Milton Classical Institute – Redux

By Muriel Bristol | Match 20, 2020

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Institute Building, 1888

This is not a new article in itself, but serves merely to advise our readers that new information has come to hand that allowed for a significant expansion of our earlier study of the Milton Classical Institute (1867-c1889).

Prior to the Milton Classical Institute, Milton students who wanted to continue past the district or “common” school level might avail themselves of the resources at the subscription Milton Social Library – 1822.

Briefly, the Milton Classical Institute was a private secondary school that operated in the former Union church at Milton Three Ponds between 1867 and circa 1889. As such it was a precursor to the Nute High School that would establish itself corporately on February 15, 1889.

The Milton Classical Institute building was sold at auction on Saturday, August 29, 1891. Its new owner, merchant Joseph D. Willey, intended to convert it for residential use. Nute High School opened its doors (under Principal William K. Norton) on Tuesday, September 8, 1891.

 

 

Authoritarianism & Homework

By Ian Aikens | March 17, 2020

Does voting really count? Why bother to vote? These are questions that came to mind recently when I read the text of House Bill 1309. It would amend current law by adding in the following: “Unless restricted by any provision of law, the vote on a petitioned warrant article shall be binding upon the town” and “Unless restricted by any other provision of law, the vote on a petitioned warrant article shall be binding upon the school district.” So, what’s the issue here? If voters approve a warrant, then it becomes law, right?

Not necessarily. It turns out some towns and school boards are totally ignoring the will of the voters. There are several examples of this outrage, but for brevity, I will concentrate on only two instances here. The Newfound Area School Board dismissed as a “giant hindrance” petitioned warrant Article 5, which passed by a margin of 921 to 625 on March 12, 2019, that would have required large capital improvements to be approved by voters in separate warrant articles. On April 9, 2019, Merrimack voters passed, by a margin of 1,771 to 1,478, Article 8, which “seeks to require the following amendment to the “IKB Homework” Merrimack School Board Policy: “At the discretion of the individual teacher, homework assignments will be (1) collected, reviewed, and graded; and (2) the accumulative average of the semester’s homework grade will be counted towards the student’s total cumulative semester grade.” The school board had instituted a policy in 2017 that homework no longer counted toward students’ grades, and angry parents had presented the warrant article for the voters to decide. The school board ruled that the warrant was only “advisory in nature” and ignored it. A local parent filed a civil suit against the school board, but the New Hampshire Board of Education and New Hampshire Supreme Court both ruled in favor of the local school board. As is often the case, judges defer to bureaucrats over regular citizens.

I see a couple of issues here. The most obvious is who works for whom, and who bestowed the bureaucrats with divine knowledge? If you’re going to have representative government—and preferably a republican form that protects individual rights over mob rule—then obviously elected representatives need to listen to what voters have to say. Otherwise that makes a mockery of the whole process, and no wonder so few citizens bother to take the responsibility of voting seriously. Of course, with any issue, honorable people will disagree on the best way to do things, but majority approval for non-fiscal issues and super-majority approval of taxes are the generally accepted and tried-and-true ways to run a government in a civil society. Naturally, it would be best to have as few as possible of these critical areas in the realm of government and leave them up to individuals to decide their priorities—and fund them themselves rather than expecting their neighbors to fund them—but if you’re going to have government, elected representatives have to consider the folks they represent. If they don’t, you can always “throw the bums out” at the next election, but while they’re still in office, they can cause quite a bit of mayhem.

The school board’s attitude on homework is reflective of the dismal state of government schools these days. The board insists that homework is still required, but it just doesn’t count towards students’ grades. So why would students even bother doing it? No homework—what’s next? No grades? The standards just get lower and lower all the time. Why not let the teachers decide? In my time, homework was assigned to reinforce what was taught in school that day. It was also part of a curriculum that stressed time management, discipline, and personal responsibility. It is true that for the very bright, sometimes homework was more busy work than anything of real value, but in a one-size-fits-all compulsory education scenario, that’s inevitable. That’s all the more reason to expand school choice to accommodate individual needs, interests, and abilities.

