City preparing to award bid for commercial dock construction

By Ben Holbrook | Jan 09, 2013

Belfast — The city is continuing to review the five bids received to construct a new commercial fishermen’s dock at the bottom of Main Street.

Delong Marina, Prock Marine, Maritime Construction and Engineering, Wyman and Simpson Inc., Shed City and Belmont Boatworks all submitted bids. However, Belmont Boatworks and Shed City submitted only partial bids for the alternate items budgeted into the project, which includes eight additional floats of varying dimensions and a new 5-foot by 36-inch gangway with a chute.

City Manager Joseph Slocum asked councilors during their Tuesday, Jan. 2, meeting to table the award of the bid, as staff were still in the process of reviewing the submissions.

According to a document containing the bid amounts, Delong Marine was the lowest, at $144,218 –– that figure includes the cost of the alternate bid items, which the company estimated would cost $85,114.

Mayor Walter Ash Jr. said the development along the waterfront delayed the initial plans to upgrade the dock, while the city looked for a suitable location for the facility. Ash noted that the city received $200,000 from a developer who was planning to build condominiums along the water, but later pulled the plug on the project.

“It should be quite an active place during the summer,” Ash said.

One of the challenges the city has faced as demand for waterfront property has increased is being able to find room for everyone’s needs within the harbor. Ash, who complimented Harbormaster Katherine Pickering on her reorganization of the harbor, said he thinks there will be plenty of room for growth, as long as development occurs in a carefully planned manner.

The scope of work for the commercial fishermen’s dock calls for having the 16 existing pilings removed and reused, general items and float assembly, new pilings, new dolphins, a new gangway and relocating the existing gangway.

Ash said construction on the fishermen’s dock would begin this spring, because of the need to drive pilings, which must be completed before the middle of April in order not to disturb migrating salmon, per state laws.

“I think things are happening nicely along the waterfront,” he said.

The City Council was expected to award the bid during a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, but which bidder was being recommended to the Council was not known as of press time.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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