Lincolnville Harbor's fix it list

By Susan Mustapich | Dec 01, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich New decking and hand rails are included in top priorities for work at the town-owned pier at Lincolnville Beach.

LINCOLNVILLE — The need to replace decking on the town pier at Lincolnville Beach is listed as a top priority in a Harbor Committee report.

Nick Heal, chairman of the Harbor Committee, presented a list of repairs, cost estimates and timeframes to the Board of Selectmen Nov. 27. The board requested the report from the Harbor Committee. In June, voters approved a change in town harbor ordinances that gave the selectmen authority over annual planning for repair, maintenance and improvements to the fish pier, floats, boat launch ramp and other facilities.

The ordinance change also gave the town administrator supervisory authority over the harbormaster and deputy harbormaster with regard to repair, maintenance and improvement of town-owned facilities in the harbor.

Two engineering studies of the harbor, by Pinnacle in 2016 and Collins Engineering in 2017, have provided extensive information on the condition of harbor facilities. The Collins Engineering study also looked at the actual use of the pier, and talked to groups who use it, including Lincolnville fishermen and Islesboro representatives.

Board Chair Ladleah Dunn thanked Heal for the report, saying it was what the board had asked for. Heal credited Harbor Committee member Brian Cronin for the work. Board member Keryn Laite asked if town staff could assist by adding the information to an Excel spreadsheet.

Heal reported that the cost of replacing the decking on the pier is estimated to range from $80,000 to $100,000. The decking material is 4-by-10-foot board, which is 26 years old. Abrasion to the top surface is "considerably reducing its thickness," according to the report, and is caused by vehicular traffic, snow plowing and, on the east end, vehicles turning on sand grit.

The committee also recommends replacing handrails along the pier when the decking is redone. The top and side handrails are made of 2-by-6-foot boards, supported by 4r-by 4-foot posts.

Immediate work also includes a gantry, which is a wooden stanchion erected in the water and over a new incline, which will support a hoist or winch. The hoist will be used to raise or lower the incline in the event of foul weather. The gantry has been ordered and costs $12,500.

Replacement of one of five floats is recommended for 2018, with an estimated cost of $17,500. The refurbishment of one of four inclines is also recommended for 2018, with an estimated cost of $2,000. Heal noted that there is a revolving $1,000 Harbor Reserve Fund.

Heal's report gives cost estimates for repairing or replacing additional floats, inclines, fender piles, and timber curb stops on the pier deck that prevent vehicles from going over the edge. The timeframe for these repairs is 2019 through 2024. The cost of all the work estimated totals $221,211. The report states that the need, and timeframe for work on pilings, deck joists and the pier's bracing as well as research on federal and state grants to assist with funding, have yet to be determined.

Harbormaster Mike Hutchings reported that moorings have been serviced every year and are all in good shape, and generally the chain is replaced every two years.

Three guest moorings in the harbor were discussed. Hutchings said they do not get a lot of use, and he has not seen