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New London Votes on New Selectboard Member

Voters Pass Seven Zoning Amendments

New London — Nancy Rollins won a three-way race for the New London Selectboard during Town Meeting voting with 650 votes on Tuesday.

Rollins outpolled businessman Douglas Homan, 452, and John Grosvenor Lewis, 12.

Voters also easily passed seven zoning amendments.

In other contested races, William Green, 621, Suzanne Jesseman, 577, and Christopher Lorio, 456, won three, three-year seats on the budget committee over Bruce Hudson, 428, and James Deangelis, 356.

For a pair of three-year seats for library trustee, John Garvey, 500, and Frank Anazlone, 360, defeated Marsha Johnson, 357, David Reeves, 235, and Marianne McEnrue, 229.

Rollins said by phone Tuesday night that she was impressed by the turnout.

“I think it was fabulous that over 1,000 people came out to vote,” she said.

Town meeting continues today with the floor meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Kearsarge Regional Middle School gymnasium. Among the articles to be debated, possibly amended, and voted on various department budgets including highway and streets, public safety, general government, recreation and debt service.

Town Administrator Kim Hallquist said last week that the articles dealing with the budgets and transfers into capital reserve funds represent an increase of 1.4 percent in spending from the current year.

However, because the debt service figure is less than what was printed on the warrant, Hallquist said she expects that figure to be reduced at Town Meeting before a vote. The change would lower the anticipated tax rate increase of 21 cents per $1,000 of assessed value that Hallquist said she projected if all spending passes.

Besides spending articles, voters will decided whether to return Town Meeting to March under article 17 and article 18 would create a study committee to consider the issue of single-stream recycling. Both of those articles appear by petition.

Turnout Tuesday was about 31 percent or 1,118 of the town’s 3,631 voters.