Gilford works toward having its own trash disposal station

GILFORD — A transfer station of their own is the hope of the town's Solid Waste Committee and the Board of Selectmen as they plan to put a $1 million warrant article before voters this spring.

According to Scott Dunn, the proposal is still being discussed by the Budget Committee, which doesn't necessarily object to the project but wants the selectmen to provide a breakdown of costs.

Gilford and Laconia have shared a transfer station since 1980s, when all states, including New Hampshire, began complying with the new mandates of the Federal Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Around the same time, the Concord Regional Solid Waste Committee Recovery Center, or "co-op," was formed and the Laconia Transfer Station was opened on Meredith Center Road.

Gilford residents have been using the Laconia Transfer Station since its opening. Gilford is unique in that there is only a recycling center in town. To get their trash to Laconia, Gilford residents can either transport it themselves after buying a transfer station sticker at Town Hall or hire an independent contractor to pick up their garbage for them. There is a $5 minimum to go to the Laconia Transfer Station.

The benefit to town residents, said Dunn, is that if a transfer station is built at on the site of what is now the town's recycling center on Lily Pond Road, then Gilford residents would no longer have to travel with their trash to Laconia or to pay someone to take it to Laconia.

Dunn said there is no will on the part of the Solid Waste Committee to institute curbside pickup in Gilford.

As of 2015, the city of Laconia lets Gilford residents dispose of trash at $45 per ton. The actual cost is around $90 per ton, so Gilford taxpayers subsidize about 50 percent of the cost.
The city retains the first $5 of every load from Gilford residents for administrative costs. It used to retain the next $10 for repayment of a capital improvement bond, but the town's portion is now satisfied. The Solid Waste Committee members also said they do not believe single-stream recycling, which is what Laconia uses, is cost effective. They recommend a dual-stream recycling program which would separate corrugated cardboard from other recyclables.

Gilford voters attending the 2016 annual Town Meeting chose to pay $45,000 for an engineering study, and the result firm CMA Engineers of Manchester will be presented to the selectmen on Wednesday night. The Budget Committee will also meet with selectmen at 6 p.m. and many of its members will likely stay for the presentation.


Lorentz leaving state Economic Development Department


CONCORD — After serving as director of the Division of Economic Development at the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development for nearly three years, Carmen Lorentz of Gilmanton is stepping down. She will present her resignation to the governor and Executive Council at its meeting Wednesday when her future plans will be announced.

Carmen LorentzLorentz said Monday that during her tenure the agency has expanded its capacity to market the state as a place to operate a business as well as begun to develop a program to market the state to people in an effort to expand and strengthen the workforce. She said that New Hampshire was one of only four states without a site selection program before "" was launched in September. The site provides demographic and economic data for the state and its municipalities as well as as an inventory of commercial and industrial sites. Lorentz said it offers a valuable resource for both state and local officials seeking to foster economic development.

Companies are not just looking for suitable sites but also for skilled people, said Lorentz, who explained that the agency is fashioning a campaign to encourage people, especially millennials, to pursue careers in New Hampshire. She said the agency is leveraging the marketing effort of the Division of Tourism, which stresses the stresses the state's quality of life to develop the program at a relatively low cost. "We're selling New Hampshire to people," said Lorentz,"and it's a very competitive market."

Lorentz joined division after serving as executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council. During her two-and-a-half years at the helm, the organization developed a strategic plan and assembled a team of staff, partners and contractors to pursue it. She created an internship program, matching teens with opportunities, in partnership with a local information technology company and initiated Lakes Region Manufacturing Week, which annually draws hundreds of high school students to firms in the area. At her initiative the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center reestablished its presence in the Lakes Region and the BEDC was awarded more than $1 million in grants for a variety of projects.
A native of Gilmanton, Lorentz graduated from Gilford High School in 1995, then earned her bachelor's degree in international affairs from George Washington University, graduating summa cum laude, and master's degree in public policy from the University of Maryland. Between 1999 and 2005, she advocated on human rights issues in Latin America for Amnesty International and managed grant programs for nonprofit organizations in Latin America for the Open Society Institute. After a spell as an analyst with the New York State Division of the Budget in Albany, Lorentz joined Camoin Associates, Inc., a consulting firm headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York which provides community and economic development services to small and mid-sized municipalities throughout the Northeast.

Mass. Ave. water main break

LACONIA — A water main break at the end of Massachusetts Avenue Friday afternoon left about 20 households without water for most of the afternoon. An on scene supervisor said said they had to wait a while before digging down to the water main because Eversource crews needed to respond first to anchor a utility pole that was near the spot where the main broke. A resident on Massachetts Avenue said he was told at 4:30 p.m. that residents would have water soon and that they should run it for a bit until the water is clear.