2012 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 Goshen-Lempster school in said Lempster on Tuesday, the 13th day of March, 2012 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.  

Those elected were: Selectman: Ed Sauer; Treasurer: Kim Jordan; Auditor: James Grenier; Planning Board: R. Mark Adams and William Rodeschin; Supervisor of Checklist: Robert Cilley; Cemetery Trustee: David Diehl; Trustee of Trust Funds: Barbara Richards and Barbara Parker; Library Trustees: Ingrid Locher and Robert Cilley.

 

ARTICLE 2: To see if the municipality will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Thirteen Thousand Dollars ($513,000.00) (Gross Budget) for the construction and original equipping of a fire station at 929 Route 10, and to authorize the issuance of not more than Four Hundred Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($415,000.00) of bonds and notes in accordance with the provisions 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; furthermore, to authorize the withdrawal of Forty Eight Thousand Dollars ($48,000.00) from the Municipal Buildings Complex Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 010) and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) from the Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 042). The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (2/3 ballot vote required). 

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: David Loring

Selectman Sauer, James Grenier and David Loring discussed the aspects of this project using visual aids to address size, function and financing. Mr. Hurd called the question with a second from Mr. Stover. Paper ballot results were 141 in favor, 35 against. A 2/3 majority was achieved. Article 2 passed.

 

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($600,000.00) for the rebuilding of approximately one mile of Mountain Road and to authorize the issuance of not more than Six Hundred Thousand Dollars (600,000.00) of bonds and notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33) and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver such bonds or notes and to determine the interest rate thereon, and the maturity and other terms thereof as shall be in the best interest of the Town; to authorize the Selectmen to apply for, obtain and accept Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grants which may be available for such projects; and to authorize the Selectmen to take any other action or to pass any other vote related thereto.  It is anticipated that 75% of this appropriation will be covered by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and that upon receipt, these funds shall be applied to pay down the bonds or notes; and an anticipated 25% of this appropriation shall be the town’s matching share. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (2/3 majority ballot vote required) 

Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mr. Stover

Selectman Sauer and Barbara Richards provided those present with the details of this project. Paper ballot voting results were: 131 Yes, 38 No. Article 3 passed with more than a 2/3 majority.


ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) for the purpose of replacing three culverts and raising two sections of Lovejoy Road and to authorize the issuance of not more than Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) of bonds and notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33) and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver such bonds or notes and to determine the interest rate thereon, and the maturity and other terms thereof as shall be in the best interest of the Town; to authorize the Selectmen to apply for, obtain and accept Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grants which may be available for such projects; and to authorize the Selectmen to take any other action or to pass any other vote related thereto.  It is anticipated that 75% of this appropriation will be covered by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and that upon receipt, these funds shall be applied to pay down the bonds or notes; and an anticipated 25% of this appropriation shall be the town’s matching share. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (2/3 majority ballot vote required) 

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Sauer

Barbara Richards and Mr. Sauer explained the details of this project and answered questions from the audience. Paper ballot results: 127 Yes, 39 No. Article 4 passed by more than a 2/3 majority.


ARTICLE 5: To receive all reports and act thereon.

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mrs. Grenier Article 5 passed by voice vote.


ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Nine Hundred Forty One Thousand One Hundred Thirty Seven Dollars ($941,137.00) for the purpose of General Town Operations. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

     

     Executive             $ 135,495.00

     Election and Registration     8,300.00

     Financial Administration     5,000.00

     Legal Expenses     3,000.00

     Employee Benefits   143,650.00

     Planning Board   15,000.00

     General Government Buildings   14,650.00

     Appraisal of Property    26,000.00

     Conservation Commission     1,600.00

     Cemeteries     6,500.00

     Insurance Property & Liability-all Depts    17,500.00

     Contingency     5,000.00

     Police Budget   55,000.00

     Health Officer/ Supplies     1,500.00

     Ambulance Service     2,500.00

     Fire Department   44,625.00

     Rescue Squad   18,285.00

     Building Inspection                                               1,900.00

     Emergency Management/Forest Fire                   4,500.00

     Highway Department                   305,000.00

     Street Lights         650.00

     Solid Waste   90,475.00

     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     6,500.00

     Sullivan Nutrition         400.00

     Parks and Recreation     1,500.00

     Library   18,457.00

     Patriotic Purposes         500.00

Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mr. McNeill

Selectman Grenier reviewed the operating budget. No questions were raised. Article 6 passed by a show of hands. 


ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate Ninety Seven Thousand Dollars ($97,000.00) to be added to the following Capital Reserve and Expendable Trust Funds previously established:

Forest Fire Truck CIP 005     5,000.00

Fire Pumper CIP 008   30,000.00

Rescue Truck CIP 011   25,000.00

Town Office Info. Technology CIP 037      5,000.00

Plow Truck CIP 032   25,000.00

Highway Roller and Trailer CIP 031     3,000.00

Transfer Station CIP 021     1,000.00

Landfill Closure CIP 022     1,000.00

New Cemetery CIP 023     1,000.00

Cemetery Fence CIP 024     1,000.00

The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mrs. Grenier moved to amend article 7; reducing the amount to be raised and appropriated to $62,000. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fabrycky. The Fire Pumper CIP 008 was reduced to $10,000 and the Rescue Truck CIP 011 was reduced to $10,000. The article passed, as amended, by a show of hands.


ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) to be added to the Emergency Management Communications and Emergency Power Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 004) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required) Motion:  Mr. Richards Second: Mr. McNeill Mr. Richards stated that the purpose of the article was to continue to contribute to the Capital Reserved Fund in anticipation of a future need. Article 8 passed with a show of hands.


ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) to be added to the Town Building Repair Expendable Trust Fund (CIP 012) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. Thurber moved to amend the amount of the article to $10,000. Second: Mrs. McNeill

No questions were asked. Article 9 passed by a show of hands.


ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) to be added to the Town Hall/Meetinghouse Restoration Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 030) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required) 

Motion: Terry Spada Second: L. Bell Mr. Rodeschin spoke about the upcoming work to be done at the meeting house, which would include a security system, sprinklers and handicap access among other projects. The Town Clerk said that once handicap access was available, the meeting house could be used for primary and general elections rather than using the school. Mr. Grenier called the question which was seconded by an unidentified individual. The motion to cease debate was passed. Article 10 passed by a show of hands.


ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00) to be added to the Library Roof Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 041) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Beard Mr. Beard, Library Trustee, spoke briefly about the need to repair the Library roof. Mr. Irwin asked if a metal roof would make more sense. Since the Library is listed on the Historic Registry, a shingle roof would be more appropriate. Article 11 passed by a show of hands.

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) to be added to the Town Bridge Repair and Reconstruction Expendable Trust Fund (CIP 018) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. Fulton Second: Mrs. Grenier Article passed by show of hands.


ARTICLE 13:  To see if the Town will vote to discontinue the Radio Reprogramming Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 040).  Said funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the town’s general fund. Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. Onnela Second: Ms. Chadwick Article passed by voice vote.


ARTICLE 14:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($125,000.00) for improvements and resurfacing of Long Pond Road. (Majority vote required) Motion: Mr. Onnela Second: Unknown Paper ballot requested by sufficient number of registered voters. Highway Supervisor, Daryl Simino, was asked whether paving Long Pond Road this year would be a good idea. He said he felt it would be better if the Town were to wait at least a year due to the other work scheduled to be done on the road during 2012. Results were 43 Yes, 99 No. Article 14 was defeated.


