Meredith Public Library expansion project awaits action

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — The Meredith Board of Selectmen and the trustees of the Meredith Public Library have yet to formally give an up-or-down vote on a three-year plan for the renovation and expansion of the Benjamin M. Smith Memorial Library, but the lack of dissent on a committee recommendation puts the project on track for construction in 2020.
Ray Moritz, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said he is “quite confident the select board will support the plan, as I believe the trustees will as well.”
The Meredith Public Library Trustee-Select Board Joint Study Advisory Committee has recommended doing fundraising through next year and having Samyn-D’Elia Architects of Ashland do design work for the project in 2019 so plans will be ready for action at the 2020 Town Meeting.
The future of the library has been discussed and studied for several years, and the trustees were anxious to get a building plan on the warrant for 2018, Moritz said. The joint study advisory committee, however, persuaded them that it would be better to do the design work in 2018 and construction in 2019.
“We wouldn’t be ready with completed plans for next March,” he said, “and there’s also the public works proposal (for a new building). We didn’t want to lose two years, so asked that the design portion of the project would be funded next year, and build the building the following year. They wouldn’t start until after Town Meeting, and it would take six months to do the design work, so in March 2019, we’d be ready to go.”
Moritz said that, when the plan was presented to the town’s Capital Improvement Program Committee, that panel suggested pushing it out yet another year.
“The rationale, which was a very good one, is we’re hopeful that a portion of the project would be funded by a fundraising process, so they’d have two years to do fundraising, and we’d have a much better handle on what they could raise and what we need to ask for from taxpayers. As of right now, we don’t know what to ask for,” Moritz said. “It made a lot of sense to move it back a year.”
Conceptual drawings for the library call for renovations to the existing building and an addition on the back to provide the necessary space to meet modern library program needs, as well as making the building more accessible.
The design will preserve the historic character of the building, and the addition will blend with those features while also presenting a modern appearance.
Those plans are conceptual only and will be altered as necessary during the design process.

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A conceptual drawing from Samyn-D’Elia Architects shows how the Meredith Public Library may appear after renovations and an addition to the building. (Courtesy graphic)

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Ashland man dies in rollover on I-93


By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
HOLDERNESS — A 77-year-old Ashland man died Thursday morning when he lost control of his truck on slippery roads and the vehicle rolled over. A passenger received minor injuries in the crash.
State Police Trooper Amanda Johnson said driver John Hughes was southbound in the right lane of Interstate 93 near mile marker 79.4 when the vehicle in front of him slowed down and he attempted to brake as well. His truck went into the median between the northbound and southbound lanes and rolled over. Hughes was not wearing a seatbelt.
Holderness police, along with fire-rescue units from Plymouth, Holderness and Ashland responded to the call at 9:08 a.m., and medics transported Hughes to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, where he succumbed to his injuries.
His passenger, Kendall Hughes, 49, of Ashland, was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and was released, according to police.
Johnson said the crash remains under investigation and asks that anyone with further information about the incident call her at Troop F at 603-846-3333.
The crash was one of many occurring Thursday morning when many roads got a covering of snow and ice. A tractor-trailer unit also slid into the median near the accident scene, according to Holderness Police Chief Jeremiah Patridge.
Ashland Police Chief Anthony Randall said there were several minor slide-offs due to road conditions.

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John Hughes of Ashland died after his truck rolled over in the median of Interstate 93 in Holderness Thursday morning. (Courtesy Photo/NH State Police Troop F)

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Laconia Police log 9/29-11/7

LACONIA — Police responded to 2,260 calls for service between Sept. 29 and Nov. 7, including 35 thefts, five drug-related calls and 10 assaults. There were 41 arrests.

Sept. 29

Dominic Isiah Santiago, 19, of 59 Girard St., on possession of narcotic drugs and on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs.

Sept. 30

Luis M. Dominguez, 33, of 49 Union Road, Belmont, on driving without giving proof; Joshua Mackay, 23, of 20 Jenness Hill Road, Apt. A, Meredith, on driving after suspension, suspended registration, possession of controlled drugs.

