GILFORD — Selectmen awarded the bid to expand and renovate the Police Station at Town Hall to Chicoine Construction of Weare yesterday but not before learning some things will have to be eliminated, including a clerk of the works.
The town appropriated $1,213 million for the project and was able to secure an additional $169,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a total of $1,239,077.
To date, the town has spent $143,347 on design and dispatch services which leaves a balance of $1,239,000 to be awarded for building construction.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn said Chicoine recently built a police station in Hampstead and built the Moultonborough Public Safety Complex and he got good reports from both town administrators. Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said he spoke with the Hampstead Police chief, who said the company was very good to work with.
Chicoine came in with an initial bid of $1.365 million meaning the town had to negotiate $126,000 worth of changes to come in at the bid price.
This year the Police Department is projected to run a surplus of $92,000 so selectmen voted to use $78,424 of that for the project.
In lieu of a clerk-of-the-works, selectmen decided to have the construction company meet weekly with Bean Burpee and the other town officials who will oversee the project.
Bean Burpee expressed initial trepidation about not having a clerk because he said he doesn't know much about construction, but Dunn said that the town just couldn't afford to have one.
Bean Burpee also said he didn't think that $92,000 would be enough to install two new dispatch consoles. The Homeland Security grant pays for one of them but Bean Burpee said he would like to see two working consoles for the department.
He said last night that the current dispatch console is antiquated and he doubts it can be used with the new state-of-the-art console in the bid. "We can use some old equipment for a while," he said.
Dunn said he is also "absolutely depending" on Chicoine to identify cost savings as the project progresses in hopes that some of the things that were eliminated (most of them materials changes) could be done as the architect initially planned.
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