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March 14, 2012

Atkinson Results


SELECTMAN

3 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

Paul Sullivan 229

William Baldwin 491

Todd Barbera 589

Raymond Fournier 108

Craig Schuster 215

TAX COLLECTOR

3 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

Debra L. Desimone 1,431

TOWN CLERK

3 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

David Adams 276

Rose M. Cavalear 1,370

MODERATOR

2 YEARS - VOTE FOR ONE

James M. Garrity 1,454

CEMETERY TRUSTEE

3 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

Robert P. Patuto 1,379

CEMETERY TRUSTEE

2 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

Mark F. Keeffe 1,307

CEMETERY TRUSTEE

1 YEAR-VOTE FOR ONE

Kathleen Friel 1,269

SUPERVISOR OF THE CHECKLIST

6 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

Leslie Barbera 1,343

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

3 YEARS-VOTE FOR ONE

No candidates

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

2 YEARS-VOTE FOR TWO

Gary Brownfield 1,119

TOWN WARRANT

Article 2012-2: Substandard Lots

Are you in favor of an amendment to Zoning Article IV Section 400:3 by Amending "Section 400:3 a" to read: "Any building or use otherwise permitted in the district shall be permitted on a substandard lot, provided that such substandard lot is legally buildable in all other respects as of the effective date of this ordinance and amendments, or at any time thereafter.";

And by Deleting "Section 400:3b";

And by Amending "Section 400:3 c" to read: "The Board of Adjustment may grant Special Exception to the requirements of subparagraph 'a' above...";

And by Renaming Section 400:3 as "Substandard Lots"?

Recommended by the Planning Board

Yes: 942

No: 578

Article 2012-3: Technical Review

Are you in favor of an amendment to the Building Code Ordinance to Add the following new paragraph to Section 400:

"440: The Building Inspector may require a professional engineering review or other type of technical review as deemed necessary. The cost of such review shall be borne by the Applicant."?

Recommended by the Planning Board

Yes: 848

No: 711

Article 2012-4: Multiple-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement

Shall the Town of Atkinson vote to approve the cost item included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Town of Atkinson and the Teamsters, Local 633 which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level:

Fiscal Year: Estimated Increase

2012: $8,500

2013: $10,000

2014: $11,500

And further to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($8,500) for the current fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels?

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 5, Abstain - 1, No - 1

Yes: 812

No: 753

Article 2012-5: Authorization for Special Meeting on Defeated Collective Bargaining Agreement

Shall the Town of Atkinson, if Article #4 is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address Article #4 cost items only?

Yes: 811

No: 670

Article 2012-6: Operating Budget

Shall the Town of Atkinson raise and appropriate as an Operating Budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling Three Million Nine Hundred Ninety-one Thousand Four Hundred Twenty-one Dollars ($3,991,421)? Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be Three Million Nine Hundred Twelve Thousand Six Hundred Five Dollars ($3,912,605), which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Town of Atkinson or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only.

Yes: 925

No: 615

Article 2012 -7: Disabled Exemption

Under RSA 72:37-b, shall the Town, modify the Disabled Exemption Requirements and Conditions C. to read "The taxpayer must have a net income of less than $34,700 if single, or, if married, a combined net income of less than $43,500 during the year preceding said April 1st . ALL FIGURES LISTED FOR INCOME MUST BE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR."

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Yes: 1,308

No: 249

Article 2012-8: Establish A Capital Improvement Committee

Are you in favor of authorizing the Board of Selectmen to establish a Capital Improvement Program Committee, per RSA 674:5? If approved, the Selectmen will appoint a volunteer committee of qualified individuals to prepare and amend a recommended program of Municipal Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) projected over a period of at least six (6) years; the sole purpose of the CIP shall be to aid the Selectmen and Budget Committee in their consideration of the annual budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Yes: 1,096

No: 454

Article 2012-9: Repair Fire Station Sidewalk

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eleven Thousand Dollars ($11,000) to repair the sidewalk on the east side of the building, bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 0, Abstain - 1, No - 6

Yes: 610

No: 988

Article 2012-10: Repair Town Hall Sidewalk

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eleven Thousand Dollars ($11,000) to repair the sidewalk on the back of the building, bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 0, Abstain - 1, No - 6

Yes: 608

No: 997

Article 2012-11: Improve Cemetery Roads

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate up to the sum of Seven Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($7,900) to improve the roads in both the "New Section" and "Section 3" of the Cemetery? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 2, Abstain - 1, No -0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 4, Abstain - 1, No - 2

Yes: 766

No: 844

Article 2012-12: Town Forest - Pettengill Parcel

Shall the Town vote to designate the two-acre Pettengill Parcel (Map 10 Lot 8) purchased by the Conservation Commission in 2011, as an Atkinson Town Forest, to be managed by the Conservation Commission, under the provisions of RSA 31:112?

