Sandown On Target to
Get New Police Station

SANDOWN – While voters turned down many moneyed articles presented to them on the March 11 warrant, a significant majority of voters agreed that it was time to build a new police station.

For years town leaders have argued that the police department needs a new home, but until chief Joe Gordon devised a plan whereby the town saved for construction in annual increments, new construction was routinely turned down. In 2010 the town began to save $175,000 per year into the Police Station Capital Reserve Fund. Each year since then the measure has passed, even when the amount was increased last year to $200,000 due to inflation.

At the polls March 11, 801 voters said yes and just 287 said no to a final appropriation of $125,873 to repurpose an existing structure at 460 Main St. Though the total estimated cost for the building is $871,036, the town has already saved $745,163. Read more »

Budget Committee Wants
Answers from Selectmen

CHESTER – For about three and a half hours, the budget committee and board of selectmen discussed this year’s budget proposal, and while no definite numbers were decided it was the most in-depth discussion on the figures that has occurred this year during a selectmen’s meeting.

Earlier this year the selectmen sent on to the committee a budget with an 8.3 percent increase over current year spending. While the board spent a relatively short time in reviewing the numbers and changed very little in the proposals given to them by department heads, they also argued that everything in the numbers can be justified and that they were ready for a back and forth with the budget committee.

At the Thursday, March 13 meeting, the budget committee had many questions about the budgets they are to review, and discussions focused on everything from the need for fireproof filing cabinets and a postage meter to whether town fair ought to be funded in a budget line or given to the recreation commission to run through their revolving account.  Read more »

Recreation Seeks Reasons
Hoops Court Failed at Polls

HAMPSTEAD – Before the Recreation Commission members went into closed door session Monday night to work on recommending bids for fertilizing and mowing, members discussed the recent failure at the polls of a proposed basketball court, and how they should proceed.

The commission spoke briefly about its disappointment over the basketball court article. Longtime chairman Kim Colbert, who is leaving that post, said she planned to visit the clubs and organizations that said they wanted the basketball court to see what happened to that support.

“Perhaps there isn’t the need for this that we thought there was,” she said. “We will know better after I touch base with the various clubs and organizations and get their feedback.”

Another project of the commission has been shelved as well. The skating rink that had such promise two years ago was described as too costly to maintain and needed repairs after its first year. Read more »