Hampton: Voters approve upgrades to wastewater treatment
March 14. 2018 11:44PM
HAMPTON — Voters in Hampton overwhelmingly approved upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant during town elections Tuesday.
The $11,780,000 appropriation was approved 2,134 to 433.
In January, Town Manager Fred Welch told the board of selectmen some of the equipment at the facility was installed in the 1970s.
Welch said a generator has to be purchased because when the power is out, there is no aeration. Workers dump chlorination chemicals into the system to kill bacteria, he said.
A three-fifths vote was needed for Article 7 to pass.
Hampton voters also approved Article 9 which asked voters to appropriate $1,500,000 to reconstruct a portion of Lafayette Road from High Street to Winnacunnet Road and from Winnacunnet Road to Towle Avenue.
It passed by a majority vote, 1,600 to 1,045.
The work will be paid for by a withdrawal from the Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund and no amount will be raised by taxation.
Incumbent selectman James Waddell won his bid for reelection, getting the most votes at 1,115.
Mary-Louise Woolsey will join Waddell on the board. She received 1,019 votes.
Board member Phil Bean chose not to run for a third term this year. He is currently a state representative.
Brendan McNamara received 625 votes even though he pulled out of the race. He made the decision after residents learned of an active warrant for a misdemeanor charge for failing to provide DNA in Massachusetts. McNamara never appeared for an arraignment on the DNA charge in 2014.
The gambling game keno was also approved by voters in Hampton by a 1,594 to 975 vote.
— Kimberley Haas, Union Leader Correspondent