Belfast awarded $25,000 SHIP grant

By Ben Holbrook | Jan 31, 2014
Courtesy of: City of Belfast This diagram shows the highlighted floats that will be replaced, as well as the location of a new three pile dolphin at City Landing.

Belfast — The City of Belfast received a $25,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) grant to make improvements at the public landing.

The funding awards were announced Wednesday, Jan. 29, by the Maine Department of Transportation, which awarded more than $2.75 million to municipalities around the state.

Belfast will use the funds to replace five eight-foot by 20-foot floats and one 12-foot by 20-foot float, as well as allow for the installation of a three pile dolphin at the public landing.

In order to secure the SHIP grant, the city had to provide $25,000 in matching funds, which came from the Harbor Capital Reserve account.

The project is estimated to cost a total of $50,000.

The city had previously looked at applying for SHIP funds to make improvements to the Thompson's Wharf facility; however, SHIP grants can only be used for improvements that promote public access to the water. For that reason, city councilors were concerned about how those restrictions could limit the long-term potential rental income, management and use of the facility.

Harbormaster Kathy Pickering previously told councilors the floats that would be replaced with the help of the SHIP funds are 15 years old and needed to be replaced because larger vessels would tie up to them.

The addition of the three pile dolphin would act as a support for the float array and would also provide another point for large vessels to tie up to, Pickering told councilors in December.

Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge applauded the grant award and said it is good that the state chose to support the harbor project.

Pickering said in an email to The Republican Journal earliest the bids will go out to replace the floats and construct the dolphin will be the end of February.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Caitlin Hills | Feb 04, 2014 19:06

That is hilarious Harold! I know you must be joking to ask Ben to stay on topic when you brought up dog poop on a thread about SHIP. Very funny, right? Right?

Posted by: Harold Richardson | Feb 04, 2014 11:31

Excuse me Ben-could we stay on topic please.

Posted by: Ben Holbrook | Feb 04, 2014 10:54

Kenneth, the SHIP grant awarded to Searsport will appear in a separate article.

Posted by: Kenneth W Hall | Feb 04, 2014 10:40

Hey Ben------Great article on the SHIP Grant.  Our tax dollars coming home is wonderful.   Maybe I missed Village Soup's article of the town of Searsport receiving $250,000 of their SHIP Grant?  Why Ben, did you choose not to include Searsport in this article of SHIP Grants?

Posted by: Harold Richardson | Feb 03, 2014 12:02

Thanks Ms Good-There is no excuse for how bad things are this year-this is the worst I have seen in the ten years I've been around.  One thing I have noticed though is that the newest poo bags are almost impossible to open, esp in cold weather.  We went from the exclusive black and white bag to a cheaper bag that was OK and then to the newest bag that is very hard to actually use.  Not an excuse but we should make it as easy as possible for people to do what they should do on their own.  The morning of the Celtic fest-I walked around and picked up all manner of poo before the people got there so it is a year round issue that I think looks even worse during the winter. 

Posted by: Carol Rodgers Good | Feb 03, 2014 11:34

Dog waste IS a problem that persists in the parks as well as city streets. The city has provided bags and waste receptacles in several places and the Friends of Belfast Parks has tried to educate the public with flyers, public service announcements and annual April Stool's Day clean-ups and publicity. There is really no excuse for folks not to pick up. There is a city ordinance requiring pick-up; perhaps if one or two offending, irresponsible  dog owners were cited they would get the message more clearly!

Posted by: Harold Richardson | Feb 02, 2014 10:04

Big congrats to the city officials for working hard on getting another grant to save us on taxes and make this a better place.   Speaking of SHIP grants-what's with all the dog poop in the parks this year, esp Steamboat landing.  It's almost impossible to walk thru there without stepping in something.  I could clearly tell by the size, shape, texture and other individual attributes that it's not just a few irresponsible people.  The police and other city employees shouldn't have to deal with this mess. 

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