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City considers options regarding land currently leased to Lakeport Landing

LACONIA — Anticipating the expiration of a lease on a strip of land along Union Avenue, the City Council this week considered several options for dealing with the property, but deferred any decision to a future meeting.

The property was leased to Lakeport Landing in 1985 for ten years with two ten ten-year renewal periods, which have been exercised. The lease expires on November 1, 2015 and cannot be renewed or extended. Erica Blizzard, who owns the marina, asked the council to clarify the city's intentions for the property.

The 0.81 acre lot lies between the roadway and railway and runs from Elm Street northward to halfway between Harrison Street and Walnut Street. In 1987 Lakeport Landing constructed a 35,284 square-foot building on the lot. The property has an assessed value of $389,600 of which the building represents $263,200.

At the termination of the lease all buildings and improvements on the lot become the property of the city. In a memorandum to the council, Purchasing Officer Jonathan Gardner explained that the council may choose to sell, lease or hold the property. To sell the property the City Manager would be required to certify that it has no immediate or foreseeable use and declare it surplus. Then a public hearing would be held, after which the council may reconsider or reaffirm its decision to proceed with a sale. He recommended that if the council chooses to lease the property, that a public advertisement, including the terms of the lease, be placed and the city seek the highest rent for the property.

Responding to suggestions from several residents and business owners the council agreed to explore the possibility of converting the property to a municipal parking lot. Since the lot can only be reached by crossing the active railway , the council asked City Manager Scott Myers to raise the issue with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Alternatively, the lot could be subdivided in two and the portion with the building either leased or sold and, if possible, using the remainder for public parking.

Mayor Ed Engler said yesterday that he expected the council to revisit the issue at its next meeting on October 27 and to reach a decision at its first meeting in December.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:07

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Candle light vigil held for Merrimac Street man missing for a week

LACONIA — Family and friends of Kalem Beane held a candlelight vigil for the missing man last night at Rotary Park.

Beane has been missing from his Merrimac Street home for seven days and, although his father-in-law Jim Skinner said there have been some phone calls about people who look like him, he said they haven't led to any solid information.

"We're just trying to spread the work as best as we can," said Megan Beane through her tears.

The group has been making posters and distributing them where ever they can. Skinner said he has reached out to the Department of Fish and Game for their assistance.

He said Beane's family and friends have been searching for him nearly every place they can think of but haven't had any success in finding him.

Beane, 34, walked away from his home a week ago and hasn't been seen or heard from since. He is 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighs 225 pounds and wears his dark hair short. He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt, a gray zippered sweatshirt and tan hiking boots.

Skinner said they just want Beane to know that he is loved and missed.

He told the group that Beane needs to know that there are people who can help him with his depression and if he would contact them they could get him the help he needs.

"He hasn't broken any laws," said Skinner. "He's sick and he needs help."

If anyone has any information or has seen Beane, they are asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:39

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Terrill leaves United Way after 12 years of leadership

LACONIA – After 12 years of leadership at the United Way, Jack Terrill will be leaving the agency to join his wife who has accepted a job in Naples, Fla.

Terrill was the face of the Lakes Region United Way, serving as its executive director until it merged with Granite United Way in 2013. Since then, he has been the Senior Vice President of Community Impact.

He said one things he will miss the most about the Lakes Region and the United Way was working with the incredibly selfless volunteers and "how important people are to keep the community together."

"I didn't leave anything on the table," Terrill said. "I did what I could."

During Terrill's first 10 years, he trebled the amount of money raised locally and positioned the Lakes Region United Way for its merger with Granite United Way – a more centralized version that has been able to streamline its overhead expenses and reach more people in the community.

He was also instrumental in merging with the Carroll County United Way and the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth.

He said he was proud of the way he was able to "think outside the box."

Granite United Way Board Chair Mark Primeau said Terrill described the change in the way of doing business as shifting from a fundraiser-allocator model to a strategic investment model.

He also brought the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement to New Hampshire where it presented its first national conference on community impact.

Primeau said Terrill played a key role in the "success of merging Lakes Region United Way and Granite United Way into the strong organization it is today. In the Lakes Region Terrill said the agency raised about $1 million last year, and he has every expectation that the community will continue to support the agency as it has in the past.

Granite United Way works with over 1,000 companies, 25,000 investors and thousands of volunteers every year to make out communities a better place.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:15

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Neighbor’s call thwarts apparent break-in on Anthony Dr.

LACONIA — A Tilton man is being held without bail after allegedly being caught trying to break into to a home on Anthony Drive yesterday morning.

In a media statement released yesterday, police said a neighbor called police to say she was watching a man trying to get into a house by kicking the front door and then cutting a screen and breaking the window of a side door.

Police said Derek S. Camerato, 19, of Tilton was confronted by a second person in the neighborhood just as police arrived and was taken into custody.

Camerato is charged with once count of attempted burglary, one count of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of default or breach of bail.

He is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, this morning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:53

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