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March 8, 2011

Kingston Town Results, 2011


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Article 1: Election of officers

Selectman: three-year term, elect one

* Mark Heitz: 1,046

Trustees of the Trust Funds: three-year term, elect two

* Joyce Davies: 1,052

* Write in: Krista McLellan: 11

Library Trustee: three-year term, elect two

* Dannielle Genovese: 956

* Mary Magnusson: 1.092

Library Trustee: one-year term, elect two

* Lesley-Ann Hume: 981

* Elaine Van Dyke: 945

Fire Ward: three-year term, elect one

* Richard "Rick" Fowler Sr.: 1,084

Constable: three-year term, elect one

* William G. Harvey Sr.: 1,065

Planning Board: three-year term, elect two

* Glenn Coppelman: 962

* Adam Pope: 901

Municipal Budget Committee: three-year term, elect four

* Ronald Conant: 926

* Mary Fidler: 895

* Lynn Gainty: 881

Municipal Budget Committee: two-year term, elect one

* Edward Conant: 1.037

Municipal Budget Committee: one-year term, elect two

* Wanda Millett: 936

* Michael Morris: 912

Zoning Board of Adjustment: three-year term, elect two

* Electra Alessio: 988

* Daryl Branch: 960

Article 2: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? To amend Article 1401, "Zoning Board of Adjustment", to include the following: "The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall have those duties and authority granted them per State RSA's 673, 674, 676 and 677."

* Yes: 899

No: 311

Article 3: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board?

To amend Article 104, Rural Residential District, by adding the following:

104.5 Structure/Dwelling Regulations

C. after "special exception" add in the phrase "as noted below".

J. Special Exception shall meet the following standards:

1. remove "and industrial"

Last paragraph: add in the phrase "by the Zoning Board of Adjustment"

after the word "granted" and before "formal site plan review"

* Yes: 797

No: 389

Article 4: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board?

Add the Following language to the end of the second paragraph of section 103.1 Residential District: To eliminate lots with two or more zoning designations the (following) lots are entirely zoned Single Family Residential

Add the Following language to the end of the first paragraph of section 102.2 Historic District I: To eliminate confusion, the following lots have frontage in Historic District I and are therefore zoned as completely Historic District I:

To eliminate confusion, the following lots have frontage in Historic District II and are therefore zoned as completely Historic District II:

Add the Following language to the end of the first paragraph of section 104.1 Rural Residential District: To eliminate confusion the following lots that were split between zones are now entirely zoned Rural Residential:

Add the Following language to the end of section 105.1 Single Family Residential- Agricultural District: To eliminate confusion Tax Map R-34 Lots 41 and 61 will be entirely zoned Single Family Residential - Agricultural.

Add the Following language to the end of section 109.1 Description of Zone: To eliminate confusion Tax Map R-40 lot 8 will be zoned entirely Commercial II.

Add the Following language to the end of section 110.1,A Description of Zone: To eliminate confusion tax map R-8 lots 34 and 35 are zoned C-III.

* Yes: 756

No: 411

Article 5: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? Article 415: Small Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

* Yes: 817

No: 401

Article 6: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? To amend Article 302, Outdoor Lighting, by adding the following:

302.4 Control of Glare - Luminaire Design Factors: D. Add in the phrase "compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED)" after "metal halide lamp", and add "and light emitting diode lamps are commercially available" after "Note: compact fluorescent lamps".

* Yes: 883

No: 330

Article 7: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? To amend Article 303, Signs, by amending the following: 303.3 C. Provisions 1. Change "does not exceed one (1) sq. ft. in area" to "does not exceed two (2) sq. ft. in area".

* Yes: 812

No: 360

Article 8: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? To amend Article 410, Telecommunications, by amending the following: 410.9 Change "provision in the Subdivision Regulations" to "provision in the Site Plan Regulations".

* Yes: 711

No: 335

Article 9: Are you in favor of the following amendment to the town Zoning Ordinance as proposed by the Planning Board? To amend Article 108, Commercial Zone I.

* Yes: 810

No: 381

Article 10: By petition, to re-zone the following three lots to Commercial II exclusively, subject to the governance of Article 109: Commercial Zone C-II of the current Town of Kingston, (NH) Ordinances, Rules and Regulations publication, being those three (3) lots identified and delineated on Kingston, NH Tax Map R- 34 numbered 1,54 and 71B. The passage of this Warrant Article shall supersede any other zoning designation of these lots as voted for at the March 2011 Kingston Town Meeting and election.

