Meredith funeral home wants to build new cremation location
By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — Peter and Kelley Mayhew will be going before the Meredith Zoning Board of Adjustment tonight (Thursday), seeking a variance to allow the Mayhew Funeral Home to build a crematorium on Commerce Court.
Peter Mayhew said the funeral home is looking to provide for both human and pet cremations in order to better serve the community.
“We want to expand what we’re doing now and involve pet cremations,” Mayhew said. “There is nothing in the area that does anything like that. It boils down to we need room to expand.”
He explained that the state does not allow the chamber used for humans to be used for animal cremations. Instead, there have to be separate brick-lined chambers for receiving the bodies of humans and animals.
The new, larger facility being proposed in the Business/Industry District would be for cremation only, with the funeral home remaining at its current location at 204 Daniel Webster Highway.
The Mayhews, who also operate a funeral home in Plymouth, are looking build the new facility on property for which Charles E. Thorndike is the trustee.
The Zoning Board also will be hearing a request for a special exception to allow Scott and Colleen Nolan to build a home with attached garage on Red Pine Road in the Meredith Neck District. The special exception is necessary because the property lies within the wetland buffer.
The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center, where the future use of the crematorium at their current location will also be discussed.
- Written by Tom Caldwell
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