Gilford hiring supervisor to clarify police station project's relationship to Gunstock Brook flood plain

GILFORD — Town officials have had to hire a surveyor in order to submit evidence that will show federal officials that the renovation and addition project for the town police station lies outside the 500-year flood plain established for Gunstock Brook.
The $1.213 million project would be funded in part by a $169,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) have questioned whether or not the project falls within the 500-year flood plain.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn in his administrator's report at Wednesday night's selectmen's meeting said that the issue was discussed last week in a conference call which involved about five Gilford officials as well as a nearly equal number of officials from both FEMA and the State of New Hampshire.
''It's like trying to prove a situation which seems illogical,'' said Dunn, who said that he was hoping that the situation, which he referred to as a ''snag'', can soon be resolved.
Dunn said that the surveyor's report would be submitted within two weeks to federal officials.
He said that the project can not go out to bid until the FEMA grant has been approved by the Governor and Executive Council.
The proposed addition will include an emergency operations center which will be funded with a Department of Homeland Security grant. The addition will include a separate entryway into the police station. Currently the Police Department shares an entryway with other Gilford town offices into the Gilford Town Hall.