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Belmont officials ask Hosmer for help with huge pot hole on Route 140

BELMONT – State Sen. Andrew Hosmer told Selectmen Chair Ruth Mooney that he would include the intersection at Route 140 and Main Street in his planned tour of his senate district with State Transportation Commission Chris Clement this summer.

Hosmer's pledge came during a morning view of the busy state intersection where a pot hole opens during rainfall and keeps growing larger. The pot hole measures about 6 to 8 feet across and impedes traffic passing through the intersection.

During the 15 minutes Hosmer spent viewing the intersection, he watched a number of tractor trailers and campers as well as regular traffic go through the intersection. During most of the conversation, participants had to speak above normal levels to be heard over the traffic.

At the meeting, police Lt. Richard Mann told Hosmer there have been nine accidents at the intersection in the past four years and four at intersections on Main Street that could be attributed to traffic congestion in the area.

He noted that during the school year, at least three school buses use the intersection going both to and from school.

Mooney noted that with global positioning sensors showing Route 140 as the primary way to get from Interstate 93 to Belmont, the traffic is heavier than ever and not likely to abate.

"It's one truck after another after another," she said.

She added that Belmont has gone to great financial lengths to improve the village area and the Main Street and Route 140 intersection remains one of the biggest hazards in the village.

Hosmer said he would encourage Clement speed up a study of the the intersection on his priority list.

Mooney also noted that the state has agreed to improve the intersection of Shaker Road and Jamestown Road so that will increase the traffic flow at the troubled intersection.

"It's almost like they're doing what they can to avoid it, Mooney said.

Hosmer said there are a lot of roads in the state that are being ignored which is why he supported an increase in the gas tax provided that the money stays in the the road improvement fund. He said he wants to see more money coming into communities like Belmont, and not just spent on improving the I-93 corridor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:07

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Boat propeller injures young wake boarder on big lake

MEREDITH — A teenage boy from Bow was injured when he ran afoul of a boat propeller on Lake Winnipesaukee around noon yesterday.

According to New Hampshire Marine Patrol, the 15-year old was wake boarding in waters off Spindle Point when the accident occurred. The boy "suffered lower body injuries". Together with Marine Patrol, a crew from the Laconia Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident and transported the boy to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by Marine Patrol.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:43

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BHS teacher gets OK to organize student trip to D.C.

BELMONT — The Shaker Regional School Board this week gave Social Studies teacher Mike Foley permission to organize a student trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Close Up Washington D.C. experience.

Foley said he would look at enrolling 10 students, preferably juniors but maybe a few sophomores, into the week-long program that would give the students an opportunity to experience the nation's capital in an organized manner that includes a visit to national memorials, a mock Congress workshop, and a meeting with New Hampshire's lawmakers. The trip also includes a visit to the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian, and Arlington National Cemetery.

The trip is organized by Close Up which is a non-profit organization that meshes the teaching portion of the trip with the common core and each state's social studies needs.

Foley told the board he would like for the Shaker trip to be in the spring of 2015. He said it would cost about $1,700 per student and that interested students will hold fundraisers and other event to raise money.

"This is a program I've wanted to do for a long time," Foley said.

He said he would not include seniors in this trip because they have their own class trips to plan,

Foley told the board he would start with 10 students and if the program proved to be very popular, he could look to expand it in the future.

In other Shaker Regional news, the board adopted a update version of the public participation rules for school board meetings.

The new policy is very similar to the former policy but includes language that empowers the chair to terminate a person's speech if it becomes obscene, libelous, defamatory, or violent.

All Shaker School Board meeting are open the public with the exception of those provisions under the Right to Know Law, like personnel, legal and union contract discussions, that allow a board to meet in private.

Policy Committee Chair Jill Lavallee said the Shaker policy is much less restrictive than that recommended by the N.H. School Board Association.

"We want people to be able to come to meetings and offer their input," she said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:40

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Belmont wants DOT to deal with giant pothole at key intersection

BELMONT — State Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) will be meeting with selectmen at 3:30 p.m. Monday to review the intersection at Rte. 140 and Main Street.

Hosmer set the appointment after he appeared at his regularly scheduled update with selectmen last Monday and learned this particular section of Rte. 140 has declined to the point where it has become dangerous.

Although it runs through Belmont Village, it is a state highway and the town cannot repair any potholes or replace the intersection.

Police Chief Mark Lewandoski told the senator that during the heavy rains the area saw two weeks ago, a nearly two-foot deep pot hole developed in the center of the intersection after the cold patch washed away.

He said a hole that size poses a real risk to motorists — especially motorcycles traveling after dark.

The N.H. Department of Transportation fixed the pot hole with cold patch but Lewandoski and selectmen fear the next time the area sees any heavy rains, it will wash away again and get even bigger.

As of yesterday, the circular cold patch measures about eight to 10 feet in diameter and appears to be intact.

Selectboard Chair Ruth Mooney told Hosmer that the town has repeatedly reached out to the Department of Transportation for a more permanent repair to the intersection but hasn't gotten any positive news.

She said that since the town has spent so much money on the village revitalization project so that the village has such a nice fresh look, she feels the state should make some effort to find and fund a permanent fix for the very busy intersection.

Hosmer agreed. He told them he travels that section of Rte. 3 regularly on his way to work in Tilton and has noticed how bad it is at times.

Although he made no promises, he did say that he would meet with the board and inspect the intersection with them.

 

CUTLINE:(Route 140 intersection) Traffic backs up at the intersection of Rte. 140 and Main Street in Belmont yesterday. In the lower part of the picture is the cold patch that officials claim is a temporary fix for a significant traffic hazard and they would like to state to come up with a more permanent solution. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 12:36

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