Town Meeting 2017

Video of Town Meeting by Joe Kowalski:

Here is a draft overview of Town Meeting 2017, by Heather Cubeddu, Town Clerk:

 

Article 8: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Cemetery Trustees to create an Expendable Cemetery Trust Fund under the provisions of RSA 31:19-a wherein the money received from the sale of Rights to Burial will be deposited. The funds received from the sale of such lots shall be deposited with the Trustees of the Trust Funds for the maintenance of cemeteries, which shall include cemeteries which have been abandoned and become municipal cemeteries for management purposes pursuant to RSA 289:20-21. Maintenance shall include repair of gravestones as well as maintenance of cemetery grounds.

(Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 9: To see if the Town will vote pursuant to RSA 80:80 to authorize the Selectmen to convey real property acquired by the Town by Tax Collector’s Deed by Public Auction (or advertised sealed bid) or in such manner as determined by the Selectmen as justice may require. The law allows this authority to extend indefinitely until rescinded by a vote of Town Meeting. This article recommended by the Selectmen.

(Majority vote required)

Article amended to read: “To see if the Town will vote pursuant to RSA 80:80 to authorize the Selectmen to convey real property acquired by the Town by Tax Collector’s Deed by advertised sealed bid.”

AMENDED ARTICLE PASSED

Article 10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-Two Thousand Dollars ($42,000.00) to be added to the previously established Fire/Rescue Department SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. The full amount ($42,000.00) will come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and no amount to be raised from taxation.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 11: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00) to be deposited to the previously established Library Capital Building Fund. The full amount ($75,000.00) will come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and no amount to be raised from taxation.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 12: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00) to be deposited to the previously established Police Department Capital Reserve Fund. The full amount ($75,000.00) will come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and no amount to be raised from taxation.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 4-1) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($235,000.00) for the preparation and paving of Town Roads.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 4-1) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) to replace the Lake Road boat ramp.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 15: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Nine Thousand Two Hundred Six Dollars ($9,206.00) for the Mirror Lake Boat Launch and Improvements. (Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 4-1)

(Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-One Thousand Two-Hundred Sixty Eight Dollars ($41,268.00) to purchase and install new mobile radios for the Fire/Rescue Department.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00) for a watershed plan to be administered by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until the Watershed Plan is completed or by December 31, 2019, whichever comes first.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 18: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifty Five Thousand Dollars ($55,000.00) for the purchase of a new police vehicle.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirteen Thousand Dollars ($13,000.00) to purchase and install a new air filtration system in the Town Garage.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 5-0) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 20: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to support Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 4-1) (Majority vote required)

Article amended “To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) to support Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery.”

AMENDED ARTICLE PASSED

Article 21: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for the Pier 19 Crosswalk Project. Nine Thousand Dollars ($9,000.00) to come from outside fundraising and One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to come from taxation. This project will be null and void should the fundraising portion of Nine Thousand Dollars ($9,000.00) not be reached.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 3-2) (Majority vote required)

DEFEATED

Article 22: To see if the town will vote to establish a contingency fund for the current year for unanticipated expenses that may arise and further to raise and appropriate Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for said purpose. Said sum to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and no amount to be raised from taxation. Any appropriation left in the fund at year end will lapse into the general fund.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 4-1) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 23: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the “all veterans’ property tax credit” under RSA 72:28-b. If adopted, the credit will be available to any resident, or the spouse or surviving spouse of any resident, who (1) served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and was honorably discharged or was an officer honorably separated from service, and (2) is not eligible for and not receiving the credit for veterans who served in a qualifying war or armed conflict or for veterans with a service-connected disability. If adopted, the credit will be in the amount of $500.00, which is the same amount as the credit for a veteran who served in a qualifying war or armed conflict. If the credit is adopted, any person desiring to claim the credit will be required to file an application with the selectmen or the assessors by April 15 of the tax year.

PASSED

Article 24: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the Budget Committee recommended sum of Three Million Six Hundred Fifty Two Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty- Five Dollars ($3,652,755) for general Town Operations. The Selectmen recommended Three Million Six Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty-Five Dollars ($3,657,755). This article does not include any special or individual warrant articles addressed separately.

(Recommended by the Budget Committee 5-2) (Majority vote required)

PASSED

Article 25 (by Petition): To see if the Town will vote to require the board of selectmen to hold all meetings of the board of selectmen, both regular and work session, at 6:30 PM to allow as many residents of the town to attend meetings as possible. The selectmen currently hold most meetings at either 9AM or 4PM, when the vast majority of residents are unable to attend. Holding meetings after normal work hours would be in keeping with the spirit of the Right to Know law (RSA 91:A), which states: “Openness of the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society.”

DEFEATED

Board of Selectmen’s Meeting for 3/27/17

Part 1:

0:40 Pledge of Allegiance
1:14 Election of officers
2:05 Mark Howard
Roads (state)
9:35 review minutes
3/14/17
11:45 Chip says non public minutes aren’t in compliance with 91-A
14:25 Chip questions nonpublic sessions with attorney. Makes motion to unseal minutes. Motion passes 3-0.
16:30 chip wants to unseal nonpublic minutes from last year.
17:20 Fire department update
26:45 Chip not impressed with road agent
27:15 update emergency management plan?
32:30 list of people who might need help was out of date.
39:00 police chief Andy Shagoury
DWI accident caused power outage Friday night
43:25 drug take back scheduled April 29 10-2 at transfer station

Part 2:

