To The Daily Sun,
A supplemental expenditure based on unanticipated revenue requires a supplemental appropriation by the City Council. A transfer of appropriated funds from one line item to another line item, in any city department requires approval of the city manager.
Moreover, the Police Commission has no supervisory control or appropriation authority regarding equipment in the Police Department and cannot approve or deny the equipment used by the officers such as guns. The Police Commission has jurisdiction over Police Department personnel matters only. The City Council has jurisdiction over non-personnel matters such as building, vehicles and equipment, i.e. guns.
The department head, the police chief, must first make a request to the city manager for authority to purchase new guns offset by the new revenues, so-called kickback to the City of Laconia. The unanticipated revenue used for the new guns requires approval of the City Council.
The Fiscal Year 2014/2015 city budget, line items 01 437-233-0000, 0010, and 0020, Pg. 80. Also, account descriptions make no reference to guns, New Guns, Pg. 83.
Total city non-property tax REVENUE lists no amount from "kickback to Laconia drug-fighting program". These new guns are overdue but the city charter must be followed.
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
I have had the privilege of knowing and working with two Meredith selectman candidates, Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham, for a number of years. Both Ray and Bev have given tirelessly of their time and efforts in order to to help make Meredith the wonderful town that it is.
As a very successful businessman, Ray Moritz has a strong work ethic and is a tireless worker for a number of organizations in Meredith. Ray would bring a wealth of experience to our Selectboard. His participation in organizations such as the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, the Waukewan Shoreowners Association, the Meredith Rotary Club illustrate his commitment to the Town of Meredith. One of Ray's greatest skills is his ability to analyze financial and operational information so that we can all have a better understanding of the facts. He is presently the treasurer of the Lakes Region VNA, a position which I previously held, and I could not have found a more capable person to take that position.
Bev Lapham needs no introduction to the residents of Meredith. His involvement in civic and charitable organizations has been evident over the 27 years he has lived here, He operated a very successful business here in Meredith and came to town with a wealth of business knowledge and experience. His passion for the well being of the Town of Meredith and the image it presents are exemplified by his actions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Meredith Program, chairman of the Meredith Sculpture walk committee, and a long-time member and past president of the Meredith Rotary Club.
Since there will be a very significant turnover of members of the Selectboard this year, it is imperative that we elect candidates who not only possess outstanding abilities, but whose integrity and commitment to the Town of Meredith are unquestionable. Please join me in voting for Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Paul Manganiello and I am looking for the support of Bristol voters as I run for the Bristol Selectboard. I have been a homeowner in Bristol for more than 30 years and 20 years ago my family decided to move here permanently.
I am a Vietnam veteran who served as a sergeant with the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971, a retired General Electric Company program manager responsible for assuring operational readiness in hundreds of aircraft in several countries around the world. I own and operate Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop at 1777 Lake St. I was elected to the Budget Committee in 2012, currently serving as vice chair. My voting record the past three years has consistently maintained the platform of fiscal pragmatism, diligence and transparency, that the voters elected me on to advocate on their behalf.
During my run for selectman last year, I was able to gather the support of hundreds of Bristol voters and was only three votes short of becoming your selectman. I appreciate your support from last year's election and I am asking for it again.
For those who know me, you have probably noticed I don't take my fiduciary duties to the residents of Bristol lightly. For the past three years, I have been lucky enough to serve the Town of Bristol on the Budget Committee. If you have not been to a Budget Committee meeting, I can usually be seen hunched over a few spreadsheets and RSAs making sure the voters understand how every penny of their tax dollars is spent.
Although I am proud of my service on the Budget Committee, I feel I can best serve the Town of Bristol on the Selectboard. I am not running for selectman because somebody told me to run, I am running because I care about the residents, business owners, and taxpayers who share their concerns with me. This is the reason I ran last year and this is the reason I will continue to seek this office.
Like many of you voters, I have made the decision to retire in this place we call home. My run for selectman is to serve the people of Bristol with the diligence and fiscal oversight only a selectman can provide. As your selectman candidate, I am asking for your support.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
Four members of the Sanbornton Budget Committee were interested in determining how town residents viewed town services and taxes, so we decided to fund, with our own money, a survey to determine resident opinions. It was also hoped that the survey would spark a town debate about upcoming warrant articles and possibility lead to higher participation at the March 11 Town Meeting.
The committee mailed 1,311 questionnaires. To date 228 residents returned the survey, a 17 percent response rate. An abbreviated version of the survey results is presented below. Not everyone answered every question, and some marked a question with more than one response. To compensate, resident responses are presented as a percentage based on the actual number of answers to each question.
In summary, 61 percent of town residents thought property taxes were too high. Town services were about right according to 51 percent. Forty-two percent thought the Highway Department should be favored if taxes were to remain the same. If services were to be cut 31 percent wanted recreation to take the reduction. Fifty percent thought the town has the right number of employees, and 72 percent said user fees should not be increased to boost town revenue.
The entire survey, complete with all the responses to each question, has been posted on the Concerned Citizens for Sanbornton Facebook page. "Like us" on Facebook to receive updates as more responses come in.
The above comments are not necessarily endorsed by every member of the Sanbornton Budget Committee.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday evening, Feb. 19, there was a significant fire in a tire storage warehouse at Stratham Tire on Water Street in Laconia.
I would like to thank the Laconia and Gilford Fire Departments for the outstanding job they did getting that fire under control. In my best estimate, there were approximately 500 new tires stored in that building, and another 53-foot storage trailer parked within inches of the building that contains close to another 600 scrap tires. The skills of these firefighters not only got the building fire under control quickly in extremely cold weather but the trailer was absolutely untouched and they successfully removed more than 250 tires from the burning building. They contained the fire to the single structure, protecting the second warehouse situated only 20 feet away, the scrap tire storage trailer, along with the houses next door and across the street. Truly remarkable.
Although the loss of that building and the inventory is devastating to our business, the damage could have been so much worse. Fantastic job, guys!
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson, Assistant Chief Kirk Beattie, and all the firefighters on the scene were incredible, keeping me updated on the situation and then helping load all the removed tires into pickup trucks so we could move them into our garage. They went above and beyond their duties to help us.
The City of Laconia and the residents are lucky to have such a well trained and dedicated group of responders to help keep us safe in extremely trying times. Stratham Tire, as a company, is extremely grateful.
Dave Harper, General Manager
Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 09:42