TOWN WARRANT

TOWN of LEMPSTER

STATE of NEW HAMPSHIRE

2010

 

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 9th day of March, 2010 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.

 

               Election Results: Selectman, Mary E. Grenier; Planning Board, Terry Spada; Moderator, Michael Shklar; Treasurer, Kimberly Jordan; Auditor, James Grenier; Supervisor of Checklist, Madeline Ferland; Cemetery Trustee, Yorick Hurd; Trustee of Trust Funds, Phillip Tirrell; Library Trustees, Susan Lichty, David Diehl, James Beard.

 

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($850,000.00) (Gross Budget) for the construction and original equipping of a fire station at 929 US Route 10, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $850,000.00 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. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation.  (2/3 ballot vote required).

 

Motion: Mr. McNeil        Second: Ms. Newton

 

Mr. Tirrell presented details on Article 2. Mr. Hooper, from LaValley Building Supply, was present and will be allowed to answer questions about the project. Questions concerning a 10 or 15 year term as apposed to a 25 or 30 year bond was asked by Mrs. Goodspeed. Mr. Tirrell presented information regarding the impact on taxes; he stated there would be increase of 33 cents per 1000 dollars of property value. Members of the audience wanted to know if Lempster or local builders would be used for the project if the article passed. The answer was Lempster builders would be given priority consideration. If no Lempster business was available to fulfill a particular need, then local area businesses would be considered. Several additional questions concerning the bidding process were addressed. Mr. Howard asked about the contamination present at the site on the North end of the property. Mrs. Grenier and Mr. Thurber responded. Mr. Haydon spoke in favor of the article; he pointed out that the fixed interest rate of 3.2% would probably not remain available in the future. Mr. Grenier called the question; the motion was seconded and was passed by voice vote.

 

The initial paper ballot count was reported as 123 yes; 58 no, thereby passing Article 2 with a 2/3 majority of 67%. Several requests for a recount of the paper ballots prompted Moderator Shklar to appoint Chris Clark as official observer of a recount. The result of the recount revealed an error in the initial tally. Following several recounts of the ballots, the correct count was 124 yes; 68 no. A 2/3 majority was not achieved. Article 2 was defeated.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 3: To receive all reports and act thereon.

 

Motion: Mr. Diehl. Second: Mr. McGinnis. Article passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Nine Hundred Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Seven Dollars ($909,827.00) for the purpose of General Town Operations. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

Executive                                                                 $126,470.00

Election and Registration                                                  7,075.00

Financial Administration                                                    2,000.00

Legal Expenses                                                                   2,500.00

Employee Benefits                                132,310.00

Planning Board                                                                     15,000.00

General Government Buildings                         15,000.00

Appraisal of Property                                                          26,044.00

Conservation Commission                                            1,600.00

Cemeteries                                                             6,000.00

Insurance Property & Liability-all Depts        17,500.00

Contingency                                                                          5,000.00

Police Budget                                                                       56,000.00

Health Officer/ Supplies                                                     1,500.00

Ambulance Service                                              5,000.00

Fire Department                                                                   42,600.00

Rescue Squad                                                                      16,960.00

Building Inspection 1,900.00

Emergency Management/Forest Fire                            2,400.00

Highway Department                                           278,950.00

Street Lights                                                                          650.00

Solid Waste                                                                           90,000.00

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                                                         1,500.00

Library                                                                                     15,485.00

Patriotic Purposes                                                500.00

Digital Parcel Mapping                                                       23,333.00

CPA                                                                                         3,000.00

 

Motion: Mr. Grenier                       Second: Mr. McNeill

 

Selectperson Grenier reviewed the operating budget, noting that the total was $142.00 less than last year. Increases to the executive budget and employee benefits were explained. Moderator Shklar asked for a show of hands on Article 4. Article 4 passed.

