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Trouble with asphalt put down at critical Meredith intersection

MEREDITH — Although recently paved, Routes 3 and 25 may require to be repaved before the construction season closes. Town Manger Phil Warren told the Board of Selectmen this week that the asphalt failed tests and striping has been delayed.

Warren said that the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined that the asphalt at the important intersection is moving and will have to be removed. In the meantime, temporary crosswalks will be marked. He said that the extent of the problem has yet to be determined and there are unresolved issues surrounding the responsibilities and warranties of the paving contractor and material supplier.

Meanwhile, Warren reported that the town budgeted $352,000 to overlay approximately 27,692 of roadway and $172,000 to chip seal another 31, 498 feet during the season.

Warren explained that roads with rutted travel lanes and longitudinal cracks were suitable for overlay at a cost of $5.47 per square yard. This year Follet Road, Northview Drive, Old Center Harbor Road, Harbor Heights Road, Cataldo Road, Reservoir Road, Veasey Shore Road, Leavitt Park Road, Quarry Road, Patrocian Shores Circule, Founders Road and Marrinello Road were scheduled for overlays.

Roads without deep ruts and extensive cracking but still vulnerable to infiltration by water, Warren said, can be maintained with chip seal, a mix of asphalt and fine aggregate for $2.25 per square yard. These included stretches of Skyview Circle, Carol Lane, Woodvale Drive, Eaton Avenue, Oak Island Road, Sachem Cove Road, Spindle Point Road, Observatory Road, Pinnacle Park Road, Red Pine Road, White Pine Road and Pine Cone Road.

Bonner Road, a 1,000-foot loop off Rte. 104, was reclaimed, rebuilt and repaved. The paving alone cost $22,000 and the reconstruction another $18,000. Warren noted that only one other road — Upper Ladd Hill Road — required reclamation and reconstruction. Although lightly traveled, he that that eventually it will be rebuilt at "significant cost."

Warren emphasized that the maintenance policy aimed "to keep as many good road good with the funds available" to forestall the need to reclaim and rebuild.

NOTE: Rhetta Colon, chair of the board of trustees of the Meredith Public Library, said that the trustees have retained Full Circle Consulting of Concord to assist with preparing a master plan for the library. The consultant will work with a master plan committee, which will advise the trustees. The committee will hold its first meeting in September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:31

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Crew of Lowe's employees adds deck to Tilton Senior Center

TILTON — The Senior Center is now graced with a patio, built, furnished and landscaped by volunteers from among the associates of Lowe's home improvement store of Tilton.

Robbyn Rachdorf. who managed the project, said that between 15 and 20 associates lent a hand. The project was undertaken under the auspices of Lowe's Heroes, a volunteer program that supports community organizations. She said that Belknap Landscape of Gilford advised on the design of the 15 foot by 20 foot patio while Lowe's provided the labor and materials as well as two sets of patio furniture and a selection of flowering plants.

Rachdorf said that when she began looking for a project she called Pat Consentino, who chairs the Board of Selectmen. Consentino said that she asked around town and when no other projects came to mind suggested a patio for the Senior Center. Rachdorf said the employees then voted to build the patio.

"They did a great job," Consentino said. "I had no idea they would contribute furniture and flowers."

Janet Bean, the human resources manager at Lowes who was among the workers, said that "the best part was that the seniors would come out while we were working to say thank you. This was a real people project

CAPTION: Robbyn Rachdorf of Lowes of Tilton cuts the ribbon to open the patio at the Senior Center built by a team of associates from Lowe's with a hand from Belknap Landscaping. Casey Heyman, manager of the store, stands to her left while to her are Emily LaPlante, Pat Consentino, Emily Bodwell and Jane Alden, members of the executive committee of the Senior Center. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:23

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4 tires slashed; Laconia man charged

LACONIA — A Dixon Street man is charged with criminal mischief for allegedly slashing all four tires of a Mitsubishi Lancer while it was parked on Batchelder Street.

Robert Huffer, 27, of 6 Dixon St. is charged with going to the Batchelder Street home, slashing the tires, and then sending threatening text messages to a woman who is friends with the victim.

When the woman reported the threats to city police, an officer went to Batchelder Street and saw the Lancer with all four tires slashed. The owner of the car said he arrived at Batchelder Street just before 11 p.m. and noticed the tires were flat at 3 a.m. that morning, when police arrived.

Huffer is also charged with one count of stalking for allegedly sending repeated text messages on August 4 and August 5 to the woman regarding the victim's car.

Police arrested Huffer on Monday at the Belknap County House of Corrections where he is incarcerated for an unrelated charge.

He appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Tuesday. Judge Jim Carroll told him to have no contact with the tire-slashing victim and to only have contact with the female victim if she agrees to visit him in jail. He was ordered held on $200 cash bail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:08

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Tilton police send out alert regarding Green Dot Money Pak Card scam

TILTON — Police here are warning residents of a scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak Card and callers who purport to be a loan company.

In a media release sent yesterday, Police Chief Robert Cormier said one local victim was told that she had been approved for a loan from a company called Loans of America for $3,000 but needed to put the initial payment of $278 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card so the company could verify that at lest the first payment could be made.

Once the card was purchased, the victim was told to call the company at a specific phone number and give the person who answered the PIN number of the back so they could verify the number.

Cormier said the caller told the victim that no money would be taken from the card and once they could verify the card amount, $3,000 would be deposited into her bank account.

Police said Green Dot MoneyPak card can be purchased in nearly 50,000 retail store throughout the country. According to their Website MoneyPak is a way to send money to where you need it. They are commonly used to make Internet purchases.

Anyone who believes they have been victims of this scam are asked to call their local police department.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:05

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