Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The first in our weekly questions posed to the community.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Editor's Note: Every week, we will pose a question to the community. We encourage you to weigh in by leaving a comment. You first have to create an account, which can be done at the top of the page by clicking "Sign Up." Yesterday, voters sent a $575,000 proposal to repair two downtown culverts (or small bridges) to a townwide vote July 12. Should the money be approved? At a deliberative session yesterday, some voters said it's too much money, while others said the repairs are needed, especially because a failing culvert on Water Street has limited a section of the road to one lane of traffic. Check out video, a live blog, and a preview of the issue to get up to speed.
Some had differing opinions.
Voters on Monday made no changes to a $575,000 proposal to fix two culverts that run over Norris Brook in the downtown area. The proposal will now be subject to a townwide vote July 12. Most citizens spoke in favor of the project, while some said the amount of money was too much. See the differing opinions in the videos above.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Voters made no amendments to a $575K proposal to fix two small downtown bridges.
8:59 p.m. One quick postscript: most people who spoke were in favor of the repairs and agreed they are needed. 8:58 p.m. We're signing off here from Exeter High School. We'll have more coverage of this issue in July. Go Bruins! 8:33 p.m. The meeting has ended. No amendments were made to the $575,000 repair proposal, which will be subject to a townwide vote July 12. 8:26 p.m. Town Manager Russ Dean said the tax impact for the repair bond money would be about $13 for a $300,000 home in the first year. 8:25 p.m. DPW Chief Jennifer Perry said it would be hard to get federal or state grants for the culvert repairs. 8:20 p.m. Voter turnout appears to be about 1 percent, not bad for a deliberative session, especially considering the Boston Bruins…
Our coverage begins at 7 p.m.
Voters tonight will act on a $575,000 proposal to repair two small downtown bridges. A deliberative session will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Exeter High School. Voters can sign off on the proposal as is or decrease the amount of money for the repairs. A townwide vote will then be held July 12. Exeter Patch will be live-blogging from the event starting at 7 p.m. The money would be used to repair two culverts under the Swasey Parkway and Water Street, respectively, that run over Norris Brook. The concrete and steel supports for the structures are crumbling. A section of Water Street is down to one lane of traffic because it can't handle the extra weight load. Earlier this year, voters rejected the repairs, with some saying the town can't afford …