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Barnstead Budget Committee approves all but one warrant article


February 08, 2011
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Budget Committee met on Monday, Jan. 31, and they approved a bottom line operating budget of $3,421,798.

The budget committee trimmed $800 from the police department budget for a pair of extra guns and reduced the fire department's budget by $6,000 by reducing the amount for personal equipment from $10,000 to $4,000.

The committee also reviewed the town's warrant articles and gave their opinion on the articles.

Warrant Article 5 is to establish $65,000 as a first payment for a lease agreement for a six-wheel dump truck. The article didn't receive the committee's approval.

Bruce Grey suggested that the town look into buying a military surplus vehicle in Bangor, Maine, and was approved by the committee

Warrant Article 6 is for $150,000 for a backhoe that will come from the heavy equipment capital reserve and was approved by the committee

Warrant Article 7 is for $175,000 to build a salt shed and was approved by the committee.

Warrant Article 8 is for the first payment of $60,000 for the lease of an ambulance and was approved by the committee.

Warrant Article 9 is to raise and appropriate $10,000 for a radio repeater to be put on the cell phone tower and was approved by a vote of 5-3.

Warrant Article 10 is for $120,000 for a design for the Hannah Nutter Bridge, with $24,000 coming from capital reserve and the remaining $96,000 coming from the state of New Hampshire. The plan is contingent on state funding and was approved by the committee.

Article 11 is to put $10,000 in the Bridge Construction Capital Reserve Trust and was approved by the committee.

Article 12 is to put $20,000 in the Highway Department Heavy Equipment Reserve and was approved by the committee.

Article 15 is to establish a Fire Rescue Expendable Trust, with $52,000 coming from the general fund and $15,000 coming from raising and appropriation. The board of selectmen will be made agents to expend and the committee approved the article.

Article 16 is to place $10,000 in the Town Hall Computer Support Expendable Trust and was approved by the committee.

Article 17 is to place $15,000 in the Emergency Preparedness Expendable Trust and was approved by the committee.

Article 18 is to put $5,000 in the Historical Society Capital Reserve and was approved by the committee.

Article 19 is for $5,000 to be put in the Millfoil Treatment Capital Reserve and was approved by the committee.

Chairman Paul Landry spoke of the importance of fighting milfoil.

"If the value of the lakefront homes starts to go down, it will have a tremendous impact on the town," Landry said.

Article 20 is to put $5,000 in the Business Development Group Capital Reserve. The board of selectmen is agents to expend the fund and the committee approved the article.

Article 21 is for a petition warrant article to establish $6,000 for battling milfoil on Locke Lake and was approved by the committee.

Article 25 is for the total operating budget of $3,421,798 and was approved by the committee.

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

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