LACONIA — "I think it's planned demolition by neglect," said Charlie St. Clair, speaking to the City Council last night about the failure of Cafua Management Company, LLC to maintain the Hathaway House next door to its Dunkin' Donuts store on upper Union Avenue.
In 2008, when construction of the Dunkin' Donuts was approved, Gregg Nolan of Cafua assured the Planning Board that the Hathaway House would be painted, in a color of the city's choosing, and fitted with fire alarm and suppression systems as required by the Fire Department. He said that Cafua Management Company had no immediate plans for the building other than to preserve it. City Councilor Armand Bolduc (Ward 6), at the time, lauded Nolan for his decision to preserve the Hathaway House, telling the board that "working with these people was wonderful. I can't say enough about them."
Again last night Bolduc said that after speaking with Nolan he believed the company would repair and paint the building when a maintenance crew was available.
"I don't think he has ever been serious about saving the Hathaway House," insisted St. Clair, whose mother owned the building where she operated a clothing store. "He couldn't care less about you or the city. It's all about making money."
St. Clair's remarks followed a plea by Dorothy Duffy on behalf of the Heritage Commission that the city strengthen its efforts to preserve historic buildings. In a statement, read to the council by Pam Clark, who chairs the commission, Duffy wrote that its members are "distressed and feeling derelict in our duties and reduced to doing the opposite of our intent. We are razing stately old dwellings to build parking lots." She attached photographs of buildings that have been both preserved and demolished along with others the commission fears are at risk.
In chairing the commission, Clark told the councilors she finds herself signing the permits to demolish the buildings she believes the commission was created to preserve. For instance, the Baker House on Mechanic Street, is being to demolished to expand the car lot at Cantin Chevrolet. "We haven't really accomplished anything," she said, "and we haven't had support from the community."
Clark wondered if there were some way to revise the demolition permit to afford historic buildings greater protection and was encouraged to discuss the issue with City Manager Scott Myers and Planning Director Shanna Saunders. She said that registering buildings as historic landmarks was the surest way to protect them, but that required the consent of the owner.
Clark said the commission needs resources and indicated she intended to submit a budget request later this year. The commission, she continued, also needs more members, particularly individuals with an appreciation of architecture and an ability to research deeds.
Councilor Matt Lahey (Ward 2) said the commission has fulfilled its role, which he said is "to sound the alarm," but was hard pressed to suggest what more could be done to preserve properties their owners preferred to demolish and redevelop.
Although Clark acknowledged that the commission faced a dilemma, returning to the Hathaway House she declared "we will fight to the end for this building."
NOTE: On the recommendation of Mayor Mike Seymour, the City Council authorized City Manager Scott Myers to meet with officials of Aavid Thermalloy, LLC to discuss changing the name of Primrose Drive South, where the company's headquarters are located. Recently the firm, which was begun in Laconia in 1964, announced that it was returning its corporate headquarters to the city from Concord. Seymour said that Primrose Drive South is often confused with Primrose Drive North on the opposite side of Lexington Drive and in recognition of the firm's presence in the city it could be renamed "Aavid Drive." . . . . . . The City Council unanimously agreed to a new two-year contract with LRGHealthcare to provide ambulance services to the city. City manager Sacott Myers said that the agreement mirrors that which expired in June. LRGHealthcare will pay the salary of the deputy chief for medical services, Shawn Riley, as well as of the four senior paramedics. The contract does not provide for the purchase of an ambulance, but can be renewed and amended to include a new ambulance if necessary.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2013 07:01
LACONIA — A Center Harbor physician who surrendered his medical license in July has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury on two counts of writing a fraudulent prescription and for one count of identify fraud.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said yesterday that Dr. Hasan A. Duymazler, 46, whose last known address was 24 Dew Point Lane also faced three additional criminal charges in Carroll County.
Duymazler is accused of writing a prescription for "Matthew Stewart" for oxycodone between January 21 and May 13 and filling it himself at the pharmacy at Hannaford's Supermarket in Gilford. He is also accused of doing the same thing between October 8, 2012 and December 30, 2012.
He also allegedly posed as another person for the purpose of filling one of the prescriptions on June 7, 2013.
Guldbrandsen said the indictments were the result of a N.H. State Police narcotics investigation.
Duymazlar was first criminally charged for obtaining a prescription by fraud on July 17 and trying to fill it in North Conway. On July 18 and after an emergency meeting of the N.H. Board of Medicine, Duymazlar surrendered his license to practice medicine.
At the time of his suspension Duymazlar had a practice in Wolfeboro.
According to a media release issued by the board of medicine on July 19, two separate pharmacists in two separate pharmacies in North Conway became suspicious when he tried to fill a prescription for oxycodone (a narcotic pain killer) at one and later tried to fill it at another.
