Election Results March 13, 2018

Board of Selectmen

  • ✅ Lloyd Wood: 295
  • Robert “Bob” McWhirter: 248

Budget Committee

  • ✅ Thomas J. Young: 289
  • ✅ Helen Hartshorn: 278
  • Chris Sawyer: 233
  • Barry Ennis: 196

Moderator

  • ✅ Daniel F. Barnard: 498

Trustee of the Trust Funds

  • ✅ Dave M. Braun: 466
  • Write-in Votes: 4

Cemetery Trustee

  • ✅ Susan H. Weeks: 412
  • Write-in Votes: 17

Library Trustee

  • ✅ Gordon Hunt: 461
  • Skip Hurt (Write-In): 28
  • Total Write-ins: 41
  • Fictitious Characters: 2
  • Undervotes: 59

Supervisor of the Checklist

  • ✅ William “Bill” Rollins: 495
  • Write-in Votes: 8
  • Undervotes: 60

 Zoning Change

  • ✅Yes: 410
  • No: 133

 

These numbers are accurate to the best of my knowledge.

Library Trustees VOTE TO KILL LIBRARY WARRANT ARTICLE

The library trustees met this morning at 8AM for a “work session.” I had not seen the meeting posted over the weekend so I did not go.

What did the trustees decide to do about the library article debacle, which surely was the topic of their meeting? I hope they will let us know soon. I will update this post with new information, if I get it.

If you know anything, please leave a comment.


Update from Mark Howard, in a comment below:

Max, I heard about the meeting but did not attend. According to an email I received from Christie Sarles…

The Trustees voted unanimously this morning to table the addition/renovation project for this Town Meeting.

Christie, for anyone who doesn’t know, is the librarian. Mark is the chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and involved in various other ways in town, such as the conservation commission and the Tuftonboro Association.

Update from Paul Matlock, library trustee:

Draft minutes from this morning’s library trustees meeting.

Wolfeboro Town Hall Article Did Not Count Pledges As Real Money

In response to my post, Approximately $142,000 Missing From Library Capital Donations Fund, Gordon Hunt, chairman of the library trustees, wrote, in a comment on Facebook:

The fund raising efforts for the Library expansion were modeled on Wolfeboro’s Town Hall renovation. Over $736,000.00 was pledged in advance of the vote for that project. Every penny pledged was redeemed in a timely manner with NO DEFAULTS. I should think those people who have stepped up in the same manner for Tuftonboro’s Library will act in the same manner. I feel you are demeaning these folks with a veiled insinuating, [sic] that they will not honor their commitment.

Note that Gordon does not dispute that the $142,000.00 in pledged money is not in the Library Capital Donations Fund.

His reference to “every penny pledged” to the Wolfeboro Town Hall renovation being “redeemed in a timely manner with NO DEFAULTS” is irrelevant. Whether or not anyone reneged on their pledge in Wolfeboro has no bearing on the outcome here in Tuftonboro.  Something that happened in a different town on a different project three or four years ago is not useful for predicting what might happen here in Tuftonboro in the coming year or two.

Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the Wolfeboro Town Hall Renovation warrant article from 2014 (emphasis in original):

ARTICLE 7: Reduced-Scope Renovations of Wolfeboro Town Hall

To see whether the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Million dollars ($4,000,000) to be funded as follows: bond issue not to exceed Three Million Eight Hundred Eighty-Eight Thousand Six Hundred dollars ($3,888,600) (to be reduced by pledged donations currently estimated at Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand dollars [$750,000] generated by The Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall, Inc.), and transfer the balance from the Town Office Facility Capital Reserve Fund (currently estimated at $111,440); for the purpose of renovating the Wolfeboro Town Hall building, to include both the exterior and interior of the building to make it completely handicapped accessible and both building and fire code compliant, but excluding the parking lot and landscaping improvements, replacement windows, clock faces, and other improvements previously funded and completed. This also includes the costs for the architect’s services, construction manager services, and contingencies. Further, to authorize the issuance of not more than three million eight hundred eighty-eight thousand six hundred dollars ($3,888,600) of bonds or notes for this purpose in accordance with RSA Chapter 33, Municipal Finance Act, such sum to be reduced by any federal, state, or private funds made available therefor, (including the aforementioned pledged donations), and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest, maturity and other terms for this purpose, and further to raise and appropriate the sum of Eleven Thousand Three Hundred dollars ($11,300) for the payment of interest on any notes issued in anticipation of such bonds that is payable in 2014; and further to authorize the Selectmen to transfer the balance of the Capital Reserve Fund for Town Office Facility, which currently has a balance of One Hundred Eleven Thousand Four Hundred Forty dollars ($111,440), for this purpose and to accept the gift of pledged donations currently estimated at $750,000 generated by The Friends of the Wolfeboro Town Hall, Inc., which will be used to offset the cost of the project and reduce the amount needing to be bonded.
Estimated Tax Rate Impact: 2014-$0.006; 2015-$0.150 (Recommended by Board of Selectmen by a vote of 3-2) (Recommended by Budget Committee by a vote of 7-2) (3/5 vote is required)

The Wolfeboro Town Hall warrant article from 2014 is significantly different than the warrant article for the library addition this year in Tuftonboro.

