Creative concert parkers cause problem for Gilford residents

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.”

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Gilford to hold its first National Night Out on Aug. 1

GILFORD — The local police and fire departments are joining the National Night Out campaign, which provides an opportunity for the community to interact with members of the town’s emergency services while enjoying “a free burger or a hot dog,” according to Police Lt. Kristopher Kelley.

While it will be the first one in Gilford, communities throughout the United States and Canada have been observing National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August since 1984. This year’s event falls on Aug. 1.

Taking place at the Gilford Town Hall-Police Department Complex between 6 and 8 p.m., Gilford’s event will feature a display of emergency vehicles, activities for children, a K9 demonstration, tours of the police and fire departments, and a cookout. The N.H. Marine Patrol and Belknap County Special Operations Group also will be on hand during the event.

A community-building campaign, National Night Out brings citizens and public safety personnel together in an informal setting where they can speak with one another and let the public see what’s happening at the police and fire departments.

“We look forward to people coming out and saying ‘Hi,’” Kelley said.

— Thomas P. Caldwell

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Migliore, Adjutant & Babiarz earn spots on special District 9 election ballot


BRiSTOL — The special primary election on Tuesday has sent Republican Vincent Paul Migliore of Bridgewater, Democrat Joshua Adjutant of Bristol, and Libertarian John Babiarz of Grafton on to the Sept. 5 general election, seeking to fill a vacancy as representative for Grafton County District 9.
While Migliore’s 243-86 victory over second-place Paul Simard of Bristol was notable in the Republican race, Adjutant’s 204-32 victory over Tom Ploszaj of Grafton in the Democratic race was especially significant, since Adjutant was not even on the ballot.
As a write-in candidate, Adjutant said, “A lot of it was getting out and talking to the voters, having communications and conversation with people, even those who disagree with you. A lot of people saw that we were invested in this contest and gave us their support.”
He noted, “One gentleman in Grafton said he was concerned about how we were going to do, and worried that a write-in vote would be a wasted vote, but our win showed that nothing is impossible if you work for it. We had more primary votes in Grafton than in the contested Republican primary, and we’re ready to move forward.”
Only 621 residents in the five-town district cast ballots, confirming predictions of a low turnout for the election. Bristol recorded the greatest number of ballots, with 197, while Bridgewater had 130, Alexandria 125, Ashland 86, and Grafton 83.
In the Republican race, Migliore garnered 243 Republican votes and also received 6 write-ins on the Democratic ballot. Simard had 86 Republican votes and 4 write-ins, while Timothy Sweetsir of Ashland had 28 votes. Burton Williams of Bristol, who had withdrawn from the race, still received one vote.
Migliore said after his primary win, ”I’m really proud to have almost 40 percent of the total vote of the election, especially where there were six on the ballot. I got 66 percent of the Republican votes cast. And I’m especially proud of the fact that I got 200 percent more Democratic write-ins than Joshua got in Republican write-ins.
“I’m really glad to have won all five towns, which is another way to look at the data.”
Migliore continued, “I have the conservatives’ support, but also bipartisan support to do something for the entire region. I look forward to the full support of the GOP and reasonable, non-resistant Democrats who understand it will take a bipartisan approach to issues, not a dogmatic approach where it’s their way or the highway. I am far more pragmatic and practical in my approach to things.”
Ploszaj was the only candidate on the Democratic ballot but his 32 votes were eclipsed by write-ins for Adjutant.
On the Libertarian ballot, John Babiarz received five votes in Grafton and one in Bristol on an uncontested ballot.
The 43-vote difference between Migliore and Adjutant in the primary, where Adjutant had to overcome the handicap of not being on the ballot, shows it could be a close general election on Sept. 5.
Each of the five towns in the district initially voted not to seek a special election, citing the expense and the fact that, by time someone is seated, the major work of the legislative session will have been completed. Ashland selectmen later reconsidered their decision and decided to petition the governor and Executive Council to hold the special election.
Adjutant said winning the primary was a group effort.
“I’m one voter, and I did not do it alone. I’m extremely grateful for those who turned out to support me and give me a mandate for Sept. 5.”
“There are going to be people who are not going to agree with me 100 percent of the time,” Adjutant said. “We heard from a Trump supporter who voted for Trump and myself. He said when he read one of the early articles about the election, and heard people talk about how young I was and not tested, and then read what I said, I was talking about real issues, and he said, ‘You’re going to be the one who cares.’"

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