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Town of Chichester New Hampshire 2006 Warrant
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
THE POLLS WILL BE OPENED FROM 10:00AM TO 7:00PM

TOWN OF CHICHESTER
COUNTY OF MERRIMACK

2006
WARRANT

To the inhabitants of the Town of Chichester in the County of Merrimack in said State, qualified to vote in Town affairs:

You are hereby notified to meet at the Grange Hall in said Chichester on Tuesday, the 14th day of March next at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, to act upon the following subjects:

1.      The choose all necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing (Ballot)

2.      Are you in favor of adoption of the amendment to Article III, add Section P Open Space Conservation Development; to the Town of Chichester Zoning Ordinance?

The purpose of this encouraging flexibility in the development of land in order to (1) create permanently protected open space, (2) preserve and minimize negative impacts on environmental resources such as those identified in the current Chichester Natural Resources Inventory, (3) protect water quality and quantity, (4) enhance the quality of life by providing for passive recreational space, (5) provide for public recreational facilities, where appropriate, (6) provide greater flexibility and efficiency in road design, and (7) discourage sprawling, landconsuming forms of development.

3.      Are you in favor of modifying Article III Section L Growth Management Ordinance in its entirety and replace with…

The purpose of this is to limit the number of building permits, except that the number of building permits for new residential dwellings on lots in open space conservation developments that are permanently deeded for elderly housing shall be limited to an amount that is not to exceed an annual growth rate of 2.2%. Excepted as stated in Section II, 2.

4.      Are you in favor of modifying Article III Section P Wetlands in its entirety and replace with…

The purpose of this is to regulate the use of wetlands and the land surrounding wetlands, in order to provide areas for, among other things, flood water storage and control, wildlife habitat, maintenance of water quality, and groundwater recharge

5.      Are you in favor of modifying Article III Section R Outdoor Lighting in its entirety and replace it with…

The purpose of this ordinance is to improve the visibility of the nighttime sky without impacting safety, by reducing lighting conditions including by not limited to, glare, light trespass and sky glow.

Article 6 through 24 will be considered at the second session of the Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2006, beginning at 10 o’clock in the forenoon at the Chichester Central School.

6.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $520,900.55 (five-hundred-twenty-thousand-nine-hundred dollars and fifty-five cents) for the replacement of the bridge over Sanborn Brook on Webster Mills Road and in accordance with RSA Chapter 33, Municipal Finance Act, to authorize the issuance of Bonds or Notes not exceeding $454,960.00 (four-hundred-fifty-four-thousand-nine-hundred-sixty dollars) for said purpose, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate such Bonds or Notes, and to determine the rate of interest thereon and the maturity and other terms for this purpose.  The total cost of the bridge is $520,900.55 (five-hundred-twenty-thousand-nine-hundred dollars and fifty-five cents).  The Town’s 20% portion is $113,740.00 (one-hundred-thirteen-thousand-seven-hundred-forty dollars) of which $57,799.45 (fifty-seven-thousand-seven-hundred-forty dollars and forty-five cents) was paid.  And to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw up to $65,940.55 (sixty-five-thousand-nine-hundred-forty dollars and fifty-five cents) from Capital Reserve/Town Bridges Fund. (2/3 majority vote). The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

7.      To raise such sums of money as may be necessary to defray Town Charges for the ensuing year and make appropriations of the same. (Budget)

8.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $129,500.00 (one-hundred-twenty-nine-thousand-five-hundred dollars) to be added to the following Capital Reserve Funds Majority Vote Required.  The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.


Library Building:
$  2,000.00
Rescue Truck:
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Fire Station:
$  2,000.00
Fire Truck:
$12,500.00
Town Bridges:
$20,000.00
Town Facilities:
$  7,500.00
Police Cruiser:
$15,000.00
Town Reappraisal:
$  5,000.00
Highway Heavy Equipment:
$15,000.00
Office Equipment:
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Cemeteries:
$  2,000.00
Septic Disposal:
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Police Office Equipment:
$  1,500.00
Forestry Vehicle:
$  3,000.00
Parks/Recreation:
$  2,500.00
Town Mapping:
$  5,000.00
Town Roads:
$25,000.00
Police Equipment:
$  1,500.00
Thunder Bridge:
$10,000.00


9.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $5,343.00 (five-thousand-three hundred-forty-three dollars) to paint the inside of Town Hall, and replace the lobby doors and authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from the Capital Reserve Funds/Town Facilities. (majority vote)  The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

10.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,875.00 (two-thousand-eight-hundred-seventy-five dollars) to purchase an imaging program which is part of the Police Software program which the Police Department currently has.  This imagining program will allow the Police to use digital cameras for arrest photos, accident and crime scenes and will allow the Police to link the photographs to the report in the computer and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from the Capital Reserve Funds/ Office Equipment (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

11.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of  $30,744.00 (thirty-thousand-seven-hundred-forty-four dollars) to purchase and outfit a new Police Cruiser.  The cruiser cost is $23,890.00 (twenty-three-thousand-eight-hundred-ninety dollars) included in the price is a 5 year/75,000 mile warranty.  The cost to outfit the cruiser is $6,854.00 (six-thousand-eight-hundred-fifty-four dollars) and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from Capital Reserve Funds/Police Cruiser (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

