Rehearing on Timber Land delayed

GILFORD — The proposed request for a rehearing of the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustments to lift a cease-and-desist order that was stopping Timber Land Farm, the home of Beans and Greens, from hosting outdoor events has been postponed until Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Chairman Scott Davis said the reason for the postponement is that the minutes of the meeting in which the decision to rescind the order were delayed. According to the ZBA's attorney, both the abutter who wants the cease-and-desist order imposed and Timber Land Farm should have until the close of business on Monday to submit additional evidence supporting their positions.
The decision to postpone was passed 3 to 0. Timber Land Farm owner and board Chairman Andrew Howe and attorney Stephan Nix recused themselves from the vote.

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Tilton man charged with driving 109 mph

TILTON – A Tilton man was charged with one count of reckless operation for allegedly driving 109 mph in a 70 mph zone in Canterbury on Interstate 93 southbound.
Police said Joshua Lessard, 22, was weaving the 1994 Honda Prelude he was driving, passing vehicles on the left and on the right as he was clocked from a New Hampshire State Police aircraft.
Lessard was stopped by a state trooper and charged. He is scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division in January.

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City tax rate set, goes down a bit

LACONIA — The city’s tax rate has been set at $22.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation by the state Department of Revenue Administration, down from last year’s rate of $22.40.
City Manager Scott Myers told members of the Laconia City Council Monday night that the tax rate is 38 cents per $1,000 lower than anticipated when this year’s budget was finalized in June, having originally been estimated at $22.58.
He said that the city’s valuation rose by $34 million over the original estimate of $1.849 billion to $1.883 billion, which helped lower the final rate.
City tax bills will be mailed out Friday and payments are due by Dec. 28.

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