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No more boat repairs allowed at Weirs condo

Family living at The Last Resort ordered by judge to remove ‘barge’ used to load and unload watercraft

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A local judge has temporarily limited some of the activities that can be performed in the common areas of a five-unit condominium unit on Weirs Boulevard called The Last Resort.

Responding to a request for an injunction to stop the owners of two of the five units from performing what they call "jet-ski/water bike repairs and sales," Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill said the Weeks family is prevented from repairing watercraft in the common areas of the property.

They are also prohibited from launching watercraft that doesn't belong to them from the common area and that a "barge" or a platform-based boat used by them to take smaller personal watercraft to other parts of the lake, must be removed from the common dock area.

The Weeks family owns two of the five units and the other three owners reactivated a dormant condominium association to stop the Weeks's three adult sons from conducting what they call commercial activities in the common areas, which they say use more than the Weeks's fair share of dock space.

An affidavits presented to O'Neill by Karen Weeks, who is the mother of the three boys, said she and her family enjoy the use of The Last Resort – A Condominium during the summers and that the so-called "barge" is a boat owned by them that is equipped with a lifts so they can load their Jet Skis at their home and safely launch them in the middle of the lake and away from boat traffic near the Weirs Channel.

Weeks said that they occasionally have guests and that there are no commercial activities at or in either of their units.

She said that the photographs submitted to the court showed crowds from a single charity event the family had in 2014 that was approved by the association.

O'Neill said his order will remain in full force pending any further order by the court. He said that any violations will constitute contempt of court.

Moultonborough officer nabs Ossipee bank robber

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MOULTONBOROUGH — Police arrested a New York man Thursday about an hour after he allegedly robbed the Ossipee Branch of the Citizen's Bank.

Police Chief Leonard Weatherbee said Master Patrol Officer Jared Beaulieu was monitoring traffic on Route 25 when he noticed a black Toyota 4-Runner that fit the description of alleged robber.

Weatherbee said Beaulieu radioed in his location and pulled over William M. Cropsey, 26, of Rochester, New York. He said Cropsey initially gave Beaulieu a false name but Beaulieu was eventually able to identify him.

Weatherbee said Moultonborough Police were familiar with Cropsey because of a recent domestic violence incident.

Moultonborough Police charged Cropsey with one count of stalking, one count of disobeying a police officer for lying about his identity, and one count of driving after suspension.

Weatherbee said Cropsey was taken to the Carroll County House of Corrections where he was later charged by Ossipee Police for one count of robbery.

Ossipee Police said Cropsey was arraigned in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division and is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail. Should he post bail, a source-of-funds hearing will be held.

Weatherbee said Beaulieu showed great powers of observation.

"It was a great police of police work," said Weatherbee.

Meredith town manager hopes to rein in expenses in next year’s budget

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — Sketching the goals and principles for the 2017 municipal budget, Town Manager Phil Warren told the Board of the Selectmen Monday that he expects to maintain the close rein on expenditures that has guided budgeting for the past seven years.

Warren said that while this year equipment purchases, routine maintenance and capital improvements have been addressed, "there still remain many other instances where level services have not been maintained." At the same time, he noted that "these reductions in service have had little impact on the residents" due to "the dedication of the town employees."

In what has become an annual refrain, Warren said that the good news is that revenues from sources other than property taxes, particularly proceeds from the meals and rooms tax and motor vehicle registrations, are stable, but the bad news is that these revenues are stable. He also said that expenses for building maintenance and health and life insurances have been trimmed.

Warren offered a half dozen specific recommendations. He said the budget should "maintain or attempt to maintain," current levels of service, which he said are below those of 2009, with no further reduction of services. Vacancies arising from resignations and retirement, he said, will not be automatically filled, but instead will be evaluated. Nor, he said, do salary surveys and recent experience indicate that any full-time positions should be reclassified. All requests to purchase equipment should be analyzed and replacing worn out equipment should be considered. Finally, he called for continuing to fund the Capital Improvement Program.

Warren said although he has no intention of introducing new programs or services, proposals for both a new Public Works facility and a new library will need to be considered in the 2017 budget. He expects the feasibility study for the Public Works facility to be completed, which will include a decision on its location, and for the project to be presented to the Capital Improvement Program Committee and to Town Meeting in the budget cycle. The library trustees, he suggested, may request funding for design and engineering costs.

Moreover, Warren reminded the selectmen that apart from the Public Works facility and the library, to other capital projects — the renovation of the waterfront infrastructure and the reconstruction of Main Street — remain on the agenda.

"I'm looking for some direction," he said, explaining that the board should place these projects in some order of priority. The capital projects, Warren said, bear a significant impact on the amount to be raised by property taxes.

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