Laconia man charged with threatening in Concord

CONCORD — A Laconia man, who was arrested after threatening to kill his former girlfriend and her fiancee in December, is scheduled to be arraigned in Concord District Court on Monday, Jan. 26.

Shaine Beaulieu, 21, whose last known address was Union Avenue, Laconia, is charged with two counts of criminal threatening and two counts of possession of prescription drugs.

Concord police were called to an apartment on Clinton Street on Dec. 17 at 6:25 p.m. where occupants reported a man was banging on the door and threatening to kill a man inside. By the time police arrived the man had left, but the woman and her fiancee identified him as Beaulieu, her former boyfriend, who was described as wearing a "Mossy Oak" sweatshirt and black sweatpants. The woman advised officers that Beaulieu had access to a .45 caliber handgun.

The woman told police she had ended a relationship with Beaulieu after three months. She said that Beaulieu made 10 phone calls, leaving messages threatening to kill her and her fiancee. An officer listened to one message, allegedly left by Beaulieu inviting her fiancee to meet at McDonalds and "get some" and saying "he's (expletive) lucky I didn't kill him." While police were at the apartment the woman answered a call, allegedly from Beaulieu, which she put on speakerphone for the reporting officer to hear the caller "yelling and screaming at her."

Informed that Beaulieu was at Uno's Restaurant on Fort Eddy Road, officers took him into custody at the L.L.Bean outlet nearby. He was found in possession of drugs prescribed to his former girlfriend, which she claimed he had stolen from her.

Beaulieu was recently charged with criminal trespass in Laconia and was charged with simple assault following an altercation at the Firendly Kitchen in Concord in July.

Belmont residents question bond proposal to fund $3.4-million mill renovation

BELMONT – About 20 residents came to the Corner Meeting House Tuesday night to ask questions and/or voice their views regarding the proposed $3.4-million renovation of the historic Belmont Mill.

Selectmen presented a 20-year bond payback schedule of a estimated 4 percent interest rate with the first payment coming in February 2016 of $279,740. The final payment in 2035 would be $150,000. This would add 48 cents per $1,000 of value in 2016. Total interest paid would be $1,240,490.

Interest on a 25-year bond would be 4.5 percent with the first payment coming in February 2016 of $265,676. The final payment would come in 2040 and it would be $120,175. This would add 45 cents per $1,000 valuation in 2016. The total interest charges would be $1,722,926.

Most of those who attended the hearing had questions relative to the project and the cost breakdown. One woman wanted a clearer picture of "soft costs" -- which are furnishings and costs for the estimates for things like mechanical, electrical and heating system.

Others had technical questions like what kind of heating system there is in the mill -- it's oil, but specialists are looking at a possible conversion to propane.

Others, including George and Susan Condodemetraky, said they thought the town was creating too much space for a town hall.

George Condodemetraky said he felt that the second story of the existing town hall could be renovated and that it would double the amount of work space.

"What you want in this case is the Taj Mahal," he said, adding that if the town gave him $3 million, he could engineer and build a brand new building for that kind of money. His statement prompted a different man to say that renovating the mill was like putting "lipstick on a pig."

Selectman Jon Pike said he didn't necessarily disagree with either of view, but also reminded the two men that the town has already spent $1.4 million on the mill.

"Do you want to tear it down?" he asked them. "They wanted us to save this thing."

Selectman Ruth Mooney said that they found so many things that weren't working or that hadn't been done during the first restoration that this is the only viable solution.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told the attendees that the Belknap Family Heath Care Center has outgrown its space on the third floor of the mill. She said she met with LRGH recently and proposed they take over the former Northway Bank building.

She said LRGH seemed very interested in the building and was going to send an architect to Belmont to assess the structure.

"This is in the discussion stages," said Mooney, who added that the health care center "really wants to stay in (Belmont) village.

The health care center is on the third floor of the Belmont Mill. For the town to make the necessary repairs to flooring on the fourth floor, the center would have to relocate to give crews access.

Mooney noted that if the health care center were to relocate that would mean the facility would leave the village for good.

To the overall plan, Pike said it was the best plan they had seen. "If the town wants to save it, then this is it," he said.

Pike also said he was "appalled" by the small number of people who came to the bond hearing.

Belmont's SB 2 session is Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Belmont High School.

Pace of Construction Quickens

LACONIA — During the first nine months of 2014 — from April 1 to Dec. 31 — the city issued building permits worth $24.5 million in construction value compared to $13.3 million in 2013 and $10.6 million in 2012.

The value of new construction added during the tax year, which runs from April 1 to the following March 31, is one of two factors applied to calculate the increase in the amount to be raised by property taxes according to the tax cap. The cap limits the annual increase in amount raised by property taxes to the rate of inflation, measured by the Consumer Price Index — Urban (CPIU), for the prior calendar year, plus an additional amount tied to the value of new construction, which is calculated by multiplying the value of building permits less the value of demolition permits issued between April 1 and March 31 by the prior year's property tax rate. Through November 2014 the annualized CPI was 1.7 percent.

Residential construction accounted for $20.4 million of the new value in 2014. Two projects represents more than half the total. The 24 condominium units at the North Lodge on Scenic Road, built by Southworth Development LLC accounted for $6.6 million and Rivers Edge, the apartment building on Union Avenue, built by the Laconia Area Community L:and Trust. accounted for another $5.2 million. The single largest commercial project was the conversion of the Evangelical Baptist Church to the Holy Grail restaurant at $1 million.