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Yes: 1,349

No: 249

Article 2012-13: Conservation Commission Membership

Shall the Town modify the membership of the Conservation Commission as follows: "The Conservation Commission shall consist of seven members and up to three alternates with three-year terms, as provided for under RSA 36-A:3"?

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Yes: 1,275

No: 249

Article 2012-14: Move Elderly Affairs

Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of Zero Dollars ($0) and not move the Elderly Affairs Department to the Atkinson Community Center not to consolidate both the Senior Recreation Programs and Elderly Affairs into one location? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 0, Abstain - 0, No - 3

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 1, Abstain - 1, No - 5

Yes: 1,071

No: 573

Article 2012-15: Director of Elderly Affairs

Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of One Dollar ($1) to fund the position of Director of Elderly Affairs? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 1, Abstain - 0, No - 2

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 0, Abstain - 1, No -6

Yes: 1,071

No: 573

Article 2012-16: Fire Department Capital Reserve

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000) to be added to the Fire Department Capital Reserve Fund, previously established for the purpose of acquiring fire equipment and vehicles, as outlined in the Board of Engineers; Capital Improvement Plan? This Special Article is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 989

No: 614

Article 2012-17: Shim and Overlay Roads

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Ninety-four Thousand Dollars ($194,000) to shim and overlay the following: 1.4 miles of Sawyer Avenue, 0.4 mile of Providence Hill Road, 0.15 mile of Geary Lane and 0.22 mile of Bluebird Lane, under the direction of the Road Agent? This Special Article is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 1,073

No: 532

Article 2012-18: Brendan Road Culvert

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty-eight Thousand Dollars ($38,000) to rehabilitate a culvert on Brendan Road, under the direction of the Road Agent? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget. Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain -1, No - 0

Yes: 945

No: 642

Article 2012-19: Millstream Drive Bridge

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eighty-six Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-five Dollars ($86,465) to repair the Millstream Drive Bridge, under the supervision of the Road Agent, such funds to come from the Undesignated Fund Balance? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 969

No: 617

Article 2012-20: Purchase Highway Department Truck

Shall the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a five-year lease/purchase agreement in the amount of Ninety-seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($97,500), payable over a term of Five (5) years for a second truck for the Highway Department, and to raise and appropriate the sum of Seventeen Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars ($17,900) for the first year's payment for that purpose? This agreement does not contain an escape clause.

(3/5 ballot vote required)

Selectmen: Yes - 2, Abstain - 0, No -1

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 2, Abstain - 1, No - 4

Yes: 402

No: 1,150

Article 2012-21: Mosquito Control Expendable Trust

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-eight Thousand Dollars ($48,000) for the purpose of Mosquito Control, such funds to be put into the Mosquito Control Expendable Trust created for that purpose, and to name the Selectmen as agents to expend this money?

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 1,329

No: 259

Article 2012-22: Repair Police Station

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-five Thousand Dollars ($45,000) to remove and replace the distribution ductwork, and replace the ceiling tiles and ceiling insulation disturbed during this replacement? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 1,130

No: 433

Article 2012-23: New Police Cruiser

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($30,500) to purchase and outfit a new Police Cruiser, and to take Sixteen Thousand Dollars ($16,000) from the Police Department's Outside Detail Account, adopted for this purpose, leaving Fourteen Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($14,500) to be raised by taxes, and to allow one of the Town's cruisers to be transferred to the Elderly Affairs Department, all costs of re-lettering the Elderly Affairs' vehicle will be paid for from donations to the Atkinson Police Charitable Fund? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 5, Abstain - 1, No - 1

Yes: 1,007

No: 621

Article 2012-24: Sixth Full-Time Officer

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Forty-six Thousand Dollars ($46,000) to fund the position for a sixth full-time Police Officer? These funds will be used to pay this officer's salary and benefits from June 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. This officer's estimated annual salary and benefits for 2013 will be Eighty-Thousand Six Dollars ($80,006), subject to annual funding. This appropriation may be reimbursed by State and Federal funds for which the Town may become eligible through a Federal Grant application. This is a Special Article in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 5, Abstain - 1, No - 1

