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Randolph selects Cryans, almost unanimous on ATV article

By Debra Thornblad
Special to the Union Leader

March 11. 2014 10:46PM

RANDOLPH – Randolph residents voted for Democrat Michael Cryans over Republican Joseph Kenney by more than two to one, 71 to 31.

There were no races for town offices this year. Selectman Michele Cormier was re-elected to her position by 95 votes.

Residents were close to unanimous in not wanting non-winter use of ATVs on the rail trail. The article was submitted by petition, signed by 31 residents. It asked residents to "record their opposition to any future non-winter use of the rail trail through this town by ATV's."

The petitioners argued that that use "would deprive people of the ability they now have to use the trail for walking, biking, and enjoying peaceful scenery", especially for those less ambulatory.

Selectman Michele Cormier said there was some discussion on the article, with a couple of people feeling ATVs were good for business, but there seemed to be general agreement that people wanted to be free to enjoy the trail without worrying about ATVs.

The rail trail referred to is owned by the state of New Hampshire, so the vote is advisory only.

A second petition article on the warrant asking selectmen to enact a resolution that expresses their concerns regarding the transport of tar sands oil through N.H. and their towns "due to economic, environmental, and public health risks of such transport: and to strongly encourage the state General Court and U.S. Congress to take all reasonable steps to make sure any such proposal gets a thorough review at both the state and federal levels passed unanimously.

Cormier said discussion on this article focused on clarifying what the article was asking. It was not to forbid the transportation of tar sands oil, but to make sure it was thoroughly studied first.

The third major article discussed was the increase in the cost of the ambulance contract with Gorham, from $9,000 to $48,500.

Gorham officials said the higher amount more truly represents the actual cost to provide that service.

Cormier said the selectmen laid out the options available. Berlin, Lancaster and Twin Mountain all have ambulance services. Randolph could provide its own ambulance service.

Selectmen noted they had received an email from Gorham at 3 p.m. that afternoon keeping the cost at $9,000, last year's cost, but that was nothing more than an email. There was no contract offered.

Gorham selectmen had met with the chairman of that town's budget committee, Mike Waddell, Monday night to discuss the issue.

The town decided to go with Berlin for the time being, giving them time to look at all the options.

The town voted to name the small mountain north of Lowe's Store, west of Mt. Randolph, Mount Lowe in honor of the Lowe family, who were early settlers of Randolph, and are still residents.

"We'd like to recognize them," Cormier said.



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