TOWN WARRANT

TOWN of LEMPSTER

STATE of NEW HAMPSHIRE

2008

 

To the inhabitants of the Town of Lempster, in the County of Sullivan, in said State qualified to vote in Town affairs.

 

You are hereby notified to meet at the Goshen – Lempster School in said Lempster on Tuesday, the 11th day of March, 2008 at two thirty (2:30 P.M.) in the afternoon to open the polls for the voting of candidates, and at seven o’clock (7:00 P.M.) in the evening for the discussion of the articles of the warrant.

 

ARTICLE 1: To choose all necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing.

 

ARTICLE 2: To receive all reports and act thereon.

 

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand One Hundred Eighty Nine Dollars ($869,189.00) for the purpose of General Town Operations. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Executive                                                               $122,905.00

Election and Registration                                         6,510.00

Financial Administration                                           2,000.00

Legal Expenses                                                         2,500.00

Employee Benefits                                                104,731.00

Planning Board                                                         16,842.00

General Government Buildings                             15,000.00

Appraisal of Property                                               26,044.00

Conservation Commission                                      1,630.00

Cemeteries                                                                  6,000.00

Insurance Property & Liability-all Depts               17,500.00

Contingency                                                                 5,000.00

Police Budget                                                            55,000.00

Health Officer Supplies                                                 250.00

Ambulance Service                                                     3,500.00

Fire Department                                                        55,357.00

Rescue Squad                                                          15,575.00

Building Inspection                                                     1,900.00

Emergency Management/Forest Fire                     2,400.00

Highway Department                                            290,000.00

Street Lights                                                                   650.00

Solid Waste                                                               85,000.00

Health Agencies                                                         3,400.00

Sullivan Hospice                                                            250.00

Southwest Community Services                                 900.00

West Central Services                                               1,100.00

Community Alliance                                                   1,000.00

Newport Food Pantry                                                 1,000.00

Direct Assistance                                                       5,500.00

Sullivan Nutrition                                                           400.00

Parks and Recreation                                               1,000.00

Library                                                                        15,845.00

Patriotic Purposes                                                        500.00

Interest/Tax Anticipation Notes                               2,000.00

 

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to approve the following resolution to be forwarded to our State Representatives, our State Senator and our Governor:

 

Resolved: We the citizens of Lempster, NH believe in a New Hampshire that is just and fair. The property tax has become unjust and unfair. State leaders who take a pledge for no new taxes perpetuate higher and higher property taxes. We call on our State Representatives, our State Senator and our Governor to reject the “Pledge”, have and open discussion covering all options, and adopt a revenue system that lowers property taxes. Submitted by petition by Yurick Hurd and others. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to be added to the Forest Fire Truck Capital reserve (CIP 005) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) to be added to the Fire Pumper Capital Reserve (CIP 008) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to change the purpose of the existing Fire Department Equipment Expendable Trust (CIP 036) from purchase of equipment to purchase or repair of equipment. (2/3 vote required)

 

ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) to be added to the Municipal Buildings Complex Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 010) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Town Office Information Technology System Capital Reserve (CIP 037) under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of purchasing and installing computers and computer server and all necessary software and to raise and appropriate the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to be placed in this fund. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Town Office Information Technology System Capital Reserve (CIP 037).

 

ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to increase the Veterans Property Tax Exemption to Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) per year. The Selectmen recommend this article. (Majority vote required)

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to support Old Home Day events. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

ARTICLE 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to be added to the Town Bridges Repair and Reconstruction Expendable Trust (CIP 018) The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to be added to the Highway Grader Capital Reserve (CIP 029) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) to be added to the Highway Roller and Trailer Capital Reserve (CIP 031) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to be added to the Transfer Station Capital Reserve (CIP 021) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to be added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve (CIP 022) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to be added to the Rescue Truck Capital Reserve (CIP 011) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) to be added to the Town Building Repair Expendable Trust (CIP 012) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to be added to the Town Hall/ Meetinghouse Restoration Capital Reserve (CIP 030) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the Rescue Truck Expendable Trust established in 1990. The Rescue Truck was purchased in 1994 and all funds were withdrawn at that time.

 

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the Highway Garage Expendable Trust established in 1991. The funds for the Highway Garage were withdrawn in 1995 for the building of the Highway Garage.

 

ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ninety Eight Thousand dollars ($98,000.00) for improvements and the resurfacing of Grandview Road of which Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) will come from State Highway Block Grant money and the balance of Sixty Eight Thousand Dollars ($68,000.00) to be raised from taxation. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Cemetery Trustees as agents to expend from the New Cemetery Capital Reserve (CIP 023).

 

ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate up to Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000.00) to work on the New Cemetery. These funds are to come from the New Cemetery Capital Reserve (CIP 023) and not from taxation. Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 26: To see if the Town will vote to create a General Cemetery Maintenance Trust Fund under the provisions of

RSA 31:19-a for the purpose of using the interest from this fund for cemetery maintenance. Furthermore, to raise and appropriate up to Five Thousand, Two Hundred Dollars ($5,200.00) towards this purpose with said funds coming from General Cemetery Maintenance Trust Fund held by the Trustees of Trust Funds since establishment in 1996. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Cemetery Trustees as agents to expend from the General Maintenance Trust Fund established in 1996.

 

ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) to be added to the Cemetery Fence Capital Reserve (CIP 024) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a three year contract for Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000.00) for the purpose of Digital Parcel Mapping (CIP 038), and to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty Three Thousand, Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars ($23,333.00) for the first year’s payment. Future payments of Twenty Three Thousand, Three Hundred Thirty Three Dollars ($23,333.00) for 2009 and Twenty Three Thousand, Three Hundred Thirty Four Dollars ($23,334.00) for 2010 will appear in the budget for 2009 and 2010. This contract has an escape clause. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

ARTICLE 30: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to allow one percent (1%) discount on property taxes paid in full within ten (10) days of the issue.

 

ARTICLE 31: To transact any other business that may legally come before this Town Meeting.

 

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Everett Thurber, Chairman

 

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Mary Grenier

 

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Edward Sauer

 

Lempster Board of Selectmen