But what about the less scholarly-inclined students who don’t fare so well in testing? Homework has always been their avenue to making it through school by boosting their grades. It’s generally accepted these days that testing isn’t always the best gauge of what a student actually learned, so why deny those kids the chance to succeed? Even more important, there’s an important life lesson to be learned by doing homework and having it count towards your grade: hard work is to be rewarded. And isn’t that how it is out in the real world? It’s not always the smartest that succeed the most, but those who apply themselves the most. There have been plenty of complaints already of students’ grades dropping due to the new school board policy, which has left some students at a disadvantage when competing for colleges and scholarships. Isn’t it strange that those who deride testing these days are the very same folks who would force the scholastically-challenged to rely more on testing for their grades? Strange or not, hypocritical or not, school board bureaucrats know better.

It is interesting that the school board was unanimous in deciding to keep the new policy, but the voters were about 55% to 45% in favor of going back to the old system. Clearly the bureaucrats felt one way and a significant portion of “the people” felt differently. Perhaps the bureaucrats truly believed they were doing what was “best” for the students and stuck to their guns. Or was it power lust? The truth of the matter is that there is no “best” way for all students, and any attempt to impose it will always give some students the short end of the stick.

By the way, the new homework policy instituted three years ago dictates that teachers may assign homework, and it must be “evaluated” by teachers, but “evaluated” does not mean graded. In my time, part of a teacher’s job was to actually read and grade homework. That was part of their homework. Should a labor contract dispute come up in the future, how convenient for government teachers to have their time freed up to walk the picket line for higher wages and benefits.

As always, I will see how Milton’s representatives vote on HB 1309, it if it ever comes up for a roll call vote in the state house. Unfortunately, the bill was “laid on the table” this past week, which doesn’t bode well for its passage. Apparently, school board bureaucrats and selectmen aren’t the only ones infected with authoritarianism virus.


References:

Bevill, Robert T. (2020, February 20). Why HB 1309 is So Important. Retrieved from bedfordresidents.com/bra/2020/02/20/why-hb-1309-is-so-important/

Caldwell, T.P. (2019, September 8). School Board Chooses To Ignore Voters’ Will. Retrieved from www.libertymedianh.org/school-board-chooses-to-ignore-voters-will/

Houghton, Kimberly. (2019, February 21). Merrimack’s debate on homework & grades continues to the ballot box. Retrieved from www.unionleader.com/news/education/merrimack-s-debate-on-homework-and-grades-continues-to-the/article_dadd8a85-83e1-51f4-bcb5-2a1d363e9bf9.html

LegiScan. (2020). HB1309: Relative to the effect of warrant articles. Retrieved from legiscan.com/NH/bill/HB1309/2020

Markhlevskaya, Liz. (2019, May 7). Merrimack School Board In Legal Litigation Over Homework Policy. Retrieved from patch.com/new-hampshire/merrimack/merrimack-school-board-legal-litigation-over-homework-policy

Pecci, Grace. (2019, May 9). Homework policy still debated by area parents. Retrieved from www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/local-news/2019/05/09/homework-policy-still-debated-by-area-parents/

Teach 4 the Heart. Why You Should Grade Homework (But Not How You Think). Retrieved from teach4theheart.com/why-you-should-grade-homework-but-not-how-you-think/

Milton Businesses in 1868

By Muriel Bristol | March 15, 2020

A NH-wide business directory for 1868 (or 1868-69) has come to hand, from which the Milton entries have been extracted below. (Some revisions or additions to pre-existing articles are now possible).


POPULATION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, According to the Census of 1860. STRAFFORD COUNTY. 31,493. Milton, 1,862.

POST-OFFICES AND POST-MASTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. Milton, Ezra H. Twombley; South Milton, Hiram V. Wentworth; West Milton, Edward L. Goodwin; Milton Mills, Elbridge W. Fox.

LEGISLATURE. SENATE. Dist. No. 5 – Alonzo Nute, Farmington. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Strafford County. Milton. – John W. Simes, H.V. Wentworth.

COUNTY OFFICERS. Strafford County. Sheriff. Luther Hayes, Milton (South). JUSTICES. [Justices of the Peace] Milton. – Charles Jones, Luther Hayes, Elbridge W. Fox, Joseph Plumer, Ebenezer Wentworth, Ezra H. Twombly, Joseph Mathes, Charles A. Cloutman, Asa Jewett, Elias S. Cook, Joseph Cook, Robert Mathes, Eli Fernald, Asa Jewett, Daniel S. Burley, Ira C. Varney, George Lyman, George W. Peavey.