Yes: 983

No: 641

Article 2012-25: Recreation Capital Reserve

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500) for the Recreation Capital Reserve Fund, established in 2004 for the purpose of acquisition, design, renovation and development of recreation fields and facilities? This article is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 2, Abstain - 1, No - 4

Yes: 582

No: 967

Article 2012-26: Repurpose the Cable Capital Reserve Fund

Shall the Town vote to change the purpose of the Cable Capital Reserve Fund, established in 1994 to develop and equip a facility for the Atkinson Community Television, to include Information Technology (IT) services? The Capital Reserve Fund will be called the Communication/IT Capital Reserve Fund, for the purpose of purchasing equipment and software and paying for facility needs to support all aspects of Atkinson Community Television (ACTV), including all cameras, servers, software, computers, streaming equipment, Internet and peripherals, as well as any facility needs required to support it, and the Town's IT needs which include all servers, networking equipment, software, telephone systems, computers, Internet and peripherals, as well as any facility needs required to support it. This fund should also be used to support future technology changes for both ACTV and IT not explicitly listed herein.

(2/3 vote required)

Selectmen: Yes - 2, Abstain - 0, No - 1

Yes: 876

No: 640

Article 2012-27: Town Hall Data Rewiring

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Eight Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($8,100) for the purpose of replacing the inadequate data cabling within Town Hall, to better support the telephone and computer networks, such funds to be deducted from the repurposed Communication/IT Capital Reserve Fund? Should Article 2012-26 not pass, Eight Thousand One Hundred Dollars ($8,100) shall be raised by taxation. This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 2, Abstain - 0, No - 1

Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 6, Abstain - 1, No - 0

Yes: 1,068

No: 488

Article 2012-28: Town Hall Security

Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to increase the security at Town Hall? This is a Non-Lapsing Article in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 0, Abstain - 1, No - 6

Yes: 363

No: 1,263

Article 2012-29: Town Hall Renovation

Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) to renovate the Town Clerk's and Tax Collector's offices to conform to the requirements of the New Hampshire Department of Labor (LAB 1403.01)? This article will lapse at the completion of the project or December 31, 2017, whichever comes first, and is in addition to Article 2012-6, the Operating Budget.

Selectmen: Yes - 3, Abstain - 0, No - 0

Not Recommended by the Budget Committee: Yes - 0, Abstain - 1, No - 6

Yes: 420

No: 1,197

Article 2012-30: Heritage Commission (by petition)

"To see if the Town will vote to establish a Heritage Commission and a Heritage Fund in accordance with the provisions of RSA 673 and RSA 674. The Heritage Commission shall not function as an Historic District Commission and shall only have advisory powers, except for town-owned property placed in the Heritage Commission's care. The Heritage Commission shall consist of 7 full members and up to 5 alternate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to RSA 673:4-a and RSA 673:5. One member of the Heritage Commission shall be a selectman, two members shall be appointed from the Atkinson Historical Society, two members shall be appointed from the Atkinson Library Trustees, and the remaining two members shall be from the community at large.

Passage of this warrant article authorizes the Heritage Commission to manage, maintain, and regulate the use of the Kimball House, as provided by RSA 41:11-a".

Yes: 848

No: 695

Article 2012-31: Legal Expenses (by petition)

"To see if the Town will vote to prohibit the Board of Selectmen from spending taxpayer money on public officials personal legal fees for which the taxpayers have no direct liability."

When passed, this warrant article will become effective immediately.

Yes: 1,165

No: 424

Article 2012-32: Meetings Posting (by petition)

"To see if the Town will vote to direct the Board of Selectmen to post all meeting notices on the Town website. If this article passes, this will fulfill one of the two public posting requirements under RSA 91-A:2 II.."

Yes: 1,424

No: 163

Article 2012-33: Property Assessment Methods (by petition)

Shall the Town vote to direct the Board of Selectmen to continue to abide by the most recent edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), developed by the Assessing Standards Board under RSA 21-J:11-a?

Yes: 1,288

No: 218

Article 2012-34: Elderly Affairs Program (by petition)

To see if the municipality will vote to have the Elderly Affairs Department established in 1993, continue to be part of the Atkinson Police Department's program.

Yes: 1,281

No: 362