Sunapee 2010 Town and School Meeting Results

Yesterday’s Sunapee Town Meeting, which operates under SB2,  approved (626 to 208) an $8 million upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment plant and rejected (392 Yes to 479 No) an advisory article about using the historic Old Town Hall for a new library. All municipal warrant articles passed except two. Voters rejected article 23, the Old Town Hall-library question, and article 24 that sought to create and fund with $25,000 a capital reserve fund for the purpose of acquiring and building recreation fields. The recreation fields capital reserve fund failed by three votes (424 Yes to 427 No).

Amongst the approved articles were five zoning amendments including guidelines for workforce housing. Also, voters approved the town’s $5.765 million budget, several equipment purchases and capital reserve funding requests, and a new capital reserve fund for the maintenance of town buildings. It was funded with $25,000. Most of these articles passed with comfortable margins. However, the purchase of a new police vehicle got a narrow approval, 418 to 415.  A favorable vote (639 to 212) will provide for a $12,000 ADA compliant restroom at Dewey Beach, the town’s popular public beach located on Garnet Street.

Voters overwhelmingly approved (724 to 130) a conservation easement to permanently protect 79 acres of Town Forest at Ledge Pond with Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust as easement holder. They also approved (637 to 231) $15,000 for the Conservation Commission Fund.

The school budget and warrant articles passed with one exception: Voters turned down (359 to 492) a request for $400,000 to renovate the Blodgett House for use as offices for the Sunapee SAU office. The school’s $9.95 million budget passed 574 to 272.

Of Sunapee’s 2839 registered voters, 891 (or 31%) cast ballots, according to the Town Clerk.

For a complete tally of town and school Town Meeting and election results, visit the town website.

One Response

  1. No matter which side you were on with the future of Abbott Library and its trustees, it is high time for civility.

    With existing, new, and returning trustees coming together, our citizens deserve civil and respectful discourse, a deliberative body that listens to the people with an open mind, and a group of people (read: trustees) who seek to solve problems not create them.

    There remain bruised egos and dashed hopes, but in the end what matters most is for these adults to start acting like adults and stop all these “gotcha” moments.

    To each trustee: you represent us all. I fully expect you to serve with professional and responsible demeanor.

    Now is the time to get on with the people’s business no matter what side you have been on.

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