The Wolfeboro Town Hall article took out a larger loan (in proportion to the cost of the project)  that would later be “reduced by any federal, state, or private funds made available” afterward.

The Tuftonboro Library-Addition article treats the pledged money as real money already in hand, and therefore seeks a smaller loan (in proportion to the cost of the project).

The Tuftonboro model is flawed. Pledged money, no matter the intentions of the good people making the pledges, is not real money. Real money has already been donated and is currently in the Library Capital Donations Fund.

Write-In Raymond “Skip” Hurt for Library Trustee

I will be writing in Raymond “Skip” Hurt for Library Trustee instead of voting for Gordon Hunt, who is running unopposed for re-election, and I encourage both those who support a library addition and those who do not to also write-in his name.

Skip brought a proposal to the library trustees last spring that would have cost about $800,000 less than what the library trustees have brought to Town Meeting this year. His plan would not have required a 2/3 majority vote because it would not have required the issuance of a bond or note in excess of $100,000 (the statutory threshold). In his plan, construction could have been completed in stages using funds already available.

Skip has said he’ll be voting for the library addition next week, and I will be voting against it. So you might wonder why I’m going to write his name in.

I appreciate that Skip tried to save the town over a million dollars (when you take interest into account the $1.92 million price tag on the warrant article is not accurate). I like that Skip speaks his mind, even when I disagree with him. He’s an honest man, in my estimation. He’s overseen construction projects. He knows what he’s talking about in that regard.

He also loves reading books. I mentioned in my post, Of Books and Libraries, that I am currently reading Into Thin Air, by Jonathan Krakauer. Skip gave me that book.

Skip was on the library building advisory committee several years ago. He’s been on the budget committee as well. It’s a  long shot that we could get him on the library trustees board as a write-in, but let’s try anyway.

 

 

 

Paul Matlock: Library Addition “Not So Much for Books as Room for People”

Paul Matlock, library trustee, commented on my post, Of Books and Libraries, and I would like more people to read it so I’m reprinting his comment here. I believe putting more information in the public space is always the best course, even if it leads people to draw different conclusions than I do about the issues at hand.

Max,

You could have saved a lot of money if you had gotten the books you are reading from the library.

While it may be true that the average library function has twelve people, those numbers do not reflect the usage by outside groups. For instance, my hiking group uses the meeting room and we have 35-40 people present. Those numbers are not in that average of twelve that you quote. Same with other civic groups. And what about groups like the girl scouts? They have too big of a group and go into Wolfeboro for meetings.
Don’t count on interlibrary loan being available forever. ILL is paid for by federal dollars and Trump has been trying to zero out the funding.

Libraries are a thing of the past? Really? I guess Wolfeboro didn’t get the memo. The space addition we are proposing is not so much for books as room for people (meeting rooms, program space, computer stations).

Paul Matlock, library trustee

Library Trustees: $1,920,000 Library Addition Warrant Article for Town Meeting 2018

The library trustees sent out the following press release today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUFTONBORO LIBRARY TRUSTEES ANNOUNCE DECISION ON BUILDING PROJECT

At their regular monthly meeting on November 8th, Tuftonboro Free Library Trustees Gordon Hunt, Paul Matlock, and Mary Ann Murray voted unanimously to put the proposed plan for an addition and renovations to the existing library on the 2018 Town Warrant.  The focus changed from a new building to an addition late this spring, when Tuftonboro resident, Raymond “Skip” Hurt, presented a model to Selectmen and Trustees that he believed would provide the necessary space at a substantially lower cost to taxpayers.

In response to this citizen initiative, the Trustees directed SMP Architecture to review Hurt’s plan for feasibility, provide additional options for expansion, refine and develop the approved plan to the Schematic Design phase, and work with Bauen Corporation, the project’s construction management firm, to provide a preliminary cost estimate.  SMP also provided a new topographical map overlay demonstrating that wetlands areas delineated by the original survey in 2006 were inexactly located, and so clearing the way for an addition.

The preliminary cost estimate for the 5,000 square foot addition plus all necessary renovations to the existing building is $1.92 million.  Considering that the projected cost for a new building is $2.65 million, the Trustees believe that their decision to support the proposed addition is in the best interest of the town.  There is currently a combined total of just under $700,000 in cash on hand in the established Library Capital Reserve Fund and the privately supported Library Building Fund, and just under $100,000 in additional private pledges, contingent upon approval of the project at Town Meeting on March 14th.  The TFL Capital Campaign Committee and the Friends of the Library will continue with fundraising, in an effort to reduce taxpayer costs even further.

Plans for the proposed addition can be viewed at the library, and on the library website, tuftonborolibrary.org, where there is also an animated “fly-around” view of the exterior.

The fly around video is here:

Here is the interior floor plan (click to make larger):

And here is the site plan (click to make larger):

 

Library Trustees Meeting: Outline Specifications for Library Addition

The library trustees met today with SMP Architecture to discuss the outline specifications for a library addition (click for attached PDF). Trustees chairman Gordon Hunt reminded everyone that the specifications are not set in stone and things may still change.

The trustees will be meeting with the board of selectmen on Monday, August 28, at 4PM at the town offices. The next regular meeting of the trustees is Thursday, September 7, at 8AM at the library.