A small slice of Londonderry’s electorate voted overwhelmingly in favor of passing each of the Town and School District’s proposed warrant articles, including both the Town and School budgets and allocations for a number of improvement projects in town.
A total of 2,097 voters took part in the election, which represents 12 percent of the approximately 17,357 registered voters in Londonderry.
The voters also re-elected Town Councilors John Farrell and Tom Dolan as well as Town Treasurer Kathy Wagner, who garnered the most write-in votes in her race.
Due to an oversight, the position of Town Treasurer was not posted as open and candidates did not file to have their names printed on the Town’s 2016 ballot.
Kristen Grages also mounted a successful write-in campaign for the position of Supervisor of the Checklist, for which no volunteers had filed to run. Grages earned the position with 59 write-in votes.
Ted Combes, who offered the only challenge to the incumbent Town Councilors and earned the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Londonderry Local 3160, lost to Dolan by 119 votes.
“I would run again. Going against the two big juggernauts in town – Tom Dolan and John Farrell – I did come quite close. No one has come that close before,” said Combes, the first candidate Local 3160 has thrown its weight behind in a town election. “I will obviously continue to push for the people in town who want to hear my voice. I think this election showed that my voice is a valued voice in town.”
Moving forward, Combes said he plans to continue sharing his ideas on advancing “smart economic growth” in Londonderry, as well as an agenda to represent younger generations in town.
Farrell, whose campaign garnered the most support with 1,183 votes, said he would like to continue to monitor the Woodmont Commons project and “how it will affect other ancillary parts of town.”
Additionally, Farrell would like to see the Town complete walkways from the middle school to the Kings residential development and the community behind Mack’s Apples orchard.
“The engineering plans are complete. It’s estimated it would take about $180,000. I think we should at least talk about it and see if it’s possible, along with the extension of the Rail Trail,” he said.
Farrell said he was disappointed to see such a small voter turnout.
“We have about 17,000 registered voters and the lion’s share of power over the things that matter most to people is at the town level. I think after the primaries there was some voter fatigue,” he said. “I really wish more people would get involved.”
On the School side, new candidate Jenn Ganem handily won her race against incumbent John Laferriere, with 1,135 votes to Laferriere’s 689 votes.
Ganem said her priority as a new member will be to “really listen to the concerns of parents and bring them forward as they come in.
“I don’t have an agenda,” she said. “I think I won because people wanted another parent with kids in the District to be a strong voice on the Board.”
Ganem noted that while she is dedicated to representing other parents on the Board, representing all taxpayers in the community is her priority.
“I went to the Senior Center and spoke with seniors, and I have a home and a business I pay taxes on in Londonderry,” she said.
In uncontested races, Christine Patton and Donald Moskowitz were elected to the Budget Committee; Bob Saur was elected Town Moderator; John Curran, Robert Collins and Pauline Caron were re-elected Leach Library Trustees; Cindi Rice Conley was elected School Moderator; Mary Soares was elected School District Clerk and John Conley was elected School District Treasurer.
A list of all the winners and votes on the Town and School District Warrants follows:
John Farrell 1,183
Tom Dolan 1,139
Ted Combes 1,020
Supervisor of the
Kristen Grages 59
Curtis Litterer 29
Robert Mahoney 11
Kathy Wagner 9
Bob Saur 1,649 (WINNER)
Christine Patton 1,444
Donald Moskowitz 1,289
Leach Library Trustees
Pauline Caron 1,560
John A Curran 1,499
Robert J Collins 1,453 (WINNER)
Kathy Wagner 786
Melanie Tamburello 213
Chris Litterer 48
Robin Skudlarek 17
Town Article 2
To raise and appropriate $210,000 to be placed in the Town’s Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund, with funds to come from the June 30 Fund Balance. The article has no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,723 (PASSED)
Town Article 3
To raise and appropriate $29,591,028 as the Town’s operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately. If the article is defeated, the default budget is $29,594,363. If passed, the article will require the Town to raise $17,924,670 in property taxes, resulting in a tax rate impact of $4.87 based upon projected assessed values.
