Laconia Police Log, Feb. 9-10, 2017

Laconia police handled 56 calls for service between noon on Feb. 9 and noon on Feb. 10. There were three motor vehicle accidents and on arrest involving a suicidal person.

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Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby is on for next weekend

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Sled Dog Club has confirmed that the 88th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby is going full steam ahead Feb. 17, 18 and 19. This year's races will be run in memory of Keith F. Bryar II, who played a major role throughout his life in promoting sled dog racing and the World Championship Derby.

The starting line will be located in the field across from the State Prison on Route 106/North Main Street, at the intersection of Old North Main. The Open teams will be following a trail through the Laconia Country Club, which is hosting spectators with great views of the trail in Laconia. The trail will continue along Paugus Bay at Southdown Shores, then traveling up the old Hilliard Road, across Route 106 down to Meredith Center Road and returning to the start/finish line. Several spectator vantage points can be found along Route 106/Parade Road. The open trail will be approximately 16 miles. The 6-Dog Classic will follow a trail through a portion of Southdown to the Laconia Country Club, where the teams will do a 3-mile loop at the golf course and return to the finish line. The 6-Dog trail will be a total of 6 miles. There will also be a 3-Dog Junior Class running on Saturday and Sunday and a One-Dog Fun Race on Sunday (any child is welcome to participate in the Fun Race). One-Dog registration begins at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday.

They are expecting many teams from around the U.S. as well as Canada and it will prove to be quite a competitive event. Two time winner, Claude Bellerive is expected, along with defending champion, ReJean Therrien, and also Guy Girard, three-time top 3 finisher. All are from the province of Quebec. In addition, a tough competitor in Doug Butler from Bristol, Vermont, will be here to vie for the title. Local teams include Brittany Colbath from Gilford and Chris, Angie, Lucky and Killian Carter, from Penacook, who all in previous years have taken home trophies of their own. Teams from western Canada and throughout the U.S. are also expected to compete for a total purse estimated at $18,000 and the prized World Championship Cup.

Club merchandise and memorabilia will be sold at the start/finish line along with food and drinks.

For more information that includes a trail map and schedule, see

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Split plan - Gilford poised to leave Laconia solid waste pact


GILFORD — At the deliberative session of Town Meeting Wednesday, voters forwarded Article 6 to the warrant, setting up a March 14 decision by the town to establish a transfer station for household and commercial trash. A "yes" vote in March would decouple Gilford from Laconia, which handles the town's trash through a solid waste district.

The article, calling for borrowing of $950,000 in bonds to improve the town's recycling center, includes the creation of a solid waste transfer station. A three-fifths vote is required for passage on voting day.
Selectman Richard Grenier said annual savings due to ending payments for commercial trash disposal will be $71,176; annual savings due to ending payments for disposal of recyclables will amount to $26,063; and increased revenues from recyclables will be $8,500. Gross savings are $105,739, he said.
Two part-time employees will cost $35,000, he said. The loan payments averaged over 10 years will cost $65,345 per year, he said.
Resident David Horvath questioned the expense, saying, "You're asking for $950,000. We've seen the history of some of the recent projects."
Grenier said, "We started at $1.7 million," noting the town has whittled down the cost.
Kevin Leandro, vice chairman of the Budget Committee and a member of the town's solid waste subcommittee, said, "We did look at this five ways to Sunday. I'm not entirely pleased with the cost."
But the $950,000 appropriation is a "compromise position," he said.
"It's a worthy project, and the payback is there," Leandro said. "We won't be locked into a commitment with Laconia, where they call the shots."
In October 2015, Gilford paid $45 per ton to dispose of trash in Laconia, based on a fee system at the Laconia Transfer Station, according to a solid waste subcommittee report. The report added that Gilford assumes added subsidy costs for disposal of commercial and household trash. The solid waste district agreement obligated Gilford to pay Laconia about $66,000 toward the cost of improvements to Laconia's transfer station, with debt to be paid in full by July 1, 2018, the report noted.
The report urged the town to appropriate $50,000 toward an engineering study looking at creation of a transfer station. Wednesday night's decision to forward Article 6 to the warrant started a process that could result in Gilford separating from Laconia's trash services.
Responding to a question about odors, Grenier said the facility would not spread odor or pollution.

"Everything is going to be in a compactor. Nothing is going to be loose," he said.

Once the funding is approved by voters, the town can go out to bid and find a contractor to build the transfer station, Grenier said.

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