Sunapee voters approve $975,000 for new library

Voters in Sunapee yesterday approved a $6.065 million town budget and all town warrant articles including Article 11, to borrow $975,000 to help build a new library. The article for the library required a 3/5th vote; it passed by 12 votes, 601-380.

AbbottLibraryvotesign_CCThe proposed $2.7 million library, to be built next to Sunapee Center on Sargent Road, will be funded by a mix of private (60%) and public funds (40%), according to the library’s funding plan.

Voters also passed a school budget of $10.7 million and all other school warrant articles except one. A request for $270,000 to improve and expand the art room at the high school failed, 533-413.

In the selectboard race, incumbents Fred Gallup (697) and Emma Smith (515) defeated challenger Veronica Hastings (362) for two, three-year terms. This was the only contest in town this year.

Michael Ripley and Brian Garland were elected to return to the Sunapee school board for three-year terms.

See the 2013 town and school ballot results via the town website.

Sunapee School District: On the bulletin board

School calendar notes

March 12, 2012 – Sunapee Middle High School Winter Sports Awards at the SMHS Gym, 6 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee School Board meeting, Sunapee Middle High School (Media Center), 7 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization meeting, Sunapee Central Elementary School library, 6:30 p.m.

Voting and Election Day is March 13

Election Day and the second session of Town Meeting to vote on school (and town) warrants is Tuesday, March 13. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11.

The  school district’s Annual Report, which lists this year’s warrant articles, is now available at various locations around town and on-line at the SAU 85 website.

Four candidates are running for the Sunapee School Board. The five-member board has one position, a 3-year term, up for election.

Meet the candidates for the Sunapee School Board - Sunapee News

Dedication honors Judy Trow

Judy Trow, vice president of the Sunapee School Board, is retiring from the board.

The school district dedicated this year’s Annual Report to Trow.

Beginning with her leadership roles as a student at Sunapee High School, continuing through 20 years of dedicated teaching in the Sunapee School District and now concluding many years of active and enthusiastic service as  a member of the school board, Judy exemplifies the spirit of the small New Hampshire town that has been her home for all of her life. –  Sunapee School District 2011 Annual Report

Hot off the press, Sunapee’s annual school report

A photo of the historic Blodgett House on Lower Main Street is on the cover of the school district's annual report. The renovated building now houses the SAU's business offices.

The Sunapee School District Annual Report (for the year ending June 2011) is now available.

Download the report at the SAU 85 website or here:

Sunapee School Report for year ending June 2011 – (PDF 3.2 MB)

This is the school district’s first independently published report. Prior years, the school and town reports were printed in one book.

Sunapee no longer mails annual reports to all Sunapee households. Reports are available on-line and at locations around town.

The school report is available at the following locations: SAU 85 Office (Lower Main Street), Town Offices (Edgemont Road), Sunapee Post Office (High Street), Abbott Lower (Route 11), Sunapee Transfer Station (as of March 2 – Avery Road), Pizza Chef (Route 11), Lake Sunapee and Sugar River banks (Route 11), and Jake’s store (Route 11, Georges Mills). And it will be available on Election Day, March 13, 2012, at the Sherburne Gym.

If you want the booklet mailed to you, contact Kathy Ward at the SAU 85, 603-763-4627 or, and give your mailing address.

Four in race for one Sunapee School Board seat

Four candidates are vying for one open seat on the Sunapee School Board.  Maria Fair, Michael Ripley, Paulette Rowell and Paul Skarin are seeking the three-year term. Other SAU 85 school district officers and candidates on the 2012 ballot are: Moderator (one-year term) – Harry Gale; Treasurer (one-year term) – Alan Doherty; and Clerk (one-year term) – open.

