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Gilford Police Dept. project $17,500 over budget

GILFORD — Selectmen learned yesterday that the company doing the excavation for the town's police station expansion have removed 220 yards of ledge and the cost of ledge removal has exceeded the budgeted amount by $17,500.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said everyone involved knew there was ledge at the site of the planned expansion, however he said even keeping the excavation at a bare minimum led to the cost overrun.

"So where does (the money) come from," Dunn asked.

Selectman Gus Benevides said the budget was very tight to begin with but he wanted to know how the town could "ethically, legally, and morally" spend more than the budgeted amount.

Dunn said he didn't have an answer but offered some ideas such as taking the money from a different department or going back to the voters in 2016 to get additional money to cover the overrun.

He explained that in the time that elapsed since voters passed the $1.213-million warrant article until the time the contract was actually signed by the town and the contractor, the cost of raw materials including cement mix, steel and lumber has risen – effectively eliminating the 10-percent contingency built into to project.

Selectmen decided not to do anything, meaning the project should continue with the expectation that there will be savings from the rest of the construction.

Selectman Chan Eddy said he learned there have been some modifications to the original plan and they will now pin the building and allow a wall to be poured directly on to the ledge, instead of excavating the ledge to make space for a poured foundation.

Additionally, Dunn said he also learned that it will cost $14,520 to have a materials test. The contract has $3,500 built into it for that and Dunn described it as an insurance-type test.

He said the testing included a long list of material including soils, sieves, steel, concrete and asphalt and not just the test of the strength of the concrete.

When asked, Public Works Director Peter Nourse said he rarely saw contracts without materials testing.

Initially Selectmen Richard Grenier and Benevides were against paying for the materials test however Benevides said he would support the materials test and would not be voting with them if they chose to forgo it.

The selectmen told Dunn to approve the materials testing as requested.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:09

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Gilford man airlifted to hospital after falling 25-30 feet from porch

GILFORD – A 53-year-old man was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center yesterday evening after accidentally falling between 25 and 30 feet from a porch on the back of his house.

Fire Chief Stephen Carrier said the man suffered abdominal and chest injuries but was conscious and alert the entire time rescue teams worked with him.

He said the DHART helicopter was able to land at Alpine Ridge and the man was transferred from there.

Carrier said the man landed on a pile of debris and may have hit something on the way down. He described the home as a two- to three-story house that dropped off toward the back.

The man, who Carrier declined to identify, is expected to survive his fall.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:29

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Laconia High School graduation to be held on June 6

LACONIA — Backed by a small contingent of fellow high school seniors, senior class president Alana Persson made a plea to the School Board and the administration to hold graduation on June 6.

Students had been under the impression that high school graduation was going to be held on June 6 but recently learned that may not be the case because of the number of snow days.

"We have come together as a class to talk about this," Persson said.

Board member Stacie Sirois said this was her first year with a senior in high school and she understood that administrative staff had reported to students that graduation would be held on June 6.

The School Board adopted the June 6 date recommended by Superintendent Terri Forsten with the caveat that 80-percent of the seniors attend a community service day the Saturday before graduation.

Forsten said the date of high school graduation is never set in the beginning of the school calender year but is usually set by the board at either a March or April meeting.

She said they had a tentative last day of school but because of the unknowns of the year – like snow days – the district can't make its final decision until it knows how many days it will need to compensate.

Forsten said in seven of the last eight years the high school graduation has been held on the second Saturday of the month.

She said Laconia's Annual Motorcycle Week is set to begin on June 13 and that too is a contributing factor.

The board also set June 16 as the last day of school for students while the last day for staff is June 17.

The senior Saturday Community Day is May 30, the elementary schools ceremonies are on June 11, and the middle school ceremonies are on June 15.

Sirois also wanted to know what the fall-back location for graduation would be if the weather is poor and it can't be held on the football field. She noted that the SATs are being held in the Middle School at the same time as graduation.

Forsten said they would work it out and if needed could move the graduation to the gymnasium in the high school or to a place where there is not testing at the Middle School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 01:38

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Car burned in Province Rd. sand pit suspected stolen from Lougee Court

LACONIA – City police are investigating a reported car theft from Lougee Court yesterday morning.

Police said that a 2001 Saturn was reported stolen at 8:02 a.m. by the mother of the owner.

Earlier in the morning, at 6:16 a.m., firefighters and police responded to the sandpits off Province Road to a car fire.

Police said they believe it is the same car that was reported two hours later.

Firefighters said the car appeared to have been burning for some time before they were called and it is believed it is destroyed.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 01:10

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