When he was asked for identification by the first pharmacist, he couldn't produce any and pharmacist refused to fill the prescription. At some point in June the two pharmacists compared notes, recognized Duymazlar from his photograph on a N.H. hospital's Website, and contacted the state.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 02:38
Prosecutor says she's pursuing other 'investigative avenues' in quest for resolution to accident that killed teen
LACONIA — Confirming that she did not present a case to the Belknap County Grand Jury when it convened last week, County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said she is still investigating the circumstances that caused the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Amy LaFond, 52, of Laconia, to strike two middle school students on the Messer Street Bridge in April, claiming the life of Lily Johnson and severely injuring Alyssa Miner.
Gulbrandsen said that she is reviewing the reports of investigations conducted by the Police Department and by the Belknap County Accident Reconstruction Team as well as "pursuing other investigative avenues," which she declined to specify.
"It remains an ongoing investigation," Gulbrandsen said, declining further comment.
Johnson and Miner were hit while on the sidewalk on the Messer Street Bridge, near the intersection of Opechee Street and Messer Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 19. According to police, Lafond was traveling northbound on Messer Street toward its intersection with Opechee Street at the foot of the Messer Street Bridge, where a pedestrian crosswalk crosses Messer Street. A car going in the same direction had stopped at the crosswalk, apparently to enable a number of middle school students standing at the corner to cross the street.
About the same time, the two girls had walked down Opechee Street to the intersection, turned the corner, to their left, on to the sidewalk and were walking along the sidewalk on the west side of the Messer Street Bridge. For reasons that remain to be determined, Lafond skirted the stopped car, crossed into the southbound lane of Messer Street and mounted the raised sidewalk via a ramp, then hit the two girls from behind.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 02:34
Winnisquam middle students will start school, one way or another on Sept. 5; mold abatement to cost up to $120k
TILTON – Officials told a standing-room only crowd of Winnisquam Regional Middle School parents last night that one way or another, students will return to school on September 5 — more than a week after school was scheduled to begin. Students in the district's other four other schools begin classes today.
With the sixth grade wing closed for mold re-mediation, Superintendent Tammy Davis said the best-case scenario is that two of the three wings in the school should pass air quality tests by then and some children will be relocated to available classrooms in those wings.
Should only the eighth grade wing be available, Davis said some students will be taught in the common areas that passed the air quality tests as well as Southwick Elementary School in Northfield.
Davis estimated the re-mediation could cost the district up to $120,000. She said there is $80,000 in an emergency fund and the business administrator Cheryl Somma is culling the operating budget for additional money. Somma said the mold is not covered by insurance and to date, the board has approved $100,100.
On August 17, Dennis Francoeur of RPF Associates, Inc. — a mold remediation and air-quality testing company hired by the district — said testers found mold in the sixth- and seventh-grade wings while performing routine tests. He said the mold in the sixth-grade wing was visible.
He also said that "not all mold is created equal" and the type of mold as well as elevated spore counts were what triggered Davis to delay the opening of the building.
Last week, officials delayed the opening of the middle school until RPF determined the extent of the mold.
Francoeur said the seventh-grade wing should be cleaned and ready by September 5, however the sixth-grade wing has considerably more mold and will need more work. Davis said the area will be closed off while work is ongoing.
She said only one company has submitted a bid for the re-mediation and she expect additional bids to come to Tuesday.
In what seemed like science class for parents, Francoeur explained the types of mold discovered in the school, the frequency of occurrence for each type of mold discovered, and how mold grows. He attributed the problems in the most affected part of the Middle School to a very rainy and humid summer compounded by the fact that the two wings were built atop a what one parent described as "a swamp."
A routine test done at the school in December of 2011 revealed low spore counts, which is how a building is measured for air quality.
He said mold is naturally occurring and is fed by water and organic material, including the drywall used to construct the classrooms. He recommended the area along the walls that border the cement floor be reconstructed using a vinyl non-organic wall material, especially in the sixth-grade wing where the floor and carpet appear to be the wettest. He also said shutting down the air circulating system during the summer months could have contributed to mold growth.
Francoeur also said mold is ubiquitous and there are over 30 types of mold that grow in New Hampshire.
He said mold spores die in cold, dry air or when the relative humidity drops.
Remediation is done by using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, cleaning, and negative ion generators.
Parents expressed a multitude of concerns last night, including a few who asked about alternative accommodations for their special education children and for children more prone to allergies than others to which Davis told them their cases will be handled individually and privately.
Others were concerned about the shortened school year.
Davis said she has been working with the State Department of Education about waiving a few of the 180 mandated school day but told parents that the middle school schedule is being reworked to compensate for at least three of them.
Moving forward, officials said the School Board is reviewing the district's long-range capital improvement plan.
According to Davis, the sixth- and seventh-grade wings of the middle school were built in the early 1980s. The eighth-grade wing was built as an addition in 2000.
Winnisquam Middle School is adjacent to the district's regional high school, located just off Rte. 3 in west Tilton. The high school was the site of last night's meeting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 02:25
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