Thursday, March 24, 2016

Special Town Meeting?

The BoS have gotten a few references in recent days to a possible " special town meeting"to be called by a petition of 50 registered voters. A special town meeting is any Town meeting other than the annual meeting.
I am unaware of the the specifics or if it is just bluster, but it is the right of registered voters to do so.

RSA 39:3 states in part: "In towns with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants upon the written application of 50 or more voters or 1/4 of the voters in town, whichever is fewer, and in towns with 10,000 or more inhabitants upon the written application of 5 percent of the registered voters in the town, so presented not less than 60 days before the next annual meeting, the selectmen shall warn a special meeting to act upon any question specified in such application."

According to the NH Municipal Association, there is a caution: "Money articles (i.e. articles requiring the appropriation of funds) can’t be voted on at special meetings unless at least half the town’s voters show up, or unless the selectmen have petitioned the Superior Court."

 Special meetings are not often called by citizen petition, but in the event they are, the process and conduct of the meeting is really no different than the way an annual Town meeting is held. While the RSA above states that the Selectmen "shall' call the special meeting if properly petitioned, if the article to be voted on conflicts with a statutory provision or is not legally enforceable, it could be problematic.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does this work? Under RSA 31.5 I (a), don't more than one half of the voters on the checklist for the most recent annual meeting have to cast ballots? And the right of the Selectmen to petition the Superior Court for permission seems to be limited to emergency situations.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

To clarify and quell any rumors, this post is in reference to " threats" by citizens to petition a special town meeting. The BoS have no intention to call a special town meeting for any reason. If such a petition were to be presented, I am certain the BoS would seek the counsel of an attorney for proper legal advice.

Anonymous said...

what is the nature of the petitioned special meeting?

Anonymous said...

Recreation

Anonymous said...

ok- so...what about recreation? why the jystery? whose behnd this?

Anonymous said...

A group in town wants to gather enough signatures to call Special Town Meeting this summer. Their goal is to eliminate the town's recreation department. Don't want a community center? Fair enough. But now this group is trying to eliminate a town department, cut services and terminate people's employment. Is this REALLY what Moultonborough is going to become? Shameful.

Anonymous said...

Eliminating the rec department would be a huge mistake, no kids sports, wait to see what happens to our home values, young families with kids want a rec center for their kids, they won't buy in moultonborough as we have turned into second home vacation town, these people signing the petition either didn't have kids in our school system or they forget how important after school programs are for our kids. Very disappointed if the towns allows this.

Anonymous said...

If rec dept so important how come no selectman show up at RAB meetings? I know you won't post this.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 3:33, YES this is "REALLY what Moultonborough is going to become" unless the younger folks in town get off their complacent "arses." The fact that the community center got voted down is a travesty that shows the shortsightedness of many of the older (and some younger) folks in town. The fact that some would vote to abolish the recreation department shows their ignorance and selfishness. The attitude seems to be "hey, if my kids are all grown up, why should i be paying for recreation and schools?"

Anonymous said...

Town Administrator March 28 report


"I also met with the Recreation Director Donna Kuethe and Select Board member Paul Punturieri to discuss plans for the spring and summer Recreation programs. The Select Board held a productive work session on Thursday."

They did. They're going to keep the meetings short.

Anonymous said...

That's not the RAB meeting. Last night it was brought up that No selectman has been at the RAB meetings. The rec dept needs some guidance on what they really need to provide all citizens of the town recreation,not just be a day care for working parents. Your numbers are low but as the rec board asked last night show us the numbers of who is using what and come up with a smart plan to move those projects forward. I believe that some sort of shade / storm shelter is needed for the summer camp program ,that makes sense ,covering the rink would serve as a dual function. Please try and find some sort of middle ground. I do not want to see no rec dept but there needs to be a change.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

I hesitated to post the comment from anon at 10:06, but I did because it needs to be corrected. Firstly, it is sad that you and others actually believe that the rec department is a " day care for working parents." That is a purposely negative and misleading comment. They provide recreation opportunities for all age groups. After school programs are a valuable asset to the community as are the summer camps and recreation teams. Secondly, I am not going to into usage numbers because they have been provided many times. The majority of the BoS are satisfied with the information provided. Thirdly, there are a number of items that will be on the CIPC possibly including a roof for the ice rink. The purpose of the CIPC is to prioritize and plan for capital spending over a six year period. Lastly, you are under the mistaken impression that the RAB's purpose is to oversee the rec department. That is incorrect. That is the function of the TA and the BoS. The rec department will continue to provide services to the community as it always has and will develop plans and programs as facilities , demand and personnel allow.

