2016 TOWN WARRANT

TOWN of LEMPSTER

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE


To the voters 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 Lempster Community School in said Lempster on Tuesday, the 8th day of March, 2016 at three thirty (3:30 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.  


Barbara Richards, Moderator Pro-tem, opened the Polls at 3:30 pm. The following were elected: Mary Grenier, Board of Selectmen; Mary Fellows, Treasurer; James Grenier, Auditor; David Richards, Planning Board; Cheryl McGinnis, Cemetery Trustee; Alvin McNeill, Jr., James Beard and Janice Brehio, Library Trustees; Sharron Wallace and Sharon Perry, Supervisors of the Checklist; Michael Shklar, Moderator; Barbara Parker, Trustee of Trust Funds.


 

ARTICLE 2: To receive all reports and act thereon.


Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier Motion passed



ARTICLE 3:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.000.00 (Gross Budget) for the purpose of reconstruction and repaving of Mountain Road from Route 10 to the Washington Town Line and to authorize the issuance of not more than $1,000,000.00 of bonds and notes in accordance with the provision of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33) and to authorize the Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (2/3 ballot vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber Questions from the audience were addressed by the Selectboard. The question was called and seconded. Paper ballot results were 73 Yes, 23 No. Article 3 passed by more than the required 2/3 majority.



ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,165,144.00 for the purpose of General Municipal Operations. This article does not include appropriations contained in special or individual articles addressed separately. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

     

Executive $ 78,715.00

Election and Registration     76,800.00

Financial Administration   14,325.00

Appraisal of Property    26,000.00

Legal Expenses                         15,000.00

Personnel Administration 199,850.00

Planning Board   15,000.00

General Government Buildings   16,000.00

Cemeteries     4,500.00

Insurance Property & Liability-all Depts.    17,000.00

Contingency   13,455.00

Police Budget   55,000.00

Ambulance Service   12,000.00

Rescue Squad   15,671.00

Fire Department   49,620.00

Building Inspection                                              1,900.00

Emergency Management/Forest Fire                13,500.00

Highway Department                   362,800.00

Street Lights         850.00

Solid Waste   70,000.00

Health Officer/ Supplies     1,700.00

Animal Control     3,000.00

Southwest Community Services     1,598.00

West Central Services     1,200.00

Sullivan Nutrition     1,022.00

Visiting Nurse     3,194.00

Community Alliance     1,500.00

Newport Food Pantry     1,000.00

Connecticut Valley Home Care         250.00

Direct Assistance     7,000.00     

Parks and Recreation     2,500.00

Library   19,500.00

Patriotic Purposes                     500.00

Conservation Commission     5,100.00

Bonds and Notes Principal   46,667.00

Bonds and Notes Interest   11,427.00


Motion: Ms. Bjork Second: Mr. Thurber Selectman Grenier indicated that the operating budget reflected an increase of 2.4%. The Board answered questions from the audience about the Contingency line item. Article 4 passed by a show of hands.


ARTICLE 5:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to be added to the Emergency Communication and Power Generation Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 004) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Sauer Mr. Richards spoke briefly regarding the efforts to provide emergency power & communication to the Town’s buildings. Article 5 passed by show of hands.



ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 to be added to the Emergency Response Capital Reserve (CIP 051) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Richards Second: Mr. Fairweather Article 6 passed



ARTICLE 7:  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for Forest Fire Equipment, with said funds to come from a Dept. of Resources and Economic Development Grant.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: D. Richards Second: J. Richards Passed by voice vote.




ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to be added to the Emergency Water Supply System Capital Reserve (CIP 006) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)  


Motion: Mr. Thomas Second: Mrs. Grenier Chief Thomas spoke briefly of the importance of emergency water supply sources throughout the Town. He mentioned Richardson Brook Pond & Dodge Pond as active projects. Article 8 passed by show of hands.


ARTICLE 9:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000.00 for the purchase of an anti-fracture unit for the Lempster Fire Department.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Thomas Second: Mr. Moulton Chief Thomas explained the purpose of the anti-fracture unit; then answered numerous questions from the audience. The question was called and seconded. Article 9 passed by a show of hands.



ARTICLE 10:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to be added the Fire Department Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 036) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Thomas Second: C. Richards Chief Thomas spoke briefly of the need to replace and update equipment. Article 10 passed by a show of hands.



ARTICLE 11:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 to be added to the Rescue Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 052) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Thomas Second: C. Richards Chief Thomas spoke briefly of the need to replace and update equipment. Article 11 passed by a show of hands.



ARTICLE 12:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000.00 to be added to the Town Building Repair Expendable Trust (CIP 012) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Ms. Bjork Article 12 passed by voice vote.



ARTICLE 13:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000.00 to be added to the Municipal Buildings Complex Capital Reserve (CIP 010) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mr. Thurber Mr. Tremblay proposed to amend the amount from $25,000 to $20,000 which was seconded by an unidentified individual. The amendment was passed. Article 13 passed as amended by a show of hands.


Moderator Shklar closed the polls at 7:55 pm.


ARTICLE 14:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $28,317.00 for the work on the Town Hall/Meetinghouse with $21,200.00 to come from the 2013 LCHIP Grant for this purpose and up to $7,117.00 to come from the December 31 fund balance.  No amount to be raised by taxation.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required.)


Motion: Mr. Rodeschin Second: Mr. Tremblay Article passed by voice vote.



ARTICLE 15:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 to be added to the Town Hall/Meetinghouse Restoration Capital Reserve (CIP 030) previously established.  This sum is to come from the December 31 fund balance.  No amount to be raised by taxation. These funds came from the LCHIP Monitoring Report check received in 2015.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Rodeschin Second: Mr. Fairweather   Article passed by voice vote.



