Public landing improvements could begin in spring

By Stephanie Grinnell | Dec 11, 2013
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell A grant could allow for expansion of the boardwalk and installation of a fisherman's hoist, both of which are included on a redesign plan for Camden's public landing.

Camden — If awarded, a grant could allow improvements to the public landing to begin in the spring.

Selectmen on Dec. 3 approved submission of a Small Harbor Improvement Program — or SHIP — grant to allow for installation of a fisherman's hoist and expansion of the boardwalk along the harbor to include overlook of the waterfalls.

"This meeting, for you, is to take the next step on the public landing plan," Town Manager Patricia Finnigan said.

The town is required to commit a 50 percent match for the grant, she said, which would come from the harbor reserve fund. The match amount approved by selectmen is $66,840.

"The return on the investment is high when invested in the waterfront," Finnigan noted.

On the grant application, the boardwalk expansion designates several different widths owing to several redesign options approved by the select board in November, she said. SHIP grants are awarded in February with the expectation the work begins immediately.

Selectman John French speculated as to what might be underneath the tar on the public landing, noting former brick and anchor factories used to stand in the area.

"I've heard stories that the [brick] factory burned," he said, adding people cleaned and reused much of a large pile of bricks that remained after the fire.

Finnigan said little digging would be required for the project, though some pilings for the boardwalk overlook may be needed. She said the months between the grant application and award would allow for further study.

French also said it would be beneficial to match the height of the boardwalk for its full length, rather than having a step near Graffam Brother's Harborside Restaurant, as well as attempting to mitigate drainage issues in that corner of the public landing.

Courier Publications Editor Stephanie Grinnell can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at sgrinnell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.

Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.

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