Town Meeting and Election Day is Tuesday, March 13, 2012, when Sunapee voters decide town and school district business. Sunapee is a  New Hampshire SB2 town, and held its deliberative sessions earlier in February. The warrant articles moved to the ballot at the deliberative sessions are provided here:

2012 School District Warrant (PDF – 106 KB)

2012 Town of Sunapee Warrant ( PDF – 106 KB)

The town warrant and ballot are also available via the town website (under Town News and Notices.)

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Sunapee Seniors plan for Valentine’s Day and Candidates’ Day

The Sunapee Seniors will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a pot luck luncheon on Monday, February 14th at 12:00 noon at the Sunapee Methodist Church.  Lyn and Frank Gallup, Rose Batts and Lois Giblin are in charge of  arrangements, and “Capt. Al” Peterson will provide the musical entertainment.

Then, at the Seniors second meeting of the month on February 28th, the focus will turn to Town Meeting and Town Elections. The Sunapee Seniors are inviting all candidates for school and town offices to present their views and qualifications during their annual Candidates’ Day program. The meeting on the 28th will be held at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, starting at 1 p.m. and will include a brief presentation of local warrant articles by town and school representatives.

All candidates interested in participating in the Candidates’ Day program are asked to contact Sunapee Seniors President Joe Internicola by February 18. Phone 763-1048 or email

Voting in Sunapee takes place on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Sunapee Seniors invite local candidates to speak

“The Sunapee Seniors cordially invite all candidates for Sunapee school and town offices to present their views and qualifications to our members and  all other interested Sunapee residents at our annual Candidates’ Day meeting on Monday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church,” announces Joe Internicola, president of the Seniors.

“Each candidate is requested to limit his/her presentation to five minutes.  There will be time for questions and answers following each talk.”

All candidates interested in participating are asked to contact Joe Internicola by February 18. Phone 763-1048 or email

Also included in the Candidates’ Day program will be a brief discussion of town and school warrant articles by Donna Nashawaty, the Sunapee town manager; Brendan Minnihan, the Sunapee school superintendent; and Shaun Carroll, the school board chairman, says Internicola.

Light refreshments will be offered following the program.

The filing period has begun

The filing period runs from January 19 through January 28 for candidates seeking election to local town and school offices in Sunapee. Filing forms for town offices are available at the Town Clerk’s office and, for school positions, at the SAU office. School and town elections will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Sunapee town offices due for re-election are listed below and on the Town Warrant.

  • 1 Selectman – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 1 Fire Engineer – 4 Year Term
  • 1 Cemetery Commissioner – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Library Trustees – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Trustee of Trust Fund – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Planning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Water & Sewer Commissioners – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 2 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 1 Year Term

The SAU office at 68 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, has the filing forms for candidates running for school offices. During the filing period–today through January 28–the office will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunapee School District offices up for re-election are listed below and on the school warrant, which is posted in three locations in town (the school, school gym and town hall.  The SAU does not post the Sunapee School District Warrant on-line.)

  • 1 School Moderator – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Clerk – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 2 School Board Members – 3 Year Term

Related Sunapee News articles:

2011 Town Warrant awaits Sunapee voters

New London: Interested in getting more involved?

2011 Town Warrant awaits Sunapee voters

When Sunapee voters gather for their 2011 Town Meeting, they will have 27 Town Warrant articles to consider including a petition warrant article that seeks to abolish the town’s water and sewer commission.

The deliberative session in Sunapee is February 8. Voting and Election Day is March 8.

Sunapee posted the Town Warrant on its website.

Sunapee News also provides it here: Sunapee, New Hampshire – 2011 Warrant Articles with petition (PDF, 197KB) Continue reading

Sunapee clarifies town warrant posting

The 2011 warrant posted on the Sunapee town website last week is “only a working document that the Board of Selectmen will be updating and revising” said the selectmen’s office in a notice added to the town website and distributed via email this week. “The articles are a public document, but are a working public document….Sorry for any inconvenience. Any questions, please call the Selectmen‘s office,” the message said. Continue reading

New London will consider $5.2M for joint treatment plant project

By New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

Happy New Year, everyone!  For the next two months, this office will be a flurry of activity as we close the books on 2010 and prepare the 2010 Town Report while finalizing the budget for 2011 and preparing for Town Meeting on March 9.

