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Lots on deck for town deliberative session


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
February 01, 2012
ALTON — The town deliberative session will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School.

A total of 49 warrant articles will be presented to the voters on March 13, and these articled will be discussed at the deliberative session.

Article 1 simply announces the vacancies for town officers. These positions include: two spots on the board of selectmen; one for two years and one for three years, the following three-year positions: town clerk, tax collector, treasurer, trustee of the trust funds, library trustee, cemetery trustee, water commissioner, two budget committee positions, two planning board spots and one zoning board spot, the following two-year positions: library trustee, water commissioner and one planning board spot, the following one-year positions: water commissioner, budget committee and library trustee and the six-year position as supervisor of the checklist.

Articles 2 through 13 are proposed changes by the planning board to the town zoning ordinance.

Article 2 adds the definition for a "Commercial Function Facility" and allows use of it by Special Exception in the Residential Commercial, Rural Residential, Rural and Recreational Service Zones.

Article 3 deals with changes to nonconforming use and allows repair for "in kind replacement."

Article 4 establishes that members on the Zoning Board of Adjustment are elected and not appointed by the board of selectmen.

Article 5 brings the definition of variances up to par with the state standard.

Article 6 changes the plat requirements to be submitted with a Special Exception, removing the requirement for complete boundary survey and allows for a property improvement survey.

Article 7 proposes amendments for accessory apartments. Some of the changes include expanding the square footage maximum to 1,500 square feet, allowing for two bedrooms and allowing for the construction of an accessory apartment in a separate structure.

Article 8 eliminates the Impact Fees collected by the town. The reason for elimination is because small towns don't make money while collecting impact fees.

Article 9 eliminates the provisions pertaining to combined dwelling and business and replaces it with provisions for a home business.

Article 10 eliminates the town's ability to force property owners into involuntary lot mergers.

Article 11 proposes an amendment to change the definition of seasonal cabin to one that is more enforceable definition.

Article 12 proposes an amendment to revise the standard pertaining to impervious lot coverage in the Aquifer Protection Overlay District.

Article 13 proposes changes to the town building code that brings it up to par with the state building code.

Article 14 is to raise and appropriate a total of $32,000 to be put in a Police Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund. The sum will come from the DEA Asset Forfeiture funds and no amount will be raised from taxation. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 15 is to raise and appropriate $10,000 to be put in a capital reserve fund for overage coverage for fuel (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, kerosene and propane). The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 16 is to raise and appropriate $45,000 to be placed in the Town Hall Building Improvement Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 17 is to raise and appropriate $25,000 to be added to the Police Department Building Improvement Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 6-0.

Article 18 is to raise and appropriate $7,500 for the purpose of revising and updating the personnel and policy manual. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 19 is to raise and appropriate $10,000 to be added to the Sidewalk Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 20 is to raise and appropriate $40,000 to be added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve Fund. These funds are being used to deal with contamination at the landfill and to meet the state regulatory requirements. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 21 is to raise and appropriate $15,000 to be placed in the Benefit Pay Expendable Trust Fund. The funds are recommended by the town auditors to be used to pay for benefits accrued by town employees and redeemed when they leave employment with the town of Alton. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 22 is to raise and appropriate $35,000 to be added to the Building and Site Improvement Capital Reserve for the Transfer Station, which includes the EPA storm water management implementation requirements. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 23 is to raise and appropriate $12,000 to be added to the Recreation/Grounds Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund. The purpose of this fund is to pay for maintenance equipment for the grounds, sidewalks, buildings and parks. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 24 is to raise and appropriate $10,000 for the purpose of improving the Alton Bay restrooms to meet current ADA accessibility standards and by siding the exterior. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 25 is to raise and appropriate $20,000 to be added to the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 26 is to raise and appropriate $30,000 to be added to the Senior Center Pearson Road Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 27 is to raise and appropriate an operating budget, not including monies from approved by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, totaling $6,168,810. Should the article be defeated, the default budget will be $6,125,600. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 4-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 6-0.

Article 28 is to raise and appropriate $134,748 and to authorize the withdrawal of the total monies from the Ambulance Operation Fund. This appropriation is covered by the revenue from the ambulance insurance payments and there will be no funds raised from general taxation. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-0-1.

Article 29 is to raise and appropriate $36,000 for the purpose of purchasing and equipping a new or used command/utility vehicle for the Alton Fire Department. This sum will come from the fund balance (surplus) and no amount will be raised from new taxation. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-0-1.

Article 30 is to raise and appropriate $50,000 to be added to the Alton Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-0-1.

Article 31 is to raise and appropriate $20,000 to be added to the Bridge Replacement Capital Reserve Fund. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 32 is to raise and appropriate $50,000 to be added to the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 33 is to raise and appropriate $750,000 to be added to the Highway Reconstruction Capital Reserve Fund. This sum is partially offset by revenues from the Highway Block Grant Fund estimated to be $167,077.25 and is an annual appropriation that provides for the reconstruction of the existing roadways. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 34 is to raise and appropriate $8,996 of the purpose of supporting the Community Action Program. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 35 is to raise and appropriate $12,000 for the purpose of supporting the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 36 is to raise and appropriate $2,215 for the purpose of supporting the American Red Cross. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 3-2.

Article 37 is to raise and appropriate $15,000 for the purpose of supporting the Alton Community Services. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 6-0.

Article 38 is to raise and appropriate $409 for the purpose of supporting the Medication Bridge Prescription Program. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 39 is to raise and appropriate $1,500 for the purpose of supporting the New Beginnings program. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 40 is to raise and appropriate $10,076 for the purpose of supporting Genesis. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 3-2.

Article 41 is to raise and appropriate $2,000 for the purpose of supporting Caregivers Transportation. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 42 is to raise and appropriate $500 for the purpose of supporting Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 5-0.

Article 43 is to raise and appropriate $2,400 for the purpose of supporting the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-1.

Article 44 is to raise and appropriate $2,500 for the purpose of supporting Child and Family Services. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-1.

Article 45 is to raise and appropriate $1,000 for the purpose of supporting the Greater Lakes Children Advisory Center. The article is recommended by the selectmen by a vote of 5-0 and by the budget committee by a vote of 4-1.

Article is to see if the town will amend the Conflict of Interest Ordinance by adding Article XIII to read as follows: "No appointed or elected board member, commissioner or trustee shall be allowed to be hired for employment by the board, commission or board of trustees that they served on as an elected member of for at least two years after the date that their term of office ended or the date that their resignation became effective."

Article 47 is to see if the town will vote to ratify an amendment to the current long-term lease between the Town of Alton (lessor) and David and Amy Shibley DBA Shibley's at the Pier Inc. (lessee for the land at the bay as described in the lease by extending the terms of the lease by 10 years from 2015 to 2024. Also to amend the method of rent calculation from a flat five percent annual increase to a two percent minimum and a five percent maximum annual increase with the rate to be determined by the July Northeast Consumer Price Index of each year starting in 2015. All other sections of the agreement will remain unchanged including the provision that all land and building taxes will be by the lessee.

Article 49 is a petition warrant article that asks the voters to rescind Article 46 from the March 2011 warrant which read, "To see if the town will vote to increase the number of members of the Alton Water Commission from three to five members. This change to become effective with the 2012 Town Meeting Election."

Article 49 reads: "To hear any reports of any committee, board, trustees, commissions, officials agents or concerned voters and to vote to accept the same. Furthermore, to conduct any other business that may legally come before said meeting."

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

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