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TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
NEW HAMPSHIRE
2019 TOWN MEETING WARRANT
DELIBERATIVE SESSION

To the inhabitants of the Town of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Grafton County in New Hampshire, qualified to vote in Town affairs:

You are hereby notified that the first session (deliberative) of the annual meeting of the Town of Bethlehem will be held at Profile School, 691 Profile Road, Bethlehem on Monday February 4th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Warrant articles may be amended at this session per RSA 40:13, IV a, with the exception of Warrant Articles whose wording is prescribed by law and cannot be amended per RSA 40:13 a. Warrant Articles that are amended shall be placed on the official ballot for a final vote on the main motion as amended. (Please note that this meeting may be continued to Tuesday February 5th and/or Wednesday the 6th at the discretion of the Town Moderator).

You are further notified that the second session of the annual meeting of the Town of Bethlehem will be held at the Bethlehem Town Building Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 8:00 am for the choice of town officers elected by official ballot, to vote on the questions required by law to be inserted on the official ballot, and to vote on all warrant articles from the first session on official ballot per RSA 40:13, VII. The polls for the election of town officers and other action required to be inserted on said ballot will open on said date at 8:00 am in the forenoon and will not close until 7:00 pm in the evening.

Article 01: To choose all necessary Town Officers for the ensuing year. (Ballot Vote)

Article 02: Shall the Town raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $2,660,720 (Two Million Six Hundred Sixty Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Dollars). Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $2,485,827 (Two Million Four Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Seven Dollars), which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the Town or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only. (The Board of Selectmen recommend this Article)

Article 03: Do you authorize the prepayment of taxes and authorize the collector of taxes to accept payments in prepayment of taxes, in accordance with RSA 80:52-a? If a town so votes, any person, firm or corporation owning taxable property may, at any time before notice of the amounts of taxes assessed against said property has been received, make payments on account of such taxes as will be due and the collector shall receive such payments and give a receipt therefor and credit the amounts paid toward the amount of the taxes eventually assessed against said property. In any town which shall vote to authorize the prepayment of taxes the collector of taxes shall give such bond in the form and amount which the commissioner of revenue administration shall require, and the collector shall pay be allowed to prepay taxes more than 2 years in advance of the due date of taxes. No interest shall accrue to the taxpayer on any prepayment, nor shall any interest be paid to the taxpayer on any prepayment which is later subject to rebate or refund. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 04: To see if the town will vote to establish a Highway Dept. revolving fund pursuant to RSA 31:95-h, for the purpose of a portion of highway department expenditures. All revenues received from the highway block grant will be deposited in the fund, and the money in the fund shall be allowed to accumulate from year to year and shall not be considered part of the town’s general fund balance. The Town treasurer shall have custody of all moneys in the fund and shall pay out the same only upon order of the governing body and no further approval is required by the legislative body to expend. Such funds may be expended only for the purpose for which the fund was created. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 05: To see if the town will vote to dissolve the Country Club special revenue fund as required by the Department of Revenue. Any funds in the special revenue fund will be transferred to the Revolving Fund (article 6) if article 06 passes. This article is contingent on the successful passage of Article 06. This administrative change is mandated by the State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue and is necessary for the Country Club to operate. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 06: To see if the town will vote to establish a Country Club revolving fund pursuant to RSA 31:95-h, for the purpose of operating the Country Club. All revenues received for the country club from FEES, CHARGES, OR OTHER INCOME DERIVED FROM THE ACTIVITIES OR SERVICES SUPPORTED BY THE FUND will be deposited into the fund, and the money in the fund shall be allowed to accumulate from year to year and shall not be considered part of the town’s general fund balance. The town treasurer shall have custody of all moneys in the fund and shall pay out the same only upon order of the governing body and no further approval is required by the legislative body to expend. Such funds may be expended only for the purpose for which the fund was created. And further, to appropriate $8,278 to be placed in the country club revolving fund to come from unassigned fund balance (this represents the funds from the dissolution of the special revenue fund). This warrant article is dependent on Article 05 passing. (Majority vote required) This administrative change is mandated by the state of New Hampshire Department of Revenue and is necessary for the Country Club to operate. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 07: Shall the town vote pursuant to RSA 32:5, V-a and/or RSA 40:13, V-a, to require that all votes on recommendations on budget items or warrant articles by the towns various Boards shall be recorded votes and that the numerical tally of votes shall be printed in the warrant next to the affected warrant article. (Majority vote required) (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 08: To see if the town will vote to require that the annual budget and all special warrant articles having a tax impact, as determined by the Board of Selectmen, shall contain a notation stating the estimated tax impact of the article. (Majority vote required) (The Board of Selectmen recommends this article)

