Road dispute leads to no city trash pickup

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — For many years, the city trash service has picked up Cal Dunn's garbage. 

He appeared before the City Council on April 10 and then again on Monday night to demand an explanation for why that service suddenly stopped, leaving the trash to pile up outside his home at 217 Garfield St.

To put it mildly, Dunn is not happy with the situation involving his rubbish.

"Maybe if I bring it down to the City Hall steps here, they would be willing to look into it quickly," he said at the Monday council meeting.

City Manager Scott Myers offered an explanation, but it didn't satisfy Dunn.

Dunn lives on a private road. The contract with the city's trash contractor says trash trucks are not to go onto private roads.

City snow plows and sanding vehicles are also not supposed to service private roads.

Dunn said he had a longstanding gentlemen's agreement with a previous Public Works manager under which Dunn would plow his own road, but the city would sand it, and the sanding truck would turn around in his driveway.

Over the winter, somebody at the city discovered his road was private and the sanding stopped. Dunn complained to the city, noting the truck was still using his private road to turn around.

Dunn feels that complaint precipitated the end of his trash service, in a kind of municipal tit for tat.

"We're being singled out," he said. "This is child's play by the city."

He noted that his brother lives on a private street nearby and does get trash service.

City Manager Scott Myers said that is subject to change.

"If that's not a public street, we should not be having the truck go down there," he said.

Myers said there are many private roads on which the city does not provide services.

There also may be some roads that are private but do get services, perhaps through an oversight, or because a contractor doesn't realize the road is not public.

In any case, Myers said a study will be done later this summer to classify all roads and to clear up gray areas and confusion.

Meanwhile, he's offered an alternative for Dunn. He can carry his trash down 300 feet of his private road and place it at the public street, where it will be picked up.

04-26 Cal Dunn and his road 

Cal Dunn stands near a utility post along a private road leading to his home. He is upset that a city trash contractor has stopped picking up his rubbish under a contract provision that its trucks are not supposed to go on private roads. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

 

LRCC president to step down May 18

LACONIA — Scott Kalicki, who has served as president of Lakes Region Community College since 2011, announced this week that he will step down at the end of this academic year.

"I thank the Chancellor and the CCSNH Board of Trustees for providing me the opportunity to serve, and I thank the members of the College community for their support during my time as president," said Kalicki. "I believe together we were successful in strengthening and moving the College forward, and I believe the campus is poised for a strong future."

Lakes Region Community College is a comprehensive community college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Located in Laconia, New Hampshire, LRCC serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in liberal arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree.

LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of post-secondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands. Ninety-three percent of the students enrolled within CCSNH are New Hampshire residents.

"LRCC has expanded its partnerships with area businesses, and taken steps to increase student success – critical parts of our mission," said Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Gittell said information about plans for interim leadership and next steps to fill the president position will be forthcoming.

Kalicki will officially step down May 18.

"I look forward to wrapping up the spring semester and celebrating the accomplishments of our students as we work our way to commencement," Kalicki said. Commencement is set for May 13.

Correction: Rep. Fisher is not owner of Same Day Computer

LACONIA — Wednesday's front page story about Rep. Robert Fisher's (R-Laconia/Belmont) alleged connection to an internet forum called The Red Pill included an incorrect statement that Fisher was the owner of a computer repair firm. Josh Youssef has informed The Daily Sun that he is the sole owner of the Same Day Computer company.

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