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Gilford Budget Committee to meet on April 5 to discuss filling vacant seat

GILFORD — Budget Committee Chair Phyllis Corrigan said yesterday she will convene the committee on April 5 at 7 p.m. to determine how to move forward with filling the vacancy created when former member Richard "Rags" Grenier was elected to the Board of Selectmen.

Corrigan said there are two ways to proceed — the first being soliciting letters of interest from Gilford residents who would like to fill the one-year term and having the board make the decision.

The second would be to award the seat to Scott Davis should he still be interested. Davis ran for the Budget Committee in the March 11 election and finished fourth with 373 votes. David "Skip" Murphy finished fifth with 361 votes.

She said the only thing she knows for sure is that the full board will make the decision as to how to proceed.

"I assume we'll make our decision in May," she said.

Even though the Budget Committee won't begin its duties until October 2014, Corrigan said she wants all of the members seated before summer so they "can hit the ground running" come fall and winter.

When reached, Murphy said he is still interested in serving on the Budget committee. "If I wasn't interested I wouldn't have run," he said yesterday.

The Daily Sun was unable to reach Davis.


Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 11:53

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Belmont Fire Chief announces pick for new lieutenant

BELMONT — At the recommendation of Fire Chief Dave Parenti, selectmen promoted Firefighter/EMT Ryan Brown to lieutenant Monday night.

According to Parenti, the department advertised for the spot made available when Lt. Bob Laraway retired and Brown applied as did many others.

He said after testing, an oral board conducted with representatives from other departments and a chief's interview, Brown finished with the highest score.

"He has taken great initiative and has done what he needed to do," said Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin when making the recommendation to the board.

Parenti said yesterday that he will begin advertizing for a full-time firefighter to replace Brown and a full-time firefighter to fill an additional position authorized by the voters at annual town meeting. He said one position is a 24-hour rotation spot and the second position – that will be filled as of July 1 – is a full-time day position boosting the number of firefighter/EMTs during the day time from two the three.

In other Belmont news, selectmen voted to deed the property at 200 Daniel Webster Highway (China Garden) to the town for non-payment of taxes. Beaudin said she had tried to contact the owner but has not had any response. The business has not paid property taxes in three years.

Selectmen also noted that under a previous agreement, the Casino on Route 106 continues to pay the town $3,000 a week to catch up on its back taxes. Selectmen voted last year to allow the gambling venue to catch up by making the weekly payments and Beaudin said that with one exception, they have lived up to the agreement.

Selectmen also signed an eight-year contract with Casella for solid waste removal and recycling. Beaudin told selectmen that the contract amount for 2015 is $220,000 which includes the company picking up curbside recyclables.

"It's an extremely reasonable rate," Beaudin said.

The town reported that the rebuilding of the lower part of Ladd Hill Road is ready to begin this summer. The project goes to bid on April 10 and the sealed bids will be opened on April 24. The project is being done in two parts with the lower part being done this summer and the upper part being scheduled for 2016.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 12:16

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Meredith’s Barnard Ridge among roads scheduled for resurfacing in 2015

MEREDITH — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) has included Barnard Ridge Road in its draft reconstruction and resurfacing program for 2015, which the agency released earlier this month.

The program, which is "subject to change pending further evaluation and design," consists of one set of resurfacing and reconstruction projects to be undertaken with the $15.6 million in current funding, and a second set contingent on increasing the gas tax to provide an additional $25 million.

With the additional funding the one mile pavement on Barnard Ridge Road from Route 25 to Meredith Neck Road would be rehabilitated. For the past several years the Board of Selectmen has been pestering the DOT to improve Barnard Ridge Road and Meredith Neck Road, both unnumbered state roads. Town Manager Phil Warren this week told the selectmen that the roads are not far from becoming "hazardous."

With the current level of funding the DOT plans to resurface the 5.9 miles of Meredith Center Road between  Route 106 and Route 104 while with the extra funds the 9.5 miles of Route 104 between I-93 and Route would also be resurfaced.

Elsewhere in Belknap County, one mile of Route 107 between Route 129 and Route 140 in Gilmanton, one mile of Route 25B from Route 3 to Route 25 in Center Harbor and 1.6 miles of Clark Road and Colby Street from Route 3 to School Street in Tilton would all be rehabilitated if funding for the program is increased.

In Tilton, the 2.7 miles of School Street from Route 3 to the Sanbornton town line would be resurfaced with current funding and with additional funding the 2.3 miles of Route 3 between Franklin and Grant Street.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 12:30

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Main Street Bridge project delayed

LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers said yesterday that R.M. Piper Inc., the Plymouth firm that will reconstruct the Main Street Bridge, has delayed the start of the first phase of the project until "on or around" Monday, March 31, when traffic will be detoured.

Myers said that while activity at and around the site will increase during the week beginning Monday, March 24, the plan is to keep Beacon Street East open through the week of March 24. He said that the contractor has assured city officials that they will be given at least three days notice of any road closures.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 12:41

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