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Parking at 19 Mile Bay a cause for concern in Tuftonboro

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Tuftonboro Selectmen Chair Bill Stockmanís German Shepherd Damian charmed his way into the town offices building on Aug. 1 during a board meeting. Once at Stockmanís side, he was content to lie down for a nap. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
August 04, 2011
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro selectmen are keeping an eye on parking capacity at 19 Mile Bay. Summer heat is drawing people to enjoy the lake and parking has been overflowing along Route 109. Residents must show a parking permit, obtainable at the town offices. Stickers to change the date on previous tags are available for as little as $1.

Administrative assistant Cathy Pounder said at the Aug. 1 selectmen's meeting that 150 permits have been issued for this year. A flow of inquiries following the police department's attention to the matter down at the beach, was met with a temporary shortage of stickers, which should be resolved soon.

Police Chief Andy Shagoury offered his year-to-date statistics, which show that activity is fairly consistent with last year, with declines in calls for service, motor vehicle stops and especially summons (19 as opposed to 45). However, the number of arrests and felonies rose.

An underage drinking party at the end of June resulted in 10 arrests and calls for back up. Shagoury said the department received assistance from the Moultonborough Police Department and the state police, from Conway. Wolfeboro did not have an officer available immediately but was able to assist not long after. Shagoury said they spent the evening going back and forth to Wolfeboro, where interviews could take place with juveniles. (Tuftonboro's facility does not meet the necessary requirements to do so.)

The department has been dealing lately with reports of suspicious activity, including theft of a street sign and a fireworks complaint. Shagoury said that officers' schedules have been adjusted to evening work to track the individual down.

Other business

Pounder brought to the selectmen's attention that Tamworth and Freedom's assessing contracts are coming up for renewal, and Tamworth asked if Tuftonboro would be interested in a cooperative assessing arrangement with one full-time assessor, who would be responsible for the combined 8,000 to 10,000 parcels.

The board agreed to a tri-town meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. It also made a commitment to meet with the Cable Contract Committee in preparation for a meeting with their lawyer to discuss Time-Warner contract terms, on Friday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. At that same meeting, they plan to finalize the fire/safety committee membership.

Chairman Bill Stockman brought up a recent article in the Manchester Union Leader in which Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman Bill Boynton said that its budget was cut by 11.5 percent this year, which will be followed by a 13 percent cut next year. There was also a 25 percent cut in the sand and salt. Plowing will be cut back between 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on less-traveled roads (mostly in northern areas).

The next regularly scheduled selectmen's meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 at the town offices.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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