As it was in 2010, one of the major warrant articles for consideration at Town Meeting is the need to upgrade the Sunapee Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves both New London and Sunapee. At their joint meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2010, the New London Board of Selectmen and Sunapee Water and Sewer Commission committed to seeking voter approval for the project in 2011. Although voters overwhelmingly approved warrant articles funding the project in 2010 (New London voters approved the bond by a vote of 360-6!), approval in both towns was contingent on receiving at least 35% grant funding from the federal government that did not come through. Continue reading

Sunapee posts 2011 Town Warrant articles

The Sunapee Town Warrant articles for 2011 are now available on-line. The warrant’s 24 articles address funding for an upgrade of the waste water treatment plant, a $5.8 million town operating budget, and various capital reserve funds and equipment purchases for town departments. (Go to Read More below to view the warrant articles as posted by the town.)

This draft of the warrant does not include the specific zoning amendments, the selectmen’s recommendations on money related articles, and other information yet available and to be included in the final town warrant.

The Sunapee town budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 7 pm at the Town Hall (Meeting Room), Edgemont Road.

Sunapee is a Senate Bill 2 (SB2) town; it conducts Town Meeting in two parts — a deliberative session followed by a voting session. The town’s deliberative session will be held Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road. Voting will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 8 am to 7 pm at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, Sunapee.

Continue reading

New London will vote on changing fiscal year

From the desk of New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

As we approach the end of the calendar year, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate another column to the proposed change of fiscal year from the traditional January 1-December 31 fiscal year to the July 1-June 30 fiscal year.  I have written on this subject before, but since it is a major change that requires voter understanding and approval, it is worth refocusing on it from time-to-time.

On March 9, 2011, voters at the New London Town Meeting will be asked to approve an unusual budget.  Because the Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee voted in 2009 to change the fiscal year in 2011, Town Meeting will be asked to approve an 18-month budget that will cover operations from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, allowing us to make the transition to the July fiscal year. Continue reading

Questions posed to New London’s Citizen Advisory Committee

By New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

The Board of Selectmen held one of its regular meetings with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) on Saturday, December 11. Selectboard Chair Tina Helm used the opportunity to pose several “what would you have done” questions to the CAC. The dialogue surrounding these three situational challenges revealed the complex nature of issues that seemed, on the surface, fairly straight-forward. Let’s see what you would do: Continue reading

Sunapee planners will hold hearing on zoning amendments

The Sunapee planning board will hold a public hearing on seven proposed zoning amendments on Thursday, December 16 at 7:15 pm at the Sunapee Town Office building on Edgemont Road. If approved by voters in March, the changes would rezone residential areas within the town’s village districts; add a new mixed use district in the Avery Road area; and address issues related to signs, erosion control plans, and use of pervious surfaces in shoreline areas. Continue reading

In Sunapee Recount, Rec Article Fails by Two Votes

A recount of a Sunapee ballot question voted upon at Town Meeting March 9 did not change the status of a recreation ballot question. The results of yesterday’s recount of article 24 conducted at the Town Clerk’s office was: 426 Yes, 427 No, and 38 blank ballots. Article 24 would have created and appropriated $25,000 to a Capital Reserve Fund “to purchase, build, develop and maintain Recreation Fields in Sunapee.” Although the recount increased the “yes” vote by two, the question failed and needed two more votes to pass. On Election Day the results were posted 424 Yes and 427 No, four votes short of approval.

After the recount, Sunapee Rec Director Scott Blewitt said, “I would like to thank all those that support our mission to provide quality facilities for our community.”

Another rec department article (no. 26) seeking $12,000 to build a handicapped accessible bathroom at Dewey Beach did get voter approval.


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