Public Works director proposes subdivision for Meredith

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — Meredith Public Works Director Michael Faller will come before the city Planning Board on April 25 with his own proposed housing development.

Faller wants to build a four-lot subdivision in a rural area off Meredith Neck Road near Powers Road. He declined to comment on his plans Tuesday. 

On March 25, 2016, Faller Enterprises purchased 28.54 acres of vacant land from Kevin and Katherine Abelli for $200,000. The land was appraised at $125,900 in 2015.

The proposal filed with the Meredith Planning Board calls for the land to be divided into four 5.44-acre lots. The development is to have wells and septic systems. A reduced-standards private roadway included in the plan will require approval from the Board of Selectmen.

Community Development Director John Edgar said the development is planned for a low-density area of the city that does include some scattered homes.

The proposal is classified as a "major" subdivision on planning documents, and Edgar said such proposals have been infrequent in recent years.

"It has been relatively slow," he said. "We haven't had any major subdivision or road building for a while now."

Such proposals are often dependent on positive economic conditions, he said.

Also, areas for new subdivisions are not as numerous as they once were.

"A lot of the easily sub-dividable dry land has already been subdivided," Town Planner Angela LaBrecque said. "That leaves wet lands and steep slopes and things that are not on the market." 

In 2008, Faller successfully challenged a proposed fine of $5,500 from the Department of Environmental Services over an allegation he helped install a septic system without required permits and inspections. He was placed on administrative leave before the state decided not to fine him.

Philpot electedVP of NH Bar Association

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Elected vice president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, attorney Ed Philpot Jr. has reached the first rung on the ladder leading to the presidency of the organization. A native of New Jersey, after graduating from Rutgers University, Philpot followed his cousins Bill and Jeff Philpot, both local attorneys, to New Hampshire where he acquired his legal education at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. 

"Jeff and Bill were both very helpful to me," he said.

Philpot worked his way through college as a bricklayer and recalls that while seeking work to pay for law school, "I followed a concrete truck." The truck led him to a job site at what was then the campus of Chubb Life in Concord.

He said he saw the job trailer shaking and heard a ruckus inside then the door opened. A man flew out, jumped in his truck and drove off abruptly.  A second stepped into the doorway, recognized Philpot right away and asked "Have you got your tools? I just fired the mason."

Philpot had known Artie McCarthy for years and worked for him in New Jersey. Although a trial attorney with a general practice that includes personal injury and business law  Philpot, ever the bricklayer, considers construction law his strong suit. He has offered instruction in construction law as well as testified before the Legislature about legislation bearing on the industry.

Philpot has been active citizen of the Lakes Region. He served on the Laconia School Board from 1997 to 2003, chairing the board for two years, and oversaw the renovation of the three elementary schools. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the lone Democrat and dominant  member on the Belknap County Commission, whose term closed amid bitter conflict between the commission and delegation that has persisted beyond his tenure. He has also served as a director of the Lakes Region Day Care Center, Project Extra, Lake Winnipesaukee Skating Club and Laconia Youth Soccer League and as Commodore of Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association.  

Philpot and his wife, Dianne, live in Laconia where they raised their three children — Graham, serving with the Merchant Marine; Rosalie, a chemical engineer; and Madeline, a registered nurse — whom he proudly called "all graduates of Laconia High School."

Ed Philpot Jr

Forest on Laconia airport property to be logged

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — A logging operation will thin the timber on 48 acres of land north and west of Laconia Municipal Airport, the airport's general manager said Tuesday.

The area is ripe for logging,” Marv Everson said. “There is no record of previous logging that I'm aware of.

We saw it as an opportunity. We hope to gain revenue to put back into the airport to take care of maintenance issues.”

Bids are being accepted by companies that will pay for the right to harvest trees.

We're taking out marketable trees, but leaving younger growth to be able to build another forest,” he said.

Everson said he wasn't sure how much the airport would make on the project, but said the money could also be used to help pay for potential improvements, such as a planned extension of a taxiway.

The forest that is to be logged is off of Lily Pond Road near the airport.

The general aviation airport is owned by Laconia, but lies within Gilford's boundaries. Private planes and business jets use the airport, which last had regularly scheduled commercial flights in the 1990s, Everson said.

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