town meeting en Town Meeting Vs. SB2 <p>The town meeting has often been called “the purest form of democracy,” and for more than three centuries, it was how New Hampshire local government was conducted.&nbsp; Residents would gather on the second Tuesday in March – a convenient “down time” for farmers and loggers.&nbsp; They’d deliberate for hours on budgets, and do a fair bit of socializing as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; But more recently, attendance at town meetings steadily waned.&nbsp; And so, about 20 years ago, the legislature gave towns a new option called Senate bill two.&nbsp; This approach split the traditional process into two pa Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45313 at Town Meeting Vs. SB2 From The Archives: Town Meeting; Killington Secedes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s town meeting time! A storied tradition in northern New England, and in New Hampshire especially. This week I found an old interview with Dartmouth College professor of history, </span>Jere<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Daniell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He spoke with an unidentified </span>NHPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter in July, 1994. </span>Daniell<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has made close study of our town meeting and the history of the institution.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:12:19 +0000 Andrew Parrella 45025 at From The Archives: Town Meeting; Killington Secedes Town Meeting 2014: Uncontested Races And Big Spending Proposals <p></p><p>Town Meeting season is upon us, which means voters across New Hampshire will head to the polls today to weigh in on budgets, contracts, town elections and major spending proposals.</p><p></p><p>NHPR’s Michael Brindley&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">spoke with Christine Fillmore,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;staff attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, who has been fielding questions and giving guidance to towns as they’ve been preparing for the big day.</span></p><p>And she brought up a number of takeaways as far as any trends go.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Michael Brindley & Rick Ganley 44815 at Town Meeting 2014: Uncontested Races And Big Spending Proposals Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.<p>"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really pretty."<p>But behind the beautiful view, locals are dividing into opposing camps. About 50 Libertarians have moved into Grafton from around the country, splitting the town over their push to shrink its government.<p>Grafton has an annual meeting called Deliberative Session. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Jack Rodolico 44753 at Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller Bedford Voters To Consider $30M Bond For Road Improvements <p></p><p>Voters in Bedford will decide next week whether to pass a $30 million bond to pay for a backlog of road improvements.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Michael Brindley 44656 at Salem Voters Go To Ballot Box For First Time On Town Budget <p>It’s Town Meeting time in New Hampshire.&nbsp;&nbsp; Salem is one of the state’s biggest towns, and this is its first year moving away from the classic community get-together to the ballot box.&nbsp; The town expects this change to increase voter turnout tomorrow as it considers major budget issues.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:24:07 +0000 Amanda Loder 23492 at Salem Voters Go To Ballot Box For First Time On Town Budget Gaming Town Meeting <p>A new app makes civic engagement something you can do anytime, from anywhere.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:59:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3473 at Gaming Town Meeting Mont Vernon Votes to Rename "Jew Pond" <p>Mont Vernon voters approved changing the controversial name of a pond at its town meeting Tuesday night.</p><p>Whether or not to rename Jew Pond, which many consider offensive, garnered national attention in this small&nbsp;town.</p><p>But voters still don&rsquo;t know what the new name of the pond will be.</p><p>A packed crowd of about 250 residents filled the gymnasium in the Mont Vernon Village Schoolhouse.</p><p>The turnout was impressive for a town whose population is less than 2400.</p><p>The town meeting began as it does every year with the pledge and a prayer.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:48:53 +0000 Sheryl Rich-Kern 2509 at Mont Vernon Votes to Rename "Jew Pond"