Oct. 1

Richard Allen Guidi Jr., 19, a transient on possession of controlled drugs, criminal trespass and breach of bail; Christopher Michael Blodgett, 43, a transient on criminal trespass and breach of bail; Anna Marie Perkins, 38, of 9 School St., Apt. 2, Tilton, on a bench warrant; Shirley A. Prescott, 49, 65 Beacon St. W, on a bench warrant.

Oct. 2

Michael B. Carter, 61, of 369 Center Road, Bradford, on a warrant.

Oct. 3

Melissa Potter, 36, of 81 River Road, Dorchester, on willful concealment, a warrant and possession of controlled drugs; Rachyll Patten, 34, of 146D Pleasant St., on two charges of domestic violence.

Oct. 6

Thomas J. Podlas III, 33, OF 23 Goldenleaf Trail, Flanders, N.Y., on driving after revocation.

Oct. 9

Krystal Rogers, 35, of 273 Riverside Court, Campton, on theft.

Oct. 11

Jennifer L. Weeman, 38, of 22A Shepard St., on a charge of domestic violence; Christopher P. Royea, 39, of 22 Shepard St., Apt. 1, on vandalism.

Oct. 13

Robert Barlow, 45, of 33 Pine St., Apt. 2, on driving under the influence

Oct. 16

Peter Alan Dauphin, 45, of 19 Appleton St., on a warrant.

Oct. 18

Llise M. Cangialose, 32, of 44 Doe Ave., on a bench warrant.

Oct. 20

Paul J. Huard, 18, of 242 South Main St., on operating without a license.

Oct. 22

Justin Dwayne Franquie, 25, a transient, on a warrant; Shabazz Mote, 32, a transient, on a warrant.

Oct. 24

Shyla Shields, 24, of 31 Bay St., Apt. 2, on domestic violence; Dennis M. Vaughan, 61, of 22 Chestnut Lane, on a bench warrant, reckless conduct, suspended registration, felon in possession of dangerous weapon and possession of controlled drugs.

Oct. 25

Timothy White, 40, transient, on a bench warrant.

Oct. 27

Paul J. O'Connor, 32, of 635 N. Main St., Briston, on a bench warrant.

Oct. 28
Shaine Beaulieu, 23, a transient, on a bench warrant.

Oct. 29

Thomas Zeke Davis, 22, of 27A Stevens Ave., Meredith, on driving under the influence; Ty D. White, 32, a transient, on a warrant.

Oct. 30

Jeffery N. Heath, 33, of 295 Mechanic St., Apt. 6, on vandalism.

Jason S. Cram, 25, of 147 McMurphy Road, Alexandria, on bench warrants.

Oct. 31

Elizabeth N. Leonard, 21, of 14 Dixon St., on domestic violence; Joseph R. Aldridge, 43, a transient, on a warrant; James Riley, 62, of 1035 North Main St., on driving under the influence; Steven R. Fereshetian, 28, of 48 Harvard St., on hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Nov. 2

Matthew Wade Andrews, 29, of 9 Sargents Place, Apt. 66, Gilford, on domestic violence and reckless conduct.

Nov. 3

Trenton Riley McDonald, 20, a gtransient, on violation of probation and possession of narcotic drugs; Bounthavy B. Sonthikoummane, 36, of 25 Mitchell Place, on a bench warrant.

Nov. 4

John Arthur Cathcart, 53, a transient, on possession of narcotic drugs.

Nov. 5

Robert P. Ricard, 49, of 1458 Elm St., Apt. 28, Manchester, on driving while intoxicated second offense.

Nov. 6
Caleb Catalano, 21, of 21 Skinner St., Sandwich, on felon in possession of dangerous weapon, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of controlled drugs; Natasha L. Jenkins, 34, of 20 Jewett St., Apt. 3, on a bench warrant.

Nov. 7

Morgan Lynn Hescock-Scribner, 23, of 21 Chestnut St., Franklin, on a bench warrant.

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