Milton Entries

Academies. Milton Classical Institute, W.D. Ewer, prin., Milton.

Blacksmiths. Duntley, Hazen, Milton; Osgood, Ebenezer, Rines, Nathaniel, Rines, Samuel F., Runnells, Alvah, Milton Mills; Goodwin, J & D.B., West Milton.

Boot & Shoe Manufacturers. Bennett, James, [of] Dover, Milton; Varney John H., Milton.

Box Manufacturers (See also Paper Box Manufacturers). Tuttle, William P., (sugar), South Milton.

Carpenters and Builders. Lucas, John; Mathes, Joseph; Simes, George E.; Swasey, George A.; Milton.

Carpet Manufacturers. Pine Valley Co., Milton.

Clergymen. Doldt, James (C.T.), Milton; Lothrop, Nathan C. (F.B.), Milton; Page, —- (C.T.), Milton Mills; Lang; Larkin A. (F.B.), West Milton.

Country Stores. Where is kept a general assortment of dry goods, groceries, agricultural implements, etc. Those who deal in but one kind of goods will be found under their appropriate headings. Hart, Mark H., Milton; Sayward, Joseph, Milton; Twombly, John E., Milton; Fox, Asa & Son, Milton Mills; Hubbard, Benjamin F., Milton Mills; Simes, Bray U., Milton Falls; Simes, John U., Milton Falls; Goodwin, Edward L., West Milton.

Grist Mills. Tuttle, Wm. P., South Milton; Horne, David, Milton Mills; Jack, Alexander, Milton Mills.

Hotels. Milton House, Wm. H. Huntress, Milton; Central Hotel, Ira Miller, Milton Mills.

Lumber Dealers. Hayes, Luther, South Milton.

Manufacturing Companies. (with kinds of goods manufactured). Milton Mills (blankets, etc.), Milton Mills.

Painters. (House, Sign, Carriage and Ornamental). Mathes, Robert, Milton; Hatch, Elijah, West Milton.

Physicians. Drew, Stephen, Milton; Peavey, George W., Milton; Swazey, Charles E., Milton Mills.

Saw Mills. Plumer, Lewis, Milton; Wentworth, Geo. W., Milton; Tuttle, Wm. P., South Milton.

Shingle Mills. (See also Saw Mills). Tuttle, Wm. P,., South Milton.

Shook Manufacturers. (See also Coopers). Hayes, L. & Co. (hogsheads), Milton.

Stables. Huntress, William M., Milton; Miller, Ira, Milton Mills; Buffum, —-, Milton.

Woolen Goods Manufacturers. (See also Hosiery). Briley, Edward (flannels), Milton; Milton Mills (flannels and blankets), Milton Mills.


Previous in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1867-68; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1869-70


References:

Briggs & Co. (1868). The New Hampshire Business Directory, for the Year Commencing April 1, 1868. Boston, MA: Briggs & Company, Publishers, 25 Kilby Street

Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (March 16, 2020)

By Muriel Bristol | March 14, 2020

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, March 16.

The BOS meeting is scheduled to begin with a lengthy Non-Public session beginning at 4:00 PM. That agenda has one Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (a).

(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

This likely has to do with compensation, rather than the other possibilities, as the various additions and increases with which the BOS was “just fine” were not approved by the voters. A roll-call vote, presumably a secret one, on something or other is noted in the agenda.

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at 6:00 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.


The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, Other Business, and some housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled six agenda items: 1) Re-Organization of Board of Selectmen, 2) Swearing in of Newly-Elected Board & Committee Members, 3) Board of Selectmen Committee/Board Assignments, 4) Board of Selectmen By-Law Discussion, 5) 2020 Election and Warrant Article Results, and 6) Multi-Board Meeting (presently scheduled for April 6th).

Re-Organization of Board of Selectmen. In which the BOS determines who will be Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

Swearing in of Newly-Elected Board & Committee Members. In which the newly-elected board and committee members swear to be agreeable.

