Contractor hired for Gilmanton Academy rehab

GILMANTON – Town Clerk Tax Collector Deb Cornett said yesterday that a contractor had finished with the clean-up and drying of the Academy building since it was flooded by a broken sprinkler pipe on January 4.

She said the historic building is structurally sound and will be ready for repairs caused by the water.

Cornett said selectmen decided Thursday night to hire Conneston Construction, Inc. from Laconia as the contractor for the repairs. CCI, she said, uses several independent contractors who reside in Gilmanton and have a connection to the Academy Building.

Selectmen Chair Brett Currier said the town does not have an insurance estimate yet but will do a walk through of the building with someone from CCI before the adjusters do the walk through with selectmen. He said if CCI and the adjusters are on "the same page" the town will go forward and hire them to do the work.

Because it's an emergency repair, Currier said selectmen will waive the normal bidding requirements. Should CCI be unable or unwilling to do the work for the insured amount, he said the town would likely have to look elsewhere.

"We know CCI and they work with a lot of local contractors," he said.

Town Administrator Arthur Capello said a temporary modular building will be set up in the parking lot by the end of next week and the town should be up and running for business by the end of January.

Cornett said her office will continue to operate from the public safety building and she will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week to accept filings of candidates for the open positions for the March 10 election.

The Clerk Office will process for off-road vehicle registrations, hunting and fishing licenses, tax payments, dump stickers, vital records and notary services. People who need to make any motor vehicle transactions will need to go to Alton, Gilford, Belmont or Laconia until further notice.

She said she has posted the addresses for the above four communities on the Gilmanton website.