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March 14, 2011

Kensington Election Results


Click here for results from the March 8, 2011 School District vote.

Selectmen (3 years) Vote for not more than 1

Kevin Rosencrantz        221       

James P. Thompson        117        

Richard Powers            103               



Library Trustee (3 years) Vote for not more than 1

Heather Ritter        392       



Trustee of Trust Funds (3 years) Vote for not more than 1

James B. Webber        394       

Tax Collector (1 year) Vote for not more than 1

Carlene Wiggin            429       



Cemetery Trustee  (3 years)   Vote for not more than 1

Joan Webber        399       



Town Clerk (1 year) Vote for not more than 1

Jessica Dostie            404       



Grange Hall Trustee (3 years) Vote for not more than 1

Joan Webber        385       



Treasurer (1 year) Vote for not more than 1        



Moderator (2 years) Vote for not more than 1

Harold Bragg            373       



Write-Ins



Tax Collector:                    Library Trustee:

Sue Cannon        2            Julie Hall            1    

Donna Carter        1            Elaine Kaczmarek    1

                            Marcia York        1

Town Clerk:

Dawn Frost            1            Trustee of Trust Funds:

Marcia York        1            Grant Carter        1

                            Harold Bragg        1

Treasurer:

Sara Belisle            11            Cemetery Trustee:

Michael Schwotzer    4            Nancy Roffman        1

Carol Sargent        3

Dennis Roffman        2            Grange Hall Trustee:

Richard Welsh        1            Nancy Roffman        11

Richard Bates        1            Dawn Perry        2

Jim Webber        1

Richard Powers        1

Bella Tuttle            1

Gary Bonitatibus        1

Carlton Rezendes        1

John Hughes        1

Donna Hall            2

Robert Upton        1



Moderator:

Paul Landry        1

Jim Webber        2

Robert Solomon        1

Andrew White        1



ARTICLE 2:  The purpose of the Steep Slope District Article is to prevent unwise and unsafe land use on slopes in excess of twenty percent (20%) in order to reduce damage to surface water bodies from the consequences of excessive and improper construction activities, erosion, stormwater runoff, or effluent from sewage disposal systems. The ordinance also aims to preserve natural topography, drainage patterns, vegetative cover, scenic views, wildlife habitats, protect unique natural areas as well as to prevent difficult and unsafe street construction, and expensive street maintenance. The addition of this section will promote public health, safety and welfare, preserve the rural character of the Town, and encourage the appropriate and best use of its land.



Article 11 STEEP SLOPES DISTRICT

 

11.1 Purpose

 

The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent unwise and unsafe land use on slopes in excess of twenty percent (20%) in order to reduce damage to surface water bodies from the consequences of excessive and improper construction activities, erosion, stormwater runoff, or effluent from sewage disposal systems, and to preserve the natural topography, drainage patterns, vegetative cover, scenic views, wildlife habitats, as well as to protect unique natural areas. The purpose of this ordinance is also to prevent difficult and unsafe street construction, and expensive street maintenance.



11.2 DELINEATION OF REGULATED LANDS



The Steep Slope Conservation District shall comprise all lands in the Town of Kensington with a slope of twenty percent (20%) or greater. The Steep Slope Conservation District (the “District”) is an overlay to the requirements of the underlying zoning district. Slopes subject to this ordinance shall be field delineated on a site-specific basis.



This ordinance shall apply to any application for a building permit, a site plan development, or a subdivision which requires or proposes disturbance to land with a slope of twenty percent (20%) or greater.

 

11.3 AUTHORITY AND ADMINISTRATION



The provisions of this Article are authorized by RSA 674:16, Grant of Power; RSA 674:17, Purposes of Zoning Ordinance; 674:21, I (j), Environmental Characteristics Zoning.



The Building Inspector and/or Planning Board shall not approve any building permit, site plan, or subdivision subject to the terms of this article unless the Planning Board has issued a Conditional Use Permit.



All costs pertaining to the consideration of an application under this ordinance, including but not limited to consultants fees, on-site inspections, environmental impact studies, notification of interested persons, and other costs shall be borne by the applicant and paid prior to the Planning Board’s signature of the approved plans or a Building inspector granting of a building permit.



11.4 Definitions



The following definitions are applicable only to this article of the Kensington Zoning and Land Use Ordinance.



Sedimentation: The process by which sediment resulting from accelerated erosion has been or is being transported off the site of the land-disturbing activity and into surface waters or wetlands.



