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Gilford spends additional $50K on cell tower for police DPW radios - 337

GILFORD — Selectmen authorized the expenditure of $49,975 for Busby Construction to build the concrete pad for the Police and Public Works Department's 80-foot radio tower that will be built on Mount Rowe.

Selectmen learned Wednesday night that $158,000 approved by the voters to construct the tower at the March 2014 annual town meeting will not be enough to build the concrete pad that supports it.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the project has evolved to the point where he estimates there will be about $1,000 of the $158,000 left over from the purchase of the equipment itself, meaning the project needs another $48,075 at a minimum to be completed.

Dunn said that because the project benefits equally DPW and the Police Department, $25,000 will come out of each agency's 2014 budget.

Because of the location and the steepness of the grade, DPW Director Sheldon Morgan said he thought it would be preferable and safer to have Busby build the base.

He said they have the equipment to bring the heavy loads up the side of the mountain and he does not.

"We're not set up for that kind of work in that kind of terrain," Morgan said, noting that the project requires the use of a ledge truck.

He noted that Busby said they could complete the project in one week, where as Morgan said it would take his department as much as three weeks because of all the other things it has to do.

"This could happened within a week to 10 days," he said, after selectmen voted to spend the money.

When the project began, selectmen had hoped to get a spot on the existing tower on Mount Rowe. After being told it would cost $700 a month, the board went in another direction and worked out an agreement with the Gunstock Area Commissioners to build a smaller tower near the same location.

The tower is needed to improve radio communications for the DPW and the Police Department. Both departments have a number of "dead spots" and have said the new tower would eliminated them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:51

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Tardif won't be on ballot for Ward 5 school board election

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds said yesterday that she has not heard back from Ward 5 resident, and former mayor, Tom Tardif, so despite his six write-in votes he will not appear as a School Board candidate on the November general election ballot.

During the September primary, Tardif got six write in votes and David Gammon got four write-in votes. Incumbent Stacie Sirois was the only declared candidate and was the only name on the primary ballot.

Reynolds said yesterday that within 48 hours of learning Tardif was the second leading vote getter, she sent a certified letter to his home to see if he wanted his name to be on the ballot. She said the letter was signed for on September 12 by Tardif's wife.

She said his deadline to accept the nomination was September 22 and she has not heard from him so she is assuming he doesn't want to be on the ballot.

Last year, Tardif got three write-in votes in a primary election against City Councilor Bob Hamel and appeared on the ballot after David Gammon took the city to court because the write-in votes had not been accounted for in the ward's official election report. Tardif accepted a spot on the ballot when officially asked. He received 67 votes to Hamel's 135.

Tardif did not immediately return The Sun's phone calls on Wednesday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:45

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Gilford discussing logistrics of closing Gilford Ave. intersection with Laconia Bypass for repairs in 2015

GILFORD — Three years after the N.H. Department of Transportation scrapped a proposal to replace the concrete deck of the bridge on the Laconia Bypass that spans Gilford Avenue because of cost, DOT representatives told selectmen last night they were going to bid the project again.

Design engineer David Scott said they have made some design adjustments to the project and expect that it can be done for $1.7 million.

Three years ago, the DOT tried to get the project done for $1.6 million but canceled because the all of the bids were too high.

The project, said Scott, will take 60 hours and selectmen again decided that one weekend of 24-hour labor is preferable to spreading the project over five 12-hour days.

The plan is to create a large, temporary traffic circle from the four ramps that access the bridge and close the bridge section to all traffic. Scott noted that setting up the temporary detour will take place before they actually replace the deck and there will be some Jersey barriers and workers on site before the deck replacement.

Selectmen agreed on the three-day construction window but didn't initially agree on whether the construction should be done mid-week or on a weekend.

Scott said the construct targets are either early May or late September of 2015 or perhaps similar time periods in 2016. He said any summer construction was off the table.

Selectman Gus Benevides said he would prefer to stick to a weekend schedule because he wanted minimal disruption to the commuters and school buses. He asked that the DOT give as much notice as possible to the operators of the nearby Marriott TownePlace Suites so they could inform their guests.

Selectman John O'Brien initially favored a midweek construction schedule because it would effect the hotel less.

When Town Administrator Scott Dunn told the DOT representatives and reminded the selectmen that the excavation at the Liberty Hill coal tar site was occurring during the week, both agreed that a weekend would be preferable.

All agreed that the DOT should appraise the operators of Gunstock Mountain Resort about their plans.

Police Lt. Kris Kelley asked that they not do construction during NASCAR weekend or during Laconia's annual Motorcycle Week and DOT representatives agreed.

When asked Kelley said that if they were to do the construction over the Winni Fishing Derby weekend traffic would be manageable.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:42

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Open mic tonight at Wolfeboro's Poets in the Attic meeting

WOLFEBORO — The Poets in the Attic monthly meeting and open mic gathering will be held at the The Country Bookseller, on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. Wolfeboro Community Television records the first hour to broadcast later, and then the poets continue their open reading for another hour.

“We had two of my favorite readings this summer,” said host Gordon Lang. “Once in the Durgin Stables courtyard and once at Azure Rising. But as the weather starts getting nippy, I’d rather duck in to the Bookseller and have a nip of coffee.”

Local poets also use this as a chance to socialize, to try out new material, and even to discuss their craft. “It’s not a workshop,” Lang said, “but we do talk about what we’re trying to do and how we might go about it. Every now and again I throw out a prompt to work on for next month. They call it homework."

Anyone can drop in at a Poets in the Attic gathering, whether to read or play a song, or just to enjoy the good work. The Country Bookseller is on North Main Street in the Durgin Stables complex of shops. Free off-street parking right next to the store is available via Mill Street.

For more information about joining the Poets in the Attic, contact Gordon or Cheryl Lang by phone at 539-4472 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:26

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