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Infrared pothole repair system demonstrated at Briarcrest

LACONIA — Mark Twin once quipped "This is the only place in the world where the pavements consist exclusively of holes with asphalt around them. And they are the most economical in the world," he continued, "because holes never get out of repair."

Yesterday a number of public officials and curious residents gathered at Briarcrest Estates got a close look at infrared technology, a technique for repairing potholes, cracking, cuts, manholes joints, drains and other defects in asphalt surfaces in less time and at less cost than conventional methods.

Don Vachon, the operations manager of the Lakemont Cooperative, which purchased the Briarcrest manufactured housing park earlier this year, invited Roger Filion, president of Kasi Infrared Corporation of Newport, N.H., to demonstrate the technology on a steep slope riven with cracks. Vachon explained that after 30 years the roads in the park are showing signs of wear and, bound by a tight budget, he sought an alternative to paving.

Kasi Infrared has been manufacturing the equipment and applying the technology for the past 15 years. The first step in the process is to clean the area being repair of standing water, loose asphalt and dirt. Then the 48-square foot infrared chamber, attached to rear of the truck, is positioned over the area to be repaired so that its edges are at least six inches from the damage. It takes between five and eight minutes to heat the asphalt to 325 degrees Fahrenheit to a depth of two inches.

The infrared chamber is lifted and the damaged area is scarified with a rake, leaving a shallow trough at the edges. A six inch perimeter of heated asphalt is left undisturbed to ensure that when the repair is rolled the hot asphalt in the restored area is fused to the heated roadway to eliminate any seam. Asphalt, carried in the hot box on the truck, is raked over the site, which smoothed and leveled with a lute. Finally the restored area is rolled with at least 2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure.

Filion said that repairs can be made with a crew of two and one truck, which carries the infrared chamber, hot asphalt, roller and tools. He stressed that the infrared technology can be applied throughout the year and unlike cold patching "once you've made a repair, it's done. You're not going back."

Paul Moynihan, diretcor of Laconia Public Works, said that "we think it has its applications. Not in all places, but where there are a lot of potholes, like Court Street."

John Neal, general foreman of the Department of Public Works, who has worked with the technology, said that early this spring on Court Street alone some 50 tons of material was used to patch potholes, many of which washed out with the next storm. He said that each pothole had to dug out to the gravel, then filled. A crew of five or six, including flaggers, was required. He suspected infrared technology, with a cost of $4.50 a square foot or a daily rate, might offer a more effective and less expensive alternative.

The difference between infrared technology and conventional methods, Filion explained, "is that they're going to be going back, and back and back. Once this is done, it's done. It's going to save everybody money in a big way."

Fillion and his crew were in Briarcrest at the invitation of Vachon, who is one of a number of residents now charged with the running of their community, where all the roadways are owned by the cooperative.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:48

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Man convicted of lewd conduct at Belmont beach said to have violated terms of suspended sentence

LACONIA — A man who was given a suspended sentence for indecent exposure at Roberts Beach in Belmont is due back in court next week for refusing to cooperate with the terms of the suspension.

Merrill Fitts, 64, of Belmont was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections for inappropriately touching himself while seated in the front seat of his car at 2:36 p.m. on March 23, 2013.

Police said they received a report of a man acting suspiciously and Fish and Game Sgt. Mike Eastman responded and found Fitts sitting in his car naked and masturbating.

Eastman didn't indicate whether or not there were other people around Fitts when he arrived and Fitts was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.

On July 11, 2013 Fitts was given a suspended sentence provided he seek a mental health evaluation and follow up with the recommendations.

According to the Division of Probation and Parole, Fitts has refused to comply with the aftercare and recommendation of the mental health evaluation.

His sentenced was suspended for two years meaning the judge could impose the entire 12 months in the house of corrections should Fitts continue not to cooperate.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:32

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Man charged with stealing Rx from veterinarian accused fo violating his bail terms

LACONIA — A former Gilford man accused of stealing animal anesthetics from his former employer was ordered back into court for failing to observe the conditions of his bail.

Bruce Sanborn, 42, formerly of 41 East Gilford Drive had been released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail after being indicted in April by a Belknap County grand jury for one count of felony possession of a controlled drug and one count of theft by unauthorized taking.

Sanborn is accused of taking Telazol from his employer, a Gilford veterinarian, who had given him a job as a handyman and a place to stay.

According to the request for revocation of bail, Sanborn allegedly failed to report to probation in May of 2014 where he would be subject to drug and alcohol urinalysis.

On July 7, Judge Larry Smukler ordered that he post $100 cash bail that was posted.

The probation department reported to the Belknap County Attorney that he also failed to show up on July 23 so on July 24, Asst. Belknap County Attorney Carley Ahern requested and was granted an emergency bail review hearing to be held on July 29.

As of yesterday, Sanborn is schedule for trial in October.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:28

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Gilford planners OK siting of cell tower off Start Street; ZBA next up

GILFORD — After nine months of planning, three separate balloon tests, and two public hearings, the Planning Board has accepted a site plan for a 150-foot monopole cell tower on the property of the Traditional Catholics of New Hampshire, about 500-feet off Stark Street.

The proposal comes from New Cingular Wireless, PCS, doing business as AT&T and will be built by construction manager American Tower Corporation, LLC. Representatives said Monday that the additional tower will fill in the gaps of coverage along Lake Shore Road and parts of Laconia, including some dead spots along the Laconia Bypass.

Company representative Will Dodge said the new site will host a 150-foot monopole with 12 antennas. He said the company is "adamant" that the pole in the new location cannot be shorter. The said the tree canopy averages 100 feet in the area but there are no steep slopes.

He said there would be an 8-foot fence around the property and the company is not proposing any landscaping because there is a 100-foot buffer.

He also said it was too far the Laconia Municipal Airport to be a hazzard and the FAA said it doesn't need a light. However, Dodge said they would put a shielded intermittent flashing red light on it.

The new site is just to the west of the Public Service of New Hampshire power-line corridor. He said the closest residence in on the east side and is 550 feet away.

The cell tower approved by the Planning Board will be most visible from the Morningside Drive, Edgewater Street, Elm Street and Paugus Street area in Laconia in Ward 1 and the Lake Shore Road commercial district in Laconia.

Selectman Representative John O'Brien asked why they weren't proposing one of the tall, tree-like poles but most, including Dodge, said it would look "awful" in this location.

The company initially proposed a 100-foot monopole off nearby David Lewis Road but the request was met by opposition from neighbors who said it was too close to their homes and would devalue their property.

The request must now go to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a special exception and is scheduled for July 29 at 7 p.m.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:16

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