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Middle School Project: What’s the city’s role?
07-11-2024 5:16 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Dan Williams posed a big question to the Concord City Council at its meeting Monday.“What is your position on the school board’s middle school project?”Councilors left it dangling.The council is only required to answer questions about matters on the...

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City council approves grant for new Community Justice Center plan
07-10-2024 9:54 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A new Community Justice Center could house legal resources in Concord, with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, 603 Legal Aid and the Disability Rights Center looking to combine forces in one office space.Currently, the three providers have their own...


To curb large-scale casinos, Concord opens zones for small gaming venues
07-09-2024 5:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

If a charitable organization, religious center, restaurant, hotel, hospital, or any other business in Concord wants to open a casino, they can, but the casino must be smaller than the main building of the primary business.At Monday night’s city...


Concord begins citywide property measure — first in more than 30 years
07-01-2024 4:38 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

If you own property in Concord, someone in a neon vest will come to your house at some point over the next year and a half.With a Monday start, Concord is beginning both a citywide revaluation and a full measure and list of all of its properties ahead...


Concord’s many committees must navigate conflicts of interest
06-29-2024 3:52 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

From the conservation commission’s tree subcommittee to the planning board to the ad-hoc Beaver Meadow building committee, the city of Concord has more than 50 boards and commissions meeting both regularly and sporadically.Other than groups that make...


Concord Board of Ethics to probe two complaints further
06-24-2024 7:29 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Stacey Brown welcomes her upcoming public hearing with Concord’s Board of Ethics. As a city councilor married to a police officer, she thinks it could set the record straight on what’s actually a conflict of interest.“I’m glad that there’s going to be...


In Rockford Illinois – a blueprint for reducing homelessness, 1,050 miles from Concord
06-23-2024 5:04 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Rockford, Illinois, was the type of place where for those growing up there, the goal was to get out. To Larry Morrissey, that became a challenge to transform his hometown – especially when it came to addressing homelessness. Morrissey grew up in...


Concord Ethics Board to weigh merits of complaints against two city councilors
06-21-2024 4:45 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord’s Board of Ethics will weigh a handful of recent complaints against city officials, including against two city councilors at a meeting Monday morning.The board will evaluate whether the complaints merit a public hearing or to dismiss them. The...


Cannonball Countdown: All 7 Concord city pools open Friday
06-17-2024 10:45 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Just in time for summer, with schools letting out for the year last week and a major heat wave beginning on Tuesday, all seven of Concord’s public pools will open at the end of this week.It’s the first summer since pre-pandemic times that’s been...


City appoints diversity committee members following hiatus
06-13-2024 5:14 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The 12 new appointees to Concord’s committee on diversity includes people with both personal and professional experience, from lawyers to case workers to teachers. They represent a broad swath of city residents, including New Americans of different...


As Concord city council debates bus stop location, larger concerns about homelessness continue
06-11-2024 4:21 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

On the granite stoop outside of the Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell law firm, Sean Downs took a seat to wait for the bus.The Capital Area Transit stop on North Main Street sits between two driveways for the law firm, but without a bench at the stop...


With few changes, Concord City Council unanimously passes budget
06-04-2024 4:32 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Hailing the roughly $170 million spending plan as “tight,” “responsible” and “as good as we can get it,” Concord city councilors unanimously approved the city’s 2025 budget Monday night.Including councilors’ adjustments — the reinstatement of a...


“We dont want to move” – As Concord continues to increase taxes, those on a fixed income fear what’s next
06-03-2024 9:02 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

At Linda and Donald Matson’s house in Alton, they had nearly 11 acres of land to themselves. Tucked away down a dirt road, the forest bled into their backyard and two neighbors lived at the foot of their street. It was quiet and spacious, but as they...


Council to vote on $170.5 million budget Monday
06-01-2024 7:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

For the city tax rate to remain flat next year, Concord city councilors would have to cut roughly $2 million off the spending plan proposed by City Manager Tom Aspell, according to city estimates.As weeks of hearings draw to a close, councilors will...


Crime rates remain low, hold constant as city leaders voice rising safety concerns
05-29-2024 5:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Crime in Concord, which remains lower than many of its counterparts in the state, held relatively constant over the last five years and by broad metrics fell slightly in 2023, an annual report from the Concord Police Department shows.At the same time,...


Concord budget fortells major future spending
05-26-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The $53.6 million Concord wants to spend on capital projects next year doubles the current figure — but it pales in comparison to what’s to come.Several major city building projects are slated for 2026, meaning increases in coming years would likely...


Who’ll foot bill for water projects?
05-18-2024 1:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With the largest increases in proposed city spending next year tied to major water and sewer projects on the Heights, some city councilors appear open to leaning harder on developers to pay for growth-driven infrastructure improvements.The more than...


Concord solidifies plan to respond to homelessness
05-18-2024 12:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Twice a day the fire department can expect a call relating to homelessness in some way, whether it’s a fire at an encampment that needs to be extinguished; the river flooded with high rains and campers are stuck on the banks, or a medical emergency...


Driven by capital projects, city budget proposal would boost spending by $40 million
05-10-2024 6:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With capital expenditures more than doubling, total spending in the city of Concord would increase by more than $40 million next year under the city manager’s proposed budget, while several major projects still wait in the wings. If approved as...


Monitor Way developer seeks $4.67 million from city for proposed new road
05-08-2024 3:57 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Developers looking to build nearly 1,000 housing units near Penacook are asking the city to put $4.7 million towards road building as part of the first construction phase of the project.The Monitor Way project — so dubbed because much of the land will...


‘Bridging the gap’: Phenix Hall pitch to soften downtown height rules moves forward
04-18-2024 2:22 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Sue McCoo knew that adding flexibility to downtown zoning to allow for the repurposing of Phenix Hall would mean her store, Hilltop Consignment, would probably lose its longtime home on Main Street. The zoning change would open the door for the...

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