Yes 1,425 (PASSED)
Town Article 4
To raise and appropriate $494,678 to fund Police Outside Details, to come from the Police Outside Detail Special Revenue Fund. The services are funded through user fees and the Article would have no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,637 (PASSED)
Town Article 5
To raise and appropriate $6,307,524 to defray the cost of construction, payment of the interest on any debt incurred, management, maintenance, operation and repair of constructed sewer systems. The fund will not accumulate from year to year and will not be commingled with town tax revenues, and the fund will be deemed part of the municipality’s general fund accumulated surplus, all in accordance with RSA 149-I. The services are funded through user fees and have no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,670 (PASSED)
Town Article 6
To raise and appropriate $38,000 resurface the Town’s basketball and tennis courts on Nelson Road, with said funds to come from the June 30 unassigned fund balance. The Article would have no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,654 (PASSED)
Town Article 7
To raise and appropriate $650,000 to be placed in the Roadway Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund, with said funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance. The Article would have no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,782 (PASSED)
Town Article 8
To raise and appropriate $350,000 for improvements to the Londonderry Senior Center, with funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance. The Article has no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,736 (PASSED)
Town Article 9
To raise and appropriate $724,000 to be placed in the following capital reserve funds: Highway Trucks, $50,000; Highway Heavy Equipment, $30,000; Fire Equipment, $149,000; Fire Trucks, $380,000; Pillsbury Cemetery Expansion, $75,000; and GIS, $40,000. The funds are to come from the June 30 Undesignated Fund Balance and the Article would have no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,706 (PASSED)
Town Article 10
To raise and appropriate $350,000 to expand the Route 102 sewer system from Home Depot to the intersection of Mammoth Road, with those funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance.
Yes 1,609 (PASSED)
Town Article 11
To, pursuant to the provisions of RSA 79-A:25 IV, place annually the first $100,000 from the Land Use Change Tax and 40 percent the remainder of the revenues received from the Land Use Change Tax in the Conservation Fund and 60 percent of the remainder of the revenues in the General Fund. The Article would not change the formula being used to distribute Land Use Change Tax.
Yes 1,418 (PASSED)
Town Article 12
To authorize the transfer of all supervision, management duties and responsibilities of the land surrounding the Town Common and fronting on Mammoth Road and Pillsbury Road, which is sometimes referred to as the Town Forest, from the Conservation Commission to the Town Manager, with the advice and recommendations from the Historic District/Heritage Commission, Conservation Commission and Town Council. The Article has no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,488 (PASSED)
Town Article 13
To raise and appropriate $50,000 to establish an addiction and counseling program for families in need, with the funds to come from the June 30 Fund Balance and to be placed in the general fund.
Yes 1,593 (PASSED)
Town Article 14
To raise and appropriate $0 to reestablish the Family Mediation Program for Londonderry families in need. The article would result in a tax rate impact of $.01.
Yes 1,598 (PASSED)
Town Article 15
To recommend the Town Council propose an amendment to the Town Charter to set term limits on all non-land use boards, non binding on the Town Council. The Article has no tax rate impact.
Yes 1,108 (PASSED)
Jenn Ganem 1,135
John H Laferriere 689
Cindi Rice Conley 1,661 (WINNER)
Mary Wing Soares 1,620
John Conley 1,628
School Article 2
To raise and appropriate as an operating budget for the FY2016-2017 school year, not including appropriations by special warrant articles, the School Board’s amended budget of $70,778,003 (estimated tax impact is $13.60) or the Default Budget of $70,932,073 (estimated tax impact is $13.65).
Yes 1,749 (PASSED)
School Article 3
To accept and receive federal grants and other such funds to support the school lunch program and federal projects; further to raise and appropriate such funds in a special revenue fund – school lunch program, $1,546,577; and federal projects, $1,389,000; for an estimated total appropriation of $2,935,577. The funds are self-supporting through local, state or federal revenue sources. There is no tax impact.
Yes 1,803 (PASSED)
School Article 4
To raise and appropriate $500,000 for the School Buildings Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund, previously established and approved at the March 1995 School District Meeting. The funds would be used for major one-time capital costs for District facilities, including a digital camera upgrade for video security at a cost of $30,000; an emergency generator at a cost of $65,000; field improvements at a cost of $160,000; and LED lighting retrofits at a cost of $40,000. The tax impact is $.14 cents.
Yes 1,513 (PASSED)
School Article 5
To raise and appropriate $100,000 for the School District Equipment Capital Reserve Fund, established in 2013 to provide funds to procure essential small equipment for classrooms, offices, technology and buildings and grounds. The sum is to come from the June 30, 2016 fund balance available for transfer on July 1, 2016. There is no tax impact.
Yes 1,684 (PASSED)
School Article 6
To raise and appropriate $300,000 to fund the necessary costs to improve the School District’s network infrastructure including wireless capabilities to address the curriculum and administrative needs of the School District. The appropriation would be non-lapsing until all necessary infrastructure improvements are completed or by June 2020, whichever is sooner. The estimated tax impact is $.08 cents.
Yes 1,482 (PASSED)
School Article 7
To amend the Londonderry School District Charter to remove the quorum requirement for amendments at the School District Meeting by amending relevant sections of the Charter.
Yes 1,278 (PASSED)