amend Article 600, Section 603.7 7.7 Access Ways, to modify the maximum width requirements and construction standards for access ways serving wireless telecommunications facilities?

Article 9: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment #8 as proposed by the planning board for the Alton zoning ordinance as follows: To amend the Zoning District Map and descriptions to change from Rural Zone to Lakeshore Residential Zone the following area: All lands bounded by northerly, westerly and southerly by Robert's Cove Road and bounded easterly by New Hampshire Route 28? (The Planning Board doesn't approve this petitioned amendment) (Based on a protest petition that was filed, a 2/3 vote is required)

Article 10: To see if the town will vote authorize the planning board to require preliminary review of major subdivisions and major site plan review as provided for in RSA 674:35 Power to Review Subdivisions and RSA 674:43 Power to Review Site Plans.

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to sell at public auction to the highest bidder based on a minimum (not absolute) bid amount to be set by the selectmen based on the town appraiser, 12 town properties which have the estimated total value listed of $246,000 and have the sale funds placed in the fund balance to help offset the cost of purchasing the Dahle, Donovan and Gunsel Property. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 12: To see if the town will raise and appropriate $500,001 for the purpose of purchasing the Dahle, Donovan and Gunsel property, Map 15 Lot 49 located at 18 Hidden Springs Road. The reason is the property has been contaminated by the town landfill. The sum of $500,000 to come from Fund Balance and the remaining balance ($1) from taxation. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 13: To see if the town will vote to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of the Town Hall Building Improvements to the town hall and to raise and appropriate a sum of $45,000. The selectmen are appointed as agents to expend the fund. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 14: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to added to the Police Department Improvement Capital Reserve Fund. The sum will come from the fund balance (surplus) and no amount will be raised from new taxation. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 15: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Sidewalk Capital Reserve. The work would include the sidewalk in front of the Town Hall. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 16: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 to added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve Fund. These funds will be used to deal with the contamination at the landfill and to meet the state regulatory requirements. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 17: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be placed in the Benefit Pay Expendable Trust Fund. The funds are recommended by the town auditors to be used to pay for the benefits accrued by town employees and redeemed when they leave employment with the town, in accordance with the Town Personnel Policy. (Appropriation is recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-1 vote)

Article 18: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $35,000 to be added to the Building and Site Improvement Capital Reserve for the Transfer Station, which also includes EPA storm water management implementation requirements. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 19: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,000 to be added to the Recreation/Grounds Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund. The purpose of this fund is to fund maintenance equipment for the grounds, and parks and sidewalks snow removal. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 20: To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 for the purpose of improving the West Side Restrooms by making them handicapped accessible to current ADA standards and by siding the exterior. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 21: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 22: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 to be added to the Senior Center Pearson Road Capital Reserve Fund. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 23: Should the town raise and appropriate an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant article and other appropriations voted separately, totaling $6,218,835. Should this article be defeated, the default budget would be $6,150,760.

Article 24: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $129,979 and to authorize the withdrawal of the $129,979 from the Ambulance Operation Fund for the purpose of funding the ambulance personnel wages, ambulance supplies and equipment, training and vehicle fuel/maintenance. This appropriation is covered by the revenue from the ambulance insurance payments and there will be no funds raised from general taxation. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-0-1 vote)

Article 25: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $36,000 for the purpose of purchasing and equipping a command/utility vehicle for the fire department. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-0-1 vote)

Article 26: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Alton Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-0-1 vote)

Article 27: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,750 for the purpose of increasing the firemen retirement and to amend the retirement policy for the fire department personnel by increasing the amount of base annual retirement pay by $250 for each individual rank and the annual COLA would be applied to the base on an annual basis. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote)

Article 28: To see if the town would vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to the Bridge Replacement Capital Reserve Fund. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 29: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to added to the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve. This sum will come from the fund balance (surplus) and no amount will be raised from new taxation. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 30: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 for the purpose of purchasing and installing a ventilation system in the highway building, which is needed to properly vent the fumes due to the vehicles and the painting that creates a health and safety problem. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 31: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $750,000 to be added to the Highway Reconstruction Capital Reserve Fund. Amount is partially offset by revenues from the Highway Block Grant Fund estimated to be $193,735.13 and is annual appropriation that provides for the reconstruction of existing roadways. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 32: To see if the town will raise and appropriate the sum of $8,996 for the purpose of supporting the Community Action Program, which provides supplemental food, fuel, utility transportation, meals on wheels, weatherization assistance and Women, Infants and Children food assistance program (WIC). This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-1 vote)

Article 33: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $8,974 for the purpose of supporting the VNA Hospice. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 34: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,100 for the purpose of supporting the Community Health and Hospice. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 35: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 2,314 for the purpose of supporting the American Red Cross. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-1 vote)

Article 36: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 for the purpose of supporting the Alton Community Services. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 37: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $454 for the purpose of supporting the Medication Bridge Prescription Program. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 38: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500 for the purpose of supporting the New Beginnings, which provides 24-hour crisis support for the domestic/sexual assault victims, operates a shelter and provides counseling. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 39: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,826 for the purpose of supporting the Genesis. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and not recommended by the budget committee by a 3-3 vote)

Article 40: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000 for the purpose of supporting the Caregivers Transportation. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 41: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500 for the purpose of supporting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocacy for abused and neglected children. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 6-0 vote)

Article 42: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,400 for the purpose of supporting the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote)

Article 43: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the summer of $2,500 for the purpose of supporting the Child and Family Services. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation and will not lapse until completed, or by Dec. 31, 2011. (Appropriation recommended by the selectmen by a 5-0 vote and by the budget committee by a 5-1 vote)

Article 44: To see if the voters authorize the sale of a small portion of property from a parcel of town land located off of Depot Road to Robert L. and Kim E. Patterson. The piece is approximately 20 feet by 90 feet and is part of the town property (map 29 lot 72) obtained from the State of New Hampshire being part of the old railroad right away. The sale price of the property was determined by the Town Assessor to be $240 and all associated costs for the sale would be paid for by the buyer.

Article 45: To see if the town will vote to increase the number of members of the Gilman Library Board of Trustees from three to five in accordance with RSA 669.16 and RSA 669.75. This change would become effective with the 2012 town elections. The purpose is ensuring that a quorum is always present.

Article 46: To see if the town will vote to increase the number of members of the Alton Water Commission from three to five in accordance with RSA 38:18. This change would become effective with the 2012 town elections.

Article 47: To hear any reports of any committee, board, trustees, commissions, officials, agents or concerned voters and to vote to accept the same. Furthermore, to conduct any other business that may legally come before said meeting.

The snow date for the Deliberative Session is set for Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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