Motorcyclist crashes on Dutile Road in Belmont, sustains head injuries

BELMONT — Police are investigating the cause of a motorcycle crash that occurred at 5:04 a.m. Wednesday on Dutile Road that caused severe head injuries to 44-year-old Tilton man.
Lt. Rich Mann said the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time and his head struck the pavement. Police said he was unconscious and unable to tell police what happened. 

He said the crash was reported to police by an area resident who heard it happen.
The man, whom police are not yet identifying, was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and then taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mann said the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team was called to assist with determining the cause of the crash.
He said they have ruled out speed and alcohol and are investigating the theory that an animal may have run out into the road.
Police ask that anyone with any information or who may have seen or heard the crash to call Belmont Police at 267-8350.

– Gail Ober

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Gilford Elementary will be ready for upcoming school opening


GILFORD — School Board Chairman Karen Thurston said Wednesday that the elementary school will be ready for teachers and students as they return for the new school year.

Over the summer, the school has undergone phase one of a two-year project to renovate the plumbing, electrical, mechanical and communications systems.

Additionally, a $140,000 parking lot project not included in the bond for the elementary repairs was completed within the past day or two.

"Some of the pods (or classroom sections) have already been turned over to custodial crews for cleaning," said Thurston. "They have done an absolutely fantastic job."

She said Building Maintenance Director Tim Bartlett and construction crews  from Bonnette, Page and Stone and their various subcontractors are to be lauded for managing some of the surprises they found while renovating the school that, in parts, is nearly 100 years old.

She said much of the reason the project ran so smoothly was because the school district and, most recently Bartlett and his team, have consistently maintained the building.

"We get compliments from the construction crews all of the time," she said. "I hope our citizens recognize the efforts of the custodial and maintenance teams."

This summer, crews renovated all of the plumbing and drainage in the school including the surprise replacement of a roof drainage pipe that they learned was plugged. Business Administrator Scott Isabelle said the roof drainage project cost the district $10,000 and was taken from the owner's contingency fund.

"Right now, there is no reason the door won't be open on the first day of school," Thurston said.

Teachers report back to school during the week beginning on Aug. 20 and the first day of school is Aug. 31, which is on a Wednesday.

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Gilford Elementary School (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

Commissioners approve increase in fee for outside detail work by Belknap County Sheriff’s Department


LACONIA — The Belknap County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved increasing the fees charged by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department to $60 per hour for outside detail services.
Currently the department charges $55 an hour for outside detail services, such as those provided at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford during concerts or for communities like Barnstead, which have requested the outside details due to a shortage of police officers,
Commissioner Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton) said that he thought the increase is a good idea.

"We should be competitive," he said, after Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) moved to increase the fee by $5 per day to bring it up to the market rate.
County Administrator Debra Shackett explained that it costs about $54.20 to provide the outside detail service and that an additional $25 per hour is billed if a department vehicle is required for the outside detail.
Last week, the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Delegation approved the transfer of $10,000 within the Sheriff's Department budget to pay for unanticipated outside detail expenses.
Two weeks ago, Sheriff Craig Wiggin told commissioners that there wasn't enough money in his budget to cover the outside detail expenses and that he planned to propose an increase in next year's budget to cover outside detail expenses, which were budgeted at $25,000 in the current year.
He said money is coming in to the department as a result of the outside details but it couldn't be directly used to pay deputies for their work on the details. The money must first go to the general fund, then is used for detail pay. The $10,000 which was transferred came from the department's budget line for part-time dispatchers, positions which Wiggin said the department hasn't been able to fill.