12.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of  $3,000.00 (three-thousand dollars) to purchase and install a ductless air conditioning unit for the Police Station and to authorized the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from Capital Reserve Fund/ Town Facilities (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

13.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum not to exceed $15,000.00 (fifteen-thousand dollars) for the purpose of hiring a licensed land surveyor to perform a property boundary survey, limited topography survey of the three town-owned parcels of land located near the intersection of Bear Hill Road and Suncook Valley Highway (NH Route 28) and known as the Carpenter Memorial Center Park.  And further authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw $5,000.00 (five-thousand dollars) from the Parks and Recreation Capital Reserve, to accept $5,000.00 (five-thousand dollars) from the Conservation Commission Land Conservation Fund and to raise $5,000.00 (five-thousand dollars) from general taxation. (majority vote). The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

14.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 (four-thousand dollars) for repairing the retaining wall on the east embankment on the Suncook River adjacent to Thunder Bridge and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from Capital Reserve Funds/Thunder Bridge. (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.
        
15.     To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Thunder Bridge Capital Reserve Fund.  This authorizes the Trustees of the Trust Funds to disburse the funds on order of the agent without further approval.  (majority vote)

16.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,990.00 (one-thousand-nine-hundred-ninety dollars) to purchase a fire-proof filing cabinet for the Selectmen’s Office and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from Capital Reserve Funds/Office Equipment. (majority vote). The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

17.     To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Office Equipment Capital Reserve Fund.  This authorizes the Trustees of the Trust Funds to disburse the funds on order of the agent without further approval.  (majority vote).

18.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $76, 400.00 (seventy-six-thousand-four-hundred dollars) to purchase a Backhoe Loader by receiving a $23,000.00 (twenty-three-thousand dollars) trade-in allowance on the old backhoe and authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw the sum of $53,400.00 (fifty-three-thousand-four-hundred dollars) from Capital Reserve/Heavy Equipment; (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

19.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum not to exceed $15,000.00 (fifteen-thousand dollars) for the purpose of coating the Town bridges and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw said amount from Capital Reserve/Town Bridges. (majority vote). The Selectmen and the Budget Committee recommend this appropriation.

20.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $52,800.00 (fifty-two-thousand-eight-hundred dollars) for the purpose of shimming and overlay for Webster Mills Road and to authorized the Board of Selectmen to withdraw  the sum of $10,000.00 (ten-thousand dollars) from Capital Reserve/ Town Roads and the sum of $42,800.00 (forty-two-thousand-eight-hundred dollars) to be raised by general taxation (majority vote) The Selectmen and the Budget Committee do not recommend this appropriation.

21.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $48,384.00 (forty-eight-thousand-three-hundred-eighty-four dollars) to engineer, grind and add gravel to the lower section of Center Road and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to withdraw the amount of $25,000.00 (twenty-five thousand) from Capital Reserve/Town Roads and the remainder $23,384.00 (twenty-three-three-hundred-eighty-four dollars) to be raised by general taxation.  (majority vote). The Selectmen and the Budget Committee do not recommend this appropriation.

22.     To see if the Town will vote to discontinue and abandon a portion of the old roadway sometimes known as Old Depot Road. The portion to be discontinued begins at a point where it intersects with the new Depot Road and continues southeasterly for a distance of 62 feet (sixty-two feet), more or less, containing .026 (point zero-twenty-six) acres or 1,154 square feet (one-thousand-one-hundred-fifty-four square feet).  And to further authorize the Selectmen to execute a deed on behalf of the Town conveying the above portion of this road to be abandoned to the adjoining landowner. (majority vote)

23.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint and convene a Committee on Town Organization, of no less than 5 (five) members of which a majority shall not work for or be associated with any Town Department, which shall be charged with reviewing the current organization and staffing of Town Departments and making proposals of reorganization, it deem appropriate.  The Committee shall at a minimum consider and report on the following issues: (1) Would the Town benefit from entering into regional cooperation agreements with one or more bordering towns in the operation of the police and fire department? (2) Would the Town benefit from changing the method of the selection of road agent from an elected position to an appointed position?  Are there any functions not currently being performed by the elected road agent that could perform by an appointed public works department? (By Petition)(majority vote)

24.     To transact any other business that may legally come before said meeting.

25.     To see if the Town will vote to adopt a policy that will reflect the basic conflict of interest rule that states: “public officials should not have a personal interest in business transactions in which they are engaged for government”.  As such the policy shall prohibit any elected official, or employee of the Town, from contracting their privately owned business services to the Town or from contracting with, on behalf of the Town, any business from which they have a personal financial interest.

Given under our hands and seal this 27th day of February, in the year Two Thousand Six.

A true copy of the Warrant-Attest:


                                        
Richard DeBold, Chairman


                                        
Stephen MacCleery, Selectman


                                        
David Colbert, Selectman

                        


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