Belmont supports Parent Sand & Gravel access on Wareing Rd.

BELMONT — Selectmen said Monday night that the paving of a portion of Wareing Road will be delayed until spring because of additional drainage needs.

Wareing Road connects Rte. 106 with Shaker Road and has always been a dirt road. There are two homes on the portion to be paved and with this years lack of rain, the road is wash boarded and dusty. It is posted for no thru traffic.

According to Town Planner Candace Daigle, Nutter Sand and Gravel operates gravel pits on either side of Wareing Roard but is planning to sell the smaller gravel pit on the north to Parent Sand and Gravel, which currently operates on Shaker Road.

She said that Parent's owner, Adam Towne, wants to link the back of his current pit on Shaker Road to the back of what will be his new pit on Wareing Road and build his scales near the Wareing Road exit and be able to access Rte. 106 from there.

Daigle said the town supports putting Parent Sand and Gravel's access on Waring Road so its trucks can directly access Rte. 106 because the town is attempting to reduce the amount of heavy trucks that travel through the newly reconstructed village area which is bisected by Rte. 140. If Towne's has an entrance to Rte. 106 from Wareing Road, he won't need to use Rte. 140 to access Rte. 106.

As for Nutter, Daigle said their access and scales to Rte. 106 is on South Road and she doesn't see any reason it would use Wareing Road because it's scales are on the opposite side of its pits.

She said after the paving, Wareing Road will continue to be posted as "no through traffic" because Parent Sand and Gravel are operating on Wareing Road, not using it as a through road.

Right now, she said the road is unable to handle the weight load of sand and gravel trucks but once it is upgraded, Parent will be able to use it.

Daigle said the N.H. Department of Transportation will have to okay Parent's proposal and she had given his site and operation plans that will go before the Belmont Planning Board in October to the agency.

"This is a cooperative review as far as the town is concerned," Daigle said.
Daigle also said that Parent's site plan public hearing was scheduled for next week's Planning Board but it has been postponed until the October 26 meeting.

 

CUTLINE: About half-way down in this picture of Wareing Road is an intersection used by Nutter Sand and Gravel to access two pits. Once Parent Sand and Gravel takes over the pit on the left, it will use that exit to access Wareing Road and then Rte. 106. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

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Lack of approved site plan is issue with Beans & Greens, says town administrator

GILFORD — Administrator Scott Dunn offered some clarifications yesterday on the town's position regarding the cease and desist order against Andy and Martina Howe of Beans and Greens Farm.

Dunn said that yesterday the town is willing and supportive of the Howes continuing their "farm to table" dinners. He said the key distinction that led to the cease and desist order was that it prevents weddings, birthday parties and like events "in the absence of Planning Board (site plan) approval."

He also said that he is personally supportive of agri-tourism events like weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. Dunn said he thinks they are allowed under Gilford zoning ordinances and are consistent with state statutes that encourage municipalities to support local farms.

The Howe's attorney, Patrick Wood, noted after Tuesday's delayed Zoning Board of Adjustments hearing for the Howes that he was preparing a site plan for their Gunstock Hill property.

The rescheduled hearing will be held at the Gilford Town Offices at 7 p.m. on September 29.

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Citing lawsuit, Belmont selectmen table request to add protection of aquifer

BELMONT — Selectmen tabled a request this week from the Tilton-Northfield Water District for the town to designate the well-head area of the aquifer under Rte. 140 West as GAA — the highest level of groundwater protection.

Selectmen Jon Pike and Chair Ruth Mooney said they were tabling it because of a lawsuit filed against the town of Belmont by the town of Tilton concerning an alleged failure to properly notify the neighboring town about the public hearings regarding Casella Waste System's request to add a household waste transfer operation at its current recycling and hazardous waste facility located just off the highway.

Tilton residents draw their drinking water from the same aquifer.

Selectman Ron Cormier was unable to attend Monday's meeting, although Pike said yesterday that, in this case, Cormier's absence would not likely have made a difference in the board's decision.

Tilton-Northfield Water District Chair Scott Davis said yesterday that the suit between the town of Tilton and the town of Belmont is not relevant to the water district's request.

"We (the water district) are not part of the town," he said.

Davis said three communities — Tilton, Belmont and Northfield — have an agreement dating to the late 1990s regarding water quality protection and his board just wants to make it a state-accepted agreement with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services.

He said the district's wells are in Northfield, near the boundary with Belmont but the aquifer extends beyond them and does include the Casella property. According to the written request for the meeting, the water district said the upgrade to GAA from the next highest level means enhanced protection of the area including tighter regulations and inspections of activities over it.

Davis said for years the former Tilton-Northfield Aquifer company — a private enterprise — used Knowles Pond for its drinking water but switched to packed (filtered) ground wells in the 1990s.

Should Belmont sign the agreement, as Northfield and Tilton have, it means that existing businesses within the well-head aquifer protections zone can continue to operate but must obtain a Groundwater Release Detection Permit from the DES.

Davis said it would not necessarily eliminated any uses but would subject them to "a broad spectrum of investigations."

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