Inspectors eye parking garage

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Workers look for signs of rust in steel support for second floor deck of the city’s downtown parking garage. Workers bang the steel with hammers to look for problem areas. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

Laconia structure’s steel deck is rusting, needs reinforcement

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Inspectors with hammers banged on the rusting steel support for the second deck of the city's downtown parking garage on Wednesday, looking for and finding areas where additional lumber reinforcement will be needed.

Wooden support, or cribbing, was added two years ago as a short-term fix when it was discovered that the metal bottom of the second-floor deck had serious rust problems, Public Works Director Wes Anderson said Wednesday.

"This is the first recheck to make sure the wood is right and in place and to see if there is more deterioration and more wood needs to be added," Anderson said. "They are hitting the metal pan that holds up the concrete floor.

"That metal pan rusts and deteriorates. You knock the rust off to see if there are holes or if there is metal left."

Anderson said he expects an inspection report from the DuBois & King consulting firm in about a week that will specify how much wood shoring will need to be added. Then the cost can be calculated.   

Some parking spots on the second floor are blocked because there is too much corrosion below these areas.

The top floor of the 1970s-era, three-story garage is also closed because of problems with the ramps leading to it.

Throughout the garage, rust can also be seen on exposed steel beams.

“We're in the Northeast and this is an exposed structure,” City Manager Scott Myers said. “The top deck has no roof and the elements come in. Weather, moisture, salt, steel and pavement don't have a good relationship with each other.”

Estimates indicate it would cost $3 million to refurbish the garage.

Some local business leaders have urged the City Council to find a way to fund cosmetic improvements that would make the structure cleaner and more welcoming.

A previous proposal to raze the garage and build a new one near City Hall failed to gain traction.

There are about 150 spots in the portions of the garage that are open. Frequently, many are empty. There is usually parking available in surface lots and on streets downtown.

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Howes to submit amended agritourism plan


By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — With an approved site plan in litigation and a new site plan stalled in hearings before the Gilford Planning Board, Andy and Martina Howe have been unable to move forward with their plans to hold weddings on a portion of their property at 285 Gunstock Hill Road. That may change as a result of a mediated agreement between the parties in the court case.
Attorney Ethan Wood, representing the Howes, asked the Planning Board to table the current application until December to give his clients an opportunity to “revisit” the previously approved plan.
A Belknap County Superior Court judge had ordered mediation in the case brought by abutter Monique Twomey in her effort to overturn the town’s approval of the original plan. That mediation resulted in an agreement that Wood said provided a reasonable expectation that the approved agritourism plan will be implemented.
Wood noted, “It’s an agreement, but it’s not final in that there are certain things that need to occur in order to end the litigation.”
The Howes will need to file an amended site plan, which Wood said he hoped to do soon in order to get it on the agenda for the next Planning Board meeting.
“In my clients’ view, they will go with whatever site plan is finalized first,” said Wood. “The end result to them is the same, and that’s why we asked for a continuance on the new one, so we could determine whether this solution worked for everyone involved in the litigation.”
Because the Howes are only intervenors in the court case between the Twomey and the town, Wood said the town will have to sign off on the tentative agreement reached by Twomey and the Howes.
Town Planner John Ayer said he had not yet received a copy of the agreement, so he could not comment on whether the new terms might meet with Planning Board approval.
The approved site plan utilizes 78 acres of the 188-acre Timber Hill Farm for farm-to-table events, including use of a lot across Gunstock Hill Road for parking. The newer site plan scaled back the proposal in response to objections about the parking and other aspects of the original plan, and would utilize only 8 acres that are mostly hidden from view.
Whatever changes are called for in the mediated agreement will be included in the amended site plan application.

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Belknap County Grand jury hands up indictments

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury handed up the following indictments during its September session:
Caleb Young, 23, a transient, faces two counts of engaging in conduct that could place another person in danger of serious bodily injury for allegedly driving a vehicle into another and continuing to accelerate toward an intersection.
Norman R. Howard, 38, of 261 Wes Locke Road, Center Barnstead, faces a strangulation charge for putting pressure to a woman’s throat, impeding her breathing.
Tirar Tortorello, 48, a transient, faces a charge of selling what he purported to be heroin but which laboratory analysis determined to be fentanyl. He also faces a charge of intimidating a witness by pointing a firearm at the witness’s head and threatening to shoot the person.
Justin Maher, 22, of 718 Endicott St. North, Laconia, faces a charge of pointing a loaded semi-automatic handgun at another person.
Hugo Rodriguez, 57, a Miami, Florida, a transient, faces a charge of threatening murder while holding a knife.
Tyler J. Dodge, 26, of 20 Coe Hill Road, Center Harbor, faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a butterfly knife, a deadly weapon.
Joseph Mazzitelli, 46, of 11 Dock Road, Belmont, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, three counts of sexual contact, and three counts of unprivileged physical contact.
Angela Trefrey, 37, of 24 Valence Way, New Hampton, faces a charge of facilitating a burglary at Mobil on the Run by transporting and providing her employee number and password to Pedro V. Torres.
Pedro V. Torres, 42, of 260 Highland St., Plymouth, faces a charge of theft at Mobile on the Run.
Caleb J. Phillips, 19, of 46 Concord St., Belmont, faces a burglary charge.
Evan Mercado, 26, of 28 Spring St., Apt. 1, Laconia, faces a burglary charge.
Donna Marie Parenteau, 58, of 568 Court St., Apt. A, Laconia, faces a charge of removing more than $1,500 worth of lottery tickets and a cash deposit from her employer, the Big Apple.
Paris Brannigan, 23, of 1020 Henhawk Road, Baldwin, New York, faces a charge of using other people’s credit cards to obtain between $1,000 and $1,500 worth of merchandise from Walmart.
Tristdonna L. Copp, 37, of 132 Park St., Tilton, faces charges of possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl, possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl with the intention of selling the drug, possessing methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine with the intention of selling the drug.
Cierra A. Gonyea, 20, of 3 Lyman St., No. 1, Laconia, faces one count of possessing more than 5 grams of fentanyl with the intention of selling the drug and one count of possessing fentanyl.
Richard J. Brue Jr., 37, a Laconia transient, faces charges of possessing the controlled drugs methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Joshua C. Page, 29, a Belmont transient, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drugs buprenorphine, clonazepam, and fentanyl.
Amanda M. Kelly, 36, of 49 Overland St., Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Julie D. Moulton, 45, of 43 Gilford East Drive, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Raymond E. Brake Jr., 30, of 16 Kimball Road, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Jonathan D. Hodgman, 37, of 17 Knight St., Concord, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug fentanyl.
Heather Lowrey, 25, of 12 Lakewood Drive, Belmont, faces one count of possessing the controlled drug fentanyl and two counts of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Anthony M. Kopycinski, 26, of 112 Church St., No. 3, Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug buprenorphine.
David Raymond, 30, of 131 Lake St., No. 306, Gilford, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug methamphetamine.
Gordon Corrow, 44, of 2074 Dick Brown Pond Road, Bristol, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug alprazolam.
Donald G. Sanborn III, 44, of 736 Union Avenue, No. 10, Laconia, faces a charge of possessing the controlled drug buprenorphine.
Travis M. Vachon, 30, of 1156 North Main St., Apt. 37, Laconia, faces charges of stealing and receiving more than $1,500 worth of stolen video games and security cases.
Christopher T. Haddock, 45, of 22 Cleveland Place, Laconia, faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender.
Thomas E. Theberge, 56, of 68 Fieldstone Drive, Londonderry, faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender.

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