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Town Meeting preview: Springfield, N.H., to vote on highway truck, sand shed articles

Published: 3/4/2021 5:24:58 PM
Modified: 3/5/2021 3:12:59 PM

Hot topic: The Springfield, N.H., Selectboard is looking for approval to borrow up to $95,000 on top of the $75,000 approved for appropriation last year. Town Clerk Pixie Hill said the amount required for the truck purchase has more than doubled from what was proposed last year because the discussion has shifted to buying “a new or very good used” vehicle, which is expected to come with a higher price tag and “hopefully last longer” than would a less costly truck.

Noteworthy articles: Other special warrant articles include renewing the raising and appropriation of $100,000 for prep work on a future sand shed (the previous article authorizing the spending lapsed in 2020) and $86,000 for the repair of Gove Brook Culvert on George Hill Road. Both articles call for withdrawing the required money from the unreserved fund balance and are not to be raised from taxes.

The Selectboard is proposing a municipal budget of $1.5 million, up 2.4% from the $1.47 million approved last year.

Contested races: Amy Donegan Lewis is challenging incumbent George McCusker for a three-year seat on the Selectboard. Two three-year seats on the Zoning Board are being sought by incumbent Cody Patten, alternate Tanner Jacques and Thomas Greenhalge.

When and where: Australian ballot voting on town officials will take place Tuesday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Springfield Fire Station. Voting will reconvene Saturday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the same location to vote on the general municipal budget and special warrant articles.

— John Lippman




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