Laconia burn dump project is on time and under budget


LACONIA — Work to address contamination remaining from an abandoned, filled-over burn dump off Frank Bean Road and Morin Road is expected to be completed by the close of the construction season at $100,000 less than the budgeted cost of $1.2 million, City Manager Scott Myers said Thursday.

The dump, which operated in the 1940s and 1950s, is part of a site that sprawls over 75 acres on either side of Frank Bean Road, which also includes an abandoned landfill owned by the city. The burn dump itself extends over four lots totaling about 3.5 acres. Three of the lots abut one another on the west side of Frank Bean Road and the fourth is bordered by Frank Bean Road to the west and Morin Road to the east. Altogether, the dump stretches along Frank Bean Road for about 1,000 feet and is 250 feet at its widest point. The dump was between 15 and 20 feet deep. Assuming dimensions of 1,000 feet by 200 feet by 15 feet, the area is estimated to contain approximately 110,000 cubic yards of "burn dump material."
The site first drew from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in May 2003 while excavating for a foundation, and in 2011, after several rounds of sampling and monitoring, the agency directed the city to take remedial measures. Originally, the city planned to excavate contaminated soils on the four lots and dispose of the material off site, then backfill, cap or pave the lots at an estimated cost of $1.4 million. Ongoing monitoring of groundwater and maintenance of pavement at the site for another 15 years was expected to raise the total cost to about $1.7 million.
However, the city proposed and the Department of Environmental Services approved an alternative plan to purchase the four lots, demolish the buildings and cap the land with 2 feet of clean soil, sparing itself from excavating and disposing of contaminated soil, which represented the lion's share of the cost of the original proposal.
Myers said that the city borrowed $1.2 million for the project, of which $304,000 was spent acquiring three of the four lots and $271,000 spent for professional and engineering services to prepare the bid for the work, leaving a balance of $625,000. The low bid was about $420,000, plus another $65,000 for overseeing the project, $10,000 for water sampling and $30,000 in unforeseen costs beyond the scope of the bid. Altogether $1.1 million has been expended or encumbered.
Myers said that he does not anticipate any further significant costs since most of the remainder of the work consists of trucking clean fill and capping the site.

Gilford Solid Waste Committee says it’s time to build its own transfer station


GILFORD —Gilford and Laconia may go their separate ways on trash and recyclables.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn told selectmen Wednesday that the Solid Waste Committee has determined it makes sense for Gilford to separate from Laconia and build its own transfer station at the same site that currently houses the town's recycling center.

Dunn said engineering plans will be presented to the board that will have to make the decision whether to bring its proposal to Town Meeting.

"We are going toward the town of Gilford going its own way," said Dunn Thursday. He said the committee's goal is to have all the information, including costs, available for voters by the 2017 annual Town Meeting.

At this year's annual Town Meeting, voters approved a warrant article for $45,000 for the town to hire an engineer to see if leaving Laconia is viable.

Dunn said Thursday that engineers from CMA have reviewed the area and believe there will be enough area for a full transfer station, although there will need to be some ledge removal.

Gilford and Laconia have been in a two-town agreement for solid waste disposal, and Gilford owes the city about $66,000 in upgrades done some years ago to the facility. Dunn said the money should be paid in full by July of 2018.

• In other Gilford news, selectmen voted unanimously to not redo "Upper" Sagamore Road in this year's road maintenance projects.

Residents led by Howard Epstein weren't very happy about it but asked that Sagamore Road be considered in 2017 and not 2018. Epstein said that since some people on Potter Hill Road don't want their road completely rebuilt, that money could be used for Sagamore Road.

Epstein has suggested not doing Foxglove Road and doing Sagamore Road this year instead but the board and Public Works director did not agree.

Paul Moynihan thanked as he retires


LACONIA — "This is a good man, a model citizen who has brought nothing but professionalism to the city all these years. Paul Moynihan, you have set a high standard as a man and as a member of the Laconia Public Works," said Mayor Ed Engler during the retirement celebration of Moynihan held Thursday at the Belknap Mill.
During his 38 years working for the city Public Works Department, Moynihan took on numerous projects to better the city, and in the process positively affected the lives of countless individuals within the local community. Those who had the opportunity to work with Moynihan over the course of his employment shared that he was dependable and detail-driven, as well as calm and even-tempered. If a task or project was given to Moynihan, there was no question that it would be done on time and in a proper manner.
As a man dedicated to his job, Moynihan would assess every detail and angle of a project, oftentimes being the last one out of the office at night. Additionally, his attention to the various projects crossed over into his attentive care and compassion toward his employees, as noted by Luke Powell, assistant director of the Public Works.
"Paul's most common phrase was 'Is this a good time?' because he genuinely cared about the people working under him and what they were up to," said Powell, concluding his speech with "You have served this city well and I am happy to say: 'This is a good time.'"
In addition to the fond stories and memories shared by Lucien Bouley and Jim Presher, both former colleagues of Moynihan, and Brenda Baer of the City Council, there were various awards presented to Moynihan during the ceremony.
City Manager Scott Meyers took a moment to award Moynihan with a plaque acknowledging him for his accomplishments and dedication to the Laconia Public Works, which will be placed at one of Moynihan's past project sites. The location of the site has yet to be determined, as the city would like Moynihan to select the place he feels the plaque best deserves to go.
Additionally, Engler proclaimed that July 28, 2016, was to be named Paul Moynihan Day for the City of Laconia and presented him with an official document of this proclamation. Following this presentation, Sharon McMillin of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program took to the podium, presenting Moynihan with a framed recognition certificate that had been signed by the advisory board members of the Department of Environmental Services and the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program.
Taking an opportunity to address the crowd, Moynihan acknowledged that it was through his strong faith that he was able to do his job over the decades, as well as through the love and support of his wife, Dona Lynn Moynihan, his children and grandchildren.
"We have accomplished a lot of things over the years but I played just a single role, everything is a team effort and everyone has important parts," said Moynihan, going on to thank the many people who have helped make all of the projects possible.
As Moynihan closes out his time as director of Public Works, he fondly will hold on to the many memories he has acquired over his years of work, and will proudly take all the awards and appreciation to the next phase of his life.

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Paul Moynihan and his wife, Dona Lynn, were presented with a plaque by the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program, which was signed by the advisory board members as a thank you for his service to the group. (Alana Perssons/Laconia Daily Sun)