By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Selectmen decided Monday night that the minor maintenance that will be needed by the newly created Winnisquam Scenic Trail can be handled through the town administrator's office.
Trail coordinator Ron Mitchell told the board that while he was able to get a volunteer crew to do a final clean up of the section of the trail from the town beach to the Laconia city line, he said the volunteer crews are getting smaller and smaller.
Selectmen agreed with Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin, who said that once the project was finished, it is the responsibility of the town. She said the insurance company was ambiguous about volunteer help and liability but said that volunteers should not be using their own equipment there.
Beaudin said that, like with other town amenities like the pavilion, if any maintenance is needed, she determines what department should handle it, although it's usually Buildings and Grounds.
Public Works Director Jim Fortin said the only real "maintenance" needed is mowing the grass from the Laconia city line to the public beach and since crews already mowed from the Belknap Mall to the beach, it shouldn't be much of an issue to extend the territory a bit.
Mitchell said that most of the people who use the trail pick up after themselves and pick up after others, so he doesn't foresee any huge costs to the town.