Laconia Airport exempted from Gilford vendor fees

GILFORD — Selectmen last night voted unanimously to waive the vendor fees for the Laconia Airport's third annual Community Day scheduled for June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Airport Manager Diane Cooper-Terrill told selectmen that there are about 12 very local vendors who will be setting up displays at the "Wings, Water, and Wheels" open house event and the airport has had to charge them $35 to set up their displays.

Cooper-Terrill told selectmen she didn't think most of them would be able to afford to continue if the had to also pay a $65 vendor fee assessed by the town.

She also asked the board to consider a permanent waiver for the Laconia Airport for all future vendor fees, noting that Gunstock Mountain Resort, Ellacoya State park and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook all enjoy similar waivers.

While the board didn't have any objections to the request, Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the addition of the airport to the list of permanent exemptions would require a change in the overall policy.

Selectmen asked Dunn to reword the policy and return to the board at its next meeting with a draft for their potential approval.

In other business, selectmen reorganized the board as a result of the March elections, naming John O'Brien as chair, Gus Benevides as vice-chair and Richard "Rags" Grenier as secretary.

O'Brien will be the selectman's representative to the Planning Board while Grenier will be the selectman's representative to the Budget Committee.

Benevides will be the selectman's representative to the Laconia Airport Authority, the Heritage Committee and the Historic Preservation Committee. He will be the negotiator with AFCSME — the union that represents the Public Works employees.

Grenier will also represent the board on the Teamsters negotiating committee, the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee, and the Capital Improvement Committee.

He was also named liaison to the Belknap County Corrections Jail Planning Committee.