Glendale dock repairs nearing completion

GILFORD — Repairs to Dock 3 in Glendale came just in time, according to the company in charge of the structural repairs.
Tobin Greer, owner and general manager of Ambrose Marine Construction of Meredith, said one of the concrete slabs that form the walkway had only one-half inch of support from the underlying wooden cap.
“The repairs were necessary,” Greer said. “All it would take would be getting hit by a boat for the slab to come crashing down. The town did the right thing in closing the dock.”
Divers from Appledore Marine Engineering discovered the problems during an underwater inspection of the Glendale Docks in late May. They found that the structural elements along the last 60 feet of Dock 3 had shifted from their assigned positions. The town stabilized that section and closed it off while seeking bids for the necessary repairs.
Greer said the shifted pilings threw off the rest of the underwater structure, putting the whole thing at risk.
“When we lifted the concrete off, the underlying wooden structure was going in all different directions,” he said. “This was in real critical condition.”
Ambrose Marine’s job, which got underway on Tuesday and is expected to be completed by the end of the day on Friday, was to straighten the pilings and put in all-new wooden supports with cross-bracing before putting the 20-foot concrete slabs back in place.
Divers from Winnipesaukee Island Services were assisting with the underwater work on Thursday. The job went smoothly, with nothing unexpected showing up, they said.
When the selectmen awarded the contract for the work, Ambrose had projected a starting date of July 10, but Greer said it was delayed by the timing of other jobs that required use of the barge.
“We’re very busy this time of year, but were happy to fit it in. We know how many people are dependent on these docks,” Greer said. “It would be nice to do it in the fall, when the water level is lower, but that would have kept the dock closed all summer.”
The work on Dock 3 also affects Dock 2 because the work barge is positioned between the two of them.
“The people have been very understanding of us taking up so much space,” Greer said.
Public Works Director Peter Nourse had asked for the May inspection, saying the town had made various repairs to the docks over the years, but had never done an underwater inspection. He hopes to do follow-up inspections every five years as part of a routine maintenance plan for the docks.
The other docks, including the rest of Dock 3, were found to be structurally sound during the May inspection, Nourse said.
Gilford selectmen authorized the use of up to $25,000 from capital reserve funds to make the repairs.

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Workers with Ambrose Marine Construction, including owner and general manager Tobin Greer, in orange safety vest, oversee the work of divers from Winnipesaukee Island Services who are replacing the underwater structural members of Dock 3 at the Glendale Docks. (Tom Caldwell/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Ambrose Marine Construction's work barge rests alongside a section of Dock 3 in Glendale on Thursday where the company is repairing a 60-foot section that had severe structural problems. (Tom Caldwell/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Creative concert parkers cause problem for Gilford residents

GILFORD — Selectmen on Thursday sent a formal request to the N.H. Department of Transportation’s Traffic Bureau to establish two no-parking zones along Route 11B, which would enable the town to address safety concerns by residents of that area.
Yacht Club Vista Condo Association has repeatedly complained that roadside parking between Misty Harbor Barefoot Beach Resort and Dockham Shore Road, especially during concerts at the nearby Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, is posing a safety hazard to residents who have to cross the street to get to the beach.
Mark Lariviere, president of the condominium association, told selectmen it is only a matter of time before someone is killed because the parked cars make it impossible to see oncoming traffic.
Appearing before the selectmen on July 12, Lariviere specifically asked for no-parking signs in front of Yacht Club Vista as well as two of the neighbors, at 121 and 123 Weirs Road, which is part of Route 11B. He said he had approached Bill Rollins of the state highway department about putting up signs, but Rollins told him the DOT first has to receive a formal request from the town.
The selectmen’s letter to the DOT calls for parking bans between 121 and 135 Weirs Road on the easterly side and in front of 136 Weirs Road on the westerly side.
“Our goal is for these NO PARKING zones to be officially recognized by the NHDOT as State-sanctioned regulations and that signs be posted accordingly; whereupon the Gilford Police Department will promptly assume responsibility for enforcement,” the letter states.
“We have been looking into this situation since last October and have now reached a point of agreement that this course of action is necessary,” the selectmen wrote.
Lariviere said the problem not only includes those attempting to avoid parking fees at the concert venue but also those at Misty Harbor who are unable to find sufficient parking at the resort.
Police Lt. Kristian Kelley said he has met with representatives of Misty Harbor, asking them to put out traffic cones and to inform their customers that, if they park on the road in such a way that it impedes the flow of traffic, they will be asked to move or will be towed.
“They’re very agreeable to helping us,” Kelley said. “They’ll monitor it over the next two weeks, and put something out to people at Misty Harbor to make sure they’re aware. If the cones don’t work, and their attempts to monitor it don’t work, then we’ll take the next step.”
That next step would be to place temporary no-parking signs along the road until such time as the state identifies it as a no-parking zone.
As to the concert crowd, Kelley said he did not notice any problem at the last concert, “but we’ll keep an eye on the next couple of concerts.”
Kelley said the selectmen wanted the police department to meet with the parties first, “and not just go and stick up signs.”

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Gilford to hold its first National Night Out on Aug. 1

GILFORD — The local police and fire departments are joining the National Night Out campaign, which provides an opportunity for the community to interact with members of the town’s emergency services while enjoying “a free burger or a hot dog,” according to Police Lt. Kristopher Kelley.

While it will be the first one in Gilford, communities throughout the United States and Canada have been observing National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August since 1984. This year’s event falls on Aug. 1.

Taking place at the Gilford Town Hall-Police Department Complex between 6 and 8 p.m., Gilford’s event will feature a display of emergency vehicles, activities for children, a K9 demonstration, tours of the police and fire departments, and a cookout. The N.H. Marine Patrol and Belknap County Special Operations Group also will be on hand during the event.

A community-building campaign, National Night Out brings citizens and public safety personnel together in an informal setting where they can speak with one another and let the public see what’s happening at the police and fire departments.

“We look forward to people coming out and saying ‘Hi,’” Kelley said.

— Thomas P. Caldwell

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