Site Disturbance- Any activity that alters the land surface or removes the vegetative cover from the land surface.



Slope- The degree of deviation of a surface, from the horizontal, measured over a distance; usually expressed in percent as the change in elevation (known as “rise”) over a certain horizontal distance (known as “run”).



Steep Slope- Slopes having a grade of twenty percent (20%) or greater based on two foot contours analyzed over ten foot vertical intervals prior to cut and fill as measured perpendicular to the slope.





11.5 Description of Steep Slopes District.

 

The Steep Slope District includes all areas of Kensington with slopes twenty percent (20%) or greater. The slope of the natural terrain shall be determinative of whether or not land is within the district.

 

11.6 Permitted Uses.

 

Forestry and tree farming using best management practices in order to protect streams from damage and to prevent sedimentation.

 

Wildlife refuges, conservation areas and nature trails.



Open Space and outdoor recreation.



Agriculture which utilizes Best Management Practices (BMPs)





11.7 Prohibited Uses.



No buildings, structures, driveways, or roads shall be permitted in the Steep Slopes District unless permitted as prescribed in 11.8 below.





11.8 Conditional Use Permit.

A conditional use permit may be granted by the planning board for residential and non residential development on a pre-existing lot of record as of March 2011 that causes less than 7,000 square feet of site disturbance on steep slopes if:

the proposed use is consistent with the intent of the ordinance and following receipt of a review and recommendation of the conservation commission and any other professional expertise deemed necessary by the board;

the applicant must demonstrate that no practicable alternatives exist to the proposal under consideration, and that all measures have been taken to minimize the impact that construction activities will have upon the district.

Recommended by the Planning Board

Yes - 268        No - 165



ARTICLE 3:  Shall the Town of Kensington 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 $1,536,513 (one million, five hundred thirty six thousand, five hundred and thirteen dollars)?  Should this article be defeated, the operating budget shall be $1,572,059 (one million, five hundred seventy two thousand, and fifty nine dollars), which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the voters 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.  Note:  This warrant article (operating budget) does not include appropriations in any other warrant article.

Selectmen recommend this appropriation

Yes - 380        No - 72



ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $125,000.00 (one hundred twenty five thousand dollars) to be placed in the Fire Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund.  This fund was established in 1995.

Selectmen do not recommend this appropriation

Yes - 181        No - 279



ARTICLE 5:  To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) for town road reconstruction.  This will be a non-lapsing appropriation as per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until December 31, 2012. This appropriation is in addition to Warrant Article 3, the operating budget article.

Selectmen recommend this appropriation

Yes - 305        No - 154



ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will raise and appropriate $4,000.00 to cover costs to change the Town Clerk’s pay base to $15,000.00 annual salary and an hourly wage of $15/hr for the Deputy Clerk. Currently the Clerks do not receive a salary and receive recording and statutory fees collected and budgeted at $16,000.00 and the Town Clerk receives an annual stipend of $1,500.00. The office hours will remain the same, where the Deputy works and average of 8 hours a week. The change in wages for the clerks would be effective the second billing cycle in March 2011.

Selectmen recommend this appropriation

Yes - 292        No - 161



ARTICLE 7:   To see if the municipality will vote to raise and appropriate $2,000.00 (two thousand dollars) to supplement the Kensington Recreation budget of 2011 in order to provide recreational activities throughout the year promoting community involvement.

Selectmen recommend this appropriation

Yes - 257        No - 193



ARTICLE 8 : To see if the municipality will vote to authorize 25% of the Land Use Change Tax collected pursuant to RSA 79-A:25 to be deposited into the existing Conservation Fund in accordance with RSA 36-A:5, III, as authorized by RSA 79-A:25, II.  If adopted this article shall take effect April 1, 2011, and shall remain in effect until altered or rescinded by a future vote of the town meeting.  (Majority vote required).

Yes - 182        No - 261



ARTICLE 9:  We, the undersigned being duly registered voters of the Town of Kensington, NH hereby submit the following petition to the Selectmen for inclusion on the warrant of the 2011 Annual Meeting.  To see if the voters will agree to require the Chief of Police of the Town of Kensington, NH to reside within thirty miles of Kensington, NH.  The current Chief of Police can not be required to relocate under State of New Hampshire constitution article 32. Future police chiefs would be required to reside within thirty miles of Kensington within one year of hire.

Yes - 321        No - 125