County OKs regionalization study

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners agreed last week to form a committee that will look at possible regionalization of services provided by local governments.

Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said the committee would include representatives from the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department as well as local police and selectmen.

DeVoy was chairman of a study committee in Sanbornton that earlier this year examined the possible regionalization of fire services and said that he saw a lot of support for the regionalization of fire and police services in meetings the committee had with surrounding communities.

He said that Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid has already regionalized fire services from an operational standpoint, but not from an organizational standpoint.

“We need to bring everyone interested in regionalization together to make it happen,” said DeVoy.

DeVoy asked why there should be 10 police chiefs and 10 fire chiefs in a county with a population of only 60,000.

He said that forming the committee will take a back seat during the county budget process but is looking to getting it moving so that it can make recommendations later next year.