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Police union and commission in accord on proposed contract


LACONIA — The Police Commission and the Laconia Police Association have reached an accord over a proposed union contract.

Police Capt. Bill Clary, who announced the development Thursday, said the next step is for the contract to be sent to the Laconia City Council for review and acceptance of the cost items.

This is the second go-around for the commission and the union. The first proposed contract was approved by the six-person negotiating team, but later rejected by union rank-and-file.

The negotiating team met again last week and proposed an amended contract to the members who approved it on Tuesday afternoon.

Commissioners discussed the changed in a "non-meeting" yesterday morning and then convened in public to take a vote.

Union police have been working without a contract since July 1 when the previous contract expired.

Should the City Council accept the cost provisions of the contract, the Police Department will be the only municipal department with a contract. About two months ago, the council rejected a proposed Fire Department contract.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 12:39

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Southworth adding to Meredith Bay

LACONIA — Southworth Development LLC, the owner and developer of Meredith Bay at The Weirs, has submitted plans to begin construction of the first of a pair of duplexes overlooking Scenic Road at the foot of Brickyard Mountain, just south of the North Lodge, which is nearing completion.
Earlier this year Southworth purchased the 2.15-acre lot, where an A-frame home stands, with plans to demolish the building and replace it with units to match The Townhomes on the opposite side of the street overlooking Lookout Rock.

More than two-thirds of the 19 Townhomes have been sold and last month Southworth began marketing the 24 single-floor condominium units at the North Lodge. across Scenic Road, which are scheduled to be complete in November. Southworth tailors the pace of construction to the pace of sales and maintains a diverse inventory of townhouses, condominiums and single-family homes priced between $500,000 and $700,000.

The duplex will house two units, each with approximately 2,800 square feet of living space and a garage, in one two-story building. The building will be finished in the Adirondack style of the townhouses across the street. Chris Duprey, project manager for Southworth, said that a second, matching duplex will be built to the north of the North Lodge.

Meanwhile, the Planning Board has approved construction of another 72 units divided among three buildings mirroring the North Lodge, which would be built opposite the townhomes. Duprey anticipated that when 14 or 16 of the units at the North Lodge are sold, work would begin on the first of the three buildings.

Southworth Development acquired Meredith Bay in 2006. The development stretches across more than 400 acres on either side of US Route 3 and consists of two elements. On the east side of Route 3, there are 129 house lots on 140 acres atop Brickyard Mountain, of which some 30 have been sold, as well as the townhouses and condominiums under construction along Scenic Road.

Another 215 acres remain to be developed on the west side of Route 3.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 01:03

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Man who vandalized cemetery faces second probation violation

LACONIA — A local man convicted of vandalizing some gravestones in the Union Cemetery in July 2012 is facing his second probation violation since pleading guilty to criminal mischief in August 2013.

Jagger Richer, 20, was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail but all 30 days of his sentence was suspended. He was placed on probation for two years.

In February 2014, Richer violated the terms of his probation by failing to report a change of address to his probation officer. Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill found him responsible and sentenced him to serve 30 days for the violation.

Richer is scheduled to appear this morning in Superior Court for his second alleged probation violation.

According to submissions from the Division of Probation and Parole, Richer failed to appear for a meeting with his probation officer on April 23 and May 28.

His probation officer also said he was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, but failed to do any of it.

Richer is also accused of not reporting his contact with Gilford Police on May 1, 2014, when he was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of alcohol.

His PPO said Richer also failed to be of good conduct, obey all laws, and be arrest free.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 01:03

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Hosmer briefs council on 'productive' legislative session

LACONIA — State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) told members of the City Council Monday night that New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement will be visiting the city on the afternoon of August 7 to look at areas of critical need on state highways in and around the city.
His announcement was prompted by a question from Ward 5 Councilman Bob Hamel about Rte. 106 and whether an improvement project currently underway in Loudon would extend all the way up Rte. 106 to Laconia.
Hamel said that the condition of Rte. 106 in the vicinity of the Lakes Region Community College on Prescott Hill is ''horrendous.''
Hosmer said he didn't think the project would extend all the way to Laconia but would check with Clement.
Councilor Armand Bolduc said that he thought that at one time there was a plan for another exit off from Rte. 106 which would funnel traffic directly to the Lakes Business Park entrance so that tractor-trailers wouldn't have to travel through the city and wondered what had ever happened to that plan.
Hosmer said he would also check to see if there was such a plan and what had happened to it.
City Councilor Brenda Baer of Ward 4 asked Hosmer, who attended the meeting to report on legislation passed in the most recent session of the state Legislature, about what he saw as challenges in the next legislative session.
Hosmer, who is running for re-election and whose likely opponent in the general election, Kathleen Rago, a former Republican state representative from Franklin, was also present at the meeting, said that the next budget will be a real challenge and said that he would oppose efforts to shift costs from the state onto local communities. He also said that he hoped to see the New Hampshire Health Care Protection Act implemented in a way which would help hospitals lower costs for uncompensated care and hopefully bring lower insurance premiums for New Hampshire citizens.
Rago, who introduced herself to the members of the council , said that she was running for the District 7 Senate seat because she believes ''government has seriously overreached and it's time to rein it in.''
Hosmer told the council that he viewed the recently completed legislative session as ''productive'', citing a budget which was balanced with no new taxes as well as bills passed that increased funding for mental health and took a step towards restoring funding for state colleges and the university system.
He said that he is still waiting for HB-333 to be signed into law. He worked to change provisions of that bill on recreational vehicles used as housing, which preserved some $200,000 revenues for the city of Laconia and was praised by members of the council for his efforts.
Hosmer said that after years of underfunding the state highway fund, a 4.2 cents per gallon gas tax increase was passed which will go directly to roads and bridges and help the state maintain a strong infrastructure.
''Having a responsive state government is very important, We are challenged in many areas and need to put partisanship and ideology aside in order to accomplish what needs to be done for the state to prosper,'' said Hosmer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:55

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