Belmont selectmen’s meeting disrupted by Wareing Road questionsNitpicked -

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — A few residents who still have questions about the upcoming Wareing Road paving project hijacked the selectman's meeting Monday night by peppering the board with questions ranging from the minutes to the intent of the project.

The disruptions started when Chairman Ruth Mooney made a motion to accept the minutes of the prior meeting, which is always the first action item on the agenda.

Before Jon Pike could say "second," former selectman candidate Kevin Sturgeon said he didn't feel the minutes accurately represented a question he asked about Wareing Road at the previous meeting and that he didn't get an answer.

Sturgeon said Tuesday he is running again in 2017. He said he only keeps bringing it up because he and his friends care so deeply.

Before Mooney could answer, former selectman Brian Watterson asked if the board was even able to alter minutes.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said that any statements made by members of the public during the meeting would be reflected in the minutes for the meeting at hand.

"Even if they're inaccurate?" asked Watterson.

Mooney said the minutes were accurate and said any comments made by Sturgeon and Watterson would be included in Monday's meeting.

The issue surrounding Wareing Road, in the eyes of Sturgeon, Watterson and a handful of their supporters are multi-fold. Sturgeon, in a letter to The Daily Sun Sun during election season, said that if the new owners of the sand pits previously owned by Parent Sand and Gravel, are willing to move their scales from Shaker Road to Wareing Road and use the improved road to haul directly to Route 106, he would like to see that in writing. In addition, he felt that doing $316,000 of road work on a dirt road, if it is to benefit one company, should be paid by the company and not the taxpayer.

Selectmen, and the majority of Belmont voters who approved the warrant article on Election Day, say their goal is to stop the heavy gravel trucks from going to Shaker Road, onto Main Street, and potentially destroying the village area roads that were rebuilt two years ago as part of the Village Restoration Project. Sturgeon agrees that everything possible should be done to preserve and keep heavy trucks from going through there.

A second issue is that the town is only reconstructing Wareing Road to the entrance for the gravel pit scales. Sturgeon believes the entire road down to South Road should be paved. He said it is two tenths of a mile.

Mooney, at times losing her temper with the constant interruptions of the meeting, said that, in her opinion, where the construction stops is irrelevant because South Road is also gravel.

"All I want to do is pave the last two tenths," Sturgeon replied.

"You're going to dirt anyway," said Pike, referring to South Road.

As the board began to get back to business, Sturgeon asked what the town was doing about finding a backup well. Returning once again to the issue of Wareing Road, Sturgeon said that if water is found on the Nutter property, which is on the other side of Wareing Road and abuts Route 106 to the south, he fears that the town would have to tear up a newly reconstructed Wareing Road to bring the water to Belmont.

Selectmen said they are testing a number of sites because of recommendations given to them in 2014, when a town resource study was performed. Mooney said not enough sites have been tested to determine where a well could be drilled and noted that wherever it is, could cost as much as $500,000 just to locate and drill the well. She noted that there has to be a 400-foot area wellhead protection area, which rules out most town-owned property.

Wareing Road is slated to be on the Belmont selectman's agenda on May 2 and Sturgeon is on the agenda. District 7 Sen. Andrew Hosmer is also scheduled to give a legislative update.
Meetings begin at 5 p.m. in the Corner Meeting House.

Beer sales at Muskrats games one step closer

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The Parks and Recreation Commission this week unanimously approved the request of the Winnipesaukee Muskrats to offer beer and wine, along with hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill, at all 22 home games this season.

Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks and Recreation, said the commission's decision is contingent on the endorsement of the City Council, which will address the issue when it meets on Monday, April 25. Kristian Svindland, general manager of the franchise, said that Licensing Board has granted its approval and pending vote of the City Council the concession will be tailored to comply with the regulations of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, pending an inspection of service area.

The concession will operate within a fenced area above the visitor's grandstand on the third-base line, which offers an unobstructed view of the diamond. Dave Henrick, owner of Lakes Famous Roast Beef and the 405 Pub & Grill, will operate the concession. With a 20-foot-by-30-foor tent for the bar and grill, approximately 1,200 square feet, enough room for about 100 people, will remain for patrons. The concession will open about 20 minutes before the first pitch is thrown at 6:05 p.m. and stop serving in the middle of the eighth inning or at 8:30 p.m., whichever comes first. Patrons will be limited to not more than four drinks during any game. Security personnel will restrict admission to those 21 or older. Svinland said that from time to time the team will host receptions for corporate groups and civic organizations prior to opening the concession to the public.

"We're excited and looking forward to the season," Svinland said.

Prepare for lots of construction on Meredith roads this summer

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

MEREDITH — With a budget of $848,000, the Department of Public Works is beginning work to maintain and improve a score of roads from one end of town to the other this summer.

Mike Faller, director of Public Works, told the Board of Selectmen Monday that Black Brook Road Tracy Way, Winston Road, Birch Hill Road, Westview Lane Hill Rise Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue Extension will all be paved. He said that with sufficient funds the parking lot at Lovejoy Landing could also be paved and striped. Altogether the paving projects represent $333,950 of the budget for roadwork in 2016.

Another dozen roads — Chemung Road, Camp Waldron Road Weed Road, Campground Road, Potting Bench Road, Ridge Road, Birch Ledge Road, Oak Wood Road, Oak Knoll Road Veasy Shore Road and Leavitt Park Road — will be chip sealed. Faller explained that chip seal, a mix of asphalt and aggregate, is applied to lengthen the life of less heavily traveled roads by three to five years at about one-quarter of the cost of conventional paving. Chip sealing projects represent $249,532 of the budget.

Finally, Lang Street will undergo major improvements, including drainage, curbing and surfacing, dirt road will graveled and graded and sidewalks will be maintained, all at cost of $264,536.