By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — In two weeks, the City Council will consider designating seven private streets as emergency lanes, ensuring that the city can continue basic maintenance on these roads.
While the city has been maintaining these roads over the years, there is no paper trail showing they were ever authorized or accepted as city streets.
State law says public funds can't be spent on private roads, and it is a long process to convert a private road to a public road. However, the law does allow the city to continue basic maintenance on emergency lanes for purposes of ensuring access to firefighters, police and paramedics.
A policy will be drawn up for council consideration on how much maintenance work will be done on these roads once they are designated emergency lanes.
“The goal will be to keep these roads passable, plowed, general maintenance for the streets but not necessarily new pavement going forward,” City Manager Scott Myers said.
Public Works Director Wes Anderson there are 200 roads in Laconia that are private and privately maintained. For another 47 roads, the city has been providing maintenance, but there is no record that they are owned by the city.
The City Council will consider designating seven of those roads as emergency lanes on Aug. 28: Cotton Hill Road, Dell Avenue, Eastman Shore Road North, Lucerne Avenue, McKinley Road, Regis Road and Wentworth Avenue.
Meantime, the city will continue working on making a determination of the ultimate designation for the remaining 40 roads that receive city services without evidence of city ownership.
- Written by Rick Green
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