Belknap Commission cool to idea of convention's executive committee holding meetings in Concord

LACONIA — County Commissioners expressed concern Wednesday morning over the idea of the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Convention holding meetings in Concord.
Informed by County Administrator Debra Shackett that the idea had been under consideration as a cost-saving measure by the convention, commission Chairman John Thomas said ''you're kidding me. I don't think that's ever been done.''
Executive Committee Chairman Frank Tilton (R-Laconia) confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the idea of holding a meeting in Concord had been considered but he added, ''We decided not to have it.'' He said that the idea was that the meeting would be held with no additional cost as lawmakers would already be gathered in Concord and ''couldn't get double meeting money.''
He didn't rule out future Executive Committee meetings in Concord but noted that the legislature is a busy place these days, making it difficult to schedule meetings.
Thomas said that he was concerned that in the event of a meeting in Concord there would be expenses to the county for mileage for county employees who might have to take part in the meeting as well as for having the meeting recorded by Lakes Region Public Access television.
Commissioner Steven Nedeau said he didn't like the idea. ''Wouldn't you think you'd want to do your Belknap County business in Belknap County?'' he asked, noting that the meetings would be held during the day and disrupt the work of county employees who might have to attend them.
In other business commissioners approved an equitable sharing agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Treasury which will allow the Belknap County Sheriff's Department to share in the proceeds of confiscated funds and property seized from convicted criminals prosecuted at the federal level and heard an update on a Community Development Block Grant for nursing programs from Belknap Economic Development Council Executive Director Carmen Lorentz.