May 5, 2017

Town Meeting

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Peterborough_Town_SealWhy is it important?  Town Meeting is our form of government and it is every Peterborough resident’s right to engage in the process. Here is everything you need to know to participate!

The Charter for the Town of Peterborough defines our form of government. Our annual town meeting consists of three sessions; a first open session (or deliberative session), an election and official ballot session, and a final open session.

    1. Our deliberative session was held on April 4th, 2017. You can find the detail on which articles were discussed and moved to the ballot here.
    2. The Ballot session will be held on May 9th at the Town House from 7am-7pm. You can find the detail on the Articles here.
      We have two contested races this year in Peterborough, the office for Board of Selectman and Library Trustees. Tyler Ward is running for reelection against Andrea Cadwell. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript May 2nd edition has a great cover story article if you want to read more about these candidates (stop by the library to read it!) .Two Library Trustee positions are open, with three candidates running. Incumbents Marcia Patten and Ron Bowman are running, along with Chris DiLoreto. The Keene Sentinel did a nice profile on this race here.

      There are also three petition articles (articles 9, 10, and 11) on the ballot that have spurred a lot of discussion in town. To learn more about these three articles, read the language here, and check out coverage by the Union Leader on these issues here.

    3. Our Open session will be held May 10 at 7:00pm. This session of Town Meeting may consider, debate and amend any article not acted on by the official ballot session.  If not adopted by the ballot session, this session shall adopt an operating budget. A full listing of the articles to be debated may be found here.Two interesting articles that will be discussed are:
      Article 12. Renovations and Improvements to the Town House – $1,000,000
      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) for the purpose of designing, engineering, constructing renovations and improvements to the Town House and to authorize the issuance of not more than $1,000,000 of bonds or notes for such purpose in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the Select Board to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver such bonds and/or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and the maturity and other terms thereof and to authorize the Select Board to apply for, obtain and accept Federal, State, or any and all other aid, grants, gifts or revenue source that may be or may become available for said project and to comply with all laws applicable to said project and to take any and all action necessary to carry out any vote hereunder or take any other action relative thereto. Without impairing the general obligation nature of the bonds and/or notes, it is intended that this appropriation will be supported by LCHIP funds.

      By ballot vote (Requires 2/3 vote).
      The Select Board recommends this appropriation by a vote of 3-0
      The Budget Committee recommends this appropriation by a vote of 5-1


      Article 17. Use of Marshall-Thomas Recreation Facility (Cunningham Pond)

      To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Recreation Committee, with concurrence from the Select Board, to regulate the use of the Marshall-Thomas Recreation Facility by non-residents to include rules, regulations, and fees.

      The Select Board recommends this appropriation by a vote of 3-0

Your Voice Matters! Hope to see you at the polls and at the open session! Open session is truly a space where every person has a chance to make their opinions heard and ask questions of your elected officials and town employees.



Photo Credit: Megan Piece Union Leader


Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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