Shaker chooses SB2 voting

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — No longer will Shaker Regional School District voters have to attend the annual meeting to cast their vote, as petitioned Warrant Article 1 passed during the voting on Friday.
The article won 355-194. Because a three-fifths majority was needed for the new form of voting to be approved, it required 333 votes to pass.
SB-2, or the Official Ballot Law as established by RSA 40:13, eliminates the traditional annual School District Meeting where votes are taken during the meeting in favor of a deliberative session where warrants are discussed and amended, but then vote at a later date along with elections. The town of Belmont has been an SB-2 town for many years.
The Shaker Regional School Board has also voted to create a non-binding budget committee that will provide a second set of eyes to the preparation of the annual budget.
Board Chairman Sean Embree said they have not decided the mechanics of how the members will be chosen for the first year but said that it will include at least three Belmont members and three Canterbury members.
He said he personally doesn't support having the School Board make the initial appointments because he doesn't want it to seem like a "rubber stamp committee."

Fire at Titeflex damages high temp treatment machine

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A fire in a heat-treating process area on the back site of the Titeflex Aerospace building at 6:35 a.m. Friday triggered a first-alarm response that brought firefighter from the city as well as surrounding companies to cover Laconia to the O'Shea Industrial Park.

When firefighters arrived, the met with an employee who told them he thought the fire had been extinguished but when a firefighter entered the room he found heavy, black smoke and fire burning about 10 feet of the ground.

The captain called for a first alarm and firefighters laid hose lines into the building and knocked down the fire.

Chief Ken Erickson said the building is a 550-foot by 200-foot one story industrial steel facility and it took a long time to get the smoke out of the building.

He said the fire started in a exhaust duct and spread into a dryer/dust collector. It didn't trigger any sprinklers but when employees were enable to extinguish the blaze the pulled the alarm.

Erickson said the damage to the machine is fairly extensive.

Gilford voters to weigh in on $2.4M elementary school bond Tuesday

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — When voters go to the polls on Thursday, they will be asked to weigh in on a proposed $2.4 million bond to rehab the mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems for the elementary school.

The board had also talked about doing the repairs over a five-year time period but decided 4-to-1 to complete the repairs on one year to lessen the disruption to the students and to ensure all of the systems would be interconnected and so contractors wouldn't have to retrofit things from year to year.

The Budget Committee doesn't support Article 2 because while its members support some kind of renovation, they would prefer to see it done over five years and cost less money.