Town Meeting Results

by on March 13, 2012 in Town Government, Voting


ARTICLES OF A GENERAL NATURE

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

2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $301,876 to be raised by taxes. This is to defray Town charges for the year ensuing. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. 3-0 [an amendment - vote, NO]  [vote on the article YES]

3: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,600 for support of the town library with all expenses above that amount to be paid directly by income from the Library Memorial Fund or other sources.. (In 2011 the total amount raised by taxes was $20,600). The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. 3-0 [vote YES]

4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,481 for support of social service agencies which provide assistance to Nelson residents. The agencies chosen to receive funds are: Home Health Care ($550), Monadnock Family Services ($831), The Keene Community Kitchen, Inc. ($1,500) and Southwestern Community Services ($600). The Selectmen recommend these appropriations. 3-0 (In 2011, these same agencies received contributions from the town in the amount of $3478). [vote - YES]

5: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of $25,000 to be added to the Town Buildings Capital Reserve Fund. No withdrawals may be made from the fund except by vote of the town. The selectmen recommend this appropriation. 3-0 (The 2011 appropriation was $10,000). The fund balance on 12/31/2011 was $73,117. [vote - YES]

6: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000 to be added to the Milfoil Prevention and Treatment Expendable Trust Fund. The Conservation Commission approves this article. The Selectmen recommend this appropriation. 3-0 The fund balance as of 12/31/2011 was $17,372. [vote - YES]

7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $823 used for hazardous waste collections for 2012 and 2013 consisting of 24 collection dates. The Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - YES]

 
ARTICLES DEALING WITH SERVICE AND PROTECTION

8: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $14,500 as subsidy for ambulance service for the ensuing year, it being understood that residents will still be charged for individual calls. (The appropriation for 2011 was $10,428.29). Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - YES]

9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $30,338 for the proper expenses of the Fire Department and Rescue Squad. (The 2011 appropriation was $15,000). Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - YES]

10: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500 for the purpose of fighting forest fires. This sum to come from reimbursement from the NH State Fire Warden and no amount will be raised through taxation. The Department of Revenue Administration recommends this method of accounting so as not to impact the Fire Department’s operating budget. The Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - YES]

11: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000 to be added to the Fire Equipment Capital Reserve Fund, for the purpose of Fire Apparatus for the fire department. No  withdrawals may be made from this Fund except by vote of the Town and upon recommendation of  the Fire Chief. The Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 The fund balance as of 12/31/2011 was Approximately $181,490 [vote - YES]

12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500 for the proper expenses for Emergency Management. This article is recommended by the Nelson Emergency Management Director and by Board of Selectmen. 3-0 [vote - YES]

13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $41,400 for the proper expenses of the Police Department. (The appropriation for 2011 was $37,000). The Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - YES]

14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000 for the purpose of patrols performed by the Nelson Police Department for the State of NH, Cheshire County, Sheriff’s Office and other authorized municipal entities. This sum to come from offsetting grants and no amount will be raised through taxation. The Selectmen recommend this article 3-0 [vote - YES]

15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Police Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. No withdrawals may be made from this fund except by vote of the Town and with the recommendation of the Police Chief. The selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 The fund balance as of 12/31/11 was Approximately $10,552. [vote - YES]

16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the proper expenses of the Agricultural Commission. The Selectmen recommend this article 3-0 [vote - YES]

17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,200 for maintenance of Head Stones in the Town’s Cemeteries. The total sum to be raised by taxes. The Selectmen recommend this article 3-0 [vote - YES]

 

ARTICLES DEALING WITH ROADS

18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $243,150.00 for the purpose of maintenance of highways and bridges for ensuing year’s budget with $37,390.67 anticipated coming from Highway Block Grant Aid. The rest ($205,759.33) to be raised by taxes. In 2011 the sum of ($175,816.98) was raised by taxes. The Selectmen Recommend this appropriation 3-0 [vote - YES]

19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to the Road  Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. It is understood that no withdrawals may be made from this fund for the purchase of road equipment except by vote of the town upon recommendation of the Road Equipment Committee. The fund balance on 12/31/11 was Approximately $11,706 The Road Equipment Committee (which includes the Selectmen) recommends this appropriation The Selectmen recommend this article 3-0 [vote - YES]

ARTICLES DEALING WITH PLANNING & ZONING

20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $802 for dues to belong to the Southwest Region Planning Commission. ($731 in 2011) The Selectmen recommend this article 3-0 [vote - YES]

21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000 to be used to fund a Condition Assessment with Preservation Guidelines for the Nelson Town Hall and Old School House. The total cost of this project not to exceed $7,000 with $3,500 being raised by taxes and $3,500 coming in the form of a matching grant from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  Nelson has been approved for the grant but the money will not be awarded without matching funds from the town. The Selectmen recommend this article. 3-0 [vote YES]

OTHER ARTICLES
WARRANT ARTICLES BY PETITION

22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate up to $1500 to support the expenses of three Nelson School students @ $500 each from grades five or six to attend Summer Village 2012 (in Nelson Village). This money would only be spent for children who actually apply to and attend the program. The Selectmen do not recommend this article. 3-0 [vote - amended change capital S to small s in "School", YES]

23: To see if the Town will vote to require the Selectmen, and all Town Officers and Employees to provide to the Auditor, for the purpose of examination and audit required by law, all town financial records (including digital data in that format) as requested by the Auditor. If direct  access to original documents is required by the Auditor, an appointed time will be scheduled for  that access. No original documents shall be required to leave the town offices. Copies of the documents requested by the auditor may be provided instead of original documents, provided  the auditor agrees. Privacy and confidentiality laws (RSA 91-A:5) will be adhered to by the Auditor. [vote -YES]

24: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to permit Town Residents to use the Common Room in the Safety Building for meetings and small gatherings; it being understood that should an emergency arise such that the room is required, Residents scheduled to use the room would be contacted by the person designated by that group to cancel their meeting or event as would be necessary. Permission to use the space would use the same policies that are currently in place for other Town spaces.  [vote - NO]

25: To see if the Town will vote to require the selectmen to deposit the official records of the town, not immediately needed in the course of their duties, with the town clerk as required under RSA 41:58 by April 1, 2012. The town clerk shall have access to the records independently of any other persons or governing body. Further that the town clerk shall establish procedures that allow reasonable access for the public at least during the hours the clerk is ordinarily available to the public in the town office. [vote – (written ballot) 64 – YES / 54 – NO

26: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint a Study Committee of not more than 4 Nelson residents to do the following:
* Attend all meetings of the board of selectmen.
* Record the proceedings of those meetings for the purpose of understanding the activities and associated time requirements of the office
*Recommend efficiencies to the board of selectmen as they may come to the attention of the committee.
*Report to the Town of Nelson, at the March 2013 Town Meeting, making recommendations for any changes in administrative staffing or in the number of members of the board of selectmen, that it believes to be in the best interests of the Town. The term of the Study Committee will end at the adjournment of the 2013 Nelson Town Meeting.
[vote NO]

To transact any other business or discuss other warrant proposals as may legally be brought before the meeting.

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