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.
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.
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