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Laconia Airport not likely to find replacement before manager departs

LACONIA — Outgoing Laconia Airport Authority Manager Diane Terrill said her departure on Oct. 17 for an airport manager position in Naples, Fla., was "not an easy decision."

"I love this airport, I love this community," said Terrill, who answered questions at a media conference yesterday morning about her role in her 24 years with the airport.

Terrill, who became Laconia Airport manager in 1999, said of all the accomplishments during her 25-year tenure the one she is most proud of is the $16-million in infrastructure improvements that were done to the airport under her guidance. That project involved the reconstruction of the airport's 5,800-foot runway.

She also said she was pleased with the relationships she has enjoyed with the two fixed based operators, the small aircraft service businesses, based at the Laconia Airport.

"It's an important asset, education center and economic center," Terrill said.

Laconia Mayor and Chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority Edward Engler said that while the board is seeking a full-time manager, it is "not likely we will have a replacement before she goes."

He said the board is working on an interim plan that could involve a consultant until a permanent manager can be hired.

The average operations budget for the Laconia Airport is $300,000 annually and the facility is self-sustaining. The primary income is from a surtax on fuel sold at the airport, and the lease and rental fees for hangars and for the fixed-base operators.

Both Terrill and Engler said the airport is an asset to the Lakes Region, while its location is such that it has very little negative impact on the area's residents. Terrill noted that having an airport that can accommodate jets that can fly from coast to coast is a real economic advantage to the Lakes Region, and many business leaders who have interests in Lakes Region businesses make very good use of it.

Terrill said there's very little air traffic noise, adding that a commercial airline at the airport is not feasible for the foreseeable future, mostly because of the costs of security now required by the federal government.

The airport has a capital master plan – about 95-percent of which is financed by the FAA and the state of New Hampshire.

Engler said the board is in the beginning stages of creating an operational master or business plan.

Right now, Terrill said there are several ongoing smaller infrastructure projects, such as the fencing around some of the property, some navigational aids and some equipment purchases.

As for her future, Terrill will be working on a noise reduction plan for the Naples (Fla.) Municipal Airport and will become the third manager for that facility.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:55

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M’boro police find ‘large quantity’ of pills and cash in N.Y. man’s hotel room

MOULTONBOROUGH — A New York state man has been charged with possession of oxycodone after police searched his room at a Route 25 motel recently.

After getting a warrant, police on Sept. 5 searched a hotel room occupied by Jude Posy, 42, of Laurelton, N.Y., and discovered what they describe as a "large quantity" of oxycodone and a "large quantity" of cash.

Posy was additionally charged with one count of possession of a narcotic drug with intent to distribute it.

He posted $5,000 cash bail is scheduled to appear in the 3rd Circuit Court, Ossipee Division, on Oct. 15.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 01:10

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:58

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Newfound Budget Committee starts with lesson on school district accounting

by Thomas P. Caldwell

BRISTOL — Business Administrator Mike Limanni on Sept. 18 walked members of the Newfound Area School District Budget Committee through the accounting structure in preparation for the upcoming budget season, which formally gets underway at the committee's next meeting on Oct. 23.
At the end of August, the budget committee had elected Simon Barnett of Danbury to serve as chair for the coming year, and Harold "Skip" Reilly of Alexandria as vice-chair. The committee also set meeting dates for its budget deliberations, rotating the meetings among the member towns.
At the beginning of Thursday's meeting, which took place in the central office, the budget committee named John Jenness of New Hampton to serve as the committee's liaison on the new facilities committee which is being formed to develop a long-range plan for the district's schools.
The training session on Thursday served to make the budget committee members comfortable with the spreadsheets and to demonstrate how they could seek the level of detail they wanted. Limanni explained the accounting codes and what they meant, offering three versions of the current year's special education budget to demonstrate how, by "collapsing" various categories, they could look at specific numbers that might interest them.
"I can provide the budget in whatever format you want so the expenditures make sense," Limanni said, noting that he uses the various views to look for discrepancies that might indicate fraud, as well as to identify areas where the district might save money or operate more efficiently. "I'm a fiscal conservative," he said, "and if we can save pennies that add up to dollars, that money can be used more effectively by the taxpayers than by sitting in a school surplus."
At the same time, he said, there has to be money available for emergencies as well as the fluctuations that take place all the time in student enrollment, special education needs, and other areas that have not been identified when the budget is crafted.
Limanni also noted areas where he is adjusting the chart of accounts to better track expenses, or to place items in the proper category. He used the example of the summer program which has been listed under special education but more properly fits under co-curricular costs. He said he is making changes that will provide better tracking and, so people can follow year-to-year changes, he will be reassigning items to the new categories retroactively to the budgets for the past eight years. By July 1, he said, everything will be reflected under the revised categories so it will be easier going forward.
He noted that he consulted with the school district's accounting firm to make sure it approved of his proposed changes, and he agreed to provide an outline of those changes to the budget committee so they would be able to follow the numbers.
In discussing how the school district's budget cap is affecting the budget, Limanni said, "Right now, you can live within the cap quite well, with a diminishing student body. But that's why long-term planning is so important."
School Board member Jeff Levesque of Groton noted that the teacher contract negotiations will be a factor. "If we pay our teachers what Plymouth does, it would cost $2 million more," he said. "We won't be able to do that, but there will be an increase. If we get an agreement, I'd like to have the budget committee behind it. We're trying very hard to come up with a fair agreement with them that will be something we can also have public support for."
Reilly said he felt it was important to have the meetings in the towns where people can come and ask questions and see how the budget is formed. He noted that a roundtable with school administrators had proven helpful in the past, too, because they were able to voice their priorities.
Limanni said, "Uncomfortable conversations are good. Conflict is good. If I argue with you, don't look at it as a problem, because these conversations help to come up to better decisions. You've got to look at the whole picture, and I'm here to balance this out or give an alternate view. Then you make the decisions."
The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Danbury Elementary School.
Reilly asked that one of the agenda items next month be a discussion of what an "employee" is in light of Limanni's stand that elected school board and budget committee members who receive a stipend for their service from the school district are employees who have to provide Social Security numbers and other personal information. Reilly maintains that, if that were so, all 424 members of the New Hampshire legislature would be employees of the state.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 12:51

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