Cuts coming: Article 16 passes in Littleton. Gilman beats Latulip


Lincoln town meeting results


March 08, 2011
Littleton

Littleton's proposed budget passed with 960 voting for and 788 voting against, according to initial numbers Tuesday night. The proposed budget, which included an amendment of a $745,000 reduction from the deliberative session, is projected to cut more than $1 off the tax rate.

Replacing Selectman Ed Boynton will be Mike Gilman, who won 981 of the votes with opponent Bill LaTulip earning 680.

Article 24, which called for the elimination of the recently-created police captain's position, was defeated by only 17 votes, 860 to 877. The article was amended at deliberative session to zero out the salary and benefits figure that accompanied the elimination of the position.

The selectmen-supported articles asking for $35,000 for new town computers and $28,000 for a new generator for the fire station both passed by healthy margins. Other successful warrant articles were leases with the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council and the Chamber of Commerce, the authorization of a Capital Improvement Program Committee, and a $1.35 million Littleton Water and Light bond that will have no tax impact.

Warrant articles that failed included the creation of fees associated with fire inspections, alarms, bicycles and people-powered vehicles, and pawnbrokers; an appropriation of $6,500 for the Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July fireworks; and a handful of social services appropriations.

The town also voted to direct the selectmen to oppose the Northern Pass project as presented.

On the school side, all of the warrant articles including the budget passed.

Lincoln

The town meeting in Lincoln ran smoothly, with all warrant articles passing unanimously without any discussion aside from an article directing the selectmen to oppose the Northern Pass project. The article ultimately passed with a vote of 22 to 15 after a short discussion clarified that the article did not legally bind the selectmen to do anything.

Twenty-year selectman Deanna Huot was also recognized with a plaque and flowers by her fellow selectmen and the town. Huot will be stepping down this year to be replaced by O.J. Robinson who moderated the meeting.

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