SANBORNTON — The Board of Selectmen will continue to made up of three people as a petitioned warrant article that would have upped the number to five failed on Tuesday by four votes.
The final tally was 244 against the increase and 240 for it.
The petition was signed by nearly every member of the Budget Committee and all three sitting selectmen.
The most compelling reasons people cited for expanding the board were to lighten the load for each individual selectman in terms of other boards and commissions for which they are responsible.
One of the more compelling reasons against, cited by the same people, was there are not enough people in Sanbornton willing to volunteer for the many boards and commissions that already exist.
Voters did approve an operating budget that was $5,000 higher than the Budget Committee recommended. The difference was a $5,000 annual raise for the Town Clerk Tax Collector.
Article 4 asked the voters to approve two additional firefighters and was defeated by four votes after a secret ballot was requested in writing by five voters.
Voters approved a $542,000 capital outlay for the town as well as a $31,000 police cruiser. Police Chief Steve Hankard said he would only buy the cruiser if and when he absolutely needed it.
The Fire Department will get its utility truck for $40,900 and the voters approved $225,000 of transfers to capital funds.
Voters approved changing the purpose of the Town Hall Restoration Fund so that it can be used for planning, engineering and design as well as construction.
An Article for a noise ordinance failed, however all five recommended zoning changes passed.
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