Unopposed candidates cruise through Tilton's elections


March 09, 2011
TILTON – Approximately 200 voters in Tilton had an easy time of it at the polls on Tuesday with virtually no contested races to decide upon this year, handing Sandra Plessner a second term as selectman and awarding Joseph Jesseman his first seat on the board, as well.

Plessner said she appreciated the voters for allowing her to continue to serve the town, and would continue to do everything she could to serve their best interests over the next three years.

"It's a nice vote of confidence, and I'll do everything I can to make them proud," she said.

Plessner served this past year as assistant chair of the board, and was active with the Planning Board and numerous other committees.

Jesseman was very happy to learn the news of his election also, and said he would do his very best in looking after the town and the budget.

"I'm going to look at spending that money as though it were my own. After all, I'm a taxpayer here, too," said Jesseman.

As a member of the Recycling Committee, he said solid waste would be a matter of great importance to him during his term in office, and he would also pay special attention to situations dealing with groundwater in the town.

Other unopposed candidates in the election were Cindy Reinartz, Town Clerk; Peter Fogg, Sewer Commission; and Robert Szott and Katina Lemay, who won seats on both the Budget Committee and as Trustees of the Trust Funds.

In addition to the election of town offices, voters were also presented with several zoning questions, all of which passed readily. Two pertained to flea markets, adding a definition to the Zoning Ordinances which will now consider a flea market to be "any location other than a permanent retail store at which space is rented or otherwise made available to others for the conduct of business as transient or limited vendors."

A second question added that any such enterprise will only be allowed in Mixed Use areas along Route 3 and 11, downtown Tilton, and in portions of the town designated for regional, resort, industrial or general commercial usage.

Another zoning question contained changes for new mobile home parks, requiring a minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet or as required by Water Supply and Pollution Control regulations, whichever is larger. The amendment also will require any new park with more than six units to hook into town water and municipal sewer systems if available within 500 feet of the property.

The remaining 14 articles on the Town Warrant will be presented this Saturday at the annual Town Meeting, held at 8 a.m. in the Winnisquam High School. There, voters will be asked, among other things, to decide on whether or not to accept the proposed $2.7 million plans for a new police station to be constructed on town-owned property located at 61 Business Park Drive.

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