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Letter: Two votes to improve Belmont

Belmont residents need to vote “yes” twice for the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail on the town meeting ballot.

If you’d enjoy a scenic walk or bicycle ride along a never-seen stretch of the lake, it an easy choice. By voting “yes” on Belmont Articles 15 and 16, money already in hand can be used to begin trail construction this year! This project has been on the drawing board for 14 years; let’s see this through.

This trail would ultimately connect with proposed trail projects in Laconia and Tilton. Belmont’s Article 15 approves use of existing Phase I trail funds and is linked to Article 16, which allows use of designated Phase II Trail funds to complete Phase I and cover other needs such as trail maintenance. By voting “yes” twice, we get the scenic trail’s first segment built with no new taxes.

Walking and bicycle trails help us all live better, healthier lives and make our communities more attractive to new residents and businesses as well as tourism in the region. Vote to make Belmont a even better place to live. Check Belmont’s town website for a trail map and more information.

DONNA HEPP

Belmont

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