GILFORD — Selectmen last night unanimously agreed to a 10-year franchise contract between the town and MetroCast Cablevision. The vote came after a brief public hearing where one person spoke in favor of the renewal.
The contract, said Town Administrator Scott Dunn, has no effect on the two things most MetroCast customers care about the most — the cost of cable television and the programming and channels.
"We squeezed everything we could," Dunn said saying the town will still get a three-percent franchise fee that amounts to about $90,000 annually.
Dunn was Gilford's negotiator and served as the chairman of the negotiating committee.
He said 11 other cable communities negotiated the same contract with MetroCast and the terms of the agreement are the same for Gilford as they are for them.
"It probably won't change anybody's life in any way," Dunn said.
Chan Eddy served as a technical adviser to the committee and he said that this contract was the "best the town was going to get at this point."
"Everybody is equally displeased," he said.
In other Gilford news, the roads have been posted for weight and selectmen said the police are taking notice. Selectmen said exemptions will be granted by the Department of Public Works on a case-by-case basis and are largely contingent on the air temperature at the time of the exemption.
Selectmen, in their capacity as Trustees of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Trust Fund gave permission for the committee to pay up to $3,500 from the trust fund to pay for a private appraisal for the castle and its 20 acres.
The goal of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee is to get the appraisal and seek money from grants and private donations to buy the land from the private owner and it to the 280 currently maintained for wildlife and hiking.
They hope to put a protective fence around the castle and let it fall naturally into ruins.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:05
LACONIA — A Country Club Road man has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana in Belknap County Superior Court as part of a plea deal that saw the state drop charges against him for two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
Steven Simoneau, 58, of Country Club Road will serve a 12-month sentence in the Belknap Corrections. But instead of being incarcerated, he will be confined to his home and wearing a monitoring bracelet.
Judge James O'Neill initially refused the plea, saying he wanted to see some kind of professional drug therapy incorporated into the plea.
Simoneau, his attorney Matt Lahey, and County Prosecutor Roni Karnis returned to court after a brief meeting with the drug therapy component in the plea.
Karnis told O'Neill that she was not prosecuting the methamphetamine charges because she likely did not have enough evidence for a conviction. She told O'Neill that the Belknap County Sheriff's Department, which led the investigation, and the Gilford Police did not want the methamphetamine charges dropped.
Karnis said police initially got a warrant to search for evidence of methamphetamine production and found, in Simoneau's bedroom, a wooden pipe that had a dark residue that tested positive for THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.
Simoneau said that other people had used his property, but had no knowledge of what they were doing.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:51
NORTHFIELD — Police have charged the same three men who allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Bristol with conspiracy to commit armed robbery for allegedly confronting a man who was walking to work — holding a gun to his head, and taking his wallet.
The victim was able to give police a description of the three alleged assailants.
The three, identified as Chance Griffin, 20, of Winchester, Jeremy Jewell, 20, of Laconia, and Edward Esty, 18, of Northfield, were all arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division.
Police also recovered items that had been reported stolen from the Northfield victim as well as items from two other incidents.
All were held on $20,000 cash bail.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:45
PLYMOUTH — Following their first and second place finishes in the MATHCOUNTS regional competition earlier, teams from Gilford Middle School and Belmont Middle School competed for the state title over the weekend at Plymouth State University.
In addition, the first four individuals in the regional tournament — Connor Leggett of Gilford, Grace Shaw of Belmont, Chris Weimann of Gilford and Thomas Bastis pof Laconia — will vie for individual honors.today
Begun in 1983, MATHCOUNTS is a competitive program designed to encourage and reward achievement in mathematics by middle school students.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:28
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