To The Daily Sun,
How much space does the Town of Belmont need for a town hall? The article in today's newspapers indicates the selectmen and others wish to renovate the Belmont Mill building for use as a Town Hall? How many employees currently work in the present Town Hall? How much space is needed for so few people?
I don't disagree that the town needs to make improvements in the Town Hall, however the costs indicated in the news articles to refurbish the mill would create a huge tax increase in a town that is already one of the highest taxed towns in the entire state. The taxpayers can't afford this increase together with a possible increase from the school district for kindergarten. The taxpayers can't afford this idea.
Here is an idea. Perhaps the town should look into tearing the present Town Hall down and then consider perhaps building a new Town Hall which could also include space for a new police station which is more needed at present than the Town Hall. There is at present, or was, a building for sale across from the fire station. Would that lot be cheaper space for a new Town Hall in the form of a modular type building, etc.?
I urge the voters of Belmont to consider other options rather than this very, very costly one being proposed. It's your money. Are we paying too much in taxes already? I think so as compared to other towns. I don't often agree with George Condodemetraky, but in this instance he may have a valid point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
It's a miracle that President Obama has been able to achieve what he has without much bipartisan cooperation. In fact the accomplishments have happened despite a Republican opposition that openly declared in advance that it would automatically oppose anything the president supported — before they knew what was going to be proposed. Clean air, education, immigration, the economy, taxes, reining in Wall Street are but a few of the issues that still need action and that were covered last night during the president's State of the Union speech.
For example, President Obama just challenged America — and Congress — to "set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline" and not to take us backward in the fight for good jobs and a bright future for our children.
"Over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts."
One of the sad facts is that we pay these congressional salaries that enable their purely self-serving political behavior that has cost each one of us so much. Now you are able to see your dollars at work — or not. The State of the Union was one of the best speeches I've heard in a long time. It was a reminder of just how much good for this country President Obama has been able to do in spite of tremendous odds and non-cooperation from the GOP.
I was totally disgusted to see the "tan man" sit there as if he was glued to his seat. I was disgusted with his fellow Republicans who also sat on their pious rear ends smirking when each accomplishment, goal or achievement and success was mentioned.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
During 2014, the Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop has been successful in our efforts to provide supplemental assistance to members of the Gilmanton community to ensure that every person's basic needs are met. We would not have been able to do so without the help and support of the greater community.
The number of persons, businesses and organizations are too numerous to list individually. However, the volunteers at the Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop want to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to one and all for your donations of food, money, toys, clothing and time. No donation is too small, whether it be a single can of food or extra change when purchasing clothing. Everything helps and is appreciated by those of us who help to manage the pantry and thrift shop as well as the families and children who we are able to help.
Through your support, the Gilmanton Food Pantry was able to provide generous holiday baskets to make an otherwise simple holiday meal something special, as well as school kits, gifts for children at Christmas and winter clothing for children in need. This is in addition to monthly allotments of food throughout the year. The sales from our thrift shop go to support these wonderful programs as well.
We thank you all for giving so generously and making everything we do at the food pantry possible.
Our next event to benefit the Food Pantry is coming up on Feb. 14. There will be music and many luscious desserts. Admission is free, donations are welcome. This will take place at the Gilmanton Community Church in Gilmanton Iron Works. Watch for further details and save the date.
The Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee extends wishes for a peaceful, joyful, healthful and Happy New Year.
Visit us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/GilmantonCommunityChurch.
Winter Hours: Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.
Parking & Entrance: Gilmanton Community Church Parking Lot.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N.H. 03237
Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
Last night our president gave the mandated State of the Union address. I did not watch. Personally I do not have the patience to listen to a few sentences and then people jumping up and clapping for a minute or two. Boring. I read it online in a short period of time.
No surprise, the president wants to raise taxes. He says on the rich. I just wish we would spend less.
He stated that our unemployment rate is lower than when the financial crisis started. Funny, I am still out of work and I know of no one who is better off than five years or one year ago. I see four new consignment shops in our area alone and they are doing very well. I do not think people have the money to spend that they used to have. The median salary has decreased — yes, decreased — in the past 15 years and some of that was with a Republican president. Middle America is getting poorer and poorer.
He said our job is done in Afghanistan. Troops are home from Iraq. Well, we all know how that worked out. Isis has control of a large part of Iraq and there are militants in many countries all over the Middle East. Libya which was controlled by a miserable dictator is now controlled by terrorists.
He said our economy is growing. Yes, we have lower gas prices, which are not a result of the president's energy policies. We are drilling more and we are not the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas. He would not mention the Keystone Pipeline. My electric bill went up along with yours because the president put such restrictions on coal plants that many were shut down as it was not fiscally feasible for them to operate.
Green energy just does not cut it yet. Cape Wind in Massachusetts: the companies that were going to buy the electricity have declined now as the project has gone on too long with no results.
The president said that the warmest in the past 14 years. Yes the planet temperature is warmer. But it has plateaued. The earth's temperature has gone through many changes — warming and then cooling. We may be in one of those changes. The polar bear population is growing. The arctic surface ice grew 6 percent last winter. Do we hear about this? Let's compost. That is an easy fix to the problem and not so expensive. Let's use common sense.
