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March 8, 2011

Hampstead Town Results, 2011


Asterisk denotes winner

Article 1: Election of officers

Selectman: three-year term, elect one

* Sean P. Murphy: 1,204

Cemetery Trustee: three-year term, elect one

*Terry Sullivan: 1,203

Planning Board: three-year term, elect two

*William Weber: 1,131

*Write-in — Randy Clark: 178

Town Clerk-Tax Collector: three-year term, elect one

*Patricia Curran: 1,245

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

*Gustav Khambatta: 1,130

Budget Committee: three-year term, elect two

Francisco Velasco: 414

*Matthew Murphy: 896

*Brian Vass: 860

Town Treasurer: three-year term, elect one

*Harold I. Williams: 1,255

Library Trustee: three-year term, elect one

*Aileen Wall: 1,186

Library Trustee: two-year term, elect one

*John Skidmore: 1,173

Highway Agent: three-year term, elect one

* Jon Worthen: 996

Stephen M. Wentworth: 500

Article 2: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: "HOME OCCUPATION: The accessory use of the dwelling and/or lot for business nature conducted by the occupant thereof which is clearly secondary to the dwelling use for living purposes, and which does not change the character thereof and is not detrimental to the adjacent properties or neighbors.

*Yes: 1,151

No: 277

Article 3: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: HOME OCCUPATIONS Article IV-6:5 Home Occupation Sign: "B.4 A sign permit issued from the Building Department is required. Signage shall comply with the requirements of Residential Zone A."

*Yes: 1,098

No: 333

Article 4: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 3 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: HOME OCCUPATIONS Article IV-6:6 Permit Application: "The applicant shall complete and sign a form that sets forth the nature of the home occupation and provides details of the business and scope of operation and submit proof of occupancy. If the occupant is not a record owner, proof of approval by the record owner is also required."

*Yes: 1,101

No: 327

Article 5: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 4 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: HOME OCCUPATIONS Article IV 6:8 Validity of Permit: "A permit is valid only for the occupant and locations for which it is issued. A permit to operate a home occupation shall be issued to the applicant only and is not transferable to a subsequent owner or occupant."

*Yes:1,159

No: 300

Article 6: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 5 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SEASONAL DWELLING CONVERSION Article IV-5:4 Conversion Requirements C. SEPTIC SYSTEM:

"The applicant must submit proof of compliance with RSA 485-A: 38 in full accordance with Env-Wq 1004.14 & Env-Wq 1004.16 of the Administrative Rules of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Holding Tanks will not be permitted.

*Yes:1,141

No: 314

Article 7: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 6 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SIGNS Article IV-4:3 Prohibited Types and Locations: "2. Signs which bear or contain Statements, words, or pictures, or silhouettes of an obscene, pornographic or immoral character or which contain advertising matter which is untruthful or as otherwise prohibited by State Law."

*Yes: 1,259

No: 208

Article 8: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 7 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SIGNS Article IV-4:4 Restrictions. A.2. C-1 Zone: "Where continuous or clustered businesses are built such as in a business center or shopping center, only one general display sign of not more than eighty (80) square feet total shall be allowed and that sign must be limited to forty (40) square feet per side, to identify these businesses, which shall have a maximum height of twenty (20) feet."

*Yes: 1,192

No: 267

Article 9: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 8 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SIGNS Article IV-4:4 Restrictions. A.3. C-2 & C-3 Zone: "Where contiguous or cluster businesses are built (in Zones C-2 & C-3) only one general display sign shall be allowed and that sign must be limited to a total of eighty (80) square feet, meaning forty (40) square feet per side, to identify these businesses."

*Yes: 1,165

No: 281

Article 10: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 9 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SIGNS Article IV-4:4 Restrictions. F: "Changeable copy signs can account for not more that twenty-five percent (25 percent) of the allowed sign area."

