Warrant for the Town of Walpole

Sarah Downing says that paper copies are also posted around town. – Lil

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Walpole qualified to vote in Town Affairs:

You are hereby notified to meet at the Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Town of Walpole, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. to act on ARTICLES 1 –13. Articles 1, 2 and 3 will be voted on at the polls.  Polls at the Walpole Town Hall and at North Walpole St. Peter’s Church will be open at 8:00 A.M., and will remain open until 7:00 P.M.   Following the closing of the polls and counting of the ballots, the meeting will be adjourned until Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., at the Walpole Town Hall on Elm Street, at which time the balance of the Articles will be acted upon.

ARTICE 1:  To elect the necessary Town officers for their respective terms.

ARTICLE 2:   Are you in favor of these amendments to the Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) zoning ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board for the Town of Walpole’s Zoning ordinance as follows:

A Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit is defined as a residential living unit that is with the same single-family lot and provides independent living facilities for one or more persons, including provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same parcel of land as the principal unit it accompanies.

1-F No conversions to condominiums and must remain in common ownership.

2- D Only one DADU per lot.

E. Must comply with town ordinances and regulations.

The Planning Board recommends this article. (7 Yes, 0 No)

ARTICLE 3:  Are you in favor of the adoption of the following zoning ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board to be added to Town of Walpole’s Zoning Ordinance. It allows the Planning Board to make minor correction to ordinances but does not change the intent of the ordinance.

Article IV   General Provisions

Add Section 0

Authority to assign section numbers. The Planning Board has the authority to assign such section numbers to the Zoning Ordinance as it may deem appropriate provided that no substantive change to the ordinance shall occur as a result of this renumbering.

The Planning Board recommends this article. (6 Yes, 0 No)

ARTICLE 4:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of four million three hundred thirteen, nine hundred seventy two dollars ($4,313,972) which represents three million seven hundred fourteen thousand, thirty seven dollars ($3,714,037) for Town Operating budget to be raised from general taxation; One hundred eight-seven thousand, seven hundred eighty dollars ($187,780) for the Water Fund Operating Budget and four hundred twelve thousand, one hundred fifty five dollars for the Sewer Operating budget ($412,155) which includes one hundred eighty thousand ($180,000) for bond assessments. Such sum does not include special or individual articles or bonds found in the warrant.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 5:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) for updates, repairs and remodeling of Town buildings and the purchase of a baler for the Walpole Recycling Department. The said funds to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of thirty two thousand dollars ($32,000) for a vehicle for the Walpole Police Department and to authorize the issuance of not more than thirty two thousand dollars through a promissory note with the Savings Bank of Walpole in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or other notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon. Further, to raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand nine hundred seventy-five ($10,975) for the first year’s payment.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

**2/3 ballot vote required**3

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 7:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to purchase a cage, console, other necessary equipment and installation in the new police car. This article is contingent upon passing of warrant article 6.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 8:  To see if the Town will vote to change the purpose of the Police Vehicle – Capital Reserve Fund previously established for the “Purpose of a police vehicle” to “Purchase and/or repair of a police vehicle” and to name the Selectboard as agents.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 9:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of five thousand five hundred dollars ($5,500) for a Ductless Fume Hood with HEPA filters to be used at the Walpole Police Department in the handling of drugs. The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 10:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of sixteen thousand five hundred dollars ($16,500) for a Speed Monitoring Sign trailer and accessories to be used by the Town to monitor traffic. The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 11:  To see if the Town will vote to change the purpose of Town of Walpole Highway – Capital Reserve Fund previously established for the “Purchase of highway equipment” to “Purchase and/or repair of highway department equipment” and to name the Selectboard as agents.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 12:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be deposited in the Town of Walpole Highway – Capitol Reserve Fund Account. The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

ARTICLE 13:  To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:61 through RSA 72:64 inclusively, which provide for an optional property tax exemption from the property’s assessed value, for property tax purposes, for owners of real property, which is equipped with solar energy systems, intended for use at the immediate site. Such property tax exemption shall be in the amount equal to 100% of the assessed value of qualifying equipment under these statutes.

By petition of 25 or more eligible voters in the Town of Walpole, NH

The Selectboard recommends this article. (0 Yes, 0 No, 3 Abstain)

ARTICLE 14:  To transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.

Given under our hand and seal this 8th day of February the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eighteen.

Walpole Selectboard

______________________ _____________________ ____________________

Peggy L. Pschirrer, Chair     Steven Dalessio      Cheryl Mayberry

Attest: A True copy.

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