 

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Dollars (2,350.00) for the purchase of forest fire hose packs, light weight forest fire hose, and light weight nozzles. Lempster Forest Fire has secured a grant for half of this amount One Thousand One Hundred Seventy Five dollars ($1,175.00) from the Department of Resources and Economic Development’s annual forest fire grant program for this purpose and the remaining One Thousand One Hundred Seventy Five Dollars ($1,175.00) to come from taxation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Richards     Second: Mrs. Clark        Article passed by show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 6: 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 Fund (CIP 005) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Richards     Second: Ms. Chadwick               Article passed by show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 7: 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 Emergency Water Supply System Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 006) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Ms. Chadwick                 Second: Mr. Adams     

 

Mr. Tirrell indicated this article would put aside money to install additional dry hydrants in Town, near natural water supplies. Article passed by a show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 8: 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 Fire Pumper Capital Reserve (CIP 008) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. McNeil Second: John Thomas

 

Ms. Chadwick asked that Article 8 be passed over until the result of Article 2 was determined. The motion to Passover Article 8 was seconded by Mr. Onnela and passed by the voters. Moderator Shklar returned to Article 8 following the defeat of Article 2. A motion by Ms. Chadwick and a second by Mr. Tirrell opened the article to discussion. Article 8 passed by 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 Rescue Truck Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 011) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Tirrell Second: Mrs. McNeill

 

James Tremblay moved to table Article 9 until the result of a paper ballot vote was determined on Article 2. Motion seconded by Mr. Onnela. The motion to table Article 9 was passed.

 

Following the defeat of Article 2, the Moderator returned to Article 9. A motion by Mr. McNeill, seconded by Mr. Tirrell opened the article for discussion. Mr. Tirrell proposed to amend Article 9 from $25,000 to $875,000.00; seconded by Mr. Thomas. Mr. Shklar pointed out that the entire amount of the proposal would have to be placed in CIP011 whose expressed purpose is the purchase of a Rescue Truck. Mrs. Grenier added that the entire amount would have to be placed in the account in the upcoming year. A quick calculation by Mr. Grenier, revealed passage of this amendment could increase the tax rate for 2010 approximately $5.00 per $1000. Moderator Shklar called for a vote on the proposed amendment. It was defeated unanimously.

 

ARTICLE 10: 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 Building Repair Expendable Trust Fund (CIP 012) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Ms. Newton      Second: Mrs. Cilley Article passed by show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 11: 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 Municipal Buildings Complex Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 010) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. MacPhee

 

               Mrs. Grenier moved to pass over Article 11 pending the result of voting on Article 2. Motion to pass over was passed by show of hands.

 

               Following the defeat of Article 2 the moderator returned to Article 11. A motion by Mrs. Grenier and a second by Ms. Lichty opened the discussion. A motion by Ms. Duggan-Haydon, seconded by Mr. Grenier, to amend the amount from $10,000.00 to $875,000.00 was defeated. Article 11 passed by a show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty Eight Thousand Dollars ($48,000.00) towards the Town Hall/Meetinghouse Restoration (CIP 030) Phase II which includes restrooms, septic and water. If this article passes, article 13 will be passed over. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Rodeschin Second: Mr. Wirkkala

 

Kirt Wirkkala spoke in support of the Lempster Meeting House. He noted that the building and the restoration efforts were featured in a local area magazine. Mr. Hurd spoke in favor of Article 12. Mr. Quimby proposed an amendment, reducing the amount to $8000; motion seconded by Mr. Onnela. Following some discussion, Mr. Quimby changed his motion to amend from $8000 to $10,000. Amendment passes. Mr. Onnela called the question, seconded by Mr. Onnela, the younger. Motion to cease debate passed. Mr. Rodeschin asked for clarification as to whether the funds voted on in this Article have to be spent during this fiscal year. It was determined that yes; the funds would have to be spent this year. If the voters wanted to put money aside, then this article should be defeated. A voice vote defeated Article 12.

 

ARTICLE 13: 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 Fund (CIP 030) previously established. If article 12 passes, this article will be passed over. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required) Note: This appropriation will not be needed if the previous article passes.

 

Motion: Mr. Rodeschin Second: Mr. Adams

 

Mr. Richards asked if the Selectmen were agents to expend from CIP 030. The Selectmen are agents to expend. Mr. Onnela, the younger, called the question, seconded by Mrs. LaBounty. Motion to call the question passed by voice vote. Article 13 passes by voice vote.

