By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Selectmen have approved a contract for structural repairs to correct problems identified during an underwater inspection of the Glendale Docks in late May.
Public Works Director Peter Nourse said the town had never done underwater inspections in the past, but had spent money for various repairs to the docks over the years. At his request, selectmen agreed to hire Appledore Marine Engineering of Portsmouth to do a thorough inspection this year — something he hopes to continue every five years as part of a routine maintenance plan for the docks.
Appledore, he said, is one of the only firms offering diver-engineers. It costs about $7,000 for the inspection.
The divers found that the structural elements along the last 60 feet of Dock 3 had shifted from their assigned positions, posing a critical risk to the integrity of the structure. The town stabilized that section of the dock, then sought bids for the necessary repairs.
Nourse told selectmen on Wednesday that Ambrose Marine Construction of Meredith was the only company of the four he contacted that responded to his bid request. He explained that everyone in the trade is very busy this time of year.
Ambrose came in with a bid of $23,385 to do the work, which the company said could be completed in four to five days. Ambrose proposed waiting until after July 4 to do the work, suggesting a July 10 start.
The project will involve lifting the last three 20-foot concrete slabs, plumbing and replacing the structural members as needed, and then replacing the slabs. Nourse said they would need to utilize a barge which also would affect Dock 2 during part of the job. The crew will try to minimize the disruption to boaters, Nourse said.
In approving of the bid, selectmen authorized the use of up to $25,000 from capital reserve funds to make the repairs.
Dock 3 at Gilford's Glendale facility is closed due to structural problems. Ambrose Marine Construction of Meredith will making repairs in mid-July. (Tom Caldwell/Laconia Daily Sun)
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