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Selectmen propose 8.6% hike in Sanbornton road budget

SANBORNTON — Selectmen have approved a $781,000 Highway Department budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, an amount $62,000 (8.6-percent) higher than what was approved for the current fiscal year.

The approved amount, which still has to be vetted by the Budget Committee, reflects an increase in $10,000 for an administrative assistant said Selectman Karen Ober.

Ober said last week she recalls a part-time administrator being added to the Highway Department budget at least five years ago but the position was housed in the town offices because there was no space in the old highway garage.

She said she knows about the position because her husband Steve was a selectmen at the time and she applied for it.

"Of course, I didn't get it," she said with a laugh.

Ober said she thinks that when one town administrator left — some time around 2007 — and another took over, there was an assumption that the position was for the administration branch and not for the Highway Department.

Now that the town has a new highway department building, she said there is office space for the administrative assistant.

Other proposed increases in 2014-2015 are an additional $7,000 for roller rental. She said the department rents a roller in the spring but the additional $7,000 will allow the roads to be rolled in the fall as well as the spring.

Ober also said selectmen added $12,000 to the vehicle repair and maintenance line. She said historically, the department has spent about $45,000 annually and the increase reflects the true amount spend on repair and maintenance.

She said the Board of Selectmen also voted to increase the construction materials line and the line for sand and salt. For the past two years, she said the salt and sand line has been over-expended from the $100,000 that was budgeted.

She also said selectmen added an addition $13,000 in the materials line that will enable the department to buy more gravel for the roads.

The increases to the Highway Department budget were not unanimously supported, Ober noted, saying that selectman David Nickerson voted against them. Chair Guy Giunta joined her in the majority

The review for the Highway Department budget comes at an interesting time in town, because as this budget was being prepared, the Highway Privatization Committee continues its work.

The goal of the privatization committee is to evaluate Sanbornton's needs verses what it is spending now and see if it is more economical and appropriate to subcontract road maintenance to a private operator.

As it stand now, the Budget Committee is scheduled to review the Selectman's proposed budget on January 28 at 6 p.m.

The proposed highway budget does not include the budget for the transfer station which is proposed by selectmen at $127,413.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 01:34

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Family & friends help Tony Maheux celebrate his 100th birthday

LACONIA — Antonio "Tony" Maheux was honored by friends and family on his 100th birthday Saturday at Laconia Country Club.
Maheux was presented with a Centenarian Proclamation by Brenda Kean, executive director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at the celebration, an event at which many stories were recounted about Maheux, who was stepfather to the seven children of his wife of 40 years, Noella (Walker) Gagne and for years ran his own painting and wallpapering business in Laconia.
''He was very good to my kids,'' said Noella, who said that she and Tony met a few years after the death of her first husband, Sylvio Gagne, in 1970.
At the time she had six children living at home and one in the armed services ranging in age from 10 to 25 and recalled that she had called Tony to have him so do some wallpapering for her. ''I talked to him while he was wallpapering and we got to know each other and shortly after that we started dating,'' she recalls.
They were married in 1973 and lived on High Street in a home which once belonged to 19th century Laconia Mayor Charles Busiel.
Maheux, who now sees only shadows due to macular degeneration in his eyes, grew up in Laconia and counted among his early jobs working as a logger and delivering cords of woods to households using his father's truck. He worked at what was then Laconia Hospital from 1934 to 1946, when he started his on business.
He was a jack of all trades at the hospital, where he did everything from mowing the lawns and maintenance to running the boiler room when the regular worker was on vacation and even lending a hand in the operating room.
''I used to help Doctor Abbott sometimes. I remember holding a man's leg when the doctor put a pin in it. Other times I'd help put body casts on and move the patients from room to room or help them stand up after an operation,'' said Maheux.
His work was so valued at the hospital that when he was drafted during World War II the hospital asked that he be classified as essential worker because he was so valuable to keeping the hospital running.
Following the war he opened his own painting and wallpapering business which he ran from 1946 until he retired in 1982. After his retirement he would often help family and friends by doing carpentry, painting and wallpapering in their homes.
''He's a wonderful guy. I don't know what my mother and all of us kids would have done without him,'' says his stepson Mark Gagne.

 

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Antonio 'Tony' Maheux celebrated his 100th birthday at Laconia Country Club Saturday. He is shown with his wife of 40 years, Noella, and Brenda Kean, center, executive director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, who presented him with a Centenarian Proclamation in honor of his birthday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 01:31

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Forrester tagged 'Friend of Seniors' by association of nursing home owners

MEREDITH — For the second year in a row, New Hampshire State Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) has been honored by the New Hampshire Health Care Association. Last year the association chose Forrester as its "legislator of the year" and yesterday named her one of three "Friends of Seniors" at a brief ceremony at Golden View Health Care Center attended by some two dozen residents.

Presenting the award, John Poirer, president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, said that Forrester "is all you can ask for in a legislator and then some." He described her as "one of the few who truly wants to understand what is going on and why something should not happen or what something should happen."

In particular, Poirer cited Forrester's contribution to the 2014-2015 state budget, which restored $42 million in funding for long-term care, and her work on legislation that enables nursing homes to recover funds improperly transferred by residents who enroll in Medicaid, placing costs on institutions that lead to higher fees for residents.

Forrester, said Poirer, "is the epitome of a true legislator, not a politician."

In accepting the honor, Forrester said that like the late Carl Johnson, for whom the association named its "legislator of the year" award, she has taken a keen interest in the issues surrounding the quality and cost of long-term care and will continue to serve the interests of senior citizens. She expressed her appreciation to the association as well as to Jeanne Saunders, the chief executive officer at Golden View.

 

CAPTION: John Poirer, president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, presents Senator Jeanie Forrester of Meredith with a memento as one of three "Friends of Seniors" in 2013 in recognition of her efforts to ensure the quality and manager the cost of long-term care. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 01:23

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Propane smell empties Sanbornton store on Sunday

SANBORNTON — Five apartments and the Sanbornton General Store at 666 New Hampton Road were evacuated Sunday morning after there was a reported leak of propane in the building.

Firefighters and police responded and check the air with meters. They determined the 500-gallon propane tank was near empty and the "methyl mercaptan" additive used to create the warning smell was expelled into the building.

The building and all of the apartments were ventilated and people were allowed to return at 9:45 a.m.

Fire Chief Paul Dexter said when smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sound, or when there is a smell of propane, people should evacuate immediately and call the fire department.

Dexter also recommends having all heating appliances checked annually by a qualified service technician.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 01:17

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