The most troubling thing the president said was, "We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet -—tools they needed to go as far as their effort will take them."
I beg your pardon, Mr. President. You gave me nothing. My mother paid for my college tuition and I had a loan. My son had scholarships and loans and I helped when I could.
I pay taxes on practically everything. I pay state and federal gas taxes and register my car to pay for highways and roads. I pay property taxes to pay for schools. My son also went to some private schools for part of his education and I paid for that, not you.
I pay a monthly bill for Internet. I pay a tax on my cell phone and land line. I pay a tax on cable and internet. I pay a tax if I eat at a restaurant.
I worked hard, Mr. President. And if I have anything, it is because my grandparents worked hard and my parents worked hard. And because I work hard. My dollar is worth less than when my parents or grandparents were living because you keep printing paper money and keep borrowing money.
Mr. President, you gave me nothing and I resent the fact that you said you gave me. This sounds like socialism to me. And I do not want socialism. My life is not better. But yours certainly is at the cost of we the taxpayer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:55
To The Daily Sun,
What is the connection between Meredith underground, town utilities, additional maintenance requirements and emergency response in relation to the three proposed roundabouts in our Meredith Village?
Major water and sewer lines run along U.S. 3 and Route 25 and through the Route 3/25 intersection. Telephone (FairPoint) is on the north side of Route 25 and runs on top of the sewer. It restricts access to sewer.
The town indicates it is a decade away from major work on the water and sewer in this area and is just starting an inflow and infiltration (INI) evaluation now. Town has had to make repairs near the 3/25 intersection several times over the last few years to fix breaks and address other issues. John Butler (of the NHDOT) explained that impacts to the underground utilities will be avoided wherever possible. Unavoidable impacts to the town utilities will require town funding for any necessary relocations. We the taxpayers do not want our taxes to rise. Families are stressed enough due to Obamacare. Less working hours means less income. High food prices continue to rise. Our economy is weak and their is a recession on the horizon.
The sewer manhole in the center of intersection is the hub that connects the four trunk lines. This structure provides access to these lines for clean-out, which occurs several times a year, especially during summer months. A truck and trailer mounted jet unit must be set up near this structure during cleaning operations. This manhole would be on the edge of the proposed roundabout truck apron. Town is concerned that access for clean-out will be difficult.
Town also indicated their are poor soils under the road. When they excavated Route 25 just East of Route 3 for a sewer repair, the existing soils had to be taken to an incinerator because they were oil-laden.
Ownership of the Lakes Region Sewer Line is still in question. Exiting crossover valve cluster is located in the existing triangular island and will be within the proposed roundabout apron on future design.
Town DPW is concerned with installing landscaping in the median islands because it presents future maintenance issues. They are concerned the grass and trees will die because of the salt. The town would be required to sign a maintenance agreement similar to a sidewalk maintenance agreement. Here is a string of the federal government attached to our town.
DPW is concerned with exiting drainage facilities that fail because of silt or because they are underwater. There have been instances where the Route 3/25 intersection has several inches of standing water.
The next problem relates to emergency services.
Concerned that the roundabouts at Lake Street and Pleasant Street will increase response time along Route 3 North and Route 25, both for volunteers coming to the fire station and then responding to an incident from the fire station. This fact will open up questions of patient care and will open up the town to lawsuits.
Fire trucks will need to slow down at Pleasant Street and will have difficulty speeding back up to climb the hill on Route 25.
Concerned with curbing at roundabouts and potential to cut tires. The 3/106 roundabout has had numerous accidents with this problem. I was talking to a man from Pease Road and he voiced displeasure with this roundabout because all the large trucks avoid the roundabout because it is too small for big trucks and the damage to tires. They consistently use Pease Road to avoid the roundabout. Will the large trucks coming through the 3/25 roundabout, use Main Street in Meredith to avoid this same issue?
Chief Jones is concerned that they are losing access to Dover Street and that Lake Street may be restricted due to the size of the roundabout. Gene McCarthy stated that "the Lake Street roundabout was not designed to accommodate ladder truck access to Lake Street." Here is the qualifier used: "However he felt the roundabout could be revised to accommodate this movement. Qualifier is an adverb or adjective, that qualifies or limits the meaning of another. What exactly does this mean?
Concerned with the access to fire hydrants because of the median islands. Additional fire hydrants on north and south side of the road. Who pays for this? Chief Jones would like a mounted median between intersections so they can cross as needed. Who pays for this?
The possibility to install a dry hydrant and water pipe under Route 3 at Hesky Park was discussed in order to get water on west side of the road without running hoses over Route 3. Who pays for this?
The chief is also concerned with access to the fire station and wants to know if it would be possible to get an emergency signal on Route 3. The ladder truck can only access the station by heading north on Route 3 and backing into its bay. Many instances of vehicles trying to pass the ladder truck as it backs into the station.
There are numerous dangers that will develop from these roundabouts after the fact. Recently I clocked the distance from Lake Street to Pleasant Street and the mileage was 0.3 mile. A very small area to be building three roundabouts, I am concerned with a life being lost because of the decrease in time responding to emergencies. Our town should be concerned also.
Visit the Meredith Library for details and literature.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:52