CITY OF LACONIA - CITY COUNCIL MEETING
August 14, 2023 - 7:00 pm
City Hall - Armand A. Bolduc City Council Chamber




1.

CALL TO ORDER

2.

SALUTE TO THE FLAG

3.

RECORDING SECRETARY

4.

ROLL CALL

5.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE

6.

COUNCIL PROCLAMATION

7.

ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS

8.

CONSENT & ACTION ITEMS

8.A.

Temporary Traffic Order 2023-14, Belknap Mill Sock Hop request to reserve parking and to waive City fees associated with the event

9.

CITIZEN COMMENTS FOR MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA

10.

INTERVIEWS

11.

NOMINATIONS, APPOINTMENTS & ELECTIONS

12.

COMMUNICATIONS

13.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

13.A.

Public Hearing - Resolution 2023-17 - Request to submit a grant application on behalf of Lakes Region Community Developers relating to the demolition of a dilapidated building at 17-19 Bay Street

13.B.

Public Hearing - Resolution 2023-18 - Relating to the acceptance of a grant from the NH Community Development Finance Authority for improvements to Leavitt Park and the Leavitt Park Parkhouse

14.

PRESENTATIONS

14.A.

Daisy Pierce, Executive Director of Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region

15.

MAYOR'S REPORT

16.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

17.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Items will be discussed as needed. Not all items will be brought before the full Council at this evening's meeting. 

17.A.

FINANCE (Lipman (Chair), Hamel, Cheney)

17.A.i.

WOW Trail Funding

17.A.ii.

Downtown TIF Financing

17.B.

PUBLIC SAFETY (Cheney (Chair), Soucy, Lipman)

17.C.

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS & ORDINANCES (Soucy (Chair), Felch, Cheney)

17.C.i.

Review of Chapter 167, Noise and Chapter 161 Licensing as it pertains to outdoor sound equipment and loudspeakers

17.C.ii.

Ordinance Amending Chapter 221, Vehicles and Traffic/Parking on Sublawns

17.C.iii.

Procedural review of grant applications

17.C.iv.

Regulation of Short Term Residential Rental Businesses

17.C.v.

Proposed Historic Overlay District

17.C.vi.

Scenic Road Motorcycle Noise Petition

17.C.vii.

Use of public property by for-profit entities

17.C.viii.

Short Term Rentals

17.C.ix.

Naming privilege's to public areas

17.D.

LAND & BUILDINGS (Hamel (Chair), Haynes, Felch)

17.D.i.

Downtown parking garage

17.D.ii.

Repair & maintenance of City buildings

17.D.iii.

Plan for the DPW Compound

17.E.

PUBLIC WORKS (Haynes (Chair), Felch, Soucy)

17.E.i.

Retaining Wall Policy

17.E.ii.

Discussion for converting from a manual to an automated solid waste curbside collection service

17.F.

APPOINTMENTS (Councilors Soucy (Chair), Cheney and Haynes)

18.

LIAISON REPORTS

19.

CITIZENS REQUESTS TO COMMENT ON CURRENT AGENDA ITEMS

20.

CITY MANAGER'S REPORT

20.A.

Financial and Operational Trends Report

21.

NEW BUSINESS

21.A.

Proposal to change the City's Solid Waste Ordinances to reduce customers leaving the Transfer Station without paying

21.B.

Resolution 2023-19 - Request to establish a Laconia School District LHS Stadium repair and upgrade reserve account, and appropriate $100,000 to the reserve account

21.C.

Resolution 2023-20 - Request to authorize acceptance of ARPA funds from Belknap County in the amount of $25,000 to fund E-bikes for the Laconia Police Department's Bicycle Patrol Unit

21.D.

Ordinance 2023-59-12 - Amending Chapter 59, Parks and Recreation Commission, adding a new Section 59-12 - Parks and Recreation Commission Rules and Regulations

21.E.

Discussion regarding a potential zoning change which would allow casinos in the City of Laconia

21.F.

Appointment of Ward 5 and Ward 6 Moderators

21.G.

Discussion of adding an electronic no-turn signal at the Elm St./Union Avenue intersection in Lakeport

21.H.

Resolution 2023-21 - Laconia Fire Department - Request to accept and expend a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant

22.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

22.A.

Resolution 2023-17 - Request to submit a grant application on behalf of Lakes Region Community Developers relating to the demolition of a dilapidated building at 17-19 Bay Street

22.B.

Resolution 2023-18 relating to the acceptance of a grant from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority for improvements to Leavitt Park and the Leavitt Park Parkhouse

22.C.

Continued discussion of ownership and maintenance of Pickerel Pond Road

22.D.

Discussion of the purchase of a vehicle for the Fire Department's Prevention Division

23.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

23.A.

Master Plan

23.B.

Milfoil Treatment funding requests

23.C.

Sewer & Water Master Plan

23.D.

Single Stream Recycling/Concord Co-op/Solid Waste disposal cost reductions

23.E.

Strategic Planning/Goal Setting

23.F.

WOW Trail

23.G.

Weirs Beach Restoration Project

23.H.

Fair St/Court St traffic problems and accidents

24.

Any other business that may come before the Council

25.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION (According to RSA 91-A:3, II)

(a)  The dismissal, promotion or compensation of any public employee, or the investigation of any charges against him, unless the employee affected (1) has a right to a meeting and (2) requests that the meeting be open, in which case the request shall be granted. 
(b)  The hiring of any person as a public employee.
(c)  Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body or agency itself, unless such person requests an open meeting.
(d)  Consideration of the acquisition, sale or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community. 
(e)  Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed against the body or agency or any subdivision thereof, or against any member thereof because of his membership in such body or agency, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled.
(i)  Consideration of matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of emergency
functions including training to carry out such functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life.

26.

ADJOURNMENT

This meeting facility is ADA accessible. Any person with a disability who wishes to attend this public meeting and needs additional accommodations, please contact City Clerk Katie Gargano, Meeting ADA Coordinator, at City Hall by calling (603) 527-1265 at least 72 hours in advance so that the City can make any necessary arrangements.