Video will be up soon depending on how well Time Warner Cable holds up during this weekends snowstorm. Less than 230 people voted. Another disappointing voter turnout, about 6% or so of registered voters.
Article 8- This was to endorse the report of the Village Vision committee - The date of the report that was being voted on was amended to read February 19th 2015, the date the committee approved the final report. The amendment was approved as was the original article by a show of voter cards.
Article 29 - was voted on next as the petitioners made a successful motion to move the article up ahead of article 9. This article was a petitioned article to eliminate the position of Town Administrator. After a fair amount of discussion and a vote asking for the Town Moderator to step down for this particular article ( defeated by show of cards) the article was defeated by secret ballot vote of 182 No to 40 Yes.
Article 30 - was also approved to be moved up in the warrant to be addressed prior to article 9. This was for $85,000 for engineering and acquisition of rights of way etc for future construction of sidewalks in the village. CIPC chair Jordan Prouty spoke of the need for these large capital expenditures to come before the CIPC as the final expense can be very large and needs to be programmed into the capital budget. A secret ballot vote approved the article by 124 Yes to 104 No
Article 13- Seeking appropriation for two capital items that were not recommended by the CIPC, $20,000 for a plan for the water supply at the highway garage and $15,000 for engineering work to determine what repairs are necessary for the Playground Drive softball field.
( It should be noted that no decision has been made by the BoS on how the water supply at the highway garage will addressed and the BoS have requested that experts in the field study the issue and report back with the results and best options. The softball field repair was predicated on finding a cost effective solution short of an expensive rebuild. We asked for all options to be put on the table and not just the nuclear option of a complete rebuild) Passed b secret ballot vote 129 Yes 48 No.
The " hearts and flowers" articles 19 thru 28 and 31 thru 33 ( total just under $68,000) were approved to be bundled together. A discussion ensued after a question about how many Moultonboro residents benefit from these programs and if the BoS vetted each petition.
( The reality is that while we are obligated to place the articles on the warrant, we do have a vote on whether to recommend them or not. It is reasonable then that in the future we require more information from each petitioner before voting to recommend or not.) The combined articles passed by a show of cards.
Lastly, I had the honor of presenting granite mementos to our two outgoing selectboard members, Jon Toman and Joel Mudgett thanking them for their service to the community.