Board of Selectmen Committee/Board Assignments: a) Budget Committee, b) Planning Board, c) Zoning Board of Adjustment, d) Economic Development, e) Recreation Commission, and f) School Board. In which the BOS members determine who will sit ex-officio (by virtue of their office) on the various boards and committees.

Board of Selectmen By-Law Discussion. In which the BOS determines whether or not to continue to run their meetings using the Chairman Thibeault™ method.

2020 Election and Warrant Article Results. Well, the BOS just got “told,” in the clearest possible manner. But they got told last year too. Perhaps this latest instructional experience may engender in them a desire to implement necessary reductions and reforms. Tune in to see.

Multi-Board Meeting (presently scheduled for April 6th). Likely a collective “What just happened?” spread across multiple boards and committees.


Old Business had no scheduled items.


Other Business That May Come Before the Board has no scheduled items.

There will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS Meeting of March 2, 2020), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Pertaining to Topics Discussed,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.


The BOS meeting is scheduled to end with another Non-Public session. That agenda has another Non-Public item classed as 91-A3 II (a): investigation, discipline, dismissal, promotion or compensation of employees.

(a) The dismissal, promotion, or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him or her, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted.

Likely a continuation of the 91-A3 II (a) session with which they began the meeting. There is a lot to discuss. One might ask why it needs to be in secret.


Mr. S.D. Plissken contributed to this article.


References:

State of New Hampshire. (2016, June 21). RSA Chapter 91-A. Access to Governmental Records and Meetings. Retrieved from www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/VI/91-A/91-A-3.htm

Town of Milton. (2020, March 13). BOS Meeting Agenda, March 16, 2020. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/agendas/3.16.20_bos_agenda_0.pdf

Youtube. (1965). Cone of Silence. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eUIK9CihA&feature=youtu.be&t=19

School District Election Results for March 10, 2020

By Muriel Bristol | March 14, 2019

Milton had the second part of its annual School District election (the first being the Deliberative Session), on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Voter attendance of 813 was lighter than last year’s 1,047. One might suppose that Coronavirus concerns played a role.

School District offices appear first, followed by School District Warrant Articles. (Both are listed in the order of the percentages of votes received).


School District Offices (in Descending Order by Percentages Received)

In the prior year’s election, by a 593 (56.6%) vote in favor, the Article 11 of that year altered the School District Moderator, School District Clerk, and School District Treasurer terms from one year to three years.

School District Moderator – One for Three Years

Chris Jacobs won the seat with 655 (80.6%) votes. He ran unopposed. None-of-the-above received 143 (17.6%) votes and “Scattering” received 5 (0.6%) votes. (He received 668 (82.2%) votes in his unopposed race for Town Moderator).

School District Clerk – One for Three Years

Tammy J. Crandall won the seat with 631 (77.6%) votes. She ran unopposed. None-of-the-above received 175 (21.5%) votes and “Scattering” had 7 (0.9%) votes.

School District Treasurer – One for Three Years

Mackenzie Campbell won the seat with 610 (75.0%) votes. He ran unopposed. None-of-the-above received 197 (24.2%) votes and “Scattering” received 6 (0.7%) votes. (He received 616 (75.8%) in his unopposed race for Town Treasurer).

School Board Member – One for Three Years

Margaret “Peg” Hurd won the seat with 303 (37.3%) votes. Travis J. Corriveau received 289 (35.5%) votes, None-of-the-above received 117 (14.4%) votes, Lynnette McDougall received 100 (12.3%) votes, and “Scattering” received 4 (0.5%) votes.

***The School District has posted a notice that a recount of this School Board Member result will take place at the SAU #64 office at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 16. 2020.***


School District Warrant Articles (in Descending Order by Percentages Received)

Article 6: Air Handling SystemPassed – 519 (63.8%) votes in favor, 221 (27.2%) votes opposed, and 73 (9.0%) votes for neither.

Article 8: Maintenance TruckRejected – 243 (29.9%) votes in favor, 505 (62.1%) votes opposed, and 65 (8.0%) votes for neither.

Article 13: AREA Agreement StudyPassed – 497 (61.1%) votes in favor, 251 (30.9%) votes opposed, and 65 (8.0%) votes for neither.