01:30 signature file
06:00 sandpits
11:58 veteran’s tax credit applications
Gary Chehames
3-0
Robert Edwards
3-0
Kerry and Andrea Long
3-0
15:00 yield tax levy
timber
17:30 NH the Beautiful
18:10 gravel tax
19:25 supplemental Warrant (extra taxes from Zadede Lane residents)
20:40 letter to students at middle school
21:40 intent to cut: Brad Hunter (rt 171)
22:30 188 middle road gravel pit
27:50 mirror lake boat launch
31:40 lake road boat ramp
33:00 Correspondence
33:45 Right to Know
Lloyd asked Karen to compile how much time is used to respond to RTK. Chip says who cares. It’s part of the deal.
40:00 Selectmen’s update
Bill attending seminar about town owned roads.
Need new planning board members.
Also for energy committee.
48:23 Chip about 91-A
Public optics
Need more meetings
Nonpublic meeting minutes should be released on regular schedule
52:00 Brown Road: there’s a lawsuit?
There was no vote on Steinman rock situation
54:15 Lloyd
Committee assignments
More meetings specific agenda shorter length

Part 3 (Public Comments)

Fatal Accident on Route 28

An Alton woman died Friday afternoon when her car crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle driven by a Tuftonboro resident. The Union Leader reports:

An initial police investigation showed [Kathy] Kenny was driving her Toyota Prius southbound when her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, where she hit a Range Rover driven northbound by Randall Parker, 70, of Tuftonboro.

Kenny was rushed to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, and was later pronounced dead, police said.

Parker was not seriously injured, police said.

According to the police, the heavy snowfall likely caused the accident.

“The roads were snow-covered at that time,” said Cpl. Tyler Glidden. “Weather conditions appear to be a contributing factor in the crash.”

Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery

This evening Tuftonboro’s annual Town Meeting voted on article 20, “To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) to support Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery.”

I suggested that instead of spending taxpayer money, each of us in attendance should pledge to go home after Town Meeting and make a personal donation of $25. I said that that would raise more money than the article was proposing. I also promised that I would make a $25 donation myself after Town Meeting. I have just donated to the MWV Supports Recovery GoFundMe page:

Article 20 passed as amended by Bob McWhirter to increase the $500 to $2,500.

I urge everyone who believes MWV Supports Recovery is a worthy cause to make their own personal donation to the organization. They are seeking to raise $30,000 on their GoFundMe page. Donate here.

Giving other people’s money away is not charity. Giving your own money is charity.

Chip Albee Elected Selectman (Updated)

Congratulations to Chip Albee for being elected to another (non-contiguous) term as selectman!

According Town Moderator Dan Barnard, 379 votes were cast yesterday. The turn-out was considerably depressed by the blizzard. For comparison’s sake, in last year’s competitive budget committee election there were 832 ballots cast. And at last November’s federal election, Tuftonboro had 2,047 registered voters, and saw an astonishing 83% turnout with 1,705 votes.

Given the weather conditions yesterday, all the town officials, public employees, and volunteers who worked the polls yesterday (and kept the roads clear) deserve a well-earned thanks.

Update: Dan Barnard has rightfully taken me to task over the number of votes versus ballots in last year’s election. Since the budget committee election was for two positions, the 832 votes translate to 416 ballots. Dan also pointed out that in last year’s uncontested selectmen’s race Bill Marcussen received 386 votes and there were 46 write-ins, for 432 votes total. Therefore, yesterday’s 379 votes in the selectmen’s race, given the storm, are really quite remarkable! (But still very low when compared to the number of registered voters, unfortunately.)

No Postponement for Town Elections

The town elections will proceed as scheduled:

  • There will be no postponement of the Tuftonboro town election and Town Meeting. Those events will proceed as scheduled, with the election tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Town House, and the Town Meeting on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Tuftonboro Central School.  We urge everyone who plans to vote in person to come to the polls early in the day, rather than later when the storm is expected to intensify.  Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s Office until 5:00 pm Monday, March 13, 2017 if you feel that you may not be able to travel on election day.
  • The Town Clerk’s Office will be CLOSED Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  There will be NO EVENING HOURS.

Selectmen Schedule Emergency Meeting

The selectmen just announced that they will have an emergency meeting in less than two hours:

Notice of Emergency Public Meeting

On Monday, March 13, 2017, at 1:00 pm, the Board of Selectmen will meet with Daniel Barnard, Town Moderator, to discuss options relative to tomorrow’s scheduled election. The meeting will be held at the Town Office.

RSA 91-A:2-II states:

Except in an emergency or when there is a meeting of a legislative committee, a notice of the time and place of each such meeting, including a nonpublic session, shall be posted in 2 appropriate places one of which may be the public body’s Internet website, if such exists, or shall be printed in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or town at least 24 hours, excluding Sundays and legal holidays, prior to such meetings. An emergency shall mean a situation where immediate undelayed action is deemed to be imperative by the chairman or presiding officer of the public body, who shall post a notice of the time and place of such meeting as soon as practicable, and shall employ whatever further means are reasonably available to inform the public that a meeting is to be held. The minutes of the meeting shall clearly spell out the need for the emergency meeting.

There is a winter storm warning in effect for Tuftonboro from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning, issued by the National Weather Service station in Grey, Maine:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TUESDAY TO 5 AM EDT WEDNESDAY…

* HAZARD TYPES…Heavy snow.

* Accumulations…Snow accumulation of 14 to 18 inches.

* TIMING…Snow will begin Tuesday morning. The heaviest snow
and most significant impacts are expected Tuesday afternoon
into Tuesday night. Snow will taper off early Wednesday.

* Temperatures…Around 20.

* Winds…North 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

* Visibilities…one quarter mile or less at times.

* IMPACTS…Heavy snow Tuesday and Tuesday night combined with gusty winds and blowing snow…will create near-blizzard
conditions at times and lead to dangerous travel conditions.