Londonderry OKs rail trail funding

LONDONDERRY — Voters in Londonderry approved every town and school warrant article during Tuesday’s election, including an article to legalize Keno and another to fund the completion of the Londonderry Rail Trail up to its northerly connection to Manchester.

While Town Manager Kevin Smith says it has not been uncommon for most town warrants to pass in the past three to five years, this is probably the first time every warrant has passed.

“It’s a bit unusual if you look at the history of the last 10 years,” Smith said.

According to Sherry Farrell, the town clerk, voters approved a budget of $33,858,810 with 73 percent of the vote and a $172,952 supplemental budget with 75 percent.

There were also spending items including new police personnel (school resource officer and conservation ranger), a new generator for the police station, drainage improvements on the town common and improvements on the old school district offices.

One of the bigger items on the warrant was $1.62 million for the rail trail project, which passed with 77 percent of the vote.

It will fund the completion of Phases 5 and 6 on the northern leg to Harvey Road, where it will connect to the Manchester side.

The state is providing a grant for $800,000, which is included in the total cost, and the Londonderry Trailways organization privately raised $220,000.

Residents also approved a school district budget of $74,316,200 with 57 percent of the vote, as well as a $1.3 million teachers union contract.

In Town Council elections, incumbents John Farrell and Tom Dolan held onto their seats.

On the Londonderry School Board, incumbent Jenn Ganem narrowly defeated Bob Slater in a vote of 1,290 to 1,239.

Christine Patton, Chad Franz and Steve Breault were elected to the Advisory Budget Committee.

Green light for kindergarten in Windham

WINDHAM Voters approved a $15,034,018 operating budget and various warrant articles, including one that would fund full-day kindergarten. Each warrant article passed.

A $750,000 bond to secure water rights from Manchester Water Works passed with 66 percent of the vote, and a $2 million bond to buy up land at London Bridge Road and Bear Hill Road as designated conservation land was approved with 65 percent of the vote.

On the school side, voters approved a $54,061,368 operating budget and an article to fund full-day kindergarten at a cost of $359,761.

Heath Partington won his race for the Board of Selectmen, defeating Galen Stearns with a vote of 1,539 to 995.

Joseph Bradley and Jennean Mason were elected to the Planning Board and Mike Scholz and Dan Clark were elected to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Incumbent Dennis Senibaldi held his School Board seat in a race against Daniel Popovici-Muller.

High school renovation voted down in Hudson

HUDSON Voters in Hudson approved a $26,916,799 operating budget Tuesday, according to Town Clerk Patti Barry.

Funding for full-day kindergarten and a high school renovation project failed.

Other items included union contracts for police, firefighters, town support staff and public works employees.

A $3.88 million water fund budget and a $1.76 million sewer fund budget both got the green light.

While voters approved a school district budget of $54,765,345, they said no to funding full-day kindergarten to the tune of $960,000.

A $23,989,957 bond to renovate Alvirne High School failed to reach the required 60 percent majority by 74 votes.

Kara Roy and incumbent Roger Coutu were elected to the Board of Selectmen.

Voters also elected Diana Lamothe and Gary Gasdia to the School Board for three-year terms, and elected Gretchen Whiting for a one-year term.

Salem: Voters OK pipeline project

SALEM -- Residents in Salem approved an operating budget of $48,820,114 and several other spending items, including a $5.35 million bond to reserve water rights for a state-funded drinking water pipeline project. But voters roundly rejected a warrant article to establish a redistricting study commission, and a school warrant article to bond a major athletic field renovation failed.

Voters approved the bonding of 1.5 million gallons per day of drinking water from Manchester Water Works ahead of the construction of the Southern N.H. Regional Water Project with a vote of 3,086 to to 944.

They also approved a $4.7 million roadway construction and engineering program, a new $788,426 HVAC system for the district court house and a roughly $750,000 fire engine pumper lease.

The only town article to fail was a measure to create a redistricting commission to divide the town into two or more districts for the purposes of electing State House representatives.

On the school side, voters approved a $73,379,847 operating budget, but a measure to bond $4.58 million for the reconstruction of Grant Field behind the high school only got 52 percent of the needed 60 percent.

Other school warrant articles for selling land and approving a union contracts for custodial staff, educational assistants, food service and administrative assistants.

State Rep. Arthur Barnes defeated former Salem Police Chief Paul Donovan for the one-year term on the Salem Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Lisa Withrow ran unopposed for another three-year term.

Derry: School budget approved

DERRY -- Residents approved a $86,845,317 school district budget, a $663,765 teachers union contract, as well as a $154,130 municipal staff union contract.

In Town Council elections, incumbents Jim Morgan, Brian Chirichiello defeated challengers and Charles Foote ran unopposed.

Nick Del’Etoile was elected to the Derry Cooperative School Board, along with incumbents Brenda Willis and Lynn Perkins. Derick Anderson did not get enough votes to be reelected.

Daniel Healey was reelected as Town Clerk.

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