TILTON — A three-car crash in front of the AutoServ dealership yesterday afternoon sent two people to the hospital by ambulance and snarled traffic along the busy Route 3 corridor.
Police said one woman was headed toward Tilton village on Route 3 and apparently failed to stop for a red light, striking a car exiting east with the light toward Laconia from the Market Basket parking lot on Sherwood Drive.
Eyewitness Chuck Cook said the car the apparently ran the red light hit the front of one car, which then struck a second car traveling in the same direction. He said the front of the first car that was struck was torn off.
Cook said employees from AutoServ assisted the both of the women who were injured until police and firefighters could arrive.
Tilton Police said the two female drivers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with what he described a non life-threatening injuries.
Police said the accident remains under investigation.
CAPTION: AutoServ's Paul Gaudette Jr. and an unidentified man assist the driver of one of the cars that was struck by a second car that apparently ran a red light in front of Market Basket yesterday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Cook)
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 02:04
Officials confident drainage around new LHS stadium is capable of handling storms, no further work will be done
LACONIA — Joint Building Committee Co-Chair Joe Cormier said last night at a School Board meeting that there will be no additional drainage piping work done at or around the new Bank of New Hampshire Stadium located behind the High School.
He said the school district got an engineering and construction estimate from the contractor overseeing the project and decided to reject the additional work because it is cost-prohibitive.
Cormier said he has every confidence the erosion problems that occurred during a deluge on July 7 won't recur and the work to fix the damage and the drainage — some of which is still under construction, will be fixed by the engineers and contractors at their expense.
During the rain, storm water ran from Bobotas Field, which is located to the west of and above the stadium, and breached some of the drainage areas causing channeling and erosion. Bobotas Field was seeded and as of July 7 the grass had not grown to the depth needed to assist with storm water control.
The school district chose not to sod Bobotas Field because of the expense, saying also that seeded grass is better for drainage and absorption then sodded grass.
As for Jim Fitzgerald Field at the stadium, which is the field upon which the Sachems football team will play on this fall, discussions are still underway regarding the sub-surface that is made of a substance that assists with absorption that will drain water through the synthetic turf that has yet to be installed.
Cormier said that once the engineers have completed their analysis, the sub-field, which is apparently not in places as porus as it needs to be, will be fixed by contractors at no cost to the School District.
Emond said the rains left the project about two weeks behind but the recent good weather, albeit hot weather, has allowed crews to catch up some.
As to the summer facilities upgrades, Business Administrator Ed Emond told the board that all the floors in the elementary schools will be refinished, the former Culinary Arts Program space at the High School will be converted to office space for the Huot Technical Center's dean of students, the High School vice-principal and the school resource officer.
The school store and the bank that are being built off the cafeteria will be completed by the beginning of school Emond said. Technically a part of the Huot Technical Center renovation project, the two projects are being funded with money earmarked for the Huot project.
He said the six new science labs in the High School are progressing nicely.
Emond said all of the recommended security upgrades to all five city schools will be completed by the start of school or are already finished. Most of them are in the elementary schools and the High School – the Middle School is near new and was built using relatively up-to-date security standards — and involve cameras, panic alarms, and additional locks.
The Harvard Street meeting room and the superintendent's office have fresh coats of paint.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 02:44
Plans to build vacation rentals on existing foundation at Weirs Beach has neighbors whose view would be blocked alarmed
LACONIA — The Mailloux family, which began the development of what is now identified as the Meredith Bay gated community on Brickyard Mountain and operates Akwa Marina Yacht Club, again finds itself at odds with neighbors at The Weirs over a proposal to erect a building on upper Lakeside Avenue that would obstruct the view of the lake enjoyed by homeowners across the street.
Some years ago, when Mailloux was developing the marina, he was embroiled in litigation with unit owners at the Village of Winnipesaukee and residents of Epworth Avenue, who claimed rights to the beach he intended to include in the marina.
Richard Mailloux and his son Kurt, doing business as Brick House, LLC, now seek to construct a residential building housing two units alongside a brick residence, which stands on a 14,077-square foot (0.32-acre) lot at 425 Lakeside Avenue, overlooking the marina. The property lies in the commercial resort zone where six units per acre are permitted and the three units proposed — the two new units and the existing home, would normally require half-an-acre, or 21,780-square-feet. All three units would be vacation rentals.
Appearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment this week, the Mailloux requested a variance from the density requirement.
The ZBA deferred its decision pending the receipt of additional information from the staff of the Planning Department.
Kurt Mailloux noted that a foundation, 28 feet by 50 feet, had been poured adjacent to the brick house, which was depicted on the plan as intended for an addition. He told the board that the new building would be constructed on this existing foundation. The building would be about 7,000-square-feet in size and 35 feet high and designed to resemble a barn, which would attached to the house by a breezeway. The three units would be vacation rentals.
John Gentile and Mike Ames, whose homes abut the Maillouxs' property on the other side of Lakeside Avenue, have challenged the project, which they claim would obscure their views of the lake and diminish the value of their properties. Planning Director Shanna Saunders noted that unless nearby property owners possessed easements protecting their views, there was nothing to stop Mailloux from building to the permitted dimensions, explaining that the requested variance pertains only to the number of of units. Later she said that if the Maillouxs decided to build an addition to the existing house, they would not need a variance.
Gentilesaid that there is also an apartment in the existing brick house and granting the variance would permit not three but four units on the undersized lot. Richard Mailloux told the board that steps were underway to remove the tenant from the building and that only the three units are planned for the property. He told the board that because the lot is sloped toward the lake and the foundation is stepped, the Maillouxs could construct two rental units facing the lake on the site without building to a height of 35 feet and obscuring the views of their neighbors.
Five tests are required for a variance. Of these demonstrating that denying the variance would impose an unnecessary hardship on the property owner and that granting the variance would have no adverse effect on the value of surrounding properties appear the most significant.
The ZBA agreed to return to the issue at its next regularly scheduled meeting in August and in the meantime asked Saunders to determine the circumstances surrounding the pouring of the foundation, particularly what approvals may have been granted by the Planning Board.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 02:17
LACONIA — Two local landlords — Allen Enterprises Rental Properties and Open Arms Outreach, Inc. — have settled claims with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to notify prospective tenants of potential lead-paint hazards at three properties they owned between 2009 and 2011.
In a statement released yesterday, the EPA said that the property owners agreed to pay fines of $2,400 and undertake environmental improvements at 101 Church Street, a building owned by Allen Enterprises, costing $21,600.
The federal Toxic Substance Control Act requires landlords to disclose the presence of lead-paint to prospective tenants as well as to provide them with sufficient information about the risks of exposure lead-paint to enable them to make an informed decision about renting the unit. Exposure to lead-paint is a serious issue in New England where much of the housing stock is aged.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 02:02
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