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March 14, 2012

Plaistow Town Results


SELECTMAN, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR TWO

Joyce C.Ingerson 446

Ben Sadewicz 373

Michelle Lee Curran 551

Daniel J. Poliquin 635

BUDGET COMMITTEE, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR FOUR

Ben Sadewicz 769

Gayle Hamel 795

BUDGET COMMITTEE, 2 YEARS, VOTE FOR TWO

Barry W. Weymouth 748

Anthony E. Ricco 744

BUDGET COMMITTEE, 1 YEAR, VOTE FOR ONE

W. David Gerns Sr. 826

PLANNING BOARD, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

Gennifer Silva 845

MODERATOR, 2 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

Steven Ranlett 504

Robert O. Harb 553

LIBRARY TRUSTEE, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR TWO

Kathy Wright 825

Catherine Willis 795

TREASURER, 1 YEAR, VOTE FOR ONE

Pat Macomber 842

CONFLICT OF INTEREST, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR TWO

Therese A. Chouinard 823

CONFLICT OF INTEREST, 2 YEARS, VOTE FOR TWO

No candidates

AUDITOR, 1 YEAR, VOTE FOR TWO

No candidates

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUND, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

B. Jill Senter 845

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUND, 2 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

No candidates

TAX COLLECTOR, 3 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

Rosemarie L. Bayek 942

SUPERVISOR OF THE VOTER CHECKLIST, 6 YEARS, VOTE FOR ONE

Nancy J. Jackman 904

SUPERVISOR OF THE VOTER CHECKLIST, 1 YEAR, VOTE FOR ONE

Polly Huard 838

OPERATING BUDGET

Article P-12-02: Shall the Town raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant article 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 ($7,602,156) SEVEN MILLION, SIX HUNDRED TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX DOLLARS. Should this article be defeated, the operating budget shall be ($7,637,021) SEVEN MILLION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE DOLLARS which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Town 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.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (7-0-0)).

Yes: 913

No: 210

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT CAPITAL RESERVE FUND DEPOSIT

Article P-12-03: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $81,000 to be added to the existing Highway Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund? If this article fails, article P-12-04 is null and void.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To continue to set aside money for future purchases of Highway Department vehicles. Putting funds aside each year will allow for the orderly replacement of highway vehicles by leveling the yearly tax impact. This money can only be spent by a future vote at Town Meeting. These funds will be invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of this Capital Reserve Fund is $91,695.45 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 702

No: 438

REPLACEMENT OF THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT'S 2004 F-550 FORD DUMP TRUCK

Article P-12-04: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $110,000 for a new piece of equipment for the Highway Department and to withdraw those funds from the Highway Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund for this purpose? This article is contingent on the passage of Article P-12-03.

Appropriation: $110,000

Withdrawal from Highway Department Capital Reserve: -$110,000

Amount to be raised from 2012 taxes: $0

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and recommended by the Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To replace the Highway Department's 2004 F-550 Ford Dump Truck. The new dump truck will be equipped with a salt/sander, wing plow and front plow. This is the vehicle utilized on a daily basis, year-round for all public work's activities. Funding for this item will be from the Highway Department Capital Reserve Fund created in 2006.]

Yes: 728

No: 417

ENGINEERING STUDY FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE WESTVILLE ROAD BRIDGE

Article P-12-05: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $85,000 for the engineering study phase services for the replacement of the Westville Road Bridge over the Little River (NHDOT Bridge No. 122/072), a Town-owned and maintained bridge. The Town will be reimbursed 80% ($68,000) of the actual engineering costs by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) through the NHDOT Municipal Managed Bridge Aid Program. The remaining 20% of the costs ($17,000) shall be funded by the Town through taxation. This is a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI.

Appropriation: $85,000

NHDOT Bridge Aid Reimbursement: -$68,000

Amount to be raised from 2012 taxes: $17,000

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: The Town needs to complete an engineering study phase for the eventual replacement of the Westville Road Bridge over the Little River, including the possible realignment of this stretch of Westville Road. The Town has applied for the preliminary estimate work through the NHDOT Municipal Managed Bridge Aid Program.]

