Town Meeting preview: Updates to town facilities on New London's ballot

Published: 03-13-2023 3:22 PM

Articles of note: One article asks whether voters will support a bond for $375,000 to purchase the former Bewley property on Newport Road for the site of a future municipal building. A separate article asks for $50,000 to develop a plan for a new police facility. Another article asks whether voters will support a bond for $275,000 in repairs to the Whipple Town Hall and the Buker Building.

Another article asks whether the town will adopt the New London Community Power Electric Aggregation Plan.

Five zoning changes also will go before voters: a clarification of the sign regulations; allowing electric vehicle charging stations by special exemption in the commercial zone; allowing for the removal of invasive species from wetlands and shore lands; amendments to the workforce housing overlay district; and legalizing trails and conservation areas on private residential properties.

Contested races: There are three people running for two three-year terms as library trustees: Thomas J. Carley, Joanne Palmisano and Steven Solomon.

Budgets and spending articles: The proposed general fund budget is $1.9 million, which is up from the $1.5 million that voters approved last year. The proposed public safety budget is $2.7 million, which is up from the $2.5 million voters approved last year. The proposed highway budget is $3.1 million, which is up slightly from last year’s $3 million.

When, where and how to vote: New London is scheduled to hold ballot voting on officers and zoning amendments on Tuesday, March 14 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Whipple Memorial Town Hall. Voting on articles 2-27 is slated to take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Kearsarge Learning Campus gymnasium.

EDITOR’S NOTE: New London has postponed ballot voting to March 28, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Whipple Hall, 25 Seamans Road. 


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