Town budget goes down to defeat in Alton


Default budget is just $68,075 lower than proposed amount



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Candidates and supporters stand in front of Prospect Mountain High School as Alton voters went to the polls on Tuesday, March 8. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
March 09, 2011
ALTON — The voters in Alton failed to pass the town's operating budget while voting on the town warrant articles Tuesday.

Article 23, establishing a town operating budget of $6,218,835, failed by a vote of 440 to 395. As a result the default budget is set at $6,150,760.

Article 9, which was a petition article, requiring a two-thirds vote, that would have changed the area bounded on the northerly, westerly and southerly by Robert's Cove Road and bounded easterly by the Route 28 from a Rural Zone to Lakeshore Residential Zone failed by a vote of 609 to 152.

The remainder of the ballot featured a mixed reception from voters.

Article 2, proposed by the planning board to amend Article 200 by amending the definition of "Agriculture" to that as defined by NH RSA 23:34-a, passed by a vote of 419 to 311.

Article 3, proposed by the planning board to amend Article 200 by adding 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 passed by a vote of 408 to 323.

Article 4, proposed by the planning board 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 passed by a vote of 385 to 358.

Article 5, proposed by the planning board repealing Article 300, Section 325 Off-Street Parking passed by a vote of 368 to 350.

Article 6, proposed by the planning board repealing Article 400, Section 444 Special Exceptions subsection "A – Off Street Parking" in its entirety failed by a vote of 368 to 344.

Article 7, proposed by the planning board 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 passed by a vote of 469 to 301.

Article 8, proposed by the planning board 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 passed by a vote of 387 to 360.

Article 10 authorizing 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 passed by a vote of 434 to 294.

Article 11, authorizing 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 failed by a narrow vote of 396 to 393.

Article 12, raising $397,500 for the purpose of purchasing the Dahle, Donovan and Gunsel property, Map 15 Lot 49 located at 18 Hidden Springs Road passed by a vote of 468 to 288. This is the property next to the former town landfill.

Article 13, establishing a Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of the Town Hall Building Improvements to the town hall and raising and appropriating a sum of $45,000, passed by a vote of 437 to 325.

Article 14, raising and appropriating the sum of $50,000 to added to the Police Department Improvement Capital Reserve Fund, failed by a vote of 415 to 392.

Article 15, raising and appropriating the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Sidewalk Capital Reserve, passed by a vote of 481 to 322.

Article 16, raising and appropriating the sum of $40,000 to be added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 580 to 226.

Article 17, raising and appropriating the sum of $20,000 to be placed in the Benefit Pay Expendable Trust Fund, passed by a vote of 409 to 390.

Article 18, raising and appropriating the sum of $35,000 to be added to the Building and Site Improvement Capital Reserve for the Transfer Station, passed by a vote of 529 to 275.

Article 19, raising and appropriating the sum of $12,000 to be added to the Recreation/Grounds Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 499 to 301.

Article 20, raising and appropriating the sum of $20,000 for the purpose of improving the West Side Restrooms, passed by a vote of 513 to 293.

Article 21, raising and appropriating the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 556 to 245.

Article 22, raising and appropriating the sum of $30,000 to be added to the Senior Center Pearson Road Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 507 to 299.

Article 24, raising and appropriating the sum of $129,979 and authorizing the withdrawal of the $129,979 from the Ambulance Operation Fund, passed by a vote of 595 to 193.

Article 25, raising and appropriating the sum of $36,000 for the purpose of purchasing and equipping a command/utility vehicle for the fire department, failed by a vote of 424 to 359.

Article 26, raising and appropriating the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Alton Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 396 to 384.

Article 27, raising and appropriating $1,750 for the purpose of increasing the firemen's 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, passed by a vote 421 to 360.

Article 28, raising appropriating the sum of $20,000 to be added to the Bridge Replacement Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 503 to 280.

Article 29, raising and appropriating the sum of $50,000 to be added to the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve, passed by a vote of 502 to 279.

Article 30, raising and appropriating sum of $30,000 for the purpose of purchasing and installing a ventilation system in the highway building, passed by a vote of 488 to 296.

Article 31, raising and appropriating the sum of $750,000 to be added to the Highway Reconstruction Capital Reserve Fund, passed by a vote of 446 to 337.

Article 32, raising and appropriating the sum of $8,996 for the purpose of supporting the Community Action Program, passed by a vote of 609 to 180.

Article 33, raising and appropriating the sum of $8,974 for the purpose of supporting the VNA Hospice, passed by a vote of 633 to 154.

Article 34, raising and appropriating the sum of $5,100 for the purpose of supporting the Community Health and Hospice, passed by a vote of 662 to 146.

Article 35, raising and appropriating the sum of $2,314 for the purpose of supporting the American Red Cross, passed by a vote of 592 to 214.

Article 36, raising and appropriating the sum of $10,000 for the purpose of supporting the Alton Community Services, passed by a vote of 647 to 161.

Article 37, raising and appropriating the sum of $454 for the purpose of supporting the Medication Bridge Prescription Program, passed by a vote of 629 to 177.

Article 38, raising and appropriating the sum of $1,500 for the purpose of supporting New Beginnings, passed by a vote of 591 to 217.

Article 39, raising and appropriating the sum of $7,826 for the purpose of supporting Genesis, passed by a vote of 532 to 271.

Article 40, raising and appropriating the sum of $2,000 for the purpose of supporting Caregivers Transportation, passed by a vote of 673 to 140.

Article 41, raising and appropriating the sum of $500 for the purpose of supporting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), passed by a vote of 623 to 181.

Article 42, raising and appropriating the sum of $2,400 for the purpose of supporting the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, passed by a vote of 466 to 336.

Article 43, raising and appropriating the sum of $2,500 for the purpose of supporting the Child and Family Services, passed by a vote of 560 to 235.

Article 44, authorizing 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, passed by a vote of 606 to 183.

Article 45, increasing 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, passed by a vote of 606 to 183.

Article 46, increasing the number of members of the Alton Water Commission from three to five in accordance with RSA 38:18, passed by a vote of 602 to 190.

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

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