Yes: 715

No: 427

FIRE DEPARTMENT CAPITAL RESERVE FUND DEPOSIT

Article P-12-06: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $105,000 to be added to the existing Fire Department Capital Reserve Fund? If this article fails, then article P-12-07 is null and void.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To continue to set aside money for future purchases of Fire Department vehicles. Putting funds aside each year will allow for orderly replacement of fire vehicles by leveling the yearly tax impact. This money can only be spent by a future vote at Town meeting. This money is invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of this Capital Reserve Fund is $310,057.96 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 737

No: 402

FIRE DEPARTMENT - REPLACE ENGINE 7

Article P-12-07: Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $405,000 for the replacement of Engine 7 and to withdraw those funds from the Fire Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund and the Public Safety Impact Fee (Fire Apparatus Sub-allocation) Fund for this purpose? This article is contingent on the passage of Article P-12-06.

Appropriation: $405,000

Withdrawal from Public Safety Impact Fee (Fire Apparatus Sub-allocation) - $3,211

Withdrawal from Fire Department Capital Reserve: -$401,789

Amount to be raised from 2012 taxes: $0

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and recommended by the Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: This piece of apparatus has been in service since 1987 and is due for retirement from the department. The Fire Department Truck Committee has been working over the last year to specify a replacement that will combine the functions of both Engine-7 and Rescue-6 affording greater flexibility in their emergency responses. "Zeroing out" the apparatus sub-allocation of the Public Safety Impact Fee is also necessary due to the length of time these funds are allowed to be held by statute (6 years)].

Yes: 808

No: 354

FIRE DEPARTMENT FULL-TIME STAFF POSITION

Article P-12-08: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $48,500 to establish an additional fulltime Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) position with the Fire Department. This sum represents the cost of wages, associated roll up costs (such as taxes, insurance, retirement and uniforms). With an anticipated hire date of May, this represents eight months of funding for the new position. If approved, the position will be funded on an annual basis within the Operating Budget of the Fire Department starting in 2013.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To add an additional fulltime Firefighter/EMT position to the Plaistow Fire Department. Current staff includes the Fire Chief and 2 Firefighter/EMTs. Since the initial hiring of the 2 Firefighter/EMTs in 2001, the calls for service have increased by approximately 40%. In addition, the changing demographics of the Town leave fewer members available in the day time to respond to calls. The Town has also seen significant growth in the commercial sector adding to the existing inspectional activities of the Department. With recent approvals for three (3) over-55 housing projects, projected to add an additional 200 units, to be constructed in Town in the near term, an additional increase in the overall calls for service is anticipated. It is estimated that a full year of this position, including wages of $18.00/hour, taxes and benefits would be approximately $72,500.]

Yes: 725

No: 441

BUILDING SYSTEMS CAPITAL RESERVE FUND DEPOSIT

Article P-12-09: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the existing Building Systems Reserve Fund?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (4-1-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To replace funds spent in 2011 for emergency maintenance or repairs to Town-owned buildings and to continue to set aside money for future repairs of building systems in Town owned properties. Buildings are one of the Town's largest capital assets and these funds are used to maintain and repair systems such as heating and ventilation, electrical and plumbing. Monies from this fund would be used for repairs that are unanticipated prior to Town Meeting and that cannot wait until a future meeting. This money can only be spent with the approval of the Board of Selectmen. The money in this Capital Reserve Fund is invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of this Capital Reserve Fund is $11,082.36 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 711

No: 435

CELL TOWER MAINTENANCE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND DEPOSIT

Article P-12-10: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to be added to the existing Cell Tower Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: The 2008 SFC Engineering Partnership, Inc. Water Tower Assessment Study indicated that the structure is beginning to rust. With moderate maintenance, it is estimated the structure will remain useful for approximately 30 years and will generate over $3,750,000 in revenue for the Town. Annual revenue from the Cell Tower is over $125,000, which goes into the General Fund to offset taxes. The multi-year maintenance plan is estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000 over the next 30 years as outlined in the 2008 SFC Engineering Report. The money in this Capital Reserve Fund is invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of this Capital Reserve Fund is $18,206.72 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 787

No: 336

WATER DEPARTMENT - FIRE SUPPRESSION PUMP AND PUMP HOUSE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND

Article P-12-11: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $70,000 to be added to the existing Fire Suppression Pump and Pump House Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of replacing the Fire Protection System Pumps and the Pump House they are contained in?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To replace the Pumps for the Fire Protection System and the Pump House they are located in. The building that houses the pump that distributes the water for the Fire Suppression/Protection System must be replaced at the same time that the pumps are replaced. The replacement is scheduled for 2015 at an estimated cost of $200,000 for the pumps and $150,000 for the Pump House, totaling $350,000. The money in this Capital Reserve Fund will be invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of this Capital Reserve Fund is $128,826.51 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 707

No: 416

CONSERVATION FUND DEPOSIT

Article P-12-12: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 to be deposited into the existing Conservation Fund as provided for in RSA 36-A?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and by the Budget Committee (10-0-0); and the project is in the Capital Improvement Plan as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: To provide additional funding to the Plaistow Conservation Fund to allow for the purchase of land, easements, and/or other land rights to preserve the natural and cultural features such as streams, rivers, prime agricultural land, valuable woodlands, quality viewscapes, wetlands and other valuable open areas. These funds will be invested in an interest bearing account.]

