Truck recovered through remote security system

BELMONT — Police recovered a stolen pickup truck and arrested a man Friday morning after finding the vehicle through its onboard security tracking system.

Belmont police was notified at 8:44 a.m. that a 2016 black Chevrolet Silverado was being driven into their town after being stolen in Northfield.

The vehicle's OnStar system tracked it to a home on Hurricane Road in Belmont and remotely disabled its ignition system once the pickup was stopped.

Officers found the truck and spotted a man trying to gain access to a residence. A woman inside the home did not recognize him and would not open the door.
Police arrrested David A. Wartski, 52, of Northfield, on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was released on $5,000 bail and ordered to appear at Belknap County Superior Court on May 4.

– Rick Green

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This truck was recovered by Belmont police after its tracking system was activated. (Courtesy photo)

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David A. Wartski

Belknap Mill Society adds four to its board of directors


LACONIA — A former state senator, an architect, an attorney and a childcare provider have been added to the board of the Belknap Mill Society, its president announced Friday.

The society formed to protect the Belknap Mill is trying to boost membership and put together adequate funds to protect the 1820s-era hosiery mill.

"Our board of directors has doubled in size since the start of the year, and volunteer engagement has increased in our committees which have grown and are actively developing new programming and sustainability initiatives," said Allison Ambrose, the society's president.

The new board members are:

• Former state Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia, sales manager at AutoServ, senior policy advisor at Preti Strategies and a trustee and past chairman of the Holy Trinity Endowment Trust of St. Joseph's Church.

• Jared A. Guilmett, an architect at Misiaszek Trupin, who is a native of Laconia and a Laconia High School graduate. He holds a masters of architectural design from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

• Jill Desruisseaux, of Gilford, a childcare provider, wife and mother of two. She holds a bachelor's degrees in early childhood education from Plymouth State University.

• Brett Allard, an associate attorney at Wescott Law. He joined the firm in May 2016 after graduating as a Daniel Webster Scholar from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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This is the full board of directors for the Belknap Mill Society From left are Brett Allard, Jennifer Anderson, Andrew Hosmer, Allison Ambrose, Jackie Vickery, Jared Guilmett, Jill Desruisseaux and Martin Hough. (Courtesy photo)


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The newest members of the Belknap Mill Society Board of Directors are, from left, Jared Guilmett, Brett Allard, Jill Desruisseaux and Andrew Hosmer. (Courtesy photo)


Sanbornton raises contracted driver rate, hires firm to repave Lower Bay Road


SANBORNTON — The town has hired a contractor to tackle a $600,000 paving project on Lower Bay Road, while the town struggles with the broader question of how to maintain its fleet of gravel-hauling trucks.
Sanbornton is turning to contracted drivers, and this week selectmen approved a raise in the per-hour rate for those drivers.
The reason the town resorts to contracted drivers is partly due to wear and tear on town-owned trucks.
In a few weeks earlier this spring, the town spent about $14,000 on truck repairs, selectmen learned. On March 28, selectmen held an emergency meeting to deal with truck repairs,
On March 29, selectmen authorized the transfer of $20,000 from one line to another in the Department of Public Works budget to allow for truck repairs.
Selectman Katy North noted that Public Works Director Brian Bordeau used to come in every year and request a new truck through the capital improvements plan, but that the requests had lapsed. Bordeau said it costs approximately $160,000 to replace one truck as specially equipped. North said the town should maintain a replacement schedule, with trucks being replaced in five- to seven-year intervals. Bordeau noted the maintenance line in his budget keeps increasing as the current fleet nears the end of its useful life.
Against this backdrop, selectmen approved the repaving of Lower Bay Road, with the caveat that some of the work may fall on town crews.
At Town Meeting on March 15, voters supported Article 5, calling for appropriation of $634,468 for two vehicle lease purchases for a dump truck and police truck and $600,000 for Lower Bay Road upgrades. Lower Bay Road is on the west shore of Winnisquam Lake.
On Wednesday, selectmen voted to sign two change orders with GW Brooks and Son of Freedom, which tentatively removed some paving and culvert work from the project while keeping the road job on track for this summer.
The contract approved by selectmen allows the town to adjust its spending, said Dave Cribbie with GW Brooks and Son of Freedom.
"You guys can adjust your quantities however you want, which is typical of an itemized bid," he said.
Cribbie explained that the Lower Bay Road job is the first phase of a multi-phase project. The first phase calls for about a mile of road work, at a cost of nearly $600,000, which was an adjusted total.
On March 22, selectmen reviewed the new total for the Lower Bay Road paving project in the amount of $595,726, which excluded the shim and overlay from pole No. 84 to the end of a nearby field, culvert installation and a headwall. Those tasks will be handled by the town Department of Public Works crew, according to the decision. Selectmen voted to award the Lower Bay Road paving project to GW Brooks, not to exceed the amount of $595,726. On March 29, selectmen voted to authorize the notice of award.
Removing the overlay, the culverts and the headwalls brings the project within town budget, Cribbie said.
The contractor will tackle this multi-phase job at a time when the town is poised to pay contracted drivers more per hour.
Bordeau on Wednesday said contracted drivers asked for a raise from $75 an hour to $85 per hour, and selectmen didn't quibble.
Selectman John Olmstead said, "If it's either we haul or they haul, with the condition of our trucks right now, the way they are, the way they're breaking down, I can't see us having a truck halfway there (and breaking down)."
"The rate hasn't been changed in a long time," Bordeau said.
Selectman Karen Ober said, "We still can't haul it for less than that ourselves."
Bordeau said a contracted tri-axle truck carries 24 tons per load, and the town hauls 10 and 11 tons per load.
Selectmen voted to approve the payment hike effective July 1.