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Laconia schools get extra $313k in state aid this year

LACONIA — The School Board learned this week that it will get an additional $313,005 in so-called state adequacy money that it didn't anticipate for this school year.

The recommendation the School Board will make to the City Council is that the money be put in an expendable trust fund the district can use in the future to offset possible decreases in school adequacy aid.

Because of the way the state calculates education adequacy aid as compared to the preparation schedule for the annual school budget, school districts do not have an exact number from the state until months after the budget is set.

Laconia School District saw a decrease of state adequacy aid in last fiscal year of $150,000 and the year before had a decrease from expectation of $300,000. Both times the school district had to make cuts to their budget to reflect the loss.

Business Administrator Ed Emond said the trust fund would operate much the same was as the Special Education Trust Fund and the Health Insurance Trust Fund — both of which are used to offset any unforeseen costs in those lines after the budget was finalized.

The recommendation must be approved by the City Council.

Should the council disagree, Emond said the money would be used to offset this year's property tax burden.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:32

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Clarification: Belmont will continue to contract with N.H. Humane Society

CLARIFICATION: In 2015, the town of Belmont will continue to pay $5,500 to the N.H. Humane Society annual for its services. That point was not made clear in an article that appeared in Tuesday's paper about the three-municipality initiative to share an animal control officer. Rather than being included in a separate live item within the Police Department Budget, the proposal for 2015 is to include the Humane Society contract in a single line for animal control created to reflect a coordinated effort by Gilford, Laconia and Belmont to jointly manage animal control.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:10

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Sharing of animal control officer still in planning stage

LACONIA — Laconia Police Capt. Bill Clary said yesterday that the idea of creating an animal control officer posiiton for multiple communities is one that has been informally discussed for years.

Clary said Laconia hasn't had a dedicated animal control officer in at least five years.

He said Laconia Police and City Manager Scott Myers were initially approached by Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn and Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee about some kind of regional effort.

He said Belmont Chief Mark Lewandoski was also interested.

Lewandoski made a presentation on the subject to his Board of Selectmen Monday night as part of a 2015 budget discussion and selectmen agreed the initiative was a good idea.

The officer would be part-time and paid hourly.

So far, Clary said there has been one meeting between the three communities and many of the details of how the combined effort will work have yet to be determined. He noted that both Gilford and Belmont Police administrators needed to create a budget line for the project this month in time for their 2015 budget preparation schedules.

For Laconia Police, Clary noted his department operates on a July 1 to June 30 fiscal year but would have the money for the position for the first six months of 2-15 from his part-time labor allocation.

Clary said the idea is to hire a part-time police officer who will technically be employed by the Laconia Police Department. He said he wold prefer a sworn police officer because he or she could issue summonses and write criminal citations, if needed, in cases of animal cruelty.

All agreed that the work done by the part-time animal control officer will free up uniformed patrol units needed for non-animal related calls.

Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn said his understanding is that his community and Belmont will each contribute approximately $15,000 to Laconia as their portion of the cost.

The animal control van belongs to the city of Laconia and, tentatively, each community will take turns fueling it.

All three communities will continue to make separate payments to the N.H. Humane Society for contracted services rendered. In 2014, Laconia paid $25,000, Gilford paid $7,000 and Belmont paid $5,500. All involved said the same amount will be budgeted for 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 01:08

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Former pharmacist held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail

CIRCUIT COURT — A Gilford man arrested on Friday and who is facing multiple drug charges, as well one count of possession of a handgun with a filed-off serial number, was formerly a registered pharmacist who voluntarily gave up his license on January 6, 2012.

Records from the N.H. Board of Pharmacy indicate Kyle Harriman, 34, knew in 2012 that allegations of misconduct were pending before the board and he agreed to surrender his license.

According to a representative from the N.H. Judiciary's call center, Harriman pleaded guilty in 2013 in Grafton County Superior Court to three counts of theft by unauthorized taking and was sentenced to serve at total of 12 months in the house of corrections. All of the sentence was suspended pending his good behavior for three years.

Three counts of possession of controlled drugs were not prosecuted.

According to police affidavits obtained yesterday from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, a Laconia officer on patrol on Gilford Avenue noticed the car Harriman was driving cross the double yellow line with all four tires before turning left on Bedford Avenue in Gilford.

Once stopped, the officer identified Harriman and smelled marijuana coming from the car. During the ensuing conversation, Harriman voluntarily produced a container of green vegetative material consistent with marijuana.

Harriman was arrested and had $5,500 in his pockets. He told the arresting officer that he was a pharmacist and had just cashed his paycheck. He later told police he hadn't been a pharmacist for "over a year."

When the officer returned to the car to do an inventory search, he discovered the car was locked and asked Harriman for the keys. His affidavit said the Harriman told him the keys must be inside.

From the outside of the car the officer said he saw a clear plastic baggie on the front passenger side floor board along with a clear straw that was visible inside an open pouch that was also on the passenger seat.

Affidavits said that during the booking process, Harriman tried to ingest multiple blue pills, later identified as 30 mg oxycodone pills, while he was being searched.
After police got a search warrant for they found six 30-mg oxycodone pills; five .25-mg pills of resperidone; a clear pastic baggie that tested positive for methamphetamine; two 8-mg Subotex pills; 15 .5-mg pills of clonazepam; eight pills of suboxine; some green vegetative matter that field tested positive for marijuana; a French made 40-caliber handgun with the serial number removed; some brass knuckles and some miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.

After his appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division last Friday, Harriman was ordered held on $100,000 cash-only bail.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:57

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