Article 09: Shall we vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to investigate, negotiate and execute a long-term lease of the Bethlehem Country Club property, on terms and conditions to be approved by the Board, which lease shall include the condition that the property shall continue to be operated as a public golf course. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 10: To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum $22,570 (Twenty-Two Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy Dollars) for the purpose of purchasing and installing 911 address markers for all residences of the town to be done in a uniform way so they are in the correct position for responders to be able to see them. This special warrant article will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until the 911 marker project is completed or by 12/31/2021, whichever is sooner. (Majority vote required). (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 11: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $80,000 (Eighty Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Highway Truck Capital Reserve fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $23,000 (Twenty-Three Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000 (Three Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Police Equipment Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand dollars) to be added to the Fire Dept Emergency Safety Equipment Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Fire Truck Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $10,000 (Ten Thousand dollars) to be added to he Ambulance Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $23,000 (Twenty Three Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Assessing Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $8,000 (Eight Thousand Dollars) to be added to the Tech/Computer Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of to $35,000 (Thirty-Five Thousand) to be added to the Solid Waste Disposal Capital Reserve Fund previously established. (The Board of Selectmen recommends this Article)

Article 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of Six thousand dollars ($6,000.00) to Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. through the Littleton Area Senior Center and the ServiceLink Resource Center for services for Bethlehem residents in 2019. These services include congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, outreach support, ServiceLink Support, and more. In FY2018, the Littleton Area Senior Center provided services for 158 Bethlehem residents, and ServiceLink provided services for 98 residents. The cost of providing these services was $78,698.28. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,500, for the purpose of providing live musical entertainment, free, to the public, to be held at the Bethlehem Gazebo in 2019. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $7,200.00 for the operation of Energy Assistance Services, a community service program provided by Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 23: To see if the Town of Bethlehem will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00(Three thousand dollars) to support Tri County Transit a community service program provided by Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 24: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3000 to support Tri County CAP’s Homeless Intervention and Prevention Program/Tyler Blain House Homeless Shelter, a community service program provided by Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 25: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1500 to support the Center for New Beginnings. These funds support the Center’s sliding scale program, which provides assistance to clients with high deductibles or co-pays or loss of insurance coverage. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 26: To see if the Town, for advisory purposes only, wants to enact an ordinance prohibiting the possession of firearms within, or on the grounds of, any of the following spaces: the Municipal Office Building, Bethlehem Elementary School, Profile Jr/Sr High School, the Public Library, except for firearms carried at the direction of the Town Police Department. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 27: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 (two thousand five hundred dollars) to support the Boys & Girls Club of the North Country in providing a healthy, safe, and productive after school and vacation camp environment for children from Bethlehem and the local community. The Club provides a van shuttle from the school to the Club for the afterschool program. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 28: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,121.00 for White Mountain Mental Health, recognizing that untreated mental illness results in loss of productivity at work, disruption to families and children, risk to the community and loss of life through suicide. Treatment works, but only if it is available and affordable. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

Article 29: We the Undersigned Registered Voters of the Town of Bethlehem, NH, petition the Town to place a request from North Country Home Health and Hospice in the amount of $4,000 on the Town Warrant. The requested funds shall be used to assist in the delivery of home health and hospice services to the residents of the Town of Bethlehem. This Article is submitted by petition. (The Board of Selectmen does not recommend this Article)

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