Article 9: Educationally Disabled Children Trust FundRejected – 264 (32.5%) votes in favor, 483 (59.4%) votes opposed, and 66 (8.1%) votes for neither.

Article 12: Technology Expendable Trust FundRejected – 275 (33.8%) votes in favor, 480 (59.0%) votes opposed, and 58 (7.1%) votes for neither.

Article 10: Building Maintenance, Repair, Renovation, and Capital Project Reserve FundPassed – 480 (59.0%) votes in favor, 266 (32.7%) votes opposed, and 67 (8.2%) votes for neither.

Article 11: School Bus Trust FundPassed – 461 (56.7%) votes in favor, 285 (35.1%) votes opposed, and 67 (8.2%) votes for neither.

Article 2: Operating BudgetRejected – 298 (36.7%) votes in favor, 453 (55.7%) votes opposed, and 62 (7.6%) votes for neither.

Article 3: Collective Bargaining AgreementRejected – 311 (38.3%) votes in favor, 449 (55.2%) votes opposed, and 53 (6.5%) votes for neither.

Article 7: Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund CreationRejected – 314 (38.6%) votes in favor, 436 (53.6%) votes opposed, and 63 (7.7%) votes for neither.

Article 4: Article 3 Special MeetingPassed – 399 (49.0%) votes in favor, 345 (42.4%) votes opposed, and 69 (8.5%) votes for neither.

Article 4: Library MediaPassed – 396 (48.7%) votes in favor, 354 (43.5%) votes opposed, and 63 (7.7%) votes for neither.

[Editors note: “Errors excepted”].


See also Town Election Results for March 10, 2020 and School District Election Results for March 12, 2019


References:

SAU #64. (2020, March 10). 2020-21 Election Results. Retrieved from www.sau64.org/sites/miltonnhps/files/uploads/election_results_0.pdf

Town Election Results for March 10, 2020

By Muriel Bristol | March 11, 2020

Milton had the second part of its annual Town election (the first being the Deliberative Session), on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Voter attendance of 813 was lighter than last year’s 1,047. One might suppose that Coronavirus concerns played a role.

Town offices appear first, followed by Town Warrant Articles. (Both are listed in the order of the percentages of votes received).


Town Offices (in Descending Order by Percentages Received)

Zoning Board of Adjustment – One for Three Years

None-of-the-above received 805 (99.0%) votes. Steve Baker won with 8 (1.0%) write-in votes.

Budget Committee – One for One Year

None-of-the-above received 788 (96.9%) votes. Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown won with 11 (1.4%) write-in votes. Matthew S. “Matt” Morrill received 8 (1.0%) write-in votes, and Susan Marique received 6 (0.7%) write-in votes.

Cemetery Trustee – One for Three Years

Jonathan W. Nute won with 668 (82.2%) votes. None-of-the-above came second with 141 (17.3%) votes, and “Scattering” received 4 (0.5%) votes.

Moderator – One for Two Years

Chris Jacobs won with 668 (82.2%) votes. None-of-the-above came second with 143 (17.6%) votes, and “Scattering” received 2 (0.2%) votes.

Treasurer – One for One Year

Mackenzie Campbell won with 616 (75.8%) votes. None-of-the-above came second with 194 (23.9%) votes, and “Scattering” received 3 (0.4%) votes.

Supervisor of the Checklist – One for Six Years

Karen J. Brown won with 641 (78.8%) votes. None-of-the-above received 163 (20.0%) votes and “Scattering” received 9 (1.1%) votes.

Budget Committee – Two for Three Years

Lisa M. Gautreau and Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown won seats with 625 (76.9%) votes and 6 (0.7%) write-in votes respectively. None-of-the-above came in second with 187 (23.0%) and 807 (99.1%) respectively. Susan Marique received 2 (0.2%) write-in-votes.

Planning Board – One for Two Years

Brian Boyers won with 612 (75.3%) votes. None-of-the-above came in second with 182 (22.4%) votes, “Scattering” received 19 (2.3%) votes.

