Town Meeting: Voters To Decide On Elections, Budgets, Projects

Mar 10, 2015

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Voters in several in New Hampshire communities head to the polls today for the annual Town Meeting.

Decisions will be made on local political offices, town operating budgets, as well as a number of infrastructure projects.

In Salem, voters will consider a $23.5 million public safety complex, which would house both the police and fire departments.

In Plaistow, voters will consider plans for an $11 million police station to replace an aging, crowded building.

Voters in North Hampton are also being asked to approve a new home for police and fire officials.

The $5.9 million project would pay for a combined home for the two departments, as well as a new joint library and town office.

Also on the Seacoast, Rye voters will consider spending $4.1 million on renovations and additions to the town hall.

Voters in Northwood and Bow will decide today whether to expand to full-day kindergarten.

And In Hooksett, voters are being asked for the second straight year to approve a 10-year contract with Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

In the North Country, Colebrook voters will decide whether to spend $6.5 million to replace the town’s aging water system.

In Fitzwilliam, residents will consider challenging the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline.

It would stretch across 70 miles of New Hampshire, mostly along an existing power line corridor, to bring gas to markets in New England that have limited pipeline capacity and high costs.

Opposition includes fears the route would cause environmental harm and lower property values, and slow investment in renewable energy sources.