Balance of the Conservation Fund is $59,881.09 as of December 31, 2011.

Balance of the Forestry Fund is $26,992.77 as of December 31, 2011.

Yes: 655

No: 467

IMPROVEMENTS AT INGALLS TERRACE (SMITH) RECREATION FACILITY

Article P-12-13: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 for safety improvements at Ingalls Terrace (Smith) Recreation Field?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (10-0-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: This project includes necessary upgrades to ensure safety of the play-scape and the fencing. This will include replacement of the surface under the playground with a recyclable safe surface (in place of the sand), and the replacement of some damaged fencing.]

Yes: 575

No: 563

PAVILION AT THE OLD COUNTY ROAD RECREATION (PARC) FACILITY

Article P-12-14: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $150,000 for the engineering, materials and construction of a Pavilion at the Old County Road Recreation (PARC) Facility?

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (8-2-0); and this funding is in the Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Planning Board.)

[Intent: This project involves the construction of a Pavilion to meet the critical need for shelter for the Town's summer recreation program being held at this site and will save the Town approximately $5,000 currently being spent annually on tent rentals. This Pavilion will also allow for the year-round use of a variety of events and functions such as Old Home Day, youth sport programs, concerts, and any other Town sponsored events. The total cost of $150,000 will include the engineering, materials and construction phases of the new Pavilion.]

Yes: 408

No: 729

RAISE FOR THE TAX COLLECTOR

Article P-12-15: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $700.25 for the 9 month cost of increasing the salary of the Tax Collector. This sum represents the wages and associated roll-up costs ($601.34 for Wages and $98.92 for SS, Medicare and NHRS). The breakdown is as follows:

2011 Current Salary: $26,726

+ Proposed Increase (9 months) $601.34

2012 Total Wages*: $27,327

{*The 2013 Wages with a full 12 months will be $27,528}

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (9-0-0)).

[Intent: The Tax Collector position has not had an increase in salary since 2008. The full annual impact (12 months) is $933.67. The breakdown is $801.78 salary and an additional $131.89 to cover the Town's payment for Social Security, Retirement and Medicare. ]

Yes: 717

No: 452

RAISE FOR THE TOWN CLERK

Article P-12-16: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,015.38 for the 9 month cost of increasing the salary of the Town Clerk. This sum represents the wages and associated roll-up costs ($871.94 for Wages and $143.43 for SS, Medicare and NHRS). The breakdown is as follows:

2011 Current Salary: $38,753

+ Proposed Increase (9 months) $ 871.94

2012 Total Wages*: $39,625

{*The 2013 Wages with a full 12 months will be $39,916}

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (9-0-0).

[Intent: The Plaistow Town Clerk is the lowest paid Town Clerk in the State of NH for towns with a population of 5,000 - 9,000. The Town Clerk position has not had an increase in salary since 2008. The full annual impact is $1,353.84. The breakdown is $1,162.59 salary and an additional $191.25 to cover the Town's payment for Social Security, Retirement and Medicare.]

Yes: 694

No: 476

Article P-12-17: CITIZEN'S PETITION:

Elderly Exemption:

Pursuant to RSA 72-39-b Shall we modify the net income exemptions from the single net income of $35,000 to $38,000 and the married net income from $50,000 to $53,000.

Disabled Exemption:

Pursuant to RSA 72-37-b Shall we modify the net income exemptions from the single net income of $35,000 to $38,000 and the married net income from $50,000 to $53,000.

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0) and Budget Committee (9-0-0).

Yes: 831

No: 297

Article P-12-18: CITIZEN'S PETITION:

Do you agree with this petition that you do not want a layover station anywhere in Plaistow?

¬Yes 619

¬No 308

¬Need more information 227

(Recommended by the Board of Selectmen (5-0-0).

[Intent: The intent of this petition is to give a voice to the Plaistow Voters.]

