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Courtesy: Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig

Mar 15, 2017 1:20 PM

Some NH voters brave blizzard conditions for town elections, approve major projects

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Despite blizzard conditions across the state, several New Hampshire towns went forward with town elections and meetings on Tuesday.

READ: To vote or not to vote: Blizzard 2017 delays scores of town elections across NH

Some of those towns had big-ticket, high-price tag issues to consider. Here are a few of the highlights.

Hampton

Voters in Hampton approved a $25.95 million project for renovating and adding an addition to Hampton Academy, a middle school in the Seacoast town.

The school houses students in grades 6-8. The project includes removing the current 6th grade wing and adding a new gymnasium and auditorium. In total, it will add 32,000 square feet to the school.

Now that it's been approved by voters, construction is expected to begin this summer and go through the 2017-2018 school year.

Newmarket

The Newmarket School District also had major renovation projects approved.

The $38.9 million combined project plans renovations and additions for both Newmarket Elementary School and Newmarket Junior-Senior High School.

The elementary school plans will add approximately 22,000 square feet of additions, while the high school project involves 50,000 square feet of additions.

Once the project is completed, all the elementary school classrooms will be in one building. It will also have a new gymnasium, a safer student pick-up/drop-off area, a larger cafeteria, and more.

The high school will also see new amenities, including a new cafetorium, fully-equipped science classrooms and increased parking.

However, these projects are not expected to begin until next year. The high school project is planned for April 2018 through the winter of 2020, and the elementary school project is planned for June 2018 through July 2019.

Durham

The Durham Police Department will be getting a new station after 89 percent of voters approved it.

The $1.96 million expansion and renovation project will add more than 5,000 square feet of the existing Dover Road facility.

The project plans include new interview rooms for investigations, a locker room for female officers, as well as adds space for evidence processing and storage.

"The department is humbled by the turnout on such a wintry day. The support from the community is just very overwhelming," said Police Chief David Kurz in a statement.

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