Greenville says no to KENO

  • Residents speak at Greenville's Town Meeting on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Residents speak at Greenville's Town Meeting on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Residents speak at Greenville's Town Meeting on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/16/2019 3:52:51 PM

Voters declared there would be no KENO in Greenville, in the only article the body voted not to pass during Town Meeting on Saturday.

KENO is a gambling lottery game, which communities can allow in its restaurants and taverns with pouring licenses. Profits from KENO statewide are used to increase per-student funding for full-day kindergarten students from the state to local communities.

“This KENO bill, I don’t feel it has any upsides,” resident Tom Falter said.

Falter said the Mascenic Regional School district doesn’t have full-day kindergarten, and even if it did, Greenville could still benefit from KENO dollars without allowing it in town.

Kevin Wilkins of Greenville said he sees both sides of the issue, and didn’t want to take away an opportunity for businesses to attract customers, but said the potential issues that come with gambling outweighed those benefits.

Voters turned down the article in a 20-28 ballot vote.

All other articles passed, including the town’s $2.17 million operating budget, which passed with no discussion. The budget is up this year by about $25,581.

Resident Rick Miller questioned the increase in the wastewater budget – the increase is about $28,000 more than last year, compared to a $6,000 increase in the water budget.

Rob Lauricella of Utility Partners, the company which runs the water and sewer departments, said the majority of the increase had to do with a chemical treatment program to reduce the wastewater department’s aluminum output. The town is piloting a new treatment program to bring the department in line with its discharge permit limits. The current treatment is working, but is more expensive than previous treatments, Lauricella said.

Voters ultimately passed the $420,507 wastewater budget and the $282,194 water budget, as well as additions to the expendable trusts for both departments.

Voters had little to say on the rest of the warrant, offering no commont on a request for $42,000 request to repair the pool house, including a new roof and siding and lighting upgrades.

They also quickly passed articles to request $15,000 to buy radio equipment for the fire department and $9,000 for a generator for the highway department.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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