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-19: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article II, Definitions, § 220-2, Definitions, as follows:

Replace the existing definition of STRUCTURE with the following new definition:

STRUCTURE: Anything assembled or constructed, the use of which requires location on or in the ground or an attachment to an object located on or in the ground. This includes structures assembled or constructed of plastic, fabric and/or canvas covered frame structures, structures for agricultural uses, structures installed on skids, blocks or permanent foundations and all sheds and storage facilities. All structures shall require a building permit. Further clarification follows:

A). Fences and single mast flag poles shall not be considered structures.

C). Stone walls when used to define property boundaries shall not be considered structures.

D). Free standing signs shall be considered structures but are exempt from setback

requirements.

(Intent: To better clarify the definition of a structure.)

Yes: 554

No: 501

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-20: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article II, Definitions, § 220-2, Definitions, as follows:

Add a new definition for Bed and Breakfast facilities as follows:

BED AND BREAKFAST FACILITY: See ROOMING AND BOARDING HOUSE.

(Intent: To provide a definition for Bed and Breakfast Facility as there presently is none and to classify them as commercial.)

Yes: 696

No: 356

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-21: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article II, Definitions, § 220-2, Definitions, as follows:

Modifying the definition for Rooming and Boarding House as follows:

ROOMING AND BOARDING HOUSE — A building other than a hotel or motel where lodging is provided for compensation without individual cooking facilities. These will be considered commercial uses.

(Intent: To classify Rooming and Boarding Houses as commercial.)

Yes: 668

No: 373

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-22: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, § 220-32, District Objectives and land use controls, Table 220-32C, "CII" - Commercial II as follows:

Add a new permitted use in paragraph B, Permitted Uses, as follows:

8.1 Rooming and Boarding House

(Intent: To allow for Rooming and Boarding Houses in the CII District.)

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-23: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, § 220-32, District Objectives and land use controls, Table 220-32D, "VC" - Village Center as follows:

Add a new permitted use in paragraph B, Permitted Uses, as follows:

9. Rooming and Boarding House

(Intent: To allow for Rooming and Boarding Houses in the Village Center District.)

Yes: 466

No: 560

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-24: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, § 220-32, District Objectives and land use controls, Table 220-32G, "ICR" - Integrated Commercial Residential as follows:

Add a new permitted use in paragraph B(1) Permitted Commercial uses as follows:

(k) Rooming and Boarding House

(Intent: To allow for Rooming and Boarding Houses in the Integrated Commercial Residential District.)

Yes: 508

No: 518

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-25: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, by modifying Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, § 220-32, District Objectives and land use controls, Table 220-32C, "CII" - Commercial II as follows:

Add a new permitted use in paragraph B, Permitted Uses, as follows:

10. Mixed commercial/residential uses where the work place or the residence must be owner occupied.

(Intent: To allow mixed uses in all of the Commercial II District with the restriction that either the commercial or the residential use must be owner occupied.)

Yes: 693

No: 359

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-26: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, Article III, General Provisions, §220-7., Letter A by removing it.

(Intent: To make Plaistow's Zoning conform to new State law that prohibits towns from mandating the merger of substandard lots.)

Yes: 747

No: 275

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-27: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, Article IX, signs, §220-58., All Districts, by adding a letter D. as follows:

All free standing signs are required to have a street address that includes the street name and number and that is a minimum of six inches for signs for commercial uses in the CI and ICR Districts and a minimum of three inches for signs for residential uses in all Districts. The space required for the address portion of the sign shall not be counted as part of the required sign size.

(Intent: To allow for the proper identification of businesses by public safety officials and the public.)

Yes: 728

No: 318

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-28: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, Table 220-32G, "ICR" - Integrated Commercial-Residential District, B. Uses, by moving (i) Churches, and (j) Cemetery/Burial site and mausoleum from the Permitted Residential Uses to the Permitted Commercial/Industrial Uses.

(Intent: To properly classify churches and cemeteries as commercial uses.)

Yes: 573

No: 460

ZONING AMENDMENT

Article P-12-29: Are you in favor of the adoption of an amendment as proposed by the Planning Board to the Plaistow Zoning Ordinance, Article V, Establishment of Districts and District Regulations, Table 220-32B "CI" - commercial I, to rezone all of Tax Map 27, Lot 55 to all commercial I. (Chart Parcel with frontage on Route 125).

(Intent: To make this parcel consistent with the Commercial I Zone which includes the entire parcel of properties abutting Route 125). Yes: 646

No: 388