Gilmanton homeowner still waits for bathroom addition explanation


GILMANTON — With no clarification on whether a septic inspection is needed to add a bathroom to a local home, one homeowner was given permission to move forward on the electrical and construction phase of his project.

The town's building inspector said the plumbing portion will have to wait until the Planning Board can state why the ordinance is written the way it is.

Faith Tobin, the wife and business partner of Town Building Inspector Bill Tobin, said that the wording in the town ordinance regarding bathrooms is vague. In her opinion, the town land use planner interpreted the ordinance correctly as it was written – which is to say an evaluation of the septic system is needed.

However, said Tobin, she is anticipating a letter from the Planning Board explaining what its intent was when it drafted the ordinance and it was passed by voters last year.

The particular Gilmanton home in question uses a well and a septic system. The ordinance reads that "any structure being improved by a bathroom where none exists" would require a septic system evaluation.

Typically, towns' zoning ordinances use the number of bedrooms for septic inspections and improvement, which is an indicator of how many people can actually live in the house. This is the argument presented by the homeowner and his supporters, including some members of the Board of Selectmen.

Tobin said Gilmanton's ordinance does appear to be unique but said the interpretation of what the planners meant is more meaningful to this particular situation.

Selectman Michael Jean said yesterday that if the ordinance needs to be rewritten to more clearly state its intent, then the Planning Board should do that this year and put it on the 2017 ordinance.

Woman recued from Alpine Ridge


GILFORD – A woman who became disoriented while hiking at Gunstock Area Resort Tuesday evening was found by fire-rescue crews and brought to safety.
Police Chief Steve Carrier said it appears the woman entered into the old Alpine Ridge Ski Area where the trails haven't been used in a considerable amount of time, and in many cases are overgrown and unmarked.
She was able to contact a family member using her phone but couldn't describe any of her surroundings as familiar. When rescuers arrived, which included about eight firefighters and two police officers, they told the woman to call 911 so they could get a better "ping" through the Global Positioning Sensor (GPS).
Shortly after the woman was able to reach 911, she became unconscious because of a underlying medical condition; however, her 911 line remained open.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in serious condition, due to her underlying medical condition and the chilly air that had settled in while she was unconscious.
Lt. Jeff Maddon said crews were very fortunate to reach the woman before told darkness fell, when the operation would have had to be expanded to include the Department of Fish and Game and other area agencies.
Carrier said two people were rescued from Belknap Mountain on Sunday. The first was a man who injured his ankle at the top of the White Trail. He said six to eight rescuers with a litter were sent up the green trail. While bringing the man down, one of the other members of his hiking party slipped and hurt his leg. This person, too, was taken down the mountain by the crews. Both were transferred to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatments.

STEM taking flight at Holy Trinity

04-21 Morrissey at HTS

Sixth-grader Kate Merola, left, looks through information about Winn Aero's Ace Academy, while Don Morrissey speaks to students about aerospace. Winn Aero will be partnering with Holy Trinity School, starting in the fall, to bring a curriculum combining science, technology, engineering and math, all focused around aerospace, for the school's sixth- through eighth-graders. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)