April 06, 2020

Land-use ordinance sent back to panel

DEXTER – A proposed amendment to the land use ordinance that detailed expectations of property owners was sent back Thursday to the planning board for revision.

Some of the approximately 30 people who attended the Town Council meeting on Thursday said the ordinance needed stronger enforcement action and the council agreed, according to Town Manager Judy Doore.

The proposed amendment stipulates that all premises shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition; that all fences, retaining walls and similar structures are firmly anchored in the ground and maintained in good structural repair; weeds and grass shall be trimmed; and that properties shall be kept free of accumulations of trash, and other noxious or offensive material which present a fire hazard or serve as a breeding place for insects or vermin.

“We’d like to have some enforcement actions that the code enforcement officer can follow to keep our neighborhoods free of debris,” Doore said Friday.

Residents suggested that the amendment needed a stronger approach involving the buildup of trash and that there should be a grandfathered provision, according to the town manager.

ROCHESTER, N.H. – A New Hampshire Army National Guard soldier is winning the Silver Star for bravery in battle in Iraq.

Richard Ghent of Rochester charged enemy insurgents after being blown out of his Humvee in an attack that killed one guardsman and seriously wounded another.

Ghent says he was just doing what he was taught to do.

It happened in March when a grenade landed in the Humvee carrying Ghent, Vermont guardsman Christopher Merchant and New Hampshire guardsman Jose Pequeno. Merchant was killed and Pequeno seriously wounded.

Ghent charged the insurgents, armed only with a pistol, and drove them back before more soldiers arrived, his medal citation reads. He was shot in the back and suffered shrapnel wounds.

Back home now, Ghent is taking classes to become an emergency medical technician and is scheduled to enroll in the New Hampshire Fire Academy in March.

He receives the award this morning at the National Guard Armory in Manchester.

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