No changes to Francestown warrant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/19/2020 1:53:36 PM

There were no changes made to the Francestown warrant after the town’s budget hearing on Feb. 13. 

"The budget hearing was about 15, 20 minutes long," Town Administrator Jamie Pike said, with hardly any questions about the budget or the warrant from the 15 attendees.

The 2020 warrant seeks to approve an operating budget of $1,842,858, up two percent from last year’s $1,803,412.

Warrant articles include four changes to the town’s zoning ordinances. Pike described one proposed change as a general update, automatically deferring to the Department of Environmental Service’s guidelines. Another amendment seeks to include language about LED’s and other modern lighting that didn’t exist when the ordinance was first drafted. Another eliminates references to an “official map,” in an ordinance drafted in the 1970s.

Pike said the map was never actually created. A third change clarifies that “steep slopes” are graded as the average slope over a distance, rather than on a foot-by-foot basis. Pike said the clarification came after the Planning Board discovered there was no clear definition when considering an application for a driveway earlier in the year.  

Other warrant articles concern allocations to various capital reserve funds. Candidate night for Francestown is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Voting on Articles 1 through 5 will be by official ballot at the Francestown Town Hall, 2 New Boston Road, on Tuesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The second session of Town Meeting voting is planned to take place Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall.


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