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Larry Corson named Citizen of the Year


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

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LAWRENCE “LARRY” CORSON (center) was recognized as the New Durham Citizen of the Year. Dot Veisel (left) presented Corson with a plaque to celebrate the honor that featured a clock on the top of it. Corson has been winding the town clock every Sunday for the last 71 years. Tim Croes. (click for larger version)
March 20, 2012
NEW DURHAM — The New Durham Town Meeting lasted just over an hour on Wednesday, March 14 and 12 articles were approved.

Moderator Cecile Chase thanked community members in town who served on various boards and committees for their work throughout the year.

Dot Veisel presented Lawrence "Larry" Corson as the Citizen of the Year.

Corson recently moved to Alton, but an exception was made, as Corson has been winding the town clock every Sunday for the past 71 years.

Steve Bohmiller was recognized as the New Durham Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year.

Chase reviewed the election of town officers, where there were no contested races, and the two amendments proposed by the planning board, which both passed.

Article 3, which was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $3,067,407 for the town's operating budget, was approved unanimously.

Dave Curry, the Chairman of the New Durham Budget Committee, talked about upcoming projects, including the rehabilitation of the town hall.

Article 4 was to see if the town would establish an Emergency Management Expendable Trust Fund and to put $5,000 in said fund to come from the unreserved fund balance.

Ron Gehl asked a question about the unreserved fund balance and suggested that it should be referred to as the undesignated fund balance.

Selectman Terry Jarvis understood that the two things were one in the same.

Gehl also asked how much money was in the unreserved fund balance, and Selectman Dave Bickford said that approximately $200,000 was returned from last year with plans to use approximately $120,000 this year.

There was approximately $900,000 in the unreserved fund balance at the end of 2011.

The question was called to a vote and was unanimously approved.

Article 5 was to see if the town would establish a Gravel Capital Reserve Fund. Additionally $15,000 would be placed in said fund and would come from the unreserved fund balance.

Road Agent Michael Clarke explained that a pit in town would be closed in 2015. He explained that building up the fund will help pay for gravel in the future, and the article was approved unanimously.

Article 6 was to see if $5,000 would be taken from the unreserved fund balance and deposited into a Fuel Pump Capital Reserve Fund. Clarke explained that a new system will be needed in the near future, with a total cost of between $25,000 and $30,000.

The new system will use a card system and will account the use of fuel more accurately. The article was approved unanimously.

Article 7 was to vote to raise and appropriate $130,396 to purchase a highway truck with a plow and a wing. Further, the article withdrawals $100,000 from the Highway Truck Capital Reserve Fund and the remaining $30,396 comes from the unreserved fund balance. This truck will replace the 1999 Sterling Dump Truck.

Clarke explained that the town was on a 17-year rotation for trucks, but the town believes that rotating the trucks every 12 years will save the town money.

He mentioned that it has become difficult to find parts for the current truck, and that the town will go through the state bids to find a new truck.

The article was approved unanimously.

Article 8 is to see if the town will raise and appropriate $8,550 for milfoil treatment, with $4,275 coming from the Milfoil Capital Reserve Fund and the remaining $4,275 coming from a grant from the NHDES Exotic Species Program.

The milfoil extraction process was explained, and the article was approved unanimously.

Article 9 was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $270,571 for the purpose of the Road Surface Management System for 2012. The sum will be offset by $100,571 from the New Hampshire State Highway Block Grant Aid, with the remaining $170,000 to come from the capital reserve fund established for that purpose.

Clarke explained the projects that need to be worked on in town, and the article was approved unanimously.

Article 10 was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $29,014 for the purpose of purchasing a police cruiser and to withdraw $29,014 from the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund. This vehicle will replace the 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

Chief Shawn Bernier explained that a 2012 Ford Taurus would be purchased, and the article was unanimously approved.

Article 11 was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $36,100 for the purchase of three acres of land on Berry Road known as the "Shirley Pit" from the state of New Hampshire, with said funds to come from the unreserved fund balance.

The lot is appraised at $45,000, and there was a suggestion that town money could be used elsewhere.

Bernier was asked if the police department could access the area that the police department uses for a shooting range without owning the property and said that they could through Stockbridge Corner Road.

The article was approved, with a few citizens voting against it.

Article 12 was to see if the town would approve a total of $383,550 to be placed in various capital reserve funds.

Gehl asked a question about the amount for the police cruiser fund and Curry said the amount was increased so that next year a lower amount would have to be added to the fund.

Jarvis pointed out that the amount for the Capital Improvement Plan was actually cut.

The article was approved unanimously.

Article 13 was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $27,000 to be placed in expendable trust funds.

Selectman Jeffrey Kratovil broke down the article, explaining the contributions to the accrued employees benefit fund, the record management fund, the computer and office equipment fund and the town improvement fund.

The article was approved unanimously.

Article 14 was to see if the town would raise and appropriate $26,000 for repairs to the Downing's Pond Dam as directed by the NHDES and to purchase an easement along the dam's easterly side, with said funds to come from the unreserved fund balance.

Clarke talked about issues with dam and explained that an easement would be needed to complete the repairs.

A question was raised about the easement and Allison Webb, the town administrator, said the town is in negotiations for the easement.

Clarke expects the repairs to cost less than $26,000 and explained that the town has until May. After that, they would pay a penalty for each day that repairs weren't done.

The article was approved unanimously, and nothing else came before the meeting and it was adjourned.

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

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