6 to be interviewed for Moultonborough position

MOULTONBOROUGH — The field of 38 candidates who applied to succeed Carter Terenzini as town administrator as been winnowed to a half-dozen, who will interviewed today and tomorrow, after which the Board of Selectmen will interview as many as three finalists on Thursday.

The six semi-finalists will first be interviewed by a panel consisting of five residents and two town employees, then by officials of Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI), which has assisted the town with the search for and screening of candidates. The selectmen could reach a decision after interviewing the finalists on Thursday, but have also agreed to meet on Monday morning if necessary.

In May the Board of Selectmen held a public forum and conducted a public survey to solicit the perspectives about the qualities and characteristics residents expected in the town administrator.

Ternzini resigned in March after dodging several attempts to oust him. Since then Scott Kimmond, Highway Agent and Director of Public Works, has managed day-to-day operations as "administrative liaison" while Carol Granfield, once town manager in Meredith who works with MRI, has worked two-and-a-half days a weeks in an interim capacity.

Man said to have caused $3k in damage to car while fleeing from Laconia police on foot

LACONIA — Police here charged a Franklin man with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief and one count of resisting arrest on Sunday night for allegedly running from police and damaging a car while fleeing.

Affidavits filed in Circuit Court said police responded to Dunkin' Donuts on South Main Street at 11:33 p.m. for a report of a man wearing a white T-shirt who was acting suspiciously by repeatedly walking in and out of the store. The caller said Gregory Brock, 28, of 11 Pine Street Apt. 1 also appeared to be "under the influence of drugs".

When an officer arrived, he saw Brock, who fit the description and was walking out of the store. Brock gave the officer his name and date of birth, but noted in his affidavit that Brock appeared "very nervous" and continued to make "furtive movements".

The officer learned Brock was wanted on an outstanding warrant but affidavits said when he went to place him under arrest, Brock ran in the direction of the nearby Meredith Village Savings Bank. While running, police said he dented the side door panel of a car that didn't belong to him, causing about $3,000 in damages.

After his video arraignment in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Brock was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail.

Construction bids sought for Belmont's recreation trail

BELMONT — Phase I of the Winnisquam Scenic Trail has gone out for construction bids after nearly 15 years of planning, fund-raising and wrangling with engineers and state officials over location, length and archeology.

The complete bid package was posted on the town of Belmont Website Friday afternoon. Bids shall be taken until 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 11 when they will be opened and read aloud at the Corner Meeting House.

When the Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant first became available in 2002 and 2003, Belmont initially looked at three portions of a trail that was supposed to go from downtown Franklin to Meredith.
This phase that will be built first, runs from the Agway store on Rte. 2, near the Mosquito Bridge, to the Robert's Town Beach. Phase 2, said Land Use Technician Rick Ball in June, is slated to go to Jefferson Road. However, with the Federal Enhancement Grant set to expire at the end of this federal fiscal year (Oct. 1) it would have to be re-approved by Congress.
Since its initial design, there have been a few changes and a number of speed bumps — most notably a redesign near the Belknap Mall, a requirement for a fence along the railroad, and an archeological study last year that threatened to hold up the project to the point where it appeared the money would run out before it could be finalized.
The entire length of the trail, approximately 8,000 linear feet, will be paved with hot mix asphalt. Work includes but is not limited to the following: constructing 1.5 mile of trail including sub-base and hot mix asphalt pavement, drainage culverts, timber guard rail and fencing.

Copies of the contract may be obtained from The Louis Berger Group, Inc., 100 Commercial Street, 2nd Floor North, Manchester, NH 03101 upon payment of a non-refundable check in the amount of $100, payable to The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

DOT backs of plan to build Belmont fuel station

BELMONT — The N.H. Department of Transportation has abandoned plans to build a fuel depot on property it owns at the corner of Rte. 106 and Brown Hill Road.

The decision was made in the wake of a hearing two weeks ago when selectmen told DOT engineer Ronald Grandmaison that they were concerned with the additional traffic the facility would draw.

"We also acknowledge that the condition of the existing roadway pavement through this section of N.H. Rte. 106 is less than desirable," Grandmaison wrote.

In the meeting on July 6, the board told Grandmaison that it was unhappy with the condition of Rte. 106 and faulted the DOT for not keeping its promises to improve that section. The DOT did put down a skim coat of asphalt this spring, but selectmen told Grandmaison it wasn't enough and it would be worn away by next spring.

In response, Grandmaison wrote to the board that the Seavey Road intersection was in the design phase and is still scheduled for work in 2016. He said the Seavey Road project was not likely to extend to the Brown Hill Road intersection because of a lack of crash history.

He said the DOT is considering some widening of Rte. 106 is that area to create a wider shoulder but he didn't think it would completely address the pocket created by entering and exiting traffic.

If the DOT fueling station had been built, the state would have closed the stations in Gilford, Loudon, and on Rte. 140 in Belmont as part of a plan to remove all underground tanks by 2017.

In other business, selectmen voted unanimously to include the Belmont Mill on the State Registry of Historic Places after learning that it wouldn't effect any future plans the town may have for it.