Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Town Meeting Warrant Article Review (Part 1)

At the 2017 Town Meeting we will be discussing several warrant articles asking to raise money for different purposes.

The first two warrant articles are the following:


Article 12 – To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $120,000 for the purpose of designing and installing road and trail signs at the entrance to town and along roads and trails within the Town of Waterville Valley. $60,000 of this appropriation is to come from the December 31, 2016 Fund Balance available on January 1, 2017 and the balance of $60,000 to come from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  No amount will be raised by general taxation.  Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority vote required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)



Article 13To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $80,000 for the purpose of purchasing and installing a new emergency generator at the wastewater treatment plant.  This appropriation is to come from general taxation.  Selectmen Recommend Approval by vote of 3 to 0. (Majority vote required) (Amount NOT included in Article 19)

     Article 12 is the same as an article that Town Meeting approved last year for $120,000 for new directional, road and trail signs in various locations around town.   We have re-submitted a grant application to the Nation Endowment for the Arts which would provide funding for new signs at different spots around town.  The first sign would be at the entrance to town and is intended to help visitors know where the village is located.  The next set of signs would be directional signs designed to help visitors find lodging facilities, restaurants and other amenities in the Valley as they are driving around.  The final component of the project is to install the first eight signs in a series of directional signs along the trail system around Corcoran's Pond and the center of town.  These signs would be designed to connect the center of town with facilities like the Recreation Department, The Curious George Cottage and the Athletic Center.  
     The other major benefit of the project would be that all of the signs described above would have a common theme or "look" which could be carried over into other signs around town going forward.  The specific "look" has not been chosen at this point.  If we are successful in the grant, the Selectmen and the group of volunteers spearheading improvement initiatives in the center of town will hold public meetings and get a community consensus on what the "look" should be.
     Funding for the project comes from a 50/50 combination of grant funds and use of the Town Fund Balance.  
     We will find out if we are successful in the grant application in April.  If we are not successful, the Selectmen have indicated that they will ask NH Department of Revenue Administration to remove this appropriation from the Town budget prior to Tax Rate Setting in October so it will not have any impact on the rate.

     Article 13 is to raise $80,000 for the replacement of the emergency generator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The current generator is approximately 43 years old and there are no longer any parts for maintenance and repair.  The generator is critical to the operation of the plant as all of our pumps and treatment equipment is run by electricity.  Because so much of our treatment process is run by electricity, the generator is also required by our EPA and state environmental permits.
     Funding for this article would come from general taxation.  


These two articles are recommended unanimously by the Selectmen.  Both of the articles take a simple majority vote to pass.

We will continue to review the rest of the warrant articles in future posts.
    

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