Bow residents to take up plans to overhaul out-of-code fire station

Bow residents to take up plans to overhaul out-of-code fire station
By ALLIE MORRIS and JOHN TULLY
Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

At town meeting on March 12, Bow residents will consider several plans to confront what the state fire marshal deemed a non-code-compliant fire station and community center building.

The option recommended by selectmen includes constructing a new public safety building that will house the fire, police and emergency management departments. Costing roughly $6.8 million, the building would replace the town’s current fire station, which is connected to the community center.


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Bow taxpayers group offers alternative to safety complex

Bow taxpayers group offers alternative to safety complex
February 25, 2014
By SUSAN CLARK
Union Leader Correspondent

BOW — Concerned Taxpayers of Bow has presented a petitioned warrant article it says is a money-saving alternative to the town’s $6,796,000 proposal to build a new fire and police safety facility on town-owned land.

The group’s petition is asking voters for $225,000 to repair the electrical system in the fire station and community center, and provide proper ventilation in the center’s kitchen. The petition was signed by 120 registered voters, and member Bryan K. Gould said it would satisfy the town’s needs in the long-term.


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Cheaper alternatives for Bow public safety building proposed

Cheaper alternatives for Bow public safety building proposed
By ALLIE MORRIS, Monitor staff
February 17, 2014

Upset by costly plans to build a new public safety building, a group of Bow residents has successfully petitioned to put a far less expensive alternative before voters at town meeting.

For the second year in a row, the selectmen support plans to build a new public safety building that would house the fire, emergency management and police departments. Last year, voters narrowly rejected a $7.7 million proposal; since then, selectmen cut nearly $1 million from the project. If it fails again, voters will take up a fallback plan: a $6 million renovation of the existing building.

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Bow is Becoming Unaffordable

Bow is Becoming Unaffordable
Thursday, February 13, 2014

As we are faced with proposals for higher spending and taxes again in Bow this year, we should consider the declining value of the coal-powered power plant.

The valuation of PSNH’s Merrimack Station recently dropped by another $50 million. From 1996 to the present, the assessed value of Merrimack Station has dropped from $303 million to just under $100 million. Because of market conditions and federal policies disfavoring coal as a fuel, Merrimack Station no longer generates power year round. Bow can no longer assume that Merrimack Station will be a substantial contributor to the tax base.

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Bow Doesn’t Need a $7 Million Firehouse

Bow Doesn’t Need a $7 Million Firehouse
By Chuck Douglas
Monday, February 10, 2014 

The Bow Fire Department does a great job because last year there were 12 structure fires (same as 2012) with a total loss of only $2,650. Yet in hopes of getting a new $7 million firehouse the fire chief invited the fire marshal to come in last year to write the building up. The fire marshal never goes into a town to inspect its fire facility unless the town asks him to do so. To see the fire marshal letter go to bowtaxpayers.org. That is like asking the IRS to come audit your business.

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