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Sign petition to remove Alton rumble strips when you vote

To The Daily Sun:
Since the installation of the NH Route 28 rumble strips in Alton last May, there has been an ongoing effort to get them removed. Back in a letter dated July 29, 2016, the NHDOT Commissioner acknowledged 'the concerns expressed by a significant number of Alton citizens who provided feedback including, constant noise from the rumble strips, loss of sleep, location of the strips on the edge line, the potential impact to vacation business and property values, and the lack of advance notice or the opportunity for public input in advance of the project. Given the level of negative feedback, the Department believes remedial action is warranted to address and rectify the situation.'
The following actions were taken: the rumble strips south of the Alton traffic circle were removed because they did not meet NHDOT guidelines and the edge line rumble stripes on the white line north of the circle were likewise removed.
In that same letter, the NHDOT commissioner stated that the center line rumble strips north of the traffic circle would remain. She then stated, "We recognize the concern about passing zones and will consider eliminating/striping out passing zones in areas of particular receptors and with the consensus from the community."
Our Board of Selectmen met with the NHDOT Commissioner on Sept. 19, 2016. The board stated, "We are not in favor of the rumble strips and ask that they be removed." In response, the NHDOT did a depth measurement study of the rumble strips and found them to just meet the specification criteria. They also did a brief study of passing zone maneuvers in passing zones because of the continued noise concern. Their data indicated to them that a very small percentage of the traffic was making passing maneuvers. The NHDOT Commissioner stated, "While we can appreciate that any disturbance is frustrating, it seems the noise associated with passing is relatively infrequent, especially overnight." Based on that information, it was stated that it is "the Department's intent to maintain the centerline rumble strips along NH 28 north of the circle."
Statistics presented by our chief of police, where 75 percent of the accidents along NH Route 28 north of the circle were caused by deer, do not support the need for these unwanted rumble strips. The petition that will be circulated beginning on March 14 at St. Katherine Drexel Church when you come to vote will ask the NHDOT Commissioner to live up to her initial promise to recognize the concern about passing zones and to re-consider removing the centerline rumble strips from these zones.
Please sign this petition in support of removing the centerline rumble strips in the passing zones. The noise from these rumble strips is much more frequent and disturbing than the NHDOT will acknowledge. We need to pursue the removal of these rumble strips before they result in any further damage to the quality of life, property values and the attractiveness of Alton as a preferred Lakes Region place to live and vacation.

Sylvia Leggett
Alton

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Vote no on 8 to preserve checks and balances in Gilford

To The Daily Sun,

It's critically important for people to know that the recent letter to The Daily Sun submitted by Harry Bean regarding the Article 8 Citizen Petition is misleading and inaccurate. At the end of his article, Mr. Bean indicated that he believes that the Budget Committee should prepare the default budget. He stated that both the budget and default budget are created by the School Board. This is not the case.

This is misleading because it is the function – by state statute (RSA 32:5) – for the Municipal Budget Committee to review the School Board's proposed budget and to make revisions to the budget if they feel that they are necessary. After this review by the Budget Committee has been completed, it is the Budget Committee's revised budget – not the School Board's proposed budget – that gets placed on the warrant for the taxpayers to vote on. The School Board simply proposes a budget to the Budget Committee. Again, it is the Budget Committee's budget that gets placed on the warrant.

If the Budget Committee's warrant article is not approved by the voters, then the default budget, presented by the School Board, becomes the budget for the next school year. This is how each group – the Budget Committee and the School Board—has an equal role in a fair process.

If both the proposed budget and the default budget were to be developed by a single entity, the system of checks and balances would be removed for the Gilford voters. It is for this reason that I recommend we do not change the current structure. If warrant Article #8 is approved, then the Budget Committee alone will determine what the proposed budget number and the default budget number will be on the warrant article for the school district. This would not be a fair and equal process. Please vote NO on Article 8 Citizen Petition!

Wendy Oellers-Fulmer

Gilford

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