*Yes: 1,074

No: 342

Article 11: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment Number 10 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance as follows: SIGNS Article IV-4:4 Restrictions. I. 3. Special Exception: "3. The design and materials of the sign fits with the character of the Town, with Performance Standards for Commercial Zones as outlined in Article III, and are approved by the Board of Adjustment."

*Yes: 1,182

No: 252

Article 12: To see if the voters of the Town of Hampstead will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,996,721, for the purpose of financing the construction of a new police station on land owned by the Town (Map 7, lot 10) and equipping same, which building will house the Town's Police Department, and to authorize the issuance of bonds or notes of not more than $1,996,721 under and in compliance with the Municipal Finance Act, RSA 33:1 et seq., as amended, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 1) apply for, obtain and accept federal, state and other aid, if any, which may be available for said project and to comply with all laws applicable to said project; 2) issue, negotiate, sell and deliver said bonds and notes; 3) determine the rate of interest thereon and the maturity and other terms thereof; 4) take any other action or pass any other vote relative thereto.

Yes: 800

*No: 745

Article 13: To see if the Town will 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 $5,217,445. Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $5,219,306 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.

*Yes: 1,209

No: 284

Article 14: To see if the Town will vote to approve the cost items included in the 3-year collective bargaining agreement reached between the Hampstead Board of Selectmen and the New England Police Benevolent Association Local No. 37 of New Hampshire, effective April 1st, 2011, which calls for increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing levels and further to raise and appropriate the sum of $23,916 for the current fiscal year, such sum representing the additional cost attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels in accordance with the most recent collective bargaining agreement.

*Yes: 854

No: 621

Article 15: Shall the Town, if Article 14 is defeated, authorize the Board of Selectmen to call one special meeting, at its option, to address Article 14 cost items only.

*Yes: 995

No: 479

Article 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $124,642.00 for a new drainage system for the Town Beach, parking lot and roadways to reduce pollution and erosion of the Town Beach and Wash Pond, $93,481.50 of this appropriation to be offset by a FEMA grant in that amount with the balance of $31,160.50 to be raised by taxation. $93,481.50 of this appropriation is contingent upon receipt of the FEMA grant. In the event that the Town does not receive the FEMA grant, $31,160.50 will be spent to upgrade a portion of the drainage. This article shall be non-lapsing until the completion of the project or until December 31, 2015, whichever comes first.

If this article passes Article 17 is null and void.

This article is contingent upon receiving the grant. However, if this article passes and a grant is not received the money raised through taxation will be used to upgrade a portion of the drainage.

*Yes: 841

No: 667

Article 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $11,500 to increase the capacity of the drainage pipes at the Town Beach and parking lot. If Article 16 passes this article will be null and void. This article shall be non-lapsing.

* Yes: 998

No: 493

Article 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $10,000 to be placed in the existing Hampstead Public Library Building Maintenance Non-Capital Reserve Fund.

*Yes: 802

No: 709

Article 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $17,800 to support Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART).

*Yes: 860

No: 627

Article 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $700 to support the Senior Retired Volunteers Program.

* Yes: 1,197

No: 314

Article 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,070 to support Sexual Assault Support Services.

* Yes: 1,105

No: 404

Article 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000 to support Child and Family Services.

* Yes:1,121

No: 324

Article 23: To see if the Town will vote to amend the Ethics Ordinance adopted on March 8, 2005 by adding an additional section to be inserted between Section 4: Conflict of Interest and Section 5: Duty to Disclose and the Duty to Recuse and to read as follows: Standards of Conduct (a) No Town Officer/Employee shall knowingly or with reason to know use or attempt to use his/her official position to secure for him/herself or for others unwarranted privileges or exemptions which are not available to other citizens of Hampstead. (b) No Town Officer/ Employee shall claim at any time to act on behalf of any board without prior authorization from a majority of the board. (c) No Town Officer/Employee shall use Town property or Town labor for personal purposes.

*Yes: 1,310

No: 126