Gilmanton weighing a moratorium on development

Unlike Laconia city officials who seem to be encouraging new development, Gilmanton planners are considering a growth management ordinance that would put a moratorium on new subdivision development. "With the growth in the state and in the region and the impact on the town's school and infrastructure, it's something we need to consider to make sure they're not overburdened," explained Gilmanton planning director Lynne Brunelle. According to Brunelle, such an ordinance would have to be ...

School funding formulas

Two new formulas for distributing state aid to education would soften the $2 million blow to Laconia in 2005, but not by much. The seemingly perpetual debate about funding public education continued this week when the two formulas for distributing state aid to schools in fiscal year 2005 were presented to the legislative committee charged with recommending changes. Earlier this year the legislature adopted a distribution formula that in 2005 will reduce the rate of the statewide ...

Fire at Union Ave

More than fifty firefighters from a dozen departments fought a three-alarm fire that swept through the upper stories of a three-story apartment building at 222-226 Union Avenue yesterday afternoon. Approximately 15 people lived in the structure, occupying seven of its ten units. All escaped unharmed, as did at least four cats. Although Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson doubted the building was a total loss, he said the fire, smoke and water damage was severe on all three floors and ...

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