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March 03. 2014 10:04PM

Meredith voters to decide $12.9m operating budget

MEREDITH — When voters come to the polls next week, they'll be asked to decide on several big-money articles, including a proposal to renovate the outside of the town library.

Articles 1 to 4 of the warrant will be decided at town elections, which will be held on Tuesday, March 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Junior/Senior High School gymnasium. Articles 5 to 13 will come before voters on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

The first four articles deal with town elections and proposed zoning changes, including changes to rules dealing with duplex housing. Article 3 asks for a clarification of town zoning definitions stating that nonconforming uses shall not be treated as abandoned if there is evidence of intent not to abandon the use.

Article 6 asks voters to approve the proposed $12.9 million operating budget, which does not include warrant articles.

Article 7 deals with road improvements, asking for $250,000 for various road improvements in the town, with funding to come from the State Aid Reconstruction Grant Reserve.

Article 8 asks for $200,000 to be added to the Fire Department Vehicle Replacement Expendable Trust. Article 9 asks for $175,000 to be added to the Department of Public Works Equipment Replacement Fund.

Article 10 asks for $62,000 from the Cable Franchise Fee Special Revenue Fund for cable television public access fees and equipment replacement expenses.

Article 11 asks voters for $100,000 to conduct a feasibility study for a new facility at the current public works highway building location. The feasibility study will involve many considerations including building design and location, storm water management, utilities and the replacement of the vehicle fueling station.

Article 12 asks for $177,859 to renovate to the exterior of the Meredith Public Library. This article is recommended by the selectmen unanimously. Of that amount, $77,000 would be offset by a grant from the state's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

Article 13 is a petitioned article asking voters for $5,000 to help cover and support some of the costs for the town's 250th anniversary celebration in 2018. dseufert@newstote.com


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