HAMPSTEAD — Voters will go straight to the real election next May, without a stop two weeks earlier for a primary, now that the Town Council voted unanimously to eliminate primaries from its charter.
Since municipalelections in the town are non-partisan, the primary is an unnecessary expense of $300 to $400, said John A. Riley town manager.
The mayor's seat and two of five council seats will be up for election May 14. Regardless of how many candidates run, all will be on the ballot for the election. Each voter will choose one mayoral candidate and two council candidates out of however many run.
In other business, the council:
* Voted to support the U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf.
* Decided to discuss at its next meeting reinforcement of the snow-removal ordinance, requiring home and business owners to shovel and clear ice from their sidewalks within six hours after a storm ends.
Those who don't comply can be billed for the work if the town has to do it, Riley said. The council wants to know whether a fine might be more appropriate. Riley said he will research whatother towns do, and report back to the council next month.
The next meeting will be on a Tuesday instead of the usual Monday because of the President's Day holiday. The meeting will be 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.