ARTICLE 15:  To see if the Town will vote to discontinue completely One Thousand One Hundred Seventy Eight (1,178) feet of the public highway known as Bugbee Drive beginning at Lempster Street and going between properties located at Map 206 Lot 13, Map 206 Lot 14, Map 206 Lot 19.  The property will revert to the abutting property owners. (Majority vote required)

Motion: Moderator Shklar read article with an amendment, made by Selectman Grenier, as follows: To see if the Town will vote to discontinue completely One Thousand One Hundred Seventy Eight (1,178) feet of the public highway known as Bugbee Drive beginning at Lempster Street and going between properties located at Map 206 Lot 13, Map 206 Lot 14, and Map 206 Lot 19. The property will revert to the abutting property owners upon receipt of proper waivers of all claims against the Town for the discontinuance from the effected landowners. Second: Mr. McNeill Article 15 passed, as amended, by voice vote.


ARTICLE 16:  To see if the Town will vote to discontinue completely a section of the public highway known as Dam Road from the westerly line of property located at Map 241 Lot 74 One Hundred Twenty One (121) feet, more or less, to the easterly line of the property located on Map 241, Lot 74, with discontinued property reverting to Map 241 Lot 74. Henceforth, the remaining said Dam Road will run northerly from Long Pond Road Eighty Three (83) feet, more or less, in length and Ten (10) feet, more or less, in width to the beginning of the drive way to property located on Map 241 Lot 75.  Dam Road will also afford access to the property located on the westerly side of said Dam Road on Map 241, Lot 74.  Reference for this will be to the survey map of the Dubois property dated June 8, 2010 (Majority vote required) Motion: Mr. Ferland Second: Mr. Sauer 

The Selectmen answered questions about this article. Mr. Dubois stated he had absorbed all the costs related to the change in this right of way to the dam. Mr. Grenier called the question which was seconded by Mr. Fabrycky. The motion to cease debate passed. Article 16 passed by voice vote. 

ARTICLE 17:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to be agents to expend from the Fire Pumper Capital Reserve (CIP 008).  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Loring Article passed by voice vote.

ARTICLE 18:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to be agents to expend from the Rescue Truck Capital Reserve (CIP 011).  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Tirrell Article passed by voice vote.

ARTICLE 19:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to be agents to expend from the Landfill Closure Capital Reserve (CIP 022).  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. Onnela Second: Mr. Thurber Article passed by voice vote.

ARTICLE 20:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to be agents to expend from the Fire Station Capital Reserve (CIP 042).  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Tirrell Article passed by voice vote.

ARTICLE 21:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) for a portable generator and electric cord reels. Furthermore to authorize the acceptance of $3,750.00 from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management EMPG Grant for this purpose.  Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

This article was withdrawn at the request of the Fire Department.

ARTICLE 22:  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)

              Motion: Ms. Spada           Second: Ms. Pinkney       A motion to amend the amount of the article to $1500 

was made by Mr. McNeill. Seconded by unidentified individual.  Article 22 passed as amended by a show of hands.

ARTICLE 23:  To see if the Town will vote to establish a 250th Anniversary Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 045) under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of the town’s celebration in 2017 of Lempster’s charter and to raise and appropriate One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) to be placed in this fund.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Ms. Spada Second: Ms. McNeill Article 23 passed by show of hands.


ARTICLE 24:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to be agents to expend from the 250th Anniversary Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 045).  (Majority vote required)

Motion: Ms. McNeill Second: Mr. Grenier Passed by voice vote


ARTICLE 25:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) to be added to the Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 042) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)  This article will be passed over if Article 2 passes. Article 25 was withdrawn due to the passage of Article 2.


ARTICLE 26:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to be added to the Municipal Buildings Complex Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 010) previously established.  The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (Majority vote required)  

Article 26 was withdrawn at the request of the Selectmen.


ARTICLE 27: 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.

Motion: Mr. McNeill Second: Mr. Onnela Article 27 passed by show of hands.


ARTICLE 28: To transact any other business that may legally come before this Town Meeting.

Motion: Mr. Onnela Second: Mr. Goodspeed Article 28 passed by unanimous vote.








   Gayle Newton, Town Clerk