Gilford residents will meet new police chief on June 2

GILFORD — Recently hired Police Chief Anthony J. Bean Burpee will be sworn in at the town offices at 6 p.m. on June 2.

Following the swearing in, Town Administrator Scott Dunn said there will be a meet-and-greet session for the general public at 7 p.m.

Bean Burpee, who is a lieutenant with the Kennebunk Police Department, was vetted by a citizens review panel and two selectmen before being offered the job as the town's police chief.

Among his other duties Bean Burpee will oversee the construction of the $1.2 million Gilford Police Department expansion that has already encountered a minor speed bump when federal officials required the rear of the building be moved in four feet.

The reduction is because the back of the building came too close to the 500-year flood plane for the nearby Gunstock Brook.

According to Town Administrator Scott Dunn, there is $169,000 in federal money in the project that will be used to construct an emergency operations/community room and if the town is to use the grant, then the federal guidelines regarding flood planes must be satisfied.

Dunn said the design has gone back to the architects who will likely shift things around to make the building four feet shorter. He think the changes can be easily accommodated.

"We'll loose a foot here and a foot there," Dunn said. "That kind of thing."

He said the architects will identify those areas. Dunn also said that architects have completed borings of the rock where the expansion will sit.'

"They found some ledge but they expected that," he said.

Dunn said he hopes the bid specifications will be completed by July 1.