By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD —Gilford and Laconia may go their separate ways on trash and recyclables.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn told selectmen Wednesday that the Solid Waste Committee has determined it makes sense for Gilford to separate from Laconia and build its own transfer station at the same site that currently houses the town's recycling center.
Dunn said engineering plans will be presented to the board that will have to make the decision whether to bring its proposal to Town Meeting.
"We are going toward the town of Gilford going its own way," said Dunn Thursday. He said the committee's goal is to have all the information, including costs, available for voters by the 2017 annual Town Meeting.
At this year's annual Town Meeting, voters approved a warrant article for $45,000 for the town to hire an engineer to see if leaving Laconia is viable.
Dunn said Thursday that engineers from CMA have reviewed the area and believe there will be enough area for a full transfer station, although there will need to be some ledge removal.
Gilford and Laconia have been in a two-town agreement for solid waste disposal, and Gilford owes the city about $66,000 in upgrades done some years ago to the facility. Dunn said the money should be paid in full by July of 2018.
• In other Gilford news, selectmen voted unanimously to not redo "Upper" Sagamore Road in this year's road maintenance projects.
Residents led by Howard Epstein weren't very happy about it but asked that Sagamore Road be considered in 2017 and not 2018. Epstein said that since some people on Potter Hill Road don't want their road completely rebuilt, that money could be used for Sagamore Road.
Epstein has suggested not doing Foxglove Road and doing Sagamore Road this year instead but the board and Public Works director did not agree.
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