Claremont Council Moves Forward to Revitalization
ClaremontCity CouncilClaremont City Council took another step forward to revitalizing its downtown. Last night the City Council passed a resolution for the Community Revitalization Tax Relief Incentive. The incentive was established by RSA 79-E that encourages investment in downtowns and village centers. The tax breaks are on improvements made on downtown properties in the historic district for up to five years, with an option of extending the tax relief up to four additional years. The council hopes this will attract new businesses to Claremont and stop of the blight of some historic properties. Renovations would need to be 25 percent of the buildings assessed value or $75,000 whichever is less. Several Claremont business owners spoke in favor of the incentive like Jeff Barrett owner of the Ink Factory who is looking to rehab a downtown property. Gary Trottier owner of Mr. T’s and President of The Heart of Claremont was pleased with the Council’s vote. The Community Revitalization Tax Relief Incentive was created in 2006 and updated in 2013.

Warner NH Man Wanted by US Marshall’s
The US Marshall’s district of NH is seeking fugitive from justice Charles James Sally. Sally is wanted for a parole violation as part of a conviction and 1st Degree Assault sentence. Sally has an extensive criminal history and a history of assaultive behavior and was last known to live in the Warner, NH area where he has friends, family, and associates, but could be anywhere at this time. If you know of the whereabouts or seen a person that resembles Sally, please contact the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at (603) 225-1632 or your local police.

Lebanon’s Fire Inspector Issues Warning
Lebanon Fire Inspector Jon Paul is cautioning residents about the dangers of colored powders. Paul says the powders are relatively new to the area. The powders themselves are harmless but can be fatal when ignited like at the explosion and fire at a Taiwanese Fun Park Paul is warning those who use the color powders not to use them near open flames, pyrotechnics, cooking appliances, in small rooms, near ventilation systems, or in exit paths. Also any area where plumes of powder are being displayed should be posted as a no smoking area.

Grafton NH Mobil Home Fire
The Grafton NH Fire Department responded to a fire on Bullocks Crossing Road just after 10:00 pm on Tuesday. Chief John Babiarz says the 1st alarm fire at 25 Bullocks Crossing Road in Grafton was reported by the homeowner after he heard a loud bang, and then smoke started appearing.
Responding crews quickly contained the burns to the area of the mobile home skirting.
A lighting strike from a quick moving storm in the area to a telephone line that followed the mobile home skirting is what started the fire.
Chief John Babiarz stated the cause of the fire to be an old abandon telephone line along the skirting of the trailer that took a direct hit from lighting that caused the fire. Damage was confined to exterior of the building. Damages were estimated to be around $2000.00.
Mutual aid departments from Canaan, Danbury, and Enfield assisted with operation.

Meeting on Erosion Control in Cornish
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a Public Officials Meeting in Cornish on Friday, July 31. The meeting and public hearing is to discuss the placement of stone erosion protection around the Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge. DOT will present citizens and public officials with the latest information on the proposed project, and solicit public input. The meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm in the Cornish Town Hall. Any person who needs assistance or auxiliary communication equipment should contact Charles Schmidt, Bureau of Right-of-Way, NHDOT, P.O. Box 483, Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0483 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964.