Meredith approves subdivision owned by Public Works director

Lots being developed off Meredith Neck Road

MEREDITH — The Meredith Planning Board has conditionally approved a four-lot subdivision proposed for a rural area off Meredith Neck Road near Powers Road.
The subdivision, which is to include four five-acre lots, is being proposed by Faller Enterprises, which is owned by Meredith Public Works Director Michael Faller and his wife.
The board staged a site visit to the property on May 9. Conditional approval was given on May 23, Town Planner Angela LaBrecque said Monday.
Faller said the proposal is unrelated to his longstanding job with the town.
He said he plans to build a house for himself on one the lots.
He also subdivided a six-acre piece of land nearby into two three-acre parcels. Spec houses are going up on those lots.
"We need growth," Faller said. "If it's done tastefully, which I feel I'm doing, it's helping the town."
He noted that fees associated with taking land out of current use provisions can provide support for the Conservation Commission, and new houses improve the town's property tax base.
Faller also said his proposed development will be on a private road, and as such won't create the need for additional town Public Works services.

Gilmanton teachers contract to be voted on today by public

GILMANTON — Voters go to the polls today in a special school district vote to decide the fate of a new collective bargaining agreement between the Gilmanton School Board and the Gilmanton Education Association.
The three-year agreement between the teachers’ union and the school board calls for $90,232.90 in additional salaries and benefits in the 2017-18 budget, $89,487.71 in 2018-19, and $98,030.47 in 2019-20. Over the life of the contract, those increases would add $549,194.97 to the teachers’ current pay.
The union’s goal was to bring the salary of a teacher with a master’s degree and 30 years of experience to $70,000 from the current $63,000.
The new agreement, negotiated after voters rejected the first proposal in March, has teachers taking on a greater portion of their health insurance premiums in exchange for the pay increases. The district would pay 95 percent of the health insurance costs the first year of the agreement, with that percentage dropping to 93 percent in the second year and 91 percent the third year.
The ballot question would fund the first year of the new contract.
Ballot voting will take place today between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Gilmanton Academy.

Laconia Police Log, May 17-June 12

LACONIA — The Laconia Police Department responded to 1,880 calls between May 17 and June 12, including 16 involving thefts, eight involving drugs and seven involving assaults.

A total of 27 people were arrested, including:

Timothy K. Converse, 56, of 24 Arlene Drive, Belmont, on a charge of driving after suspension; Tyler James Marchand, 24, a transient, on a bench warrant; Dawn Marie Dragon, 48, of 79 Warren St., on warrants.

Chad Brooks, 19, of 20 Jewett St., Apt. B, on a bench warrant and a charge of possession of controlled drugs. Evan R. Mercado, 26, of 28 Spring St., Apt. 1, on a warrant.

Javon Raheen Sage, 37, of 20 Grove St., on a bench warrant; Mary E. Pratt, 59, of 1156 North Main St. Apt 36, on a charge of misuse or failure to display plates; Carl H. Shaw, 62, of 686 Union Ave., Apt. 2, on a bench warrant.

Michael Grollimund, 28, of 1 Rice Ave., Apt 1A, on a charge of driving after suspension; Rachael L. Mount, 39, of 2 Center St., Apt. 1, on bench warrants; Michael J. Carter, 29, of 59 Weirs Blvd, Apt. 10, on a charge of willful concealment (theft); Bryon Thomas Hilliard, 25, a transient, on charges of default or breach of bail conditions.

Jasmin Sanchez, 36, a transient, on a warrant; Joshua C. Joyce, 20, of 92 Timberlane, Gilford, on charges of first-degree assault and criminal threatening (use of a deadly weapon).

Gordon M. Corrow, 44, of 2074 Dick Brown Pond Road, Bridgewater, on charges of driving after revocation, disobeying an officer, possession of controlled drugs and bench warrants; Allan Spencer Fish, 20, of 26 Summer St., on a charge of default or breach of bail conditions.

Sonya Katherine Spooner, 38, of 129 Cotton Hill Road, Belmont, on a judge's order; Delaney A. Barrett, 24, a transient, on a bench warrant; Allan Spencer Fish, 20, of 26 Summer Street, on a charge of default or breach of bail conditions.

Paul J. O'Connor, 32, of 75 Perkins Road, Belmont, on charges of criminal mischief; Timothy M. Dearborn, 32, a transient, on a charge of drinking in public.

Joanne M. Gage, 37, of 187 Gage Road, Athol, Mass., on a charge of driving under the influence; Kyle H. Nadeau, 21, of 273 Steele Hill Road, Sanborton, on a charge of possession of controlled drugs.

Richard J. Brue Jr., 36, a transient, on warrants; Eric Wayne Otis, 39, a transient, on bench warrants;
Jessica Lorette, 23, of 57 Blueberry Lane, Apt. 26, on a charge of driving after revocation; Matthew A. Stark, 28, of 51 Howard St., Apt. B, on a charge of possession of narcotic drugs and on a bench warrant.