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No Return to March Meeting in New London

New London — A petition article to return the annual Town Meeting to March was defeated by voters, 119-107 at this year’s town meeting on Wednesday.

All of the other articles were approved, though two passed with amendments.

The public safety budget of $1,643,513, as recommended by the budget committee, was amended and approved at $1,651,599. Voters earlier defeated an amount that would have been $14,000 more and in line with the Selectboard’s recommendation.Also amended was the proposed debt service figure. Because the first year bond payment for the town’s obligation for the Sunapee wastewater project is not due until next year, voters approved a reduction in debt service from about $561,000 to nearly $283,000.

Approved as proposed were the general government budget of $1.17 million; the highway, streets and sanitation budget of $2.38 million; health and welfare, $201,000; recreation, $640,500; and the capital and non-capital reserve funds, $504,000.

Voters also passed articles for the purchase and repair of fire, police and highway vehicles, building repairs and sidewalk paving improvements, and the purchase of communications equipment and historical items.

Included in the approved budgets was the $670,000 Elkins Sidewalk and Streetscape project, most of which will be paid for with a grant of $536,000. The balance will come from reserve funds.

Petition articles to create a committee to study single stream recycling and have the town adopt a resolution calling for the state Legislature and Congress to work to overturn the Supreme Court decision Citizens United, were approved.