Round up of warrant articles in Milford and Amherst
MILFORD and AMHERST – Milford voters at the March 11 town and school elections were fairly generous this year, giving yes votes to nearly all the money articles, with the exception of a petition article for conservation funds, the Milford Improvement Team budget support and a School Board article for more parking behind the high school.
Wendy Hunt, the new MIT director, said the loss of the $20,000 will not affect her plans for this year, which include a vacant building tour for Saturday, March 29, and a town cleanup day on Saturday, May 3.
What could be affected is MIT’s ability to get grant money.
“We have to have money in the bank” to show we are sustainable, she said last week in a phone interview.
The proposal lost by 43 votes.
“We’re onward and upward … I still feel very supported,” Hunt said.
The School Board has been trying for several years now to get more high school parking, but its members had not been optimistic about the $50,000 warrant article’s chances for success, and the proposal was soundly defeated.
Here are the voting tallies for the town and school warrant articles:
Milford town election
? Dram Cup Hill water storage tank renovation for $330,000.
Yes 1,273 No 424
? Town operating budget of $13 million.
Yes 1,061 No 670
? Wastewater treatment operating budget of $1.8 million.
Yes 1,289 No 419
? Water Department operating budget of $1.36 million.
Yes 1,288 No 414
? South Street Railroad crossing renewal.
Yes 1,370 No 360
? Bridge replacement capital reserve of $125,000.
Yes 1,230 No 465
? Fire ladder truck replacement with annual payment of $117,500.
Yes 1,098 No 616
? Dump truck $30,000 annual payment.
Yes 956 No 745
? Transfer station scale house replacement $54,500.
Yes 1,015 No 685
? Police AFSCME contract of $17.600.
Yes 1,139 No 540
? Social services for $35,000.
Yes 1,208 No 491
? Community bus service for $28,950.
Yes 1,271 No 449
? Sale of resources at the Brox property.
Yes 816 No 838
? Veterans’ tax credit increase (by petition) for $53,000.
Yes 806 No 879
? Mile Slip Town Forest easement (by petition) No cost.
Yes 987 No 688
? Resolution to overturn U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision (by petition).
Yes 1,183 No 439
? Pumpkin festival, holiday decorations and plantings for $20,000.
Yes 1.115 No 630
? Summer band concerts, $9,000.
Yes 1,069 No 660
? Fireworks, $8,500.
Yes 890 No 848
? Support for town parades, $6,000.
Yes 1,334 No 403
? Funding of the Labor Day parade, $5,000 (by petition).
Yes 1,210 No 527
? Removal of senior housing ordinance.
Yes 1,094 No 559
? Changes to the town zoning map for the area off Ponemah Hill Road, South Street, Webster Street and Prospect Street.
Yes 1,094 No 559
? Repurpose proceeds of capital improvement bond.
Yes 1,238 No 476 (required and received a 60 percent majority)
? District operating budget of $36.9 million.
Yes 1,120 No 476
? Administrators’ contract, for $923.
Yes 1,130 No 580
? Expand high school parking, for $50,506.
Yes 677 No 1,048
In Amherst, voters approved the town operating budget but said no to capital reserve funds for a fire truck and for DPW equipment.
Smaller capital reserve fund additions for a revaluation, the town computer system and an ambulance were approved.
Two articles that would affect playing fields, a petition article that would have replaced Cemetery Trustees with the Board of Selectmen and an $180,000 article for to buy part of Cemetery Fields were soundly defeated. Zoning petitions that would have helped in the development of Acorn Fields for recreation use were defeated.
? Operating budget, $11.77 million.
Yes 1,506 No 1,202
? Contingency fund.
Yes 1,962 No 741
? Police union contract.
Yes 2,028 No 623
? Recreation playing field expansion.
Yes 1,218 No 1,462
? Fire truck capital reserve. $250,000.
Yes 1,333 No 1,350
? Assessing revaluation capital reserve, $25,000.
Yes 1,641 No 976
? Communications center capital reserve, $15,000.
Yes 1,805 No 839
? Town computer system capital reserve, $15,000.
Yes 1,857 No 781
? Mosquito control program, $40,000.
Yes 2,052 No 635
? Highway equipment and vehicle capital reserve, $300,000.
Yes 1,179 No 1,474
? Replacement scale purchase, $70,000.
Yes 1,596 No 1,048
? Ambulance capital reserve, $50,000.
Yes 1,936 No 739
? Authorize the Selectmen to enact town ordinances.
Yes 1,735 No 850
? Grater Road reclassification.
Yes 2,024 No 509
? Old Joppa Hill Road from Class VI to Class B trail.
Yes 2,092 No 456
? Conservation Commission 100 percent of land use change tax funds.
Yes 715 No 1,785
? (By petition) Delegate the Cemetery Trustees duties to Board of Selectmen.
Yes 970 No 1,632
? (By petition) Delete the term “non-commercial sports and recreation.”
Yes 554 No 2,107
? (By petition) Create a new commercial sports/recreation/function zone.
Yes 479 No 2,196
? (By petition) Add definitions that would negate Art. 48.
Yes 615 No 1,978
? (By petition) Resolution to get big money out of politics.
Yes 1,529 No 997