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March 8, 2011

Newton Town Results, 2011


Asterisk denotes results

Article 1: Election of officers

Selectman: three-year term, elect one

* Raymond D. Thayer: 420

Charles R. Melvin Sr.: 376

Selectman: one-year term, elect one

Frank E. Gibbs: 417

* Lawrence Foote: 480

Supervisor of the Checklist: six-year term, elect one

Lisa A. Fortin: 788

Road Commissioner: three-year term, elect one

* Michael Pivero: 578

Jamie Gibbs: 356

Planning Board: three-year term, elect two

* Barbara A. White: 728

Cemetery trustee: three-year term, elect one

* Ronald Saunders: 769

Trustee of Gale Library: three-year term, elect one

* Kathy Meserve: 776

Trustee of Trust Funds: three-year term, elect one

* James L. Doggett: 721

Article 2: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by petition of 25 or morelegal voters in the Town of Newton to amend the Newton Zoning Ordinance as follows? To designate that parcel of land as shown, on the Town of Newton Tax Maps as Map 6, Block 5, Lot 11 as being part of and in the Commercial Zone - Section II Newton Zoning Ordinance. This designation would add and join said parcel to an already existing commercial zone and commercially zoned parcels which Map 6, Block 5, Lot 11 currently abuts.

Yes: 302

* No: 597

Article 3: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town of Newton Zoning Ordinance as follows? Amend Section II - Establishment of Zones by creating Village District Zone classification in the areas of Rowe's Corner, Central Main Street, and Newton Junction to provide the opportunity for the integration of limited commercial, professional, and service oriented business uses with existing residential and civic uses and preserve the historical and rural character of the areas.

* Yes: 648

No:: 283

Article 4: "Shall the Town of Newton 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 2,829,762? Should this article above be defeated, the default budget shall be $2,829,762, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Town of Newton 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: 643

No: 290

Article 5: "Are you in favor of increasing the Board of Selectmen to 5 members"?

* Yes: 575

No: 374

Article 6: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the Solid Waste Ordinance pursuant to RSA 149-M as proposed by the Board of Selectmen?

*Yes: 574

No: 321

Article 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $106,169.00 for the repair and maintenance of town roads and to authorize the use of the NH Highway Block Grant in the amount of $106,169 to offset this appropriation. This is a non-lapsing warrant article and will not lapse until December 31, 2016 or until the project is completed, whichever comes first.

*Yes: 822

No: 141

Article 8: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Water District composed of the entire Town of Newton as this Water District in order to protect our aquifer, water shed, natural resources and drinking water.

* Yes: 766

No: 192

Article 9: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, as proposed by the Board of Selectmen and the Fire Chief the sum of $50,000 to be placed in the existing Capital Reserve Fund known as the "Fire Apparatus and Equipment Fund" created in 2005.

* Yes: 575

No: 379

Article 10: To see if the Town will vote to change the purpose of the previously established Capital Reserve Fund (created in 2005) for the future purchase of fire apparatus and equipment to include refurbishment of fire apparatus and equipment, and further to name the Board of Selectmen as agents to expend. (2/3 Vote Required)

* Yes: 643

No: 305

Article 11: Shall the Town accept the provision of RSA 202-A:23 which will allow the Gale Library Trustees to accept, receive, invest and administer directly any funds and donations when so specified by the donor. Library Trustees administering and investing such special funds shall be governed by the provisions of RSA 31:25 and RSA 41:6.

* Yes: 825

No: 131

Article 12: To see if the Town will vote, as proposed by the Gale Library Trustees, to change the use of the savings account "Library Building Fund" in the amount of $8,340.00 to be used for library upgrades and alterations to the current or existing library building. The Library Trustees will be the agents to expend these funds.

* Yes: 822

No: 139

Article 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, as proposed by the Recreation Commission and the Board of Selectmen, the sum of $3,000 for recreational programs and trips for senior citizens.

Yes: 656

No: 288

Article 14: To see if the Town will vote, as proposed by the Board of Selectmen, to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be paid toward the 2011 SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL BUDGET as an offset to the disposal costs and to authorize the withdrawal of $20,000 from the Transfer Station/Recycling Special Revenue Fund created in 2003 for this purpose.

* Yes: 693

No: 259

Article 15: To see if the Town will vote, as proposed by the Board of Selectmen and Transfer Station Manager, to raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 to hold a HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY for Newton Residents only and to authorize the withdrawal of $15,000 from the Transfer Station/Recycling Special Revenue Fund created in 2003 for this purpose.

* Yes: 775

No: 198

Article 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for A SAFE PLACE to continue free and confidential Domestic Violence Support Services, counseling, emergency shelter services and community educational outreach.

* Yes: 711

No: 254

Article 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,800 to AREA HOMECARE & FAMILY SERVICES for the purpose of helping to defray the cost of in-home services for Newton's elderly and people with disabilities, so they may stay in their homes for as long as possible.

* Yes: 718

No: 246

Article 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000 for the CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER to assist the Newton Police Department in the coordination and investigation of child abuse cases.

* Yes: 738

No: 228

Article 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for DRUGS ARE DANGEROUS INC. (D.A.D.) and to continue the "Natural High" experiences to our children, youth and families.

* Yes: 615

No: 347

Article 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,947 for the purpose of continued funding for FAMILY MEDIATION & JUVENILE SERVICES, a non-profit organization since 1983, to continue to provide the following services: Parent-Child Mediation, Peer Mediation Training, Community Service, Restitution, Youth and Parent Anger-Management Courses, Youth and Parent Substance Abuse Awareness Courses, Stop Shoplifting Courses, Tobacco Education, and individually-tailored juvenile diversion contracts.

* Yes: 597

No: 359

Article 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,800 for LAMPREY HEALTH CARE to continue to provide primary care & preventive health services and the senior Transportation program.

* Yes: 698

No: 261

Article 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $750 for NH SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (NHSPCA) to continue providing animal care and sheltering services, humane education and community services and cruelty investigations.

* Yes: 663

No: 297

Article 23: On a petition of 25 or more legal voters of the Town of Newton, to see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 for ROCKINGHAM COMMUNITY ACTION to continue their outreach programs and the broad range of services they provide such as: Fuel Assistance, Electric assistance, Child Care Resource, Surplus Food Distribution, Emergency food Pantry, Homeless Prevention, Literacy Services, WIC Supple-mental food Program, etc.

* Yes: 672

No: 287

Article 24: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,373 to support ROCKINGHAM NUTRITION and MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM, providing meals for older, homebound and disabled Newton residents.

* Yes: 749

No: 188

Article 25: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000 for SEACARE HEALTH SERVICES to provide access to healthcare to uninsured individuals who live in the Town of Newton.

* Yes: 563

No: 358

Article 26: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,700 for VIC GEARY CENTER to provide a safe gathering place for senior citizens to congregate, share a nutritious noon meal, participate in social and recreational activities and to provide many clinics such as blood pressure, foot care, hearing, sight, home safety and tax preparation.

* Yes: 648

No: 273

Article 27: On a petition of 25 or more legal voters of the Town of Newton, to see if the Town will vote to establish a Newton Agriculture Commission, pursuant to RSA 674:44-e through g; RSA 673:1,II; RSA 673:4-b.

* Yes: 507

No: 404