Around the Towns: Milford – Wilton – Amherst

The point is some are for, some against tattoo parlor opening on the Oval

Reaction to plans for a tattoo parlor on the Oval has been mixed, according to Tracy Bardsley, Milford’s Main Street director.

LA East Tattoos and Body Piercing, formerly of Laconia, is scheduled to open in the PC Carr Realty building on Dec. 6.

“Some people feel it is not appropriate for the Oval,” said Bardsley, “while other businesspeople feel that if it’s a well-kept, clean business, it’s welcome. Many people I talked to feel tattoo parlors don’t have the connotations they used to, and tattooing is more mainstream now than it was years ago.”

LA East owner Wilfred Lamontagne called it a “very professional business with reasonable hours” – Wednesday through Sunday, noon until 8 p.m. “I hold all current licenses with tattooing. I’ve never had a problem concerning my business in 31 years,” he said.

Lamontagne said he closed his shop in Laconia because of the poor economy.

Town planner Sarah Marchant said there is nothing in the town’s zoning ordinance to prevent a tattoo parlor.

Open space

The Conservation Commission has completed the purchase of 283 acres in the northeastern part of Mason from Steven Moheban.

The land abuts conserved parcels in the adjoining towns: Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests in Wilton and the Mile Slip Conservation Area in Milford.

Like the adjoining land, this parcel will be open for all types of non-motorized use, and by snowmobiles in the winter. All ATVs are prohibited. The parcel can be accessed through a metal gate on an old woods road on Mitchell Hill Road.

The purchase price was $500,000 and will be covered by the sale of the Whitaker House (part of the Bronson Potter Estate deeded to the town several years ago), conservation funds and an $80,000 bond. The bond will be repaid through proceeds from the current use land use change tax.

Road worriers

It’s going to take “big dollars” to get Amherst’s roads up to snuff, according to a committee charged with creating a long-term plan for road maintenance.

The Road Funding Analysis Committee, chaired by former Selectman Jay Dinkel, shared its findings with selectmen Monday night. The committee called for increasing the summer maintenance budget from $700,000 to $1.1 million, an increase of 57 percent.

In addition, the committee asked selectmen to consider bonding roughly $15 million to reconstruct stretches of the worst roads in town.

Selectmen seemed generally supportive of the committee’s concepts, but were concerned about the cost.

Shop saved from horror

WILTON – The building that holds the Color Shop survived disastrous fires in 1881, 1885 and 1987, the only Main Street building to do so.

On Friday, it could have been destroyed in a freak fire, but a couple of sharp-eyed Samaritans came along.

The shop is currently undergoing extensive renovations to become a store and library for the Center for Anthroposophy. On Friday, a workman inadvertently left a sander sitting on a register.

Sarah Disano and her fiance, Jeff Roy, both of Nashua, was in town to see a film at the Town Hall Theater. Having arrived early, they strolled along Main Street and Jeff noticed the fire through a window and called 911. Firemen had to break down the door, but the shop suffered only minor damage.

According to Main Street Director Sarah Sadowski, Disano works with the Community Development Finance Authority and promotes the preservation of main streets at the state level as the CDFA’s downtown resource center.

Saving historic business blocks from fire could be a little out of her expertise, but certainly is in her line of work.