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Gilford to introduce new police chief on Monday

GILFORD — Selectmen announced yesterday that they will be appointing a new police chief Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. although the board hasn't identified who it is.

The department has been operating with Lt. James Leach as acting chief since former Chief Kevin Keenan resigned in November of 2013 after admitting an affair with a subordinate officer. Keenan had been on leave since August of 2013.

Selectmen initially used a citizen's review panel to whittle down the nearly 40-applicant strong pool of people who applied for the job.

The top candidates were interviewed by selectmen and after five months, they've made their selection.

The Gilford Police department employees 18 full-time sworn officers, two-part-time officers, and six administrative staff members. The department includes a K-9 team and motorcycle patrols in the summer.

Among his other responsibilities, the new chief will oversee the $1.2-million renovation to the existing police station that was approved by the voters at the March town meeting.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 12:51

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Laconia woman loses street-side mailbox to vandalism & P.O. won't deliver to house

LACONIA — When someone or something destroyed a mailbox at 65 Shore Drive on April 29, the fallout created more problems for Hazel Zimmer than she ever imagined.

Not only does she have to replace her mailbox, she can't get her mailed delivered until she does.

Zimmer explained that for years she and her late husband had a mailbox attached to the side of her house. To get to it, the mail carrier would walk up the driveway and deliver the mail to the box. She said that mailbox is still attached to her house.

About seven years ago, Zimmer said their driveway became very icy during a bad winter and her husband installed a mailbox at the end of the driveway as a convenience to the mail carrier.

According to Zimmer, the Laconia Postmaster told her that the U.S. Post Office manual says that once an "improper mode" has been extended by a mail carrier, the service will be withdrawn provided the error is detected in 90 days."

Translated, this means that should the mail carrier deliver Zimmer's mail to the box attached to the house, he or she would be obliged to continue to do so if it continues longer than 90 days. In Zimmer's case, the Post Office won't deliver the mail until she replaces her mailbox at the end of the driveway.

The Daily Sun reached out to the U.S. Post Office for comment but didn't get a reply.

"I've been riding my bicycle every day to the Post Office to get my mail," Zimmer said.

She said she plans on replacing the mailbox by summer's end, however feels that because the Post Office delivers mail to a box attached to the house at a number of homes on Shore Drive, they should deliver her mail to her old box.

"There are people on my street who refuse to put a mail box at the end of their driveways and they still get their mail," she said.

As for the vandalism, Zimmer said her real desire is to have the person or people who damaged her mailbox to step forward and take responsibility.

She said it's going to cost her at least $200 to replace it because her husband had set the post in cement and now the cement has to be dug up and re-poured for her to install a new box.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 12:47

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Correction: Detective Dawson has not received Tilton paycheck since April 9

CORRECTION - Tilton Selectboard Chair Pat Consentino said Thursday that Det. Cpl. Matt Dawson has not gotten a pay check since April 9. That he had been on a paid leave since early November until the present was incorrectly reported in an article that ran on page 1 of The Daily Sun on April 8. Consentino said Dawson is still employed by the Police Department.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:38

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Sen. Forrester will recommend N.H. Senate accept House's changes to RV taxation bill

CONCORD — Without debate ,the New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed a bill that clarifies the taxation of recreational vehicles kept year around on campgrounds while sparing Laconia from decreased assessed valuation, foregone property tax revenue and increased tax rate.
Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), the bill's prime sponsor, said that she will recommend the Senate accept the bill as amended by the House.
As originally introduced, Senate Bill 333 would have exempted from property taxation recreational vehicles remaining in any one city, town or unincorporated place for fewer than 45 days as well as recreational vehicles stored or placed on a rented campsite at a recreational campground or camping park no matter for how long.
After the Senate unanimously passed the bill Jon Duhamel, the city assessor, counted 423 recreational vehicles parked at a dozen campgrounds year around with an aggregate assessed value of $9,994,500. They have been taxed for years, but would become exempt from property tax if the bill were enacted. He estimates that the city would forgo more than $220,000 in revenue, which would add 10 cents to the property tax rate.
At the request of city officials the bill was amended by the House Municipal and County Government Committee so as to safeguard the city's tax base. As amended by the committee and passed by the House the bill exempts only those recreational vehicles with a maximum width of eight-feet, six-inches, registered as motor vehicles, bearing a current number plate and located at a campground from property taxation. In other words, so-called "park models," wider than eight-feet, six-inches that cannot be transported without a special permit, and unregistered recreational vehicles less than eight-feet, six inches in width, would be taxed as real estate.
Before April 1 each year campground owners would be required to provide municipal assessors with the name and address of the owners of recreational vehicles at their campgrounds and to identify those exempt from property taxation. Campground owners would not be responsible for the payment of any taxes imposed on recreational vehicles at their facilities.
City Manager Scott Myers said that the amendment mirrors the practice the city has followed since 1999 when the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that trailers meeting certain criteria should be taxed as real estate. He said that the amendment addresses the major issues of concern to both the city and campground owners.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:35

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