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Timber Hill Farm wedding receptions have outraged neighbors

To The Daily Sun,

We are writing to urge Gilford Resident to vote "No" to Article 5. This article if passed would change the zoning on the lower half of Gunstock Hill Road from Single Family Residential to Resort Commercial.

It should be noted that included in all of the area proposed for this zoning change, to my knowledge, there never has been, nor is there currently any request for commercial or resort business activity, except for one, the currently proposed Timber Hill Farm wedding venue.

For the past 46 years we have lived on a typically quiet Gilford street, Gunstock Hill Road, which is zoned as Single Family Residential. We have been blessed with the beautiful vistas this land provides, paying a heavy view tax for these views, never thinking there would be any changes to our zoning.

During the past year, however, all this has been surreptitiously challenged by a commercial wedding venue. For the entire year Timber Hill Farm has run this commercial wedding business without town approval and on land which is in Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests conservation and heavily tax-abated easement.

The owners have placed their wedding venue in a location best suited to maximize the views paying little attention to neighbors. In the process they have outraged many neighbors like us. I don't believe that any Gilford resident who has purchased their home in a residential district like Gunstock Hill Road would be too thrilled, under like circumstances, to have their land and their abutting land changed to Resort Commercial. Weddings and their accompanying parties, drinking, and dancing are not what you or we had anticipated as residence of a residential zone.

Please vote "No" on Article 5. It will not only help preserve our tranquility but it could, at some time in the future, also preserve yours.

David & Paula McDonald


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Your neighbors might decide to enjoy this 'fertilizer' as well

To The Daily Sun,

Okay, let's get a few facts on the table. At the Gilmanton Planning Board meeting last month, both "sides" of the biosolids debate were presented. It was very clear during the meeting that there were quite a few facts that both sides completely agreed upon.

1. Biosolids are the same as sludge. We used to dump sludge into the ocean until we realized that we were creating dead spots, so it was outlawed. Now we are dumping it on our land.

2. Biosolids actually do have heavy metals in them. There is a need and a legal requirement for testing the soils for contamination levels to try to stop the spreading before the levels get too toxic.

3. Biosolids actually do have pathogens. Pathogens are germs. If you think about the fact that some of this sewerage waste comes from hospitals, that is a pretty scary fact. Some people have died in New Hampshire from airborne pathogens from biosolids.

4. Biosolids contain human excrement. The first lesson learned in the armed forces is to separate the latrine from the rest of the camp. The first lesson taught in Third World countries is to separate the latrine from the living areas and especially the aquifers and waterways.

Are we really this stupid that we can't follow our own advise?

5. Biosolids have two categories — A and B — and they come from the exact same material. Class A have been processed to try to minimize the pathogens. There is some discussion by EPA officials that this processing does not actually kill all the pathogens and under the right circumstances all those horrible diseases can reproduce again.

6. Biosolids pays big bucks. Okay I've heard that money corrupts, but that couldn't be true here too? Be careful, be careful, be careful. Letting some players get the big bucks, while they cause problems for their neighbors just isn't right. Not even considering what they are doing to themselves. Repairing damage done to land or people or wildlife is not cheap, but the players aren't usually the ones who pay that bill.

Talk to those who are subjected to the horrid smells, the burning eyes, the unspeakable items in Class B sludge and you will be forewarned. Your neighbors might decide to enjoy this "fertilizer" as well, and then it will be too late for you to stop them.

Vote "Yes" to ban biosolids in Gilmanton, and other towns get it on your future ballots.

Daryl Hoitt

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