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Gilmanton NH News

February 25, 2015

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Candidates Night in Gilmanton


Gilmanton School’s Student Leadership Team will be hosting Candidates Night on Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place in the cafeteria at the Gilmanton School. Come and learn more about each candidate before voting at the polls!



Letter To The Editor

Support Gilmanton’s Full Service Public Library


I have heard some argue that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a private organization, not deserving of public support.  Fact: the GYRL is a non-profit organization, organized under State law as a public charity and as such granted tax exempt status under the federal tax code.  It is bound, under the law, to serve the purposes for which it was created, to benefit the entire community.  


Some public libraries, like GYRL, were built by an organization that recognized the community’s need for the services only a public library can provide.    Some were built by the generosity of a private donor.  In either case, operating costs of public libraries throughout the State are publicly supported, whether the building is owned by the town or by the charity that created it.  To date, the Board of GYRL has raised more than half the Library’s modest annual operating cost.  Volunteers have filled in for tasks ranging from cleaning and landscape maintenance to organizing events and fundraising.  Because it is a public charity, donations to the library are tax deductible.   But it is not feasible for private donors to fully support this vital public resource.


 In the five years since the Library opened it has offered what only a full-service library can provide – books, periodicals, computer access, interlibrary loan, children’s story times, meeting space for groups with many interests.  It is indeed Gilmanton’s living room. Gilmanton voters: without your support, the Library will close. Please join me on March 10, and vote to support funding for Gilmanton’s public library.


Carolyn Baldwin,




Letter To The Editor


As a town resident, I believe it is important that the town on Election Day March 10th  vote NO on articles five and six.


The voters of Gilmanton established two Historic Districts in order to preserve and safeguard the historic nature of Meetinghouse and the Corners areas.  A Historic District Commission was formed with the authority to see that ordinances and regulations approved by the voters were enforced.  Over the years, the Commission, with town approval, has refined these. The regulations reflect what would have been appropriate during the designated time period of the districts, 1790 – 1840.


There are some non-period buildings in the districts.  When an application for a non-period building is presented to the HDC, the goal is to see if the project can be done and remain in compliance with the regulations.  The persons that are petitioning to have their properties removed from the Historic District bought them with full knowledge that their properties were in restricted neighborhoods bound by regulations passed by the voters of the town.  Despite accommodations offered by the HDC, both petitioners chose not to comply.  These petitions have the potential to undermine the purpose of the HDC.  


We must consider the unintended consequences of these petitions. The “district” will become a list of properties not tied with a common border.  In the future, will anyone who doesn’t like an historic district regulation petition for removal from the district?  Will efforts to protect the historic buildings in the districts from incompatible development cease?  


The Planning Board and the HDC has voted “not to recommend” these petitioned articles.  I ask the voters of Gilmanton to vote NO on Warrant Articles numbered five and six.


Ernest R. Hudziec






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