Selectboard told usual snow fence is not safe enough for bottom of Gilford sledding hill

GILFORD — Cat Path resident Susan Leach last night suggested the Selectboard plant soft evergreen trees at the bottom of the sledding hill on Rte. 11-A to stop sledders from going into the road.
Leach, who has been associated with the former Gilford Outing Club since the 1960s said the orange plastic fence put up in the winter is not adequate to the task.
"The kids will hit soft evergreens and bail out," she said.
She said she was very afraid for the sledders, nearly all of whom are children, because the sleds are plastic now and much faster than when the sledding hill was established after the Gunstock Outing Club took out the rope tow.
The hill is on town property.
"I know you have a liability sign but it's your watch," she said, noting that with two or three feet of snow there's not much fencing left.
Selectman John O'Brien said that to the best of his knowledge, only one person has gone through the fence.
Leach also said she thinks many of the people who use the sledding hill are not from Gilford and this could be because the Laconia Country Club stopped sledding on its property.
Selectmen said they would take the request under advisement.
In other business, selectmen accepted a donation from the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook for $5,949.91 to install street lights on Kimball Road.
The poles will be installed by Public Service of New Hampshire and are for lighting the newly expanded Meadowbrook concert venue.