Glendale Dock repairs scheduled in mid-July


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.

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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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Gilford PD pursues COPS grant


By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee has no immediate plans to hire another police officer, but he is seeking a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant in case the town does find a need for additional personnel in the future.
Lieutenant Kristopher Kelley explained to the Gilford Board of Selectmen that the chances of receiving the competitive grant are slim, but, if the town were to add a position and had this grant, federal funding would cover 75 percent of the first three years of wages, up to a maximum of $125,000 per year.
The program has about $1.5 million to distribute, Kelley said, but the potential of winning a grant depends upon how many apply and what needs they are seeking to address. This year’s grant focus is on drug prevention and hiring, he said.
It also is a complicated application process, Kelley continued. “There are a lot of hoops to jump through,” he said.
If the town is awarded the grant, there is no obligation to accept it, Kelley said. If Gilford is not ready to hire an officer, it could turn the money down. If it accepted the grant, the money would be available as soon as Gilford hires an officer.
Selectmen had postponed a decision on the grant at its June 14 meeting in order to obtain more information. On Wednesday, they agreed to allow the department to apply.

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Jewish Food Festival Day proclaimed

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Irene Gordon of Temple B'nai Israel accepts a proclamation from Laconia Mayor Ed Engler on Monday noting that Sunday, July 9, marks the temple's annual Jewish Food Festival Day. The festival, which began 20 years ago, offers traditional foods such as lox and bagels, gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzah balls, corned beef, pastrami and blintzes. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

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