Meadowbrook gets approval for 1,000 tent sites

GILFORD — After a year's test run, the Planning Board has accepted the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's request for 1,000 tent sites spread over a number of parking lots.

During his presentation to the selectmen in 2013, Meadowbrook Security Officer Dom DiCarli said the company would have security patrolling the tenting sites and that no campfires would be allowed. 2014 was the test year.

Selectmen granted them a conditional approval for 98 sites, which were limited to the parking lot near the Recycling Center, provided the management of the music venue reported back to them about how it worked.

In February of this year, Meadowbrook requested 1,000 tent sites spread out over a number of parking lot.

According to the minutes of the June 15 meeting, Meadowbrook Chief Operating Officer Mike Seymour told the Planning Board that the use of the tenting sites has not been overwhelming and the reason for asking the board to allow tenting to be more spread out within the music venue was so they can manage them better. He said he doesn't expect too many additional tenters.

Seymour also asked for a lot merger for Parking Lot 1 so it could be used for tenting. He said the newest area will be constructed this fall. He added that four of the other lots are for future use at this point because each has a lot of gravel and is not yet suitable for tenting.

The board granted Meadowbrook's request on the condition that Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee is provided with a list of rules and regulations for the tenting sites.


Moultonborough appoints new town administrator


MOULTONBOROUGH — Walter P. Johnson, who has served as a town administrator for 17 years — first in Lisbon and then in Holderness — has been appointed to the position in Moultonborough.

Johnson succeeds Carter Terenzini, who tendered his resignation in March.

Johnson, who earned his bachelor of science degree from Granite State College, was chosen from a field of 38 candidates drawn from 13 states through a process conducted with guidance from Municipal Resources Inc. (MRI).

Along with his experiences a town administrator he also served as a selectman in Lisbon for seven years.

Johnson is scheduled to start to work on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with an annual salary of $95,000

Carol Granfield of MRI., who has served as interim town administrator since April, said the Board of Selectmen was impressed with Johnson's experience in Holderness, a town like Moultonborough with an aging population, seasonal residents and sensitive environment . "It was a good fit," she remarked.

Johnson's appointment crowned a thorough process that included a public survey and forum to sound out residents on qualities they sought in an ideal candidate. Semi-finalists responded to essay questions, were interviewed by panels of both citizens and employees and underwent a background check.

The Board of Selectmen interviewed three finalists before making its decision.

Lohman, suspected of firing into Meredith home, to be charged with breaking into home in Laconia

LACONIA — The Daily Sun learned today that the man who allegedly fired two gunshots into the home of a Meredith couple will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass for allegedly breaking into a Pleasant Street man's home five days earlier.

The victim said he came home just before 11 p.m. on July 22 and found every light in his house on, his back door kicked in, Jesse Lohman, 35, of Lempster sitting on his front porch charging his cell phone.

After listening to Lohman's tale of seeing two Asian people breaking into the home and how he came to watch the place until the homeowner returned, the victim was able to convince Lohman to accompany him to the Laconia Police Station to file a complaint.

Five days later, Lohman allegedly stole a car belonging to a man with whom he was staying and went to the home on Corliss Hill Road where he allegedly fired two rounds into it.

The victim of the earlier house break said he hoped that Lohman would be charged with burglary – a felony. He also said that while the investigating officer was very nice and professional, he is unhappy that Chief Chris Adams hasn't called him or designated anyone to call him about what happened to him. He said the two met in person nine days after his incident and he was told that he would be kept abreast of what was happening.

"I have sort of come to the conclusion that because of the incident on Corliss Hill Road I am in the backwater," he said. "My feeling of violation and $1.75 will get me a cup of coffee at the coffee shop."

"Hammurabi probably has something in his code (about this) 6,000 years ago," he said, referring to the ancient king of Mesopotamia who said in 2,400 B.C.E. that justice needs a code and inscribed his on a pillar that was found in 1901 by archeologists.

The victim said he he still trusts Chief Adams and he presumes there's a good reason why, as of yesterday morning, he hasn't called him back.

Adams didn't return The Daily Sun's phone call yesterday.