Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 13
Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. , uses a hand auger to bore a hole in a maple tree to gather sap at The Maple Guys farm Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Lyndeborough, N.H. The tapping of maple trees is a ceremonial start by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association to the maple syrup season. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Voters Approve $38.9M Kearsarge Budget
New London — All three articles on the Kearsarge Regional School District ballot passed during Town Meeting on Tuesday.
Voters, 1540 to 862, approved the $38.9 million operating budget, which represents a 4.4 percent increase over the current year’s spending.
Salary, wages and benefits were driving factors behind the increase.
On a vote of 1891-792, voters OK’d placing $25,000 into a previously established Special Education Expendable Trust Fund for the purpose of unforeseen special education costs.
Voters also approved, 1925 to 757, putting up to $50,000 into the School Building Maintenance Fund to cover repairs, unanticipated utility costs and to maintain school buildings or equipment.
The money will only go into those two funds if there is a budget surplus at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
In contested races, in Warner, N.H., Joseph Mendola won a three-year seat to the School Board over Janice Loz, 292 votes to 213 votes.
Also for School Board, in Bradford, N.H., Andrew Pinard won a race against write-in candidate Miriam D’Angona, 231-120 votes.
Hartford School Board Meeting Rescheduled
Hartford — Officials said the School Board meeting that was slated to be held Wednesday night has been rescheduled for Monday.
Superintendent Tom DeBalsi said the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hartford High School cafeteria.
The agenda for next week’s meeting will include every item that was on the March 12 meeting agenda, Debalsi said. He added that the March 17 agenda will be developed Friday, and that additional items may be added to it.
The School Board plans to elect a board chair and clerk, and discuss how to use the roughly $1.5 million left under the school’s portion of the $9 million recreation bond passed at Town Meeting last year, among other items.
Route 132 in Strafford to Be Closed During Parade
Strafford — A portion of Route 132 in Strafford will be closed for a brief period of time on Saturday evening to ensure the safety of students participating in the winter lantern parade.
Newton School PTA Arts Committee member Leslie Berger said the parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for approximately 15 minutes, during which time a section of the road near the school will close down. The assistant town clerk confirmed the road closure on Wednesday afternoon.
The parade will begin at the gymnasium, head toward Barrett Memorial Hall and turn left to wind back around onto school grounds, ending at the gymnasium.
Two years ago, Berger said a similar parade was held. This year, teachers at the school helped students make the lanterns, which will be shown on Saturday.
“It’s very cool,” Berger said, adding a percussion ensemble and an ice cream social will also occur at the school on Saturday evening.
Enfield Zoning Changes OK’d
Enfield — Voters approved all seven zoning amendments on Tuesday, but voters will wait to vote on the budget and all other warrant articles on Saturday.
Enfield’s election results were unavailable Tuesday night because the town had to print an additional 371 paper ballots and count those by hand. Enfield Town Clerk Carolee Higbee said she and others were at Town Hall until 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
There were 1,476 votes cast, 281 more than last year. There are 2,967 people on the voter checklist, meaning nearly 50 percent of Enfield voters came to the polls.
Annabelle Bamforth, Gayle Hulva and Mike Lorrey were elected to three-year terms on the budget committee. Holly Plumley West ran as a write-in, but fell 48 votes short.
The zoning amendments that passed were mainly technical definitions that added definitions for driveway, streets, subdivision major and minor and added consistency.
All other articles, including the budget, will be discussed and voted on at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at the Enfield Village School gym.
— Staff reports