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Selectmen to Discuss Casino Advisory Committee

Also, petitioned articles and the operating budget will be voted on.

The Board of Selectmen will take up the topic of a Casino Advisory Committee during tonight's meeting at Town Hall.

If established, the committee would be appointed by Selectmen.

The discussion comes only a few weeks after board members voted unanimously on a referendum question to appear on the ballot in March.

The non-binding question will ask residents if they would be in favor of video lottery machines and table games at Rockingham Park in Salem.

Also appearing on the agenda will be discussions and votes on several citizen petitions, which were also discussed and voted on by the Budget Committee last week.

Those petitions include the following:

  • Kelley Library Employee Separation Trust Fund ($27,000)
  • Boys & Girls Club ($10,000)
  • The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center ($10,000)
  • Local Chapter of Family Promise ($5,000) – two petitions
  • Salem Youth Softball ($4,500)
  • Reconstruction of Field Avenue ($175,000)

Family Promise will have two petitions on the ballot due to an error with the first petition submission. The first submission will likely be moved to have its dollar request reduced to zero and be respositioned to the end of the ballot during the deliberative session.

Selectmen will also vote on the 2013 operating budget, which by way of a board vote in December was proposed to be higher than the default budget by $574,939.

Continued from last week will also be a final discussion on Granite State Future, which a majority of the board indicated they would not be supporting.

But the board wanted to place the item on the agenda one last time to give those who had strong opinions on the issue last year a chance to return to a meeting before a decision is made.

Other items on the agenda include the appointment of the Community Development Director William Scott as Chief Building Official and a public hearing on town bond articles.

The acceptance of a $4,000 grant from Home Depot will also take place.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Knightly Meeting Room.

Riley Reid January 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Poor decision by the BOS and Town Manager on appointee Bill Scott to Chief Building Official. He struggled as the CDD, what do they think he'll do different with this title ?

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