Anonymous said...

The RAB needs to be reorganized. It is fairly clear that some people on the board are using their position to sabotage the recreation department. I'm not quite sure how a member of the RAB could attach their name to an advertisement that clearly undermines the best interests of the recreation department and still be allowed to serve on the board.

Anonymous said...

Al Hume said...

Anonymous,March 30th 9:22 Last Time I checked this is THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA,We have a right on any board to voice an opinion,Article 1 of our Constitution gives me the right to opine what my position is on any project in this town.
Anonymous 9:22,I served on the Gym Facility,Needs & Feasibility Study of August 21,2014.I like another member of this board has been quoted as saying,"That we were neither for this project or against it.We were going to let the study make up our minds.
Well this study was not conclusive for me.In a rush to get the report to the selectmen,a few recomendations from the UNH still have not been done.This town was supposed to reach out to other surrounding towns to see if they wanted to be part of a multi-town gym.We had the cart before the horse,what are we going to do with the Lions Club.Our old T.A.said that it bothered him not to see TOWN BUILDINGS not utilized.
With the town voting .62% not to build this project,lets develop the property that we already own ,then see what the town needs.Just remember,it was on my watch on the R.A.B that we got the town a soccer field in days for the rec dept,we held a penny fund raiser to get a scoreboard in the M.C.S. gym that had been broken for years and at the past R.A.B. meeting I made a proposal to put a roof over the ice rink through a fund raiser.I AM PRO RECREATION if the project is right and will not support something if it is no right.I love this town of Moultonborough

Moultonboro Blogger said...

To clarify: All the UNH recommendations were vetted. Every single one including reaching out to other towns. There is so much misinformation and distrust spread by a few on this that the truth has been lost. The UNH study was the third study on this issue and the conclusions were always the same.
The actions of a few have caused harm to this town and its future. What young family will want to move here?
I suggest you review your actions at many past RAB meetings before you attempt to position yourself as pro recreation.

Anonymous said...

Blogger, what young family will move to this town without the prospects of a decent job to support the family. The demographics are shifting to retirees because they don't require jobs. The cost of living is very high in this area as you have posted previously.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Anon, people commute to work in NH. That is a fact of life and every survey has proven it to be true. Families want to live here because of the schools, low taxes, low crime and central location. The old chestnut of no jobs here is simply not true and not the barrier. We need affordable housing to make that happen. We don't need the reputation that is out there that we don't support our young families.

Anonymous said...

Granted, commuting may be a way of life for some here but how much time can be spent commuting before it interferes with family life for young families? One of my children grew up in this town and chooses to live in Meredith due to the easy access to the children's activities, school and non-school. Moultonborough was never considered. The children can walk to school, if necessary. How many school bus routes are there here with only a few children on board?

Moultonboro Blogger said...

You should check with the schools about bus usage to be factual. Moultonboro is about 70 square miles. Meredith has a community center and other amenities that are welcoming to families. Meredith also has affordable housing.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me the free market has spoken. Moultonborough has a older median age than most communities. The lack of a Community Center or additional gym facilities wasn't an issue when there were 40% more children in the school system. Could the Great Recession have been the cause? Look at the Seacoast. The population is increasing and the numbers seem to indicate that it is due to the retiring Boomers. Let's see how the marketing program works out.

Anonymous said...

If you want to be factual, please provide the source that proves the lack of a Community Center/Gym is the reason young families are not relocating here. The cost of housing is just common sense. We all live where we can afford to although we might prefer to live in some more exclusive community. I believe a Community Center might be considered subjective.