A Quick Look at a Few New Statutes

In 2005, the New Hampshire legislature enacted two bills that alter public notice requirements for governing body acceptance of unanticipated revenue and sale/acquisition of town-owned land. Another bill changes the appeal period for decisions of the zoning board of adjustment and planning board. Also, legislation was enacted establishing a new revolving fund option, and a new exception was added to RSA 674:41 , which governs building on lots that lack frontage on a Class V or better road.

Class VI Roads and Maintenance Issues

Highway repair and maintenance projects are usually well underway at this time of year, prompting questions about maintenance of Class VI roads. There are lots of misconceptions about Class VI roads, so here are some reminders.

Special Municipal Budgeting Legislation for the 2009 Budget Year

Two special laws passed by the New Hampshire Legislature this summer will allow municipalities to take immediate action in response to federal stimulus programs and reduced revenue from the State. These laws, which apply only to the 2009 budget year, permit special meetings with streamlined procedures in certain circumstances.

Municipal Action Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding Highlights

From new, red firehouses to old, red-listed bridges, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is on its way to dozens of New Hampshire towns and cities to assist in designing, repairing, replacing, remodeling, modernizing, hiring, retaining, cleaning up and building out municipal infrastructure, personnel, programs and departments.

‘May You Live in Interesting Times’

Local officials certainly do “live in interesting times" in the current climate of reduced revenues and rising costs. Just as with the families we serve, we need to find ways to meet our responsibilities within the limits of the resources entrusted to us. The appearance of “interesting times" can be thought of either as a curse, or as an opportunity to make improvements in the way we implement our service plans.

What Do We Do with ‘Illegal’ Warrant Articles?

Each year, town meeting season in New Hampshire is marked by a crop of well-intentioned, yet illegal, warrant articles. Some governing bodies and moderators struggle with these articles before, during and after town meeting. The information and suggestions below may be helpful to those officials as they try to determine how to handle questionable articles.

Don’t Get Caught on a Technicality: Tips for Avoiding Town Meeting Problems

Voting at next month’s town meetings will result in the culmination of many months of preparation on the part of the board of selectmen, budget committee, moderator and other municipal officials to budget and set the agenda for the year ahead. That’s why it can be awfully frustrating when these best-laid plans get tripped up on a technicality. Hopefully this checklist will help avoid town meeting problems.