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March 8, 2011

Atkinson Town Results, 2011


Article 1: Election of officers

Selectman: three-year term, elect one

* William Friel: 702

Road Agent: two-year term, elect one

* Edward Stewart: 680

Cemetery Trustee: three-year term, elect one

* Donald Murphy: 693

Conflict of Interest: three-year term, elect two

No candidates

Conflict of Interest: two-year term, elect one

No candidate

Trustee of the Trust Fund: three-year term, elect one

* Barbara Snicer: 666

Budget Committee: three-year term, elect two

* Harold Morse: 628

Library Trustee: three-year term, elect one

* Marnie Finn: 642

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

* Leslie Barbera: 644

Article 2: Trucking restriction: Are you in favor of an amendment to the zoning ordinance to restrict trucking between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in all zones by adding subsection "nn" to the Permitted Use Chart.

* Yes: 550

No:255

Article 3: Operating Budget: $3,966,546. Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $3,953,181.

* Yes: 547

No: 268

Article 4: Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $161,000 for the purchase of a parcel of land located at Map 13 Lot 40 on Academy Avenue, consisting of 0.83 acres, located in Town Center. The purchase price is the current town-assessed value of the parcel. Said sum to come from the unreserved fund balance. The purpose of this land is for open-air activities with all future construction to be limited to a gazebo or bandstand and restroom facilities until the year 2021. This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the Operating Budget.

Yes: 315

* No: 537

Article 5: Shall the town raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 for repairs and improvements including the reinforcement of the floors at the Atkinson Community Center? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 2011-3, the Operating Budget.

* Yes: 648

No: 204

Article 6: Shall the town raise and appropriate the sum of $46,080 to replace the roof on the fire station? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3.

* Yes: 508

No: 335

Article 7: Shall the town raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500 to remove an unused chimney that has failed structurally at the Police Station? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 608

No: 240

Article 8: Shall the town raise and appropriate the sum of $60,000 to update the existing Fire Protection System at Town Hall and bring it into compliance? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 270

* No: 573

Article 9: Shall the town raise and appropriate the sum of $35,000 to purchase and install a stand-by, self-starting, propane electric generator, which will provide enough electricity to power Town Hall in an emergency situation, thus allowing the Town Hall to remain operational during a power outage? The installation of said generator will be under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 225

* No: 622

Article 10: Shall the Town vote to replace the rear sidewalks at Town Hall, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,000 for this purpose? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 319

* No: 529

Article 11: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,500 to irrigate Fields 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Woodlock Park, under the direction of the Board of Selectmen and the Road Agent? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 314

* No: 531

Article 12: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 to be added to the Recreation Capital Reserve Fund, created for the purpose of acquisition, design, renovation and development of recreation areas, to include, but not limited to, fields and playgrounds? This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 271

* No: 575

Article 13: Shall the Town adopt the following amendment to the Atkinson Conflict of Interest Ordinance: Section VII, Paragraph A (2) Delete "... P.O. Box 224..." and replace it with "... P.O. Box 450 ..."?

* Yes: 666

No: 119

Article 14: Shall the Town deposit 100 percent of the revenue collected pursuant to RSA 79-A:7 [Land Use Change Tax (LUCT)] in the Conservation Fund in accordance with RSA 36-A:5 III, as authorized by RSA 79-A:25 II?

* Yes: 557

No: 230

Article 15: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 from the Fire Department Capital Reserve Fund for the purchase of a new 2011 Command/Rescue Unit as part of the regular Fire Department equipment replacement program? The old vehicle will be disposed of in accordance with Article 2008-32. This article has no tax impact. This is a Special Article in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 609

No: 249

Article 16: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $60,000 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 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 504

No: 349

Article 17: Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 40:14-b to delegate the determination of the Default Budget to the Municipal Budget Committee which has been adopted under RSA 32:14?

