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NH MapThe Town of Belmont is located in the southern portion of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region in Belknap County. The Village Area, located at the intersections of Laconia (State Route 106) and Gilmanton Roads (State Route 140) is four miles from Exit 20 Interstate I-93, seven miles south of Laconia and twenty-four miles north of Concord. More...

Belmont Historic Bandstand Restoration Saluted

September 28, 2014  Local leaders, State officials and members of the preservation community met to salute the restoration of the historic Belmont Bandstand on September 28, 2014.  Daily Sun Feature 9/27/14  Daily Sun 9/27/14   Citizen 9/28/14   Daily Sun 9/30/14  Photo:Karen Bobotas/Daily Sun

Restoration of the 1908 Bandstand began in October of 2013 and continued during 2014, with funding for repainting and a new cedar shake roof supported by an LCHIP matching grant. Historical restoration specialist JR Graton of Northfield, painter John Thompson of Alexandria, architectural conservator Brian Powell of Building Conservation Associates, and traditional stonewall builder Kevin Fife of Canterbury - with initial help from Cullen Concrete of Tilton and Busby Contractors of Atkinson comprised "a first rate team for the project" according to Heritage Commission chairman Linda Frawley.  

Photo/Belmont Heritage Commission -  A vintage granite foundation stone, carefully selected and hand-chiseled by Kevin Fife (standing), was set this week as the first step for the Belmont community landmark. Fife is a 1981 Belmont High School alumnus. JR Graton assisted with placement. 

The Bandstand is the third Belmont historic preservation project funded by LCHIP in recent years. It is included in a recently released video presentation available at


Tests Show Coliform Bacteria Present in Our Drinking Water


The Belmont Water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis.  We took 5 samples for coliform bacteria during September.  Three of those samples showed the presence of coliform bacteria.  The standard is that no more than 1 sample (or 5% of samples for systems collecting greater than 40 routine samples per month) should test positive.

What does this mean?
This is not an emergency.  If it had been you would have been notified immediately.  Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful.  Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.  Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present.  We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.  If we had, we would have notified you immediately.

What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.  You may drink the water.  However, if you have specific health concerns, please contact your health care professional. General health related questions may be directed to Dave Gordon of the DES Environmental Health Program at (603) 271-4608.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, pregnant woman, and some elderly may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

Steps We Are Taking:  Random samples have been taken to evaluate the system and they are free of any bacteria; the Town will continue to monitor and random sample the system to insure water safety. The Town’s water main system in the Village has been under construction since early summer, work is now complete and ongoing tests  show resolution of the problem.

We anticipate resolving the problem immediately.  For more information, please contact James Fortin or Donald Hurd of the Belmont Water Department at 603-267-8300 Ext. 120 or 143 Main Street, Belmont NH 03220.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

PWS ID: 0201010  Date Distributed: September 25, 2014

Selectmen to hold four Community Development Block Grant Public Hearings - October 6th
The Belmont Board of Selectmen will hold four consecutive Public Hearings on October 6, 2014 at the Corner Meeting House, Belmont, New Hampshire at 5:15 p.m.
Community Development Block Grant funds are available to municipalities through the NH Community Development Finance Authority. Up to $500,000 annually is available on a competitive basis for economic development, and public facility and housing projects, up to $350,000 in emergency activities and up to $12,000 is available per Planning Study grants. All projects must primarily benefit low and moderate income persons.  
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