Gilford sets hearing on highway grant

GILFORD — Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on how the town uses its portion of a $30 million highway grant to New Hampshire communities that was announced on Monday.
The Gilford Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, as required by law for unanticipated revenue, before it is able to officially accept the $191,047 grant.
The money is part of the state’s year-end surplus. Normally those funds go into the revenue stabilization reserve account, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund, but legislators agreed to distribute $30 million of this year’s surplus to municipalities as a one-time supplement to the regular annual grants that assist communities with road improvement projects.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the selectmen will be asking for suggestions on which roads should be repaired with the money.
The town has a road maintenance plan that identifies road projects that should be done over the next five years, but the plan can be adjusted, based on available funds and a review of the priorities.
The town had already scheduled another public hearing for Aug. 9, which addresses a petition to have the town accept a section of road known as Kimball Road Extension. By accepting the road, it would make it a Class V highway with the town having responsibility for its maintenance. The town would have to make sure it is in suitable condition for public travel, but it also would gain regulatory control over the road.
Both hearings will take place at the beginning of the regular selectmen’s meeting.
Selectmen are still looking to fill positions on the sign review committee. They have two more openings for members of the public and are looking to appoint someone with a real estate background, as well as a representative of a nonprofit organization.
The sign review committee will make a recommendation on how to address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found content-based regulation of speech violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and that towns must treat all signs equally.

Belknap County commissioners trim down spending requests


LACONIA — When the Belknap County Delegation meets on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m, at the Belknap County complex to take up supplemental appropriation requests from the Belknap County Commissioners, delegation members will find that the dollar amounts for two of the requests are lower than they were when first brought before the delegation in May.
Belknap County Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said that the Corrections Department's request for $136,500 will drop to around $100,000 while the Sheriffs Department's request for $93,000 will be reduced to $26,000.
The delegation will also be considering for the first time a request for a $135,000 supplemental appropriation to make up for an increase in the $6.2 million health and human services budget line that pays for private nursing home care for county residents.
Belknap County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to allow Corrections Superintendent Keith Gray to hire four new officers even though the delegation has yet to approve a supplemental appropriation. He said that they are needed in order to open the new 18,000-square-foot, 72-bed Belknap County Community Corrections Center.
Commissioners have maintained that the budget approved by the delegation lacked sufficient funds to hire the new officers and asked the delegation to approve a $136,500 supplemental appropriation for the new officers.
The delegation considered the request at its May 22 meeting and it failed on a 7-7 tie vote after Delegation Chairman Herb Vadney (R-Meredith) ruled that Delegation Vice Chairman Ray Howard (R-Alton) could not abstain on the vote. Howard then voted against the appropriation, creating the tie vote.
DeVoy says that the commissioners will reduce their request as it originally included funds for the more costly family health insurance plan for the newly hired officers, which it now appears will not be needed.
He said that the commissioners received a letter from Belknap County Sheriff Mike Moyer this week in which Moyer projects that $26,000 will enable his department to make it through the year without exceeding the budget approved by the delegation.
DeVoy said that the process of hiring the new corrections officers is proceeding and that has enabled work to resume on the final phase of he corrections center project of renovations to the existing jail.
He said that some of the inmates in the current jail will be temporarily transferred to the corrections center while work on the old jail is completed.
DeVoy expects that work will resume next week on the jail portion of the $8 million project.

Laconia Police Log July 6-27

LACONIA — Police responded to 1,304 calls between July 6 and July 27, including 33 calls for theft, nine for assault, eight for drugs and three burglaries. There were 34 arrests.


The arrests included:


July 6


Shaline Beaulieu, 23, of 21 Gilbert St., on a warrant.


July 7


Anthony Allen Hilliard, 27, of 10 Valley St., Apt. 2, on a warrant; Cierra A. Gonyea, 20, of 3 Lyman St., Apt. 1, on charges of willful concealment, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotic drugs with intent to distribute; Kimberly T. Moore, 22, of 91 Church St., Apt. 16, on a warrant.


July 8


Seth M. Houston, 35, a transient, on breach of bail; Jason Tarr, 27, of 100 S. Fruit St., Concord, on a warrant; Mariah A. Vetrone, 25, of 354 Lake Ave., Manchester, on a warrant; Amanda Mullen, 26, on a bench warrant-willful concealment; Joshua Connor Page, 29, of 17 Northbrook Road, Belmont, on a warrant.


July 9


Michael Gregory Marcoot, 36, of 53 Gilford Ave., on charges of criminal threatening and reckless conduct.


July 11


Keri D. McQueen, 35, of 5 Winter St., on a warrant-simple assault.


July 13


Katie Koehler, 19, of 85 Elm St., Apt. 4, on a charge of driving after suspension; Timothy John Spooner, 30, of 1 Winnisquam Ave., on a warrant; Kyle A. Harris, 20, of 25 Strafford St., on a bench warrant.


July 14


Angela L. Linteau, 31, of 54 Adams Street, on a bench warrant; Gregory Scott Bolton, 55, of 59 Grandview, Dover, on a charge of domestic violence and default on bail; Michael Keefe, 51, of 32 Upland St., Gilford, on a charge of driving under the influence.


July 15


Nicole Angela Pickowicz, 23, of 24 Winter St., on a charge of domestic violence;.


July 16


Janelle A. Martinez, 45, of 36 Beaman St., on a charge of wilful concealment (theft).


July 17


Glenn K. Ricker, 50, a transient, on a charge of criminal mischief; Dustin C. Gray, 38, a transient, on a warrant.


July 18


Jeffrey Goodale, 35, a transient, on a charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief; Tasha M. Dumont, 26, of 6 Dolloff Brook Road, Meredith, on a charge of possession of narcotics.


July 19


Jacob Adam Jason, 30, of 37 Downing St., Concord, on charges of disobeying an officer and driving after suspension; John Alan Buletti, 52, of 146 Baldwin St., Apt. 1, on charges of disobeying an officer, driving after suspension and a bench warrant; Joseph A. Carberry, 22, of 123 Union Ave., Apt. 7, on a warrant; Ronald L. Mowery Jr., 53, of 106 Warren St., on second-degree assault (domestic violence).


July 21


Joseph C. Fournier, 56, a transient, on charges of criminal trespass, obstructing report of crime and domestic violence.


July 22


Rachael L. Mount, 39, a transient, on a bench warrant; Dustin C. Gray, 38, a transient, on charges of criminal trespass, breach of bail, possession of controlled drugs; Amber Lynn Florence, 23, a transient, on a bench warrant; Christopher Burton, 28, a transient, on a bench warrant.


July 23


Cody M. Yale, 20, of 27 Fair St., Apt. 1, on charges of possession of controlled drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Jessica L. Hutchins, 27 Fair St., Apt. 1, on possession of controlled drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia.


July 27


Angela L. Linteau, 31, of 54 Adams St., on a warrant; Timothy E. Peavey, 57, a transient, on a bench warrant.