Yes: 290

* No: 923

Article 11: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,897,000 for the purpose of constructing a new municipal library as presented by the Library Board of Trustees to be located at Tax Map R33-21-2 and for equipment and furnishings, architectural fees, site development, professional service fees and any items incident to and/or necessary for said construction, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $1,897,000.00 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon? In order to allow the majority of voters to decide how to fund the Library, if both Article 11 and Article 22 pass, the option that receives the higher number of votes will take precedence. A three-fifths affirmative vote is required for passage of this article.

Yes: 514

* No: 812

Article 12: Shall the Town vote to 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 $ 4,462,647? Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $4,499,060, 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 & XVI to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only. This operating budget warrant article does not include appropriations contained in any other warrant articles.

* Yes: 1,011

No: 288

Article 13: Shall the Town authorize the Tax Collector to allow a 1¬% deduction from Property Tax when payment is made within 30 days of billing?

* Yes: 1,291

No: 54

Article 14: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000.00 to be placed in the previously approved Town Buildings Maintenance and Repairs Capital Reserve Fund?

* Yes: 944

No: 386

Article 15: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $75,000.00 to be placed in the previously approved Highway Department Equipment Replacement Capital Reserve Fund?

* Yes: 902

No: 402

Article 16: Shall the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to establish a municipal water district, to have the ability to protect water rights of the Town of Kingston from outside agencies/municipalities/developers from exporting without input from the Town? To create this protection, the Town must establish a water district through specific legal language: "Shall the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen, pursuant to NH RSA Chapter 38, to establish a municipal water utility, to accept future dedications of water utility infrastructure, plant and property which the Selectmen judge to be suitable for establishing a municipal water utility, with the further understanding that any agreement to accept or acquire such plant or infrastructure shall either be paid for from monies appropriated for general government purposes, or alternately, in the selectmen's discretion, any agreement to acquire or determination of acquisition price shall be presented to a future Kingston Town Meeting for approval and ratification prior to final acquisition of water utility property?" A two-thirds affirmative vote is required for passage of this article.

* Yes: 1,044

No: 275

Article 17: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $75,000 to be placed in the previously established Fire Department Capital Reserve Fund for Apparatus Replacement?

* Yes: 846

No: 475

Article 18: Shall the Town vote to change the purpose of an existing special revenue fund known as the Ambulance Replacement Fund to include expenditures for the purpose of purchasing ambulance equipment? A two-thirds affirmative vote is required for passage of this article.

* Yes: 760

No: 519

Article 19: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $20,000 for the purpose of renovating the former YWCA land, buildings and equipment located at 24 Main Street in Kingston (Tax Map U5, Lot 62) for use as a community recreation facility, and to authorize withdrawal and expenditure of that amount from the existing Recreation Capital Reserve Fund? This article has no tax impact.

* Yes: 971

No: 334

Article 20: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $30,000 (this is in addition to the $20,000 from the Recreation Capital Reserve Fund) for the purpose of repairing and renovating the former YWCA land, buildings and equipment located at 24 Main Street in Kingston (Tax Map U5, Lot 62) for use as a community recreation facility?

* Yes: 743

No: 536

Article 21: Shall the Town vote to revoke the Town of Kingston Infrastructure Development, Improvement and Maintenance Fund ("Infrastructure Fund") established in 2007, for the purpose of withdrawing $1,897,000.00 from the principal balance of $6,000,000 of the Infrastructure Fund in accordance with Article 22 for the construction of a new municipal library and reestablishing a fund with the remaining balance of $4,507,735.34, in accordance with Article 23? This Warrant Article is contingent on the passage of Article 22 and Article 23. If either Article 22 and Article 23 do not pass (Library Construction or the establishment of the 2011 Infrastructure Fund) this Warrant Article becomes moot and has no effect. In order for the Town to take advantage of the current Infrastructure Fund, Articles 21, 22, and 23 all must pass. This Article shall have no tax impact.