ARTICLE 16:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000.00 to be added to the Town Hall/Meetinghouse Capital Reserve (CIP 030) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Rodeschin Second: Mr. Tremblay Mr. Rodeschin reviewed the ongoing projects at the Lempster Meeting House which include a handicap ramp and repairing the exterior doors. Article 16 passed by show of hands.



ARTICLE 17:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 to be added to the Town Office Info Technology Capital Reserve (CIP 037) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier Article passed.



ARTICLE 18:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 to be added to the 250th Anniversary Capital Reserve (CIP 045) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)  


Motion: B. Richards Second: C. Richards Barbara Richards indicated that she & Laura Pinkney would be co-chairing the planning committee for Lempster’s 250th anniversary celebration to be held in 2017. She invited anyone interested in helping with the plans to attend a meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm at the Lempster Meeting House. No discussion. Article passed by voice vote.



ARTICLE 19:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000.00 to be added to the Town Bridge Repair and Reconstruction Expendable Trust (CIP 018) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Sauer Mr. Thurber indicated two bridges that would be requiring attention this year. (Mountain Rd over the Ashuelot and Crescent Lake Rd over Cold River) Article 19 passed by show of hands.



ARTICLE 20:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000.00 to be added to the Town Highway Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 026) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier Article passed.



ARTICLE 21:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000.00 to be added to the Road Repair and Reconstruction Capital Reserve (CIP 048) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier Article passed.




ARTICLE 22:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,250.00 for the purpose of the fourth payment of the lease-purchase of the Highway Department Backhoe (CIP 049).  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Ms. Richards Second: Mr. Sauer Article passed.



ARTICLE 23:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 to be added to the Transfer Station Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 021) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber Article passed.



ARTICLE 24:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 to be added to the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve (CIP 022) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber Article passed.



ARTICLE 25:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 to be added to the New Cemetery Capital Reserve (CIP 023) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Ms. Stamatakis Second: Mr. Wirkkala Article passed.



ARTICLE 26:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $12,900.00 to remove three trees in the cemetery.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Ms. McGinnis Second: Ms. Stamatakis Ms. Stamatakis, Cemetery Trustee, spoke about the need to remove three large trees that are in danger of damaging stones in the oldest part of the East Lempster Cemetery. She reviewed the efforts of the Trustees to find the most economical option for the trees removal that would have the least negative impact on the stones and plots. She answered several questions from the audience. Article 26 passed by show of hands.


ARTICLE 27:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 to be added to the Cemetery Tree Management Capital Reserve (CIP 047) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Ms. McGinnis Second: Mr. Wirkkala Ms. Stamatakis indicated that additional tree work would be needed in the Cemetery. Article passed.



ARTICLE 28:  To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the following Capital Reserve Funds. Said funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the municipality’s general fund.  (Majority vote required)  Forest Fire Truck Capital Reserve (CIP 005) and Fire Pumper Capital Reserve (CIP 008).


Motion: Mr. Thurber Second: Mrs. Grenier Mrs. Richards indicated that there was a total of $4.31 to be transferred from the two CIP accounts. Article passed by voice vote. 


ARTICLE 29:  To see if the Town will vote to establish a Special Forest Maintenance Fund under the terms of RSA31:113 with 10% of funds from Timber Harvest of the Town Forest, up to $5,000.00, going into the fund and the remainder going into the Town’s General Fund.  (Majority vote required)


Motion to amend: Mr. Sauer     Second: Mrs. Grenier    The amendment is to be as follows: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Special Forest Maintenance Fund under the terms of RSA31:113 with 100% of funds from Timber Harvest and other agricultural endeavors of the Town Forest going into the Special Forest Maintenance Fund. The motion to amend was passed by a show of hands. Questions as to why a special fund needed to be established were addressed by the Selectboard. Article 29, as amended, was passed by a show of hands



ARTICLE 30:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $29,945.00 for the purpose of repairing the rafters and painting the Miner Memorial Library with said funds to come from an LCHIP grant for this purpose.  This special warrant article will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until the rafters and painting is completed or by December 31, 2021, whichever is sooner.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Tremblay      Article passed.



ARTICLE 31:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for the purpose of supporting Old Home Day events.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)


Motion: C. Richards Second: Mr. Tremblay Article passed.





ARTICLE 32:  Shall the Town modify the provisions of RSA 72:9-a for elderly exemption from property tax in the Town of Lempster, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows:  for a person 65 years of age up to 75 years, $40,000.00; for a person 75 years of age up to 80 years, $60,000.00; for a person 80 years of age or older, $80,000.00.  To qualify the person must have been a New Hampshire resident for at least 3 consecutive years; own the real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate is owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married to each other for at least 5 consecutive years.  In addition, the taxpayer must have a net income of not more than $18,000.00, or if married, a combined net income of not more than than $26,000.00;, which includes social security and pension payments; and own net assets not in excess of $70,000.00 excluding the value of the person’s residence. (Majority vote required)


Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber The Selectboard pointed out that the only change being made to the established Elderly Exemption Credit is to increase the income limits to $18,000 for single and $26,000 for married taxpayers. Town Clerk, Gayle Newton, indicated that Mrs. Richards, Deputy Clerk, had surveyed other towns in the area to determine what income limits were used for their Elderly Exemption Credits. The results showed that Lempster’s were lower in comparison. Article 32 passed by a show of hands.



ARTICLE 33:  To transact any other business that may legally come before this Town Meeting.


Motion to adjourn: D. Richards     Second: C. Richards     Motion to adjourn passed.






      Gayle Newton, Town Clerk