To The Daily Sun,
The challenges of this winter make a hard job even more difficult.
The Meredith Department of Public Works has met those challenges during past and current extreme weather conditions and maintained safe streets throughout our town 24-7.
When expecting a storm or experiencing storm conditions, Meredith residents know that the dependable, courteous, and well trained workers will carry on and do the job they contracted to do, despite occasional unforeseen staffing and equipment issues.
Thank you to the entire Meredith Department of Public Works from their leadership, road workers, and administrative support team. You are a great example of service to our grateful community. Residents, visitors and businesses drive and walk more safely because of you.
Carol & Richard Gerken
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:12
To The Daily Sun,
I invite anyone who would like to witness the unprofessional behavior which flows from Rep. Fields, our Belknap County Commissioners and County Administrator Shackett toward Chair Worsman, to just watch a county meeting in action. The meetings are taped for cable access. But better still, come and view a meeting of the Belknap County Convention up close and personal.
Meetings are posted on the Belknap County Convention website as well as in local newspapers. I invite you to come and judge for yourself. "The Proof is in the Pudding".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:16
To The Daily Sun,
A few nights ago, my husband and I decided to walk two of our dogs at Laconia High School. We do this at times when the roads are narrowed due to snowbanks and when there is excess sand on the roads. As we walked from the back of the building onto Dewey Street, we were appalled by the amount of dog feces around the new Huot Center. We saw multiple piles of feces on the outside of the Child Development Center's fenced in playground, that the children still use, weather permitting. Can you imagine the smell they have to endure? The piles continued as we walked through the parking lot, around the the Huot Center's dining room.
As dog owners who pick up after their dogs, it disturbs us to see this as the city ordinance clearly states: "Chapter 13 Animals: 113-10.1. Dog Waste. (added 7-22-1996 by Ord. No. 06.96.6)
A. Duty to dispose. It shall be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by
his/her dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area. It shall further be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to
immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by his/her dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person, unless said
private property owner or occupant agrees otherwise.
B. Duty to possess means of removal; disposal. No person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street,
park or other public area without means of removal of any feces left by such dog. Furthermore, no person who owns, possesses or controls such dog
shall appear with such dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person without the means of removal of any feces left by said
dog, unless said private property owner or occupier agrees otherwise. Disposal of such feces shall be in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
C. Enforcement; fines for violation. This section shall be enforced by the Laconia Police Department. Violation of this regulation shall be punishable by
a fine of $25 for each occurrence."
Irresponsible dog owners who will not take the time to clean up after their dogs inadvertently make responsible dog owners look bad. Those of us who
do take the time to clean up after our dogs as the law states often get lumped in with those who don't and that is not a fair characterization. It is also not fair for the students and staff of LHS to have to dodge dog feces as they walk around and between the two buildings nor is it fair to the people employed by the school who will have to clean up these piles of dog feces before they can start their spring lawn care duties.
Please, for the sake of the responsible dog owners, the children at the Huot Child Development Center and the staff & students of LHS, pick up after your dogs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:06
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge your readers to vote for Mike Cryans in the District One Executive Council special election on March 11. No one is better suited to succeed Ray Burton than Democrat Mike Cryans. A longtime friend of Ray's, Mike was endorsed by Ray to be a Grafton County Commissioner and served with him in that capacity for 16 years. Born in northern New Hampshire, Mike has been a lifelong resident in this state. He understands small town New Hampshire issues and values, from the Lakes Region to the Connecticut River to the Canadian border.
Mike is running for Executive Council for Ray Burton's old seat to leverage the power and position of the Executive Council to promote education, infrastructure improvements and economic development in the huge part of New Hampshire that is District One and to secure state contracts that will bring jobs to this area.
Hardworking, decent to his core, and committed to the best interests of his constituents, Mike's commitment to community and public service is exemplary. In his various roles in the private and public sector, he has advocated effectively to improve the lives of some of the least fortunate and made our communities stronger in the process.
To help working families and taxpayers in District One, he will work in a bipartisan manner, as he did as Grafton County Commissioner, to create jobs and support local business. As Executive Councilor, Mike will publicize unique issues affecting northern New Hampshire and will hold state government accountable to its people. Following the example of Ray Burton, Mike will ensure that the heads of state agencies visit the communities of District One to learn about the multitude of issues facing the area firsthand.
I urge you to vote for Mike Cryans on March 11. I believe he is the best candidate to succeed Ray Burton and carry on his legacy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
While I'm not comfortable having to publicly defend myself, I feel that I must respond to the malicious comments submitted by Mr. Gordon Blais.
I absolutely met the combined education and experience requirements for the position I hold. The appointment was offered to me after an extensive and competitive recruitment process. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, been recognized as a Certified Public Manager, and most recently was designated a Credentialed Manager by the ICMA. Mr. Blais continues to question and criticize the county's decision to hire me. Not that questioning is a bad thing, but persisting to print false information is intentionally misleading the public.
Mr. Blais has done extensive research to try to find anything that will support his misguided opinion, requesting my personnel files, the county's recruitment process, contacting legislators, former employers, current employees, and to his discontent, has not been able to support any of his libelous statements.
He did get my salary correct. I consider myself fortunate to have a great job that I work hard at and sincerely enjoy. When compared to equivalent positions in New Hampshire, my compensation is in the lower half of the range. I am one of "those in our community who worked hard and went into debt to get the educational training that qualified me for a position like this" (his words). Not to mention the required years of experience. The message that sends to kids is that hard work, discipline, and advanced education can lead to a rewarding career. A very good message and something I am proud of.
Belknap County is well managed by a team of professionals who operate with honor, humility and integrity. In a difficult political environment they work hard every day to maintain the morale of more than 260 employees who are engaged in providing excellent service, in often difficult situations, to the public.
I hope you will contact me directly, or any of the county's leadership if you have questions and would like accurate answers about the operation of Belknap County.
Debra A Shackett,
Belknap County Administrator
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:59