Planning Board – Two for Three Years

Jonathan W. Nute and Ryan Thibeault won seats with 479 (58.9%) and 475 (58.4%) votes respectively. None-of-the-above came in second in each race with 326 (40.1%) and 322 (39.6%) votes respectively. Scattering received 8 (1%) votes.

Library Trustee – One for Three Years

Anne Nute won with 470 (57.8%) votes. Lawrence D. “Larry” Brown came second with 282 (34.7%) votes, None-of-the-above came third with 60 (7.4%) votes, and “Scattering” with 1 (0.1%) vote.

Trustee of the Trust Funds – One for Three Years

Karen J. Brown won with 383 (47.1%) votes. Anne Nute came second with 338 (41.6%) votes, None-of-the-above received 90 (11.1%) votes, and “Scattering” received 2 (0.2%) votes.

Selectman – One for Three Years

Matthew S. “Matt” Morrill won the seat with 327 (40.2%) votes, Humphrey Williams came second with 252 (31.0%) votes, and Larry Brown came third with 192 (23.6%) votes. None-of-the-above received 41 (5.0%) votes and “Scattering” received 1 (0.1%) vote..


Town Warrant Articles (in Descending Order by Percentages Received)

Milton’s Board of Selectmen (BOS) might well ask themselves to what extent they were aligned with those they “represent.” Thirteen (56.5%) of the twenty-three warrant articles that they recommended – mostly unanimously – were rejected by the voters. Another (4.3%) warrant article that the BOS voted unanimously not to recommend passed. In terms of representation, it would seem that BOS proved to be “wrong” 60.7% of the time.

Article 3: School Resource OfficerRejected – 217 (26.7%) in favor, 570 (70.1%) opposed, and 26  (3.2%) neither.

Article 16: Eradicate Invasive SpeciesPassed – 527 (64.8%) in favor, 243 (29.9%) opposed, and 43 (5.3%) neither.

Article 18: Elected to Appointed Fire ChiefRejected – 251 (30.9%) in favor, 508 (62.5%) opposed, and 54 (6.6%) neither.

Article 24: Adoption of a Tax Cap (Submitted by Petition)Passed – 505 (62.1%) in favor, 280 (34.4%) opposed, and 28 (3.4%) neither.

Article 19: Land or Roof Solar Lease Agreement RatificationPassed – 505 (62.1%) in favor, 253 (31.1%) opposed, and 55 (6.8%) neither.

Article 20: Land or Roof Solar Lease Agreement AMENDMENT RatificationsPassed – 489 (60.1%) in favor, 263 (32.3%) opposed, and 61 (7.5%) neither.

Article 11: Municipal Buildings Capital Reserve FundRejected – 324 (39.9%) in favor, 469 (57.7%) opposed, and 20 (2.5%) neither.

Article 12: Milton Free Public Library Capital Reserve FundPassed – 466 (57.3%) in favor, 325 (40.0%) opposed, and 22 (2.7%) neither.

Article 5: Optional Tax Credit for Service-Connected DisabilityPassed – 448 (55.1%) in favor, 338 (41.6%) opposed, 27 (3.3%) neither.

Article 6: Strafford Regional Planning Commission Membership DuesRejected – 342 (42.1%) in favor, 443 (54.1%) opposed, and 28 (3.4%) neither.

Article 4: Contingency FundRejected – 344 (42.3%) in favor, 445 (54.7%) opposed, 24 (3.0%) neither.

Article 9: Highway Department Special Equipment Reserve FundRejected – 354 (43.5%) in favor, 443 (54.5%) opposed, and 16 (2.0%) neither.

Article 10: Highway Department Capital Reserve Vehicle Fund – Rejected – 356 (43.8%) in favor, 441 (54.2%) opposed, and 16 (2.0%) neither.

Article 13: Technology Upgrade Capital Reserve FundPassed – 434 (53.4%) in favor, 362 (44.5%) opposed, and 17 (2.1%) neither.

Article 7: Highway and Road Reconstruction FundRejected – 363 (44.6%) in favor, 428 (52.6%) opposed, and 22 (2.7%) neither.

Article 8: Fire Department Equipment and Capital Reserve FundRejected – 360 (44.3%) in favor, 428 (52.6%) opposed, and 25 (3.1%) neither.

