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15 Articles on tap in New Durham


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
March 06, 2012
NEW DURHAM — A total of 15 articles will be discussed at the New Durham Town Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the New Durham School gymnasium.

Article 1 is the election of town officials, which takes place on Tuesday, March 13.

Article 2, which will be presented and is on the ballot for the March 13 election, is for a pair proposed amendments to the New Durham Zoning and Land Use Ordinance proposed by the planning board.

The first amendment reads: to amend Article V (Town Center Mixed Use District to extend the district east to Tash Road. If approved the district would add Old Bay Road between Brackett and Tash Roads, Tash Road to the intersection of Route 11 and the south side of Route 11 from Trash to Depot Road.

The second amendment reads: to amend Article XIV (Stormwater Management and Erosion Control) to clarify a) those parts of ordinance that apply to new subdivision only, b) the ordinance applies to any situation that would increase impermeable coverage above 20 percent, and c) to exempt any part of a lot left disturbed by a previous owner from calculations of total disturbance on the lot. None of these changes affect the substance of the ordinance. The article is recommended by the planning board.

Articles 3 through 15 will be discussed during the New Durham Town Meeting and will be acted on.

Article 3 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the budget committee's recommended budget of $3,067,407, which represents the town of New Durham's operating budget. This article does not include special or individual articles addressed in other warrant articles. (A majority vote is required and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 4 is to see if the town will vote to establish an expendable trust fund known as the Emergency Management Expendable Trust Fund and to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 to be placed in said fund with said funds to come from the Unreserved Fund Balance. Further, to appoint the board of selectmen as agents to expend. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 5 is to see if the town will vote to establish a capital reserve fund known as the Gravel Reserve Fund for the purpose of purchasing gravel or material to process gravel and to raise and appropriate $15,000 to be placed in said fund to come from the Unreserved Fund Balance. Further, the board of selectmen is appointed as agents to expend. (A majority vote is required for this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 6 is to see if the vote to establish a capital reserve fund to be known as the Fuel Pump Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of replacement/repair and maintenance of the town fuel pumps and to raise and appropriate $5,000 to be placed in said funds to come from the Unreserved Fund Balance. Further, to appoint the board of selectmen as agents to expend. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 7 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $130,396 to purchase a highway truck with plow and wing and to authorize the withdrawal of $100,000 to come from the Highway Truck Capital Reserve Fund created for this purpose. Additionally, for the remainder, $30,396 to come from the Unreserved Fund Balance. This will replaced the 1999 Sterling Dump Truck with plow and wing. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 8 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $8,550 for milfoil treatment, to authorize $4,275 from the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund established for that purpose and to accept $4,275 to come from a grant from the NHDES Exotic Species Program. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 9 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $270,751 for the purpose of the Road Surface Management System for 2012. This sum is to be offset by $100,751 from the New Hampshire State Highway Block Grant Aid, with $170,000 to come from capital reserve fund established for that purpose. (A majority vote is required on this article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 10 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $29,014 for the purpose of a police cruiser and to authorize withdrawal of $20,014 from the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund created for this purpose. This will replace the 2005 Chevrolet Impala. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 11 is to see if the town will vote raise and appropriate the sum of $36,100 for the purchase of the three acres of land located within Map 251, Lot 21 on Berry Road, known as the "Shirley Pit," from the State of New Hampshire, with said funds to come from the Unreserved Fund Balance. (A majority vote is required on this article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 12 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $383,550 to be placed in previously established capital reserve funds as follows, with said funds to come from taxation:

Expansion of the Highway Garage, $10,000; Highway Equipment, $25,000; Highway Truck, $55,000; Road Reconstruction, $170,000; Solid Waste Equipment, $5,000; Solid Waste Facilities Improvement, $5,000; Public Safety Facilities, $5,000; Dry Hydrant, $5,000; Fire Truck, $25,000; Police Cruiser, $35,000; Satellite Fire Station, $5,000, Library Facilities, $1,000; Smith Ball Field and Equipment, $2,000; 1772 Meeting House Restoration, $500; Milfoil, $8,550; Town Master Plan, $1,500; Municipal Facilities Land, $5,000 and Revaluation, $20,000. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 13 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $27,000 to be placed in previously established Expendable Trust Funds as follows, with said funds to come from taxation:

Accrued Exmployees Benefit, $2,500; Record Management, $500; Computer and Office Equipment, $4,000 and Town Building Improvement, $20,000.

Article 14 is to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $26,600 for repairs to the Downing's Pond Dam as directed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and to purchase an easement along the dam's easterly side, with said funds to come from Unreserved Fund Balance. (A majority vote is required on this special warrant article and the board of selectmen and the budget committee recommend this article)

Article 15 is to conduct any other business that may legally come before the town.

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

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