By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Snow plowing and trash pickup will continue through the winter on all roads in the city where these services are now offered, Public Works Director Wes Anderson said Thursday.
He said a number of citizens have expressed concern about the issue because the city has been considering changing the designation of some streets.
There are more than 200 roads in Laconia that are private and privately maintained. For another 47 roads, the city has been providing maintenance but it's not clear why it is doing so as no evidence has been found showing they were ever authorized or accepted as city streets.
State law states that public funds can't be spent on private roads, and it is a long process to convert a private road to a public road. However, the law does allow the city to continue basic maintenance on “emergency lanes,” including snow plowing, for purposes of ensuring access by firefighters, police and paramedics.
On Monday, the City Council delayed action on designating seven of those 47 roads as emergency lanes so that city staff members could further investigate the issue.
Those seven roads are Cotton Hill Road, Dell Avenue, Eastman Shore Road North, Lucerne Avenue, McKinley Road, Regis Road and Wentworth Avenue.
The council also must decide what to do with the other 40 roads in question. It could declare some or all of these emergency lanes. If it decided not to provide this designation for some of these roads, it would be up to local residents to decide how they would plow or maintain the road.
But the underlying message Anderson wants to impart to the public is that, through the winter, at least, there will be no change in plowing, garbage pickup or maintenance on roads in Laconia.
- Written by Rick Green
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