By THOMAS P. CALDWELL
LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Selectmen on Thursday sent a formal request to the N.H. Department of Transportation’s Traffic Bureau to establish two no-parking zones along Route 11B, which would enable the town to address safety concerns by residents of that area.
Yacht Club Vista Condo Association has repeatedly complained that roadside parking between Misty Harbor Barefoot Beach Resort and Dockham Shore Road, especially during concerts at the nearby Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, is posing a safety hazard to residents who have to cross the street to get to the beach.
Mark Lariviere, president of the condominium association, told selectmen it is only a matter of time before someone is killed because the parked cars make it impossible to see oncoming traffic.
Appearing before the selectmen on July 12, Lariviere specifically asked for no-parking signs in front of Yacht Club Vista as well as two of the neighbors, at 121 and 123 Weirs Road, which is part of Route 11B. He said he had approached Bill Rollins of the state highway department about putting up signs, but Rollins told him the DOT first has to receive a formal request from the town.
The selectmen’s letter to the DOT calls for parking bans between 121 and 135 Weirs Road on the easterly side and in front of 136 Weirs Road on the westerly side.
“Our goal is for these NO PARKING zones to be officially recognized by the NHDOT as State-sanctioned regulations and that signs be posted accordingly; whereupon the Gilford Police Department will promptly assume responsibility for enforcement,” the letter states.
“We have been looking into this situation since last October and have now reached a point of agreement that this course of action is necessary,” the selectmen wrote.
Lariviere said the problem not only includes those attempting to avoid parking fees at the concert venue but also those at Misty Harbor who are unable to find sufficient parking at the resort.
Police Lt. Kristian Kelley said he has met with representatives of Misty Harbor, asking them to put out traffic cones and to inform their customers that, if they park on the road in such a way that it impedes the flow of traffic, they will be asked to move or will be towed.
“They’re very agreeable to helping us,” Kelley said. “They’ll monitor it over the next two weeks, and put something out to people at Misty Harbor to make sure they’re aware. If the cones don’t work, and their attempts to monitor it don’t work, then we’ll take the next step.”
That next step would be to place temporary no-parking signs along the road until such time as the state identifies it as a no-parking zone.
As to the concert crowd, Kelley said he did not notice any problem at the last concert, “but we’ll keep an eye on the next couple of concerts.”
Kelley said the selectmen wanted the police department to meet with the parties first, “and not just go and stick up signs.”
- Written by Tom Caldwell
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