John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 13, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Bedford, N.H. Town Elections Postponed to Thursday
BEDFORD, N.H. — Town Moderator Brian Shaughnessy, Esq., today announced that after much consideration and discussion, he has elected to postpone the town and school elections originally scheduled for tomorrow from 7 a.m. 7 p.m. at Bedford High School to Thursday, March 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bedford High School.
In a statement, Shaughnessy said:
“All forecasts indicate significant snowfall and potential blizzard conditions beginning very early in the day Tuesday and continuing well into the evening. I met at noon today with officials from the Town and the School District, School District Moderator Bill Klein, Bedford Police Captain Dan Douidi, Supervisor of the Checklist Joan McMahon, School superintendent Chip McGee, Town Manager Rick Sawyer, Town Council Chairwoman Kelleigh Murphy and Town Council Vice Chairman Jim Aguiar, to discuss the threat to the safety of the voters, poll workers, and Town employees if the election was held as scheduled. All the participants of the meeting support my decision that it is in the best interest of public safety to postpone the election. While news stories have reported that Town elections are not postponed due to weather, RSA 40:4 specifically authorizes the Town Moderator to postpone voting day of the Town Meeting in the event of a weather emergency. In order to accommodate voters who planned their schedules and are not available on Thursday to vote, the Town Offices will be open until 7 p.m. tonight to process absentee ballots, and will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Town Manager has announced Town Offices will be closed all day on Tuesday due to the storm. The Budgetary Town Meeting will still be held as scheduled on Wednesday March 15, 7 p.m. at the Bedford High School Theatre.
Added Town Council Chairwoman Kelleigh Murphy: “I stand behind our Town Moderator one thousand percent. We have a significant storm moving in which will bring potentially historic snowfall. Our first priority must be the safety of our residents, and the roads will likely not be safe for travel tomorrow. I have full confidence that Mr. Shaughnessy is acting within the authority conferred upon him by RSA 40:4.”
Town offices will also be closed Tuesday.
The Bedford Police Department strongly urges motorists to avoid driving if possible during Tuesday’s snowstorm. Please monitor the town’s website and the Bedford Police Department’s Nixle for important weather-related updates.