Article 22: Establishment of Heritage CommissionPassed – 426 (52.4%) in favor, 362 (44.5%) opposed, and 25 (3.1%) neither.

Article 2: Operating BudgetRejected – 273 (33.6%) in favor, 421 (51.8%) opposed, and 119 (14.6%) neither.

Article 17: Establishment of Independent Capital Improvement CommitteeRejected – 345 (42.4%) in favor, 418 (51.4%) opposed, and 50 (6.2%) neither.

Article 15: Bridge Capital Reserve FundPassed – 416 (51.2%) in favor, 352 (43.3%) opposed, and 45 (5.5%) neither.

Article 21: Adopt RSA 41:11-a Governing Body Authority to Rent/Lease Town Property for Up to Five (5) YearsRejected – 352 (43.3%) in favor, 410 (50.4%) opposed, and 51 (6.3%) neither.

Article 14: Geographic Information SystemPassed – 406 (49.9%) in favor, 388 (47.7%) opposed, and 19 (2.3%) neither.

Article 23: Optional Tax Exemption: Solar, Wind Powered, Woodburning Systems (Submitted by Petition)Rejected – 386 (47.5%) in favor, 399 (49.1%) opposed, and 28 (3.4%) neither.


See also Town Election Results for March 12, 2019 and School District Election Results for March 10, 2020


References

Milton Town Clerk. (2020, March 10). March 10, 2020 Town Election Results. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/news/march_10th_2020_milton_election_results.pdf

Milton Town Clerk. (2019, March 14). March 12, 2019 Town Election Results. Retrieved from www.miltonnh-us.com/sites/miltonnh/files/news/march_12_2019_town_results.pdf

Article #24: A Safety Guide Rail

By S.D. Plissken | March 9, 2020

If one takes the kiddies down to the Hilltop Fun Center (“Seacoast’s Largest Attraction Center!”) in Somersworth, they might drive a Go-Kart on one of the four Go-Kart Tracks. Of course, for safety’s sake, the child must have reached certain heights for this Go-Kart or that Go-Kart, the minimum being that they must be able to reach the pedals.

And beyond those minimum age and size requirements, the tracks themselves are equipped with a “Complete rail system” that runs down the center of the trackway. The Go-Karts have their left-side wheels on one side of this center guide rail and their right-side wheels on the other side. This rail system is intended to keep the Go-Karts on the track, regardless of where its inexperienced driver might steer. (The more advanced Go-Kart tracks are bounded by rubber barriers on either side of the trackway). It would cease to be “Fun” if the Go-Karts crashed into each other, ran off the track, or even flipped over.

In the matter of Milton’s Town taxation, our officials ran off the track and into a ditch quite some time ago. And they have shown little inclination to get back on the right track, a sustainable one.

Fortunately, the Milton Taxpayers’ Association (MTA) has devised a “rail system” to keep our officials on the track. Officials will no doubt continue to veer wildly back and forth, but will be less able to flip the Go-Kart, run into a ditch, or even cross onto other tracks where they might crash into our homes and livelihoods.

The MTA gathered and filed sufficient signatures to put their safety “rail system” – a Tax Cap – on the ballot.

Article 24: Adoption of a Tax Cap (Submitted by Petition)

Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 32:5-b, and implement a tax cap whereby the governing body (or budget committee) shall not submit a recommended budget that increases the amount to be raised by local taxes, based on the prior fiscal year’s actual amount of local taxes raised, by more than the lesser amount of (a) 2%; or (b) the percentage by which the U.S. Consumer Price Index – All Urban Consumers for the Northeast, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“the index”) as of the month of January of each year, increased, if any, over the index for the month of January of the immediately-preceding year (3/5 Majority Vote Required).

Not recommended by the Board of Selectmen (0,3,0).

Such measures are in place already in most New Hampshire cities. Milton is not a city, but its Town government seems strangely to have urban aspirations, especially as regards increasing itself beyond all reason, and in perpetually increasing taxes to sustain that aggrandized government.

The Milton Board of Selectmen, in unanimously not recommending this measure have, in effect, given it the very highest recommendation possible.

References:

Hilltop Fun Center. (2020). 4 Go-Kart Tracks. Retrieved from hilltopfuncenter.com/attractions/rookie-racers/