Barnstead voters face many choices Saturday


March 08, 2011
BARNSTEAD — On March 8, the voters elected town officers and voted on three amendments to the Barnstead Zoning Ordinance that were proposed by the Barnstead Planning Board.

The voters of Barnstead will come together again to discuss and vote on the following town warrant articles during Town Meeting on Saturday, March 12, at 9 a.m. at Barnstead Elementary School:

Article 3: To hear the reports of agents, auditors, committees or officers chosen and to pass any vote relating thereto.

Articles four through 20 are special warrant articles per RSA 32:3, VI.

Article 4: To see if the town will vote to abolish the Board of Fire Wards. (Recommended by selectmen)

Article 5: To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a lease agreement for the purpose of leasing to own one fully equipped six-wheel dump truck for the highway department and to raise and appropriate $65,594 to the first year's payment for that purpose. This is a three-year lease agreement and it contains an escape clause. (Recommended by selectmen and not recommended by budget committee.)

Article 6: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $150,000 to purchase a backhoe loader for the highway department and to authorize the withdrawal of up to $150,000 from the Highway Department Heavy Equipment Capital Reserve created for this purpose. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 7: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount up to $175,000 to construct a building to be utilized as a salt shed for storing salt for the highway department and to authorize the withdrawal of up to $175,000 from the Highway Garage Capital Reserve for this purpose. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 8: To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a lease agreement for the purpose of leasing to own one fully equipped ambulance and to raise and appropriate the amount of $60,000 for the first year's payment for that purpose. This is a three-year lease agreement and it contains an escape clause. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 9: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $10,000 for the purpose of purchasing a radio repeater and related equipment. The radio will be installed on the cell tower located on the Carr property on Hartshorn Road. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 10: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $120,000 for the purpose of having the preliminary study and design phase completed by the engineering firm McFarland Johnson on the Hannah Nutter Bridge. The State of New Hampshire Bridge Aid Program will provide $96,000 (80 percent), and this article further authorizes the withdrawal of $24,000 to the Bridge Construction Capital Reserve. The bridge was placed on the "red list" by the State of NH Bridge Replacement Program, which pays for 80 percent of the bridge replacement. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $10,000 to be placed in the Bridge Construction Capital Reserve Fund. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 12: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $20,000 to be placed in the Highway Department Heavy Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 13: To see if the town will vote to discontinue the Fire Rescue Equipment Capital Reserve created in 1995. The account has remained open with a zero balance. (Recommended by selectmen.)

Article 14: To see if the town will vote to discontinue the Fire Truck Capital Reserve created in 1997. Said funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the municipality's general fund (approximately $52,000). The purpose is to create one fund for both Fire and Rescue to include vehicles and equipment. (Recommended by selectmen.)

Article 15: To see if the town will vote to establish a Fire Rescue Expendable Trust Fund under the provisions of RSA 31:19a for the purpose of purchasing and replacing new or used Fire and Rescue vehicles and equipment and to raise and appropriate the amount of $67,000 to be placed in this fund and furthermore to appoint the selectmen as against to expend. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 16: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $10,000 to be placed in the Town Hall Computer Support Expendable Trust Fund. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 17: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $15,000 to be placed in the Emergency Preparedness Expendable Trust. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 18: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $5,000 to be placed in the Historical Society Building Capital Reserve. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 19: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $5,000 to be placed in the Milfoil Treatment Expendable Trust. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 20: To see if the town will vote to create an expendable trust fund under the provisions of RSA 31:19a, to be known as the Business Development Expendable Fund, for the purpose of paying miscellaneous expenses such as travel costs, meals and other costs associated with business meetings in order to attract businesses to become established in Barnstead, and to raise and appropriate the amount of $5,000 and to furthermore appoint the selectmen as agents to expend. (Recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 21: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,000 for the purpose of milfoil treatment at Locke Lake. (Submitted by petition and recommended by selectmen and budget committee.)

Article 22: To see if the town will vote to create a Business Development Fund by creation of a TIF (Tax Incremental Funding) District to attract businesses to designated land that would be funded by a TIF, as spelled out in the State of New Hampshire RSA's. The land designated would be decided by a joint committee of the planning board and Barnstead Development Group. (Recommended by selectmen.)

Article 23: To see if the town of Barnstead will direct the Barnstead Board of Selectmen to convey an easement to the Center Barnstead Christian Church for town property known as the "Rogers Property" Map 7 Lot 5. Said easement will be and is for purpose of continuing activities and structures that existed prior to the town purchasing said property. The Center Barnstead Christian Church will pay all costs associated with conveyance. (Submitted by petition.)

Article 24: To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen as allowed by RSA 80:80, III, to convey the property at Tax Map 041 Lot 320 and 321, to Robert A. and Anne M. Agri, to be merged with the property at Map 041, Lot 319. The Agris have paid all taxes, interest, costs and expenses owed to the town in maintaining the property. (Recommended by selectmen.)

Article 25: To see if the municipality will vote to raise and appropriate the budget committee's recommended sum of $3,421,798 to general municipal operations. The selectmen recommend $3,429,417. This article does not include appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately.

Article 26: To transact any other business that may legally come before this meeting.

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

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