* Yes: 674

No: 646

Article 22: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,897,000 for the purpose of constructing a new municipal library as presented by the Library Board of Trustees to be located at Tax Map R33-21-2 and for equipment and furnishings, architectural fees, site development, professional service fees and any items incident to and/or necessary for said construction, and such sum to come from the remaining balance of the Infrastructure Fund which was revoked in Article 21? This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until December 31, 2013. This Warrant Article is contingent on the passage of Article 21 and Article 23. If either Article 21 and Article 23 do not pass (Revocation of the current Infrastructure 4 of 6

Fund or establishment of the 2011 Town of Kingston Infrastructure Fund) this Warrant Article becomes moot and has no effect. In order for the town to take advantage of the current Infrastructure Fund, Article 21, 22, and 23 all must pass. This Article shall have no tax impact.

* Yes: 681

No: 651

Article 23: Shall the Town vote to create a general trust fund under the provisions of RSA 31:19-a II to be known as the "2011 Town of Kingston Infrastructure Fund" for the purpose of building, expanding, improving, and maintaining Town owned structures and improvements and to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,507,735.34, such sum to come from the remaining balance of the Infrastructure Fund which was revoked in Article 21 and no amount to be raised by taxation? The sum of $4,103,000 shall remain in Trust and will not be invaded. Only monies earned through investment, including but not limited to interest and dividends and the interest and dividend money earned on the "Town of Kingston Infrastructure, Development, Improvement and Maintenance Fund" as of December 31, 2010, including any interest accumulated through March 2, 2011 will be available to support the purpose of the Trust Fund. The Selectmen are appointed agents to expend earnings of the Trust Fund for the purpose of the Trust, after a posted public hearing. The intent of this Article is to create a Revocable Trust, generating annual earnings for the benefit of the Town in perpetuity. If either Article 21 and Article 22 do not pass (Revocation of the current Infrastructure Fund or Library Construction) this Warrant Article becomes moot and has no effect. In order for the town to take advantage of the current Infrastructure Fund, Articles 21, 22, and 23 all must pass. This Article shall have no tax impact.

* Yes: 668

No: 652

Article 24: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 for the purpose of broadcasting Town meetings and hearings over the Cable Channel for the Town of Kingston, including any necessary training on the video equipment? Further, this $5,000 to be funded from the Cable Franchise Fees paid to the Town of Kingston, received annually at an approximate amount of $90,000.

* Yes: 812

No: 481

Article 25: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,000 for the purpose of a fireworks display during the 2011 Kingston Days Celebration?

* Yes: 844

No: 502

Article 26: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $182,000 to purchase a conservation easement on approximately 80 acres of land located on Little River Road and shown on Tax Map R34 as lot 44, and allow withdrawal of $182,000 from the Land Acquisition Capital Reserve Fund for this purchase in order to permanently conserve the land? Further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept any funds from the State of New Hampshire, the federal government, or private sources to support the permanent protection of this land. This purchase will conserve the Town's rural character, help stabilize the tax base, and ensure that an area prime for residential development does not have a significant negative impact on taxes because of the need for increased Town services such as education, fire and police. This purchase will be in partnership with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, a non-profit conservation organization, which will hold a conservation easement on the land. This article is contingent upon receipt of funds of $135,000 from the Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program or other sources. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI, and will not lapse until the easement is purchased or by December 31, 2015, whichever is sooner. This article has no tax impact.

* Yes: 950

No: 380

Article 27: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $28,000 to be placed in the Land Acquisition Capital Reserve Fund for the future purchase of development rights, conservation easements and other land acquisition to stabilize the tax base, maintain large tracts of land as such, and to help ensure that the development of additional large multi-house subdivisions do not have significant impact on taxes for town services such as education, fire and police?

* Yes: 896

No: 428

Article 28: Shall the Town create a Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1, to be named "The Powwow Pond Preservation Fund", for the maintenance of the area from the New Boston Boat Launch through the remaining open bays, and to raise and appropriate $2,500 to be placed in this fund, with the Board of Selectmen as agents to expend said funds?

* Yes: 707

No: 610

Article 29: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $2,500 to support Child and Family Services, which provides accessible and affordable programs to children, youth and their families leading to stronger family connections, improved school performance and better citizenship?

* Yes:1,107

No: 228

Article 30: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the amount of $2,380 to support Rockingham Nutrition & Meals on Wheels Program's service providing meals for older, homebound and disabled Kingston residents in the Town's 2011 budget?

* Yes: 1,238

No: 111

Article 31: Shall the Town vote to accept Ash Drive as a town road? This road is 1/5 of a mile in length and provides access to the 40 units of Rowell Estates, an over-55 development.

Yes: 508

* No: 810