COLEBROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE
THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M.
To the inhabitants of the Town of Colebrook, in the County of Coos, in the State of New Hampshire, qualified to vote in Town Affairs.
You are hereby notified to meet at the Colebrook School Gymnasium in said Town of Colebrook on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. in the evening, to act upon the following subjects:
To bring in your ballots for the selection of Town Officers to be elected by ballot for the Town of Colebrook for the ensuing year.
To see how the Town will vote on the following three proposed amendments to the Colebrook Zoning Ordinance, to be voted on by official ballot. Copies of the complete proposals, as well as the current Zoning Ordinance, are available for review at the Town Clerk’s Office, and will be available during the election.
Amendment #1: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 to Article IV. Section 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town of Colebrook as follows:
No new lot shall be approved by the Planning Board unless it has at least 150 feet of frontage either on a public street or on a private street approved by the Planning Board. No building whose use requires an approved sewage disposal system under Town or State law shall be constructed on any lot without at least 150 feet of frontage on a public street or approved private street, unless that lot legally existed as a separate lot, as reflected by properly-recorded plans or deeds, prior to March 14, 2006; provided, however, that all such buildings shall be in compliance with the current RSA . (Recommended by the Planning Board)
Amendment #2: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 to Article III as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town of Colebrook as follows:
Temporary Signs: Any sign placed outdoors for a period of time of 30 days or less. (Recommended by the Planning Board)
Amendment #3: Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 to Article IV, Section 11 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Town of Colebrook as follows:
A temporary sign (one placed outdoors for 30 days or less) is allowed without a permit or fee, provided however that: (a) prior to the erection of the sign, the Town of Colebrook shall be notified of the sign, its location, and expected time of removal, using a form provided by the Town; (b) the date of sign placement shall be shown on the sign itself in letters easily read from street level; (c) no temporary sign shall violate the provision of Subsection D, “Prohibited Signs”; and (d) any temporary sign remaining in place for a combined total of more than 30 days without a permit shall be a violation of this Ordinance. (Placement would be in Section 11.B as subparagraph #7.) (Recommended by the Planning Board)
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,772,483.00 for General Government. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
Election, Registration and Vital Statistics $36,370.00
Financial/Assessing/Tax Collection/Treasurer $129,330.00
Legal and Data Processing $42,400.00
Planning & Zoning $15,887.00
General Buildings $49,954.00
Advertising & Regional Association $2,145.00
Police/Fire/Ambulance/Emergency Management $363,779.00
Highways & Streets $583,347.00
Sanitation, Landfill & Recycling $336,149.00
Health Agencies/Animal Boarding $31,760.00
General Assistance $7,750.00
Economic Development $11,675.00
Debt Service $50.00
To determine if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $100,450.00 for the support of the Colebrook Ambulance Corps Building Fund, which will house the ambulances that provide emergency services for the Town.” (By Petition) (The Selectmen do not recommend passage of this article.)
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $212,501.00 for the following Capital Reserve Funds. And to see if the Town will vote to list the Selectmen as agents to expend form these trust funds until rescinded. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
Equipment Purchase (1999) $45,000.00
Police Cruiser (1999) $15,000.00
Digital Mapping (2005) $35,000.00
Bridge Fund (2003) $40,000.00
Re-evaluation Monies $17,501.00
Main Street Reconstruction Expend. Trust (2000) $50,000.00
Communication Enhancements (2005) $10,000.00
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $ 532,481.00 for the Colebrook Water Works and the Colebrook Sewer Facilities. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
Water Department $329,840.00
Sewer Department $202,641.00
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $95,746.00 for the support of the Colebrook Public Library, $85,116.00 of which to be raised through taxation and $10,630.00 of which is to come from other Library balance on hand January 1, 2005, book sales, donations, trust funds, non-resident fees, other communities, over due fines, book resale’s, copying fees etc., such funds to be expended under the direction of the Board of Library Trustees. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $66,487.00 for the operation and maintenance of the Colebrook Cemeteries, the sum of $54,487.00 to be raised through taxation and $12,000.00 to be raised from burials, cemetery trust funds and other Colebrook Cemetery revenues. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of up to $10,000.00 to be added to the Colebrook Cemetery Grounds Maintenance and Reclamation Fund (Expendable Trust created 2005), and to authorize the use of the December 31, 2005 fund balance in that amount for this purpose. (This represents excess 2005 cemetery appropriations.) (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $201,514.00 for the Colebrook Dispatch Center, (Capital Fund created 1999) of which $ 120,023.26 will be raised through taxation, $17,700.00 will be withdrawn from the Colebrook Dispatch Savings Equipment Fund and the remainder to be offset by revenues raised from the participating towns. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article.)
Shall we modify the elderly exemptions from property tax in the town of Colebrook , based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows: for a person 68 years of age or older, $15,000.00. To qualify, the person must have been a New Hampshire resident for at least 5 years, own the real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate is owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least 5 years. In addition, the taxpayer must have a net income of not more than $13,400.00 or, if married, a combined net income of less than $20,400.00; and own net assets not in excess of
$35,000.00 excluding the value of the person’s residence. (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article).
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to grant a fifty foot (50’) right-of-way to Morris Sage across the southeast corner of land owned by the Town known as the “Parsons Lot” (Tax Map #114-16) located off Lynch Road. (By Petition) (The Selectmen recommend passage of this article).
To see if the Town will vote to accept, ratify and confirm the reports of the Agents, Selectmen, Auditors and all other Town Officers.
To transact any other business that may legally come before this meeting.
Given under our hands and seals this __th of February 2006.
COLEBROOK BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Greg Placy - Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Francois G. Dumaine – Selectman
Laurence M. Rappaport – Selectman