WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 VOL. 20 NO. 68 BERLIN, N.H. FREE 752-5858 Both sides blame other in Francoeur pleads collapse of biomass project guilty to negligent Berlin’s Annual Sidewalk SALE! STARTS TODAY BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN BERLIN -- More than a week has passed since Cate Street Capital announced its plans for a 75-megawatt biomass plant in Berlin were dead. No new negotiations have been scheduled between Cate Street Capital and the six small biomass plants that have challenged the 20-year power purchase agreement between Cate Street Capital and Public Service of N.H. And both sides are blaming the other for the breakdown. The two parties admit they were close to an agreement that would see the wood-fired Independent Power Producers withdraw their state Supreme Court appeal. A spokesman for the IPPs said they believe there is an opportunity for both see COLLAPSE page 9 New developer interested in Berlin BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN BERLIN -- With the future of the Berlin Station biomass plant in doubt, another developer is interested in Berlin for a plant that would convert biomass into ultra-clean synthetic fuel as well as produce electricity and pro- cess heat. William Fortune of Industrial Consultants Inc., of Lee, said unlike a convention biomass plant is which is about 35 percent efficient, his proposed plant would be 85 percent efficient. The plant would use a gasification BY MELISSA GRIMA THE BERLIN DAILY SUN LANCASTER — A Berlin woman will not go to jail, but is prohibited from ever driving again after pleading guilty last week to a charge she negligently caused the death of a Hillsborough man in a motor vehicle crash. Margaret Francoeur, 47, of Berlin, was traveling on Route 115 in Twin Mountain on Nov. 4, 2009, when her 2002 Dodge van crossed the center line and struck a red pickup truck driven by Roger Marcoullier, 53, of Hillsborough. Both were injured in the head-on collision and Marcoullier later died from his injuries. Francoeur pleaded guilty to the negligent homicide charge in Coos Superior Court on July 5, in front of Judge Peter Bornstein. She was sentenced to one to five years in NH State Prison, all suspended for 10 years on the conditions of good behavior and that she never again operate a motor vehicle. Bornstein also sentenced Francoeur to see DEVELOPER page 10 see GUILTY page 11 Hutchins Street Park to be renamed Laura Lee Viger Park JULY 13th th thru 15 Shop early for great bargains BY BARBARA TETREAULT THE BERLIN DAILY SUN Emma Bergquist, 8, and Madison Berquist, 6, both of Berlin, gave their second donation to Locks of Love. Their hair was cut by Andrea Peters at Hair Zone. Maureen’s Boutique & Tanning Salon homicide 146 Main St. 752-7569 Mon-Fri 9:30-6, Sat 9:30-5, Sun 12-4 AAA Low Rates Fast, Professional Service SIDEWALK SALE July 13, 14, 15 $5 & $10 racks SEPTIC 752-4767 BANKRUPTCY or CRIMINAL DEFENSE Free InitialM eeting S m all& Lyons A ttorneys 1-800-373-1114 Sign Up Now, Get $5 Off Your First Deal (a debtreliefagency) BERLIN -- The city council last week approved renaming Hutchins Street park after long-time Community Services Director Laura Lee Viger. Viger retired last month after more than 30 years of service to the city. The council has been looking for a way to honor Viger for her work and dedication to the city. City Planner Pamela Laflamme reported that the park was a favorite of Viger. The popular park, originally known as Unity Street park, is on a frequent walking route for local citizens. A formal resolution naming the park for Viger will be on the council’s July 18 agenda. In other business: * The council approved a new two year contract between the police commission and police local 3657. The first year of the contract, which takes effect August 1, calls for no pay increase and the union agreed to switch to a new health insurance plan. The first year of the contract will result in SIDEWALK SALE Wed., Thurs., Fri. Jewelry & Gifts 50% OFF 107 Main St, Berlin, NH • 752-1520 • www.greetingsjewelers.com Sign up by visiting our website berlindailysun.com see RENAMED page 7 ROY’S TOWING • 603-348-3403 B u yin g ju n k cars. P ay $200.00 for com p lete cars . Now you can find us on Facebook!