Election day is Tuesday, March 11

Zoning amendments on town ballots are usually housekeeping items designed to keep local ordinances in line with state regulations.

But on voting day, March 11, in both Milford and Amherst, amendments offered for public approval could lead to major changes.

In Milford, zoning changes would affect large pieces of land on Route 101 and South Street to allow for commercial and multi-family development, creating a mixed-use area and paving the way for development by Stephen Desmarais Construction.

In Amherst, there are two petition zoning articles from Brad Knight, who has been trying to get town approval to turn his 57 acres on Stearns Road into sports fields. If a counter petition from neighbors on Stearns Road is passed it would negate Knight’s petitions.

Sports fields also figure in two other articles on the Amherst town ballot this year: one is a petition article that would remove the three Cemetery Trustees and replace them with the Board of Selectmen, a response to the trustees’ insistence that all recreation use of Cemetery Fields must end by Sept. 1. Another article would allow the town to buy a part of Cemetery Fields.

Voters in all our towns will go to the polls Tuesday, March 11 to decide on town officers and zoning amendments. In towns that practice ballot voting all warrant articles, including town and school district budgets, will be decided at the polls.

In Wilton, a $80,000 warrant article for the March 13 Town Meeting would help preserve 160 acres of farmland at the top of Abbott Hill. In the
Wilton-Lyndeborough School District, the big item to be decided at school district meeting, at 7 p.m., Friday March 7, will be a $8.2 million plan to build a new school at Florence Rideout and make it the elementary school for both Wilton and Lyndeborough, with prekindergarten and kindergarten in the Lyndeborough school building.

Expect for the Milford Board of Selectmen, where seven people are vying for two seats, there are few contested races for town offices this year.

In Mont Vernon, incumbent Selectman John Esposito is challenged by Wesley Sonner, and in Amherst, Carol Holden is challenging incumbent Supervisor of the Checklist Jeanne Ludt.

In Wilton three political newcomers are vying to replace Selectman Dan Donovan, who is not running for another term. Sewer Commissioner Thomas Schultz is challenged by Steve Elliott, the town DPW director.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at kcleveland@cabinet.com or 673-3100, ext. 304.