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January 26. 2014 8:35PM

Citizens make conservation a hot issue on Windham ballot

WINDHAM — Local voters will have their say on several citizens petitions during Windham’s Feb. 8 town deliberative session.

During a public hearing on Jan. 23, the Windham Board of Selectmen shared details of three petitioned articles.

Article 5, a citizen’s petition presented by resident James Finn, asks voters to approve the $860,000 purchase of the property at 137 Kendall Pond Road for conservation purposes.

If approved, $700,000 of the purchase would come from bonds, with the remaining purchase amount to come from the town’s conservation fund.

Another citizens petition, Article 27, was submitted by resident Stefan Dapergolas and asks to approve the official discontinuance of a section of Pine Hill Road.

The site in question is located approximately .2 miles east of the intersection of North Lowell and Londonderry roads, and intersects with the town’s current Sheffield Road conservation easement.

Dapergolas, whose property abuts the land in question, said the goal of the petition, which would have zero fiscal impact if approved, was to preserve the site’s environmentally fragile ecosystem.

Attorney James Steiner, who spoke at last week’s meeting on Dapergolas’ behalf, said the site is rich in wildlife, with beavers and moose making their home there.

Article 28, a citizens petition submitted by resident Neelima Gogumalla, asks for the town’s support in “calling on Congress to move forward with a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right of our elected officials and the American people to safeguard fair elections through authority to regulate political spending and clarify that constitutional rights were established for people, not corporations.”

Gogumalla said similar petitions are appearing on town warrants in about 50 other Granite State municipalities and the ultimate goal would be to encourage state legislatures to support a constitutional amendment. If passed by voters come March, the item would have zero fiscal impact for Windham.

Citizens can have their say on all warrant articles during the Windham town deliberative session on Feb. 8 at Windham High School. The session begins at 9 a.m.aguilmet@newstote.com


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