 

 

ARTICLE 14: 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 Office Information Technology System Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 037) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Sauer Article 14 passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 15: 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 Bridge Repair and Reconstruction Expendable Trust Fund (CIP 018) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber Article 15 passed by show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 16: 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 Fund (CIP 031) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mr. Grenier

 

Discussion of the pros and cons of buying versus renting roller equipment took place. Mr. McNeill called the question; seconded by Mr. Onnela. Motion to call question passed. Article 16 was defeated by a show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 17: 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 Fund (CIP 029) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier Article 17 passed by a show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 18: 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 Plow Truck Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 032) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Sauer Second: Mrs. Grenier

 

James Tremblay moved to reduce the amount in this article to $15,000. Motion seconded by Mr. Quimby. Amendment passed by show of hands. Article 18 passed as amended by a show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to enter into a five year lease purchase agreement for up to Eighty Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00) for the purpose of purchasing a backhoe (CIP 043) for the highway department and to raise and appropriate up to the sum of Seventeen Thousand Dollars ($17,000.00) for the first year’s payment This lease purchase contains an escape clause. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Mrs. Grenier, for the Board of Selectmen, withdrew this article from consideration.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) for the improvements of approximately one mile of Long Pond Road previously paved of which Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) will come from State Highway Block Grant money and the balance of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) to be raised from taxation. (Majority vote required) A paper ballot vote had been requested on this article prior to the beginning of the meeting.

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Schur

Result of the paper ballot vote was: Yes 81; No 62. Article 20 passed by a simple majority.

 

ARTICLE 21: 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 Fund (CIP 021) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. McNeill Second: Mr. Brookens Article 21 passed by show of hands.

 

ARTICLE 22: 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 Fund (CIP 022) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier Second: Mr. Thurber Article 22 passed by show of hands.

 

(At this point in the meeting, the tape which was recording the meeting ran out. The second tape broke when put in the recorder. No recording is available of the remainder of the meeting. G. Newton, Clerk)

 

ARTICLE 23: 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 New Cemetery Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 023) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Diehl            Second: Mr. Hurd                          Article passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 24: 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 Fund (CIP 024) previously established. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. Diehl            Second: Mr. Hurd                          Article passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Radio Reprogramming Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 040) under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of reprogramming Emergency Services radios 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: Mr. Tirrell           Second: Ms. Chadwick              

 

Mr. McNeill made a motion to include the municipality’s radios in this article also. Motion was seconded by an unidentified individual. A motion to cease debate was made by Mr. Onnela and seconded by Mrs. Durgin. The motion to cease debate passed. The article was passed as amended.

 

ARTICLE 26: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Radio Reprogramming Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 040). (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mr. McNeill Seconded: Mr. Sturgeon               Article 26 passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Library Roof Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 041) under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for the purpose of replacing or repairing the Library Roof 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: Mr. Diehl            Second: Mr. Hurd           Article 27 passed by show of hands.

 

 

ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Library Trustees as agents to expend from the Library Roof Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 041). (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. Cilley                        Second: Unidentified     Article 28 passed.

 

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to change the name and purpose of the Town History Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 013) to the Town Records Preservation Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of preserving town records. (2/3 vote required)

 

Motion: Ms. Newton                     Second: Ms. Kerr                          Article 29 passed with 2/3 majority

 

ARTICLE 30: To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Town Records Preservation Capital Reserve Fund (CIP 013). (Majority vote required)

Motion: Unidentified by Moderator Second: Unidentified by Moderator Article passed.

 

ARTICLE 31: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Hundred Fifty Dollars ($850.00) to be added to the Fire Department Equipment Capital Reserve (CIP 036) previously established and to authorize the use of the December 31 fund balance for this purpose. These funds came from the sale of Fire Department Equipment in 2009. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. (Majority vote required.)

 

Motion: Ms. Chadwick Second: Mr. McNeill  Article 31 passed

 

ARTICLE 32: To see if the Town will vote to adopt a blind exemption in the amount of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00) in accordance with RSA 72:27-a. (Majority vote required.)

 

Motion: Mrs. Grenier     Second: Mr. Thurber      Article 32 passed.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 33: 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. (Majority vote required)

 

Motion: Mrs. McNeill     Second: Mr. Wirkkala

 

A motion by Ms. Duggan-Haydon to amend Article 33 to Eight hundred forty-nine thousand dollars ($849,000.00) (Gross Budget) for the construction and original equipping of a fire station at 929 US Route 10, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $849,000.00 of bonds and notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA Chapter 33) and to authorize the Selectmen is issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00) to support Old Home Day events. There was no second to this amendment.

 

Article 33 passed by voice vote in its original form.

 

ARTICLE 34: 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: Unidentified by Moderator          Second: Unidentified by Moderator

Article 34 passed by voice vote.

 

ARTICLE 35: To transact any other business that may legally come before this Town Meeting.

 

Several attempts were made to reintroduce Article 2 for consideration; however, there was no one who had voted against the article willing to move for reconsideration.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Onnela and seconded by an unidentified individual. Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

Gayle Newton

Town Clerk