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Belmont, vote yes on 24 and 37 to preserve recreation trails

To The Daily Sun,

Belmont voters have two Town Meeting Ballot Questions that look for support to expand local recreation trails. Two recently opened Belmont trails: the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail and the Village Rail Spur Trail are proving to be quite popular. Here's the background to consider:

BALLOT Question #24
In 2016 Belmont opened the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail, 1.8 miles of paved trail which now connect with Laconia's WOW Trail to offer 4.5 miles to enjoy. And we're just getting started! To extend the "Winni Trail" another mile west along the lake's south shore. We need to build up 20 percent matching funds for a federal grant. The next mile could cost $800,000 (80 percent federal grant, 20 percent local match).

Belmont residents - VOTE YES on Ballot Question #24 to invest $30,000 for the Belmont Trail Capitol Reserve. There's $59,304 in the Reserve now. By adding to the Reserve each year, we can build it up to meet the required match and extend the trail.

BALLOT Question # 37
The Village Rail Spur Trail with the charming covered bridge below the Belmont Mill also was opened last year. In addition, the Town received a $73,440 State Recreation Trail grant to extend the trail improvement including another covered bridge section. To put these funds into action, matching Town funds are needed.

Belmont residents - VOTE YES on Ballot Question #37 to add $5,000 to the Village Spur Trail Capitol Reserve so the project can move forward. Currently, there is $25,000 in this Reserve. This is a Belmont Conservation Commission project.

Trail Supporters – If you love the trail, but don't vote in Belmont you can still help by making a donation to the Trail Reserve Funds or contribute funds for a bench, bike rack or other trail improvements or you can volunteer to help. For more information, contact the Belmont Recreation Trail Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Belmont Conservation Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

We're just getting started! Whether you enjoy the outdoors walking your dog, strolling with friends, cycling, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or exploring with your family, Belmont's trails offer great opportunities. Help us make Belmont a special place to enjoy the great outdoors.

Belmont Recreation and Alternative Transportation Team – Chair, Ron Mitchell

Belmont Conservation Commission – Chair, Laurel Day

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Grey will be able to help keep Sanbornton spending down

To The Daily Sun,

Candidates' night in Sanbornton was last week, but it has taken me this long to get over it. Many people who attended were very rude to some of the candidates who are only trying their best to help us live within our means.

From what I understood, the Budget Committee does not have much power, much less to "destroy" the library by not giving them thousands more dollars every year. I love our library, and appreciate the attendants there, but why does it need so much more money all the time? Can't they cut back some? Everyone who spoke just wanted more money for all their departments. It's up to the selectmen and Budget Committee to put a limit on all the I-wants.

For that reason, I would like to see more conservatives on our Budget Committee, to stop the incessant spending. Roger Grey has been doing his best to point out unnecessary spending, and as he said in his letter to the Sun, his job is "to provide taxpayers with sufficient knowledge that they might be able to vote intelligently on certain" items. He is able to dig up items that we surely should be informed about, and he lets us know what they are, before town meeting. That's transparency.

I also believe that Bill Whalen will be able to help Roger keep the spending down. Sanbornton, we have many more needs, and should take care of them before the wants.

Peggy Graham

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