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|Winter Storm Stella Affects 100+ Town Meetings|
|Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017|
City snowplow in Nashua. Photo: Mark Buckawicki
Over 100 town meetings scheduled for Tuesday March 15 were either rescheduled or postponed due to Winter Storm Stella. Some towns held voting on Tuesday but moved their meetings to later in the week or further out, while others rescheduled both. WMUR-TV is updating a full list of cancellations and new meeting dates here.
Even before Stella hit the Granite State, legal questions arose regarding whether or not towns have the authority to reschedule their meetings due to inclement weather. Though Gov. Chris Sununu permitted towns to do so in this instance, he says there needs to be definitive legal decision made to avoid future confusion.
In a statement released on Monday, March 13 prior to the storm, Gov. Sununu said that “Given that there are differing opinions, the best we can do is strongly recommend that all towns stay open for voting tomorrow. We think that’s a very important part of the process, but given those differing opinions, I don’t think we’re in a position to mandate that towns stay open or reverse their direction if they so choose not to, but we do strongly recommend that they do stay open."
According to preliminary numbers from the National Center for Environmental Predication, snow totals in NH ranged from 7 inches in Tilton and Alstead to as much as 19 inches in Nottingham and 20 inches in Madison. Selected peak wind gusts ranged from 45 MPH in Laconia to 62 MPH in Newington.
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