A fairly quiet hearing, nothing terribly controversial. Only the warrant articles with appropriations will reflect the BoS and ABC recommendations on the warrant, but the BoS and ABC did vote on all the articles for the minutes.
This year, as is the practice in many NH communities, the " hearts and flowers" requests have been bundled into the Town operating budget instead of many separate warrant articles. Town Administrator Walter Johnson asked the past petitioners, whose requests were approved by past Town Meetings, to submit letters of request with supporting documentation.
All the warrant articles seeking an appropriation (with one exception ) were recommended unanimously by the BoS and the ABC. The exception was a petitioned article to pave a 300 foot portion of Black's Landing Road for $30,000 which was unanimously not recommended by the BoS and ABC.
Petitioned warrant article 15 seeking to rescind and reverse the 2003 vote of Town Meeting to allow the BoS to buy and sell property, was unanimously not recommended by the BoS and ABC.
Article 16 was the only article that did not have a unanimous vote. I was the sole dissenter and voted in support of the petitioned warrant article to rescind and repeal BoS policy # 2, which established recommendations for private roads. I agree with the petitioners that the authority to set recommendations for private roads resides with the Planning Board and not the BoS.