Selectmen agree to devote more meeting time to Potter Hill Rd. and Cat path issues

GILFORD — Selectmen decided last night they would continue discussions about Potter Hill Road and Cat Path at their August 13 meeting.

Residents on both roads have complained on and off for years about unwanted traffic and speeding and selectmen, working with police and public works have struggled to develop acceptable solutions for both.

As to Potter Hill Road, DPW Operations Manager Mia Gagliardi told selectmen a Massachusetts company will be coming shortly to paint both ends of the road with "SLOW" and "25 MPH" speed warnings.

Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said that police are still conducting directed patrols on Potter Hill Road and he knows of two speeding tickets that have been issued recently — including one that showed a speed of between 50 and 55 mph, which is more than twice the posted speed.

Bean Burpee said the recorded speed of 55 mph was not the norm. He also noted that the two tickets that were issued were issued to local residents.

Cat Path, according to Selectman Gus Benevides, is a little more complicated.

He said despite the signs and the publicity, people continue to use Cat Path as a shortcut between Rte. 11-A and Rte. 11-B He also said drivers unfamiliar with Gilford are directed to Cat Path by Global Positioning Sensors and Internet maps and the town is powerless to do any thing about it.

Suggestions about making it one way have gotten some traction however residents said they were reluctant to travel all the way around to get to their homes.

Selectman John O'Brien said he would like a "No Right Turn" sign placed on Cherry Valley Road heading into Gilford Village but Town Administrator Scott Dunn reminded him that the N.H. Department of Transportation won't allow the sign.

Selectmen asked for Gagliardi and Bean Burpee to prepare for the August meeting by putting together some data and possible solutions.