We have coalesced various public meeting notices and elections for Mason’s 2015 election season from web sites and newspaper notices. However, due to possible changes and/or errors on our part, you may wish to refer to the official bulletin boards attached to the Town Hall, Mason Elementary School and Mann House. It is our understanding that this year the annual reports for both organizations will be published in the same booklet. Publishing date still seems to be in the air, so if you don’t get yours until the last minute, we’d suggest you go to the end of the voter checkout table, get your report, read it and then vote at the front of the table. Maybe the threat of a little chaos at the polling place will prompt a timely distribution of reports?
Mason School District: The filing period for Mason School District Elected Officers opens on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mason School District Office, 13 Darling Hill Road, Mason NH.
Elected Office Openings, (incumbent)
- School Board Member 3 year term (Jeannine Phalon)
- District Clerk 2 year term (Becky Partridge, school report lists as 2016, but apparently not)
Town of Mason: The filing period for the Town of Mason Elected Officers opens on Wednesday, January 21, at 10 a.m. through Friday, January 30, at 5 p.m. at the Mason Town Clerk’s Office during regular office hours in the Mann House, 16 Darling Hill Rd., Mason, NH. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 to 8 pm. The office will be open that last Friday, Jan. 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and you must appear in person.
Elected Office Openings, (incumbent)
- Town Clerk/Tax Collector 3 year term (Debra Morrison)
- Treasurer 3 year term (Patricia Letourneau)
- Selectman 3 year term (Charles Moser)
- Library Trustee 3 year term (Lynn McCann)
- Trustee of Cemeteries 3 year term (Robert Larochelle)
- Trustee of Trust Funds 3 year term (Charles Pierce)
Note, sign up for school district offices at the school and town offices at the town, they are right across the street from each other, but office hours do not necessarily coincide.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mason School District SB 2 Deliberative session. We don’t know what happens if more than the usual number of people show up and there is an actual discussion that takes more than an hour. And of course, any changes made to the budget at the deliberative session should be reflected in the warrant listed in the annual report, so that could be exciting from a printing paper perspective.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:00 p.m. Selectmen to hold town budget hearing at 16 Darling Hill Rd. There is also a required SB2 hearing which has not been noticed or scheduled, but may also happen at this meeting.
Town Election: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mason Town Hall.
Mason School District Election and SB2 Ballot: (no listing on school district web site, but usually the same date and place as the Town Election)
Absentee ballot request here should you need one. You can fill it out and mail it to Mason Town Clerk, 16 Darling Hill Rd., Mason, 03048 or drop it off during office hours.
If you are not a registered voter in Mason, you may wish to contact the town clerk at least 10 days prior to the event for more information on registering; however, you may still be able to vote by registering with the supervisors of the checklist at the polls, but don’t try to change your party affiliation then.
Town Meeting: Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at Mason Elementary School Multi-Purpose room.
The Towns of Hudson and Gofftown have nice web pages that summarizes this sort of information for their citizens in one location. So models for improvement to Mason’s web sites are available. The only thing we found lacking is that links to the actual items to be voted were not yet present, but at this point in time it may be too early for that.
Things will only get more complicated next year when the 2016 primaries are injected into the mix. Gone are the days like those in the ’60′s when all town/school appropriations got done in one meeting.
This post has been updated twice to include the selectmen’s town budget hearing and a best guess as to when the SB2 hearing might occur. The legal budget hearing notice published in the Monadnock Ledger on January 22, but says nothing about an SB2 hearing.