Laconia expected to avoid heaviest of Wednesday's snowfall


LACONIA — The late-weekend storm that snarled traffic across New England only dropped 9 inches of snow in Laconia, for 20 inches of snow depth, according to local weather data.
And when another storm rolls in today and tonight, the snowfall will be lighter here than elsewhere in New England, according to Chris Kimble, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
"For the Laconia area, we're not expecting as much, maybe 4 to 7 inches," he said. "We're expecting higher amounts further east. In Maine, it will be worse."
In Gray, where the the National Weather Service is based, more than 14 inches of snow fell during the Sunday and Monday storm for a snow depth of 26 inches, according to agency reports.
The National Weather Service forecast states, "Another strong upper trough of low pressure will move east to southeast from the upper Great Lakes Wednesday allowing a coastal low to rapidly intensify off the Maine coast by Wednesday night bringing potentially heavy snows across a good portion of Maine and New Hampshire. The system slowly exits into the Canadian maritimes Thursday but with lingering snow in the morning tapering to scattered snow showers."


  • Category: Local News
  • Hits: 655

Hearing on effort to rescind SB-2 for Shaker schools is Thursday


BELMONT — Voters can comment on a petition to rescind SB-2, or official ballot voting, in the Shaker Regional School District, during a final public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Belmont Middle School.
The first public hearing was Tuesday night in Canterbury.
Article 8 asks voters to rescind SB-2, the form of Town Meeting which involves a deliberative session and a voting day.
"If voters do approve to rescind SB-2, we'd go back to the traditional town meeting," said Shaker Regional School District Superintendent Michael J. Tursi.
At the district's deliberative session, no amendments were passed, leaving the warrant intact for the Tuesday, March 14 voting day, reported Sean Embree, chairman of the school board.
A motion from the floor to cut $1 million from the proposed budget failed on a voice vote, Embree said.
Article 2 calls for approval of a collective bargaining agreement with teachers, including increases in salaries and benefits. The proposed contract has no increases to the current salary scale and no increase to health insurance contributions, Tursi said. The school board approved use of year-end fund balance to cover the first-year cost in Article 2, the collective bargaining agreement, Tursi said.
Article 4 calls for an operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year of $22,475,634, with a default budget of $22,526,566. The proposed operating budget, according to the district, is up $287,085 or 1.4 percent.
The collective bargaining agreement calls for increases in salaries and benefits at current staffing of $356,313 in 2018-2019; and another $359,483 in 2019-2020, according to the budget. Tursi said the district anticipates a 7.1 percent increase in the cost of health insurance in the next year.
Voting day is Tuesday, March 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Belmont High School.

  • Category: Local News
  • Hits: 580

Council agrees to ban on-street parking on part of Warren Street

LACONIA — At the urging of residents and the recommendation of the Police, Fire and Public Works departments the City Council on Monday night unanimously agreed to prohibit on-street parking either side of a blind hill on Warren Street.

Warren Street runs from Pine Street to Opal Lane on what is commonly referred to as "hospital hill."

Chris Browher, a longtime resident told the Pubic Safety Committee that the road is narrow and since it was recently improved the speed of traffic has increased. At the same time, he said that the number of vehicles on the street has grown, leading to more on-street parking. When vehicles are parked on the curb, the roadway is reduced to one lane, which presents a hazard where the street rises about midway along its length. He explained that if a car is parked near the hill. drivers approaching it are confined to one lane, but cannot see traffic cresting the hill from the opposite direction.

One of his neighbors, who lives near the crest of the hill, said that there danger is exaggerated. Instead of prohibiting on-street parking he suggested lowering the speed limit and posting caution signs. He said that without on-street parking it would be very difficult for guests to visit his home, particularly a relative who uses a wheelchair.

Browher countered that "putting the entire neighborhood at risk to accommodate a couple of houses just doesn't make sense." He said that he has had "a number near misses" and added "good luck should not trump good policy."

The council endorsed the recommendation of its Public Safety Committee to prohibit on-street parking between house numbers 49 and 86 as well as a suggestion by Councilor Bob Hamel (Ward 5) to post signs warning of the blind hill and limiting the speed limit to 15 miles per hour.

Councilor Henry Lipman (Ward 3) asked City Manager Scott Myers to seek an arrangement that would accommodate the resident with the disabled relative.

  • Category: Local News
  • Hits: 569