* Yes: 512

No: 265

Article 18: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $132,100 to reconstruct 0.4 mile of Hovey Meadow Road? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 521

No: 329

Article 19: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $12,300 to shim and overlay 0.12 mile of Hoyt Circle? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 521

No: 330

Article 20: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $109,000, of which $85,000 is to reconstruct 0.25 mile of Merrill Drive, from Old Coach Road to Hovey Meadow Road, and $24,000 is to shim and overlay 0.3 mile of Merrill Drive from Hovey Meadow Road to Walker Road? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes: 516

No: 333

Article 21: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $15,000 to be added to the Winter Expendable Trust Fund, created in 2010 for the purpose of funding additional costs, in excess of the annual Operating Budget, for the plowing and removal of snow and winter weather management? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

Yes: 392

* No: 442

Article 22: Shall the Town vote to discontinue the Library Capital Reserve Fund, with the balance to lapse into the General Fund? (Balance as of 12/31/10: $50,069.52).

* Yes: 603

No: 198

Article 23: The cost to purchase, prepare the site and install a generator at the Library is approximately $50,000. It is proposed that half of the cost will come from the discontinued Library Capital Reserve Fund, which when it lapses into the General Fund is shown as "Undesignated Fund Balance." The second half will come from the Friends of the Library's Legacy Fund. hus there will be zero impact upon the 2011 Town Budget. The net amount to be raised and appropriated through taxes is zero dollars.

Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to purchase, prepare site, and install a 3 phase 80KW 120/208 volt Propane Generator with 800 amp 3 phase Nema 3R load shedding transfer switch to run the Kimball Library in the event of a power outage? Half the cost up to a maximum of $25,000 to come from the Undesignated Fund Balance with the remaining amount (up to $25,000) to come from a donation pledged by the Friends of the Kimball Library. The Construction of said Generator will fall under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen and the Library Trustees. This is a Special Article in addition to Article 03, the Operating Budget and has zero impact upon the tax rate.

Yes: 297

* No: 531

Article 24: Shall the Town vote to have all meetings of the Kimball Library Trustees televised by ACTV-20, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000 to fund this directive? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget, but is intended to be incorporated in the Cable TV Operating Budget beginning in 2012.

* Yes: 445

No: 385

Article 25: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $46,470 to be added to the Mosquito Control Expendable Trust Fund, created in 2006? This Special Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget.

* Yes:636

No: 206

Article 26: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $23,500 to purchase a new police cruiser? One old vehicle will be disposed of in accordance with Article 2008-32. This Special Article is in addition to Article 2011-3, the Operating Budget.

* Yes: 501

No: 341

Article 27: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $26,315 for the purpose of purchasing a new police cruiser for the Police Department, of which $22,315 to come from the Police Detail Revolving Fund, created under RSA 31:95-h in 2006 for this purpose, and $4,000 to come from the Atkinson Police Charitable Fund. Two vehicles will be disposed of in accordance with Article 32. There is no tax impact for this article. This Special Article is in addition to Article 3 the Operating Budget.

* Yes: 536

No: 306

Article 28: Shall the Town accept Ashford Drive as a Town Road?

* Yes: 580

No: 236

Article 29: Shall the Town accept Brittany Lane as a Town Road?

* Yes: 577

No: 241

Article 30: Shall the Town accept Blackford Drive as a Town Road?

* Yes: 580

No: 245

Article 31: Shall the Town delegate the responsibility of accepting town roads which have been approved by the Planning Board and the Town Engineer, to the Board of Selectmen, per RSA 674:40 a?

Yes: 526

No: 293

Article 32: Shall the Town vote to change the purpose of the existing Cable TV Capital Reserve Fund created in 1993, Article 40, "... to develop and equip a facility for Atkinson Community Television ..." to include Information Technology (IT) services, and rename the fund ACTV and IT Communications Capital Reserve Fund? The fund would be used to purchase equipment and software, support all aspects of ACTV and IT needs, as well as future technology changes not explicitly listed herein. Two-third's vote required for passage.

* Yes: 521

No: 287

Article 33: Shall the Town vote to create an additional part-time Clerical Position for Town Hall, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $9,200 to fund this position? This Article is in addition to Article 3, the operating budget, for a period not to exceed 12/31/11 and thereafter to be at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen.

Yes: 146

* No: 598

Article 34: To see if the town will vote to establish a Recreation Commission under the provisions of RSA 35-B, consisting of five members: Two persons for three years, Two persons for two years, and one person for one year. Their successors shall be appointed for three year terms. Current members of the "Recreation Commission," that is currently in place, shall serve out their current terms.

* Yes: 505

No: 325