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Bedford: Voters OK funds for biodegradable lunch trays, implement new cell tower guidelines

Union Leader Correspondent

March 13. 2018 11:53PM
Voters cast their ballots at Bedford High School on Tuesday. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

BEDFORD — A proposal to limit the height restriction of future telecommunication towers to 75 feet, as well as a proposed 750-foot buffer from the nearest residential property was approved by voters at the polls on Tuesday.

A proposed zoning amendment that would have prohibited licensed surgical centers from operating within medical or dental clinics in town unless a waiver was granted by town planners failed to receive enough support.

Several physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock were opposed to the zoning change, claiming it would have limited patient access and restricted competition. Supporters, however, maintained that it would have created a fair playing field because town officials would have had the opportunity, if they wished, to request that property taxes be paid by nonprofit organizations such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock if they hoped to open a surgical center in town.

Local voters approved the school district’s $74 million budget, as well as a $93,000 energy efficiency feasibility study.

Also, a student-led effort to eliminate the use of foam lunch trays in all local schools was approved by voters.

Residents supported $20,000 to purchase an initial purchase of biodegradable lunch trays — an effort spearheaded by a high school Destination Imagination team.

For the school board, Cindy Chagnon and Jay Nash beat out Spencer Dias and Sarah Lang for two seats.

Melissa Stevens, Bill Duschatko and Phil Greazzo won seats on the town council.

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