Bestway seeks approval to expand Belmont facility

BELMONT – Bestway Disposal Services has submitted a request for a site plan change to allow the firm to accept municipal solid waste at its Belmont facility.

The permit modification would allow them to take in not more than 600 tons of debris a day. Right now the facility accepts recyclable material and construction and demolition debris and handles about 503 tons per day.

Collection of municipal solid waste has been an acceptable use in that zoning district since voters approved a zoning amendment last March.

In their application, which needs a site plan approval from the Belmont Planning Board, and an approval from the N.H Department of Environmental Services, the company said it would have no significant impact to the site because the existing facility is already large enough to process the extra tonnage.

The site plan change said it could expect a minimal increase in traffic in the area, but because most refuse hauling trucks already drive past their facility at 34 Industrial Drive on their way to Penacook and Wheelabrator, it likely won't be noticeable.

Belmont is one of a number of communities that decided not to renew its contract with Waste Management and Wheelabrator beginning in January of 2015. Bestway has said it wants to accept municipal solid waste from those communities who didn't renew with Waste Management.

Bestway will bring the municipal waste to its landfill in Allenstown. Waste Management brings its waste to Penacook where it is incinerated.

The proposal said adding municipal solid waste to its range of services in Belmont will decrease the cost of waste collection by allowing haulers to discharge their waste closer than Penacook, saving the communities who use them money.

Belmont is one of the towns in the area that chose not to renew its contract with Waste Management. In return, Bestway has given the town a "home field" rate along with agreeing to provide residential recycling pick-up.

Belmont's Application Review Committee met Thursday and reviewed the plan. Town Planer Candace Daigle said she expects the Planning Board to act on the change of use request on Jan. 26.

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Laconia Firefighters spearhead effort to rebuild family home in New Hampton

NEW HAMPTON – Pickup trucks line one side of Kelly Pond Road yesterday and the sound of hammer pounding and saws whining punctured the quiet country air.

Like any other construction site, this one had a bright orange dumpster, stacks of drywall and other building materials and the constant drone of a generator.

What made this one different is that it is an all-volunteer effort led by Laconia Firefighter Steve Hanser to rebuild a home that was damaged by a fire that left 12 members of the Batchelder family homeless.

Hanser, who started his firefighting career with the New Hampton Fire Department as a call firefighter, said it was a suggestion he made that snowballed into a massive rebuilding effort by other Laconia Firefighters, some personal friends of his, and donations of good and services from local businesspeople throughout the Lakes Region.

The goal, said Hanser, is for the Batchelder family to be able to return to their home before Christmas Day.

Hanser said the family didn't have any insurance and he said he knew they needed help. So he told them that he didn't have any money either, but would help to put things back together for them.

He said the project "started to snowball" and by Thursday people were calling and helping with donations or services for the project. Yesterday the crew was hoping to finish the framing.

The elder Batchelders both have some health issues but provide a home for 10 of their family members, including seven children between the ages of 1 and 12. Right now the entire family is staying at a nearby hotel likely being paid for by the Red Cross.

New Hampton Town Administrator Barbara Lucas stopped by the site to thank Hanser and to tell him others in the area are gathering Christmas presents for the family. She said the selectmen agreed to waive the building permit fees for the family.

Among those dedicating their time, money or equipment to the Batchelders' cause are Dumpster Depot, Rowell Sewer and Drain which supplied a port-a-potty, Superior Insulations and Lowe's Home Improvement Stores.

Hanser said Alex Ray of the Common Man Restaurant and the 104 Diner in New Hampton is holding fundraisers for the family as well.

Anyone wishing to help should contact the Common Man Restaurants, the 104 Diner or the Laconia Fire Department.


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Heroin overdose nearly kills Laconia 19 year-old

LACONIA — Police are investigating the near fatal heroin overdose of a 19-year-old man on Winter Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire officials said the unnamed teen had a pulse rate of 4 beats per minute when firefighters were able to revive him with NARCAN, a drug is administered to counter the effects of heroin overdoses.

Officials said the individual came very close to dying.

Local police said there were a number of people in the area when they responded and they are investigating. The man's name is not being released.

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City manager calls attention to savings brought on by council's attention to recycling

LACONIA — City Manager Scott Meyers yesterday reported that since 2011, when city officials began considering introducing aggressive measures to promote recycling, the city has reduced its costs of collecting, transporting and disposing of solid waste by nearly $227,000, of 14-percent.

Meyers noted that since 2011 the City Council has contemplated introducing a "Pay As You Throw" program, distributed recycling toters at discounted prices, added remote recycling receptacles and ultimately enacted a mandatory recycling program that began on July 1, 2013.

Since 2011-2012, when solid waste expenditures were $1,624,772, costs have fallen to $1,425,562 in 2012-2013, a decrease of 12 percent, and to $1,397,792 in 2013-2014, the first full year of the mandatory recycling program.

Meyers said that expenses have been reduced despite increases in the cost of collection and disposal contracts and said that increased recycling represented "the lion's share" of the savings. Every ton of recyclable material collected at the curbside spares the city $150 in haulage and disposal costs. Noting that just 24-percent of solid waste is being recycled, he said that on average the city disposes of 150 tons of solid waste collected at the curbside every two weeks, leaving "a reasonable portion" that could be recycled. He suggested a goal of recycling 30 percent of of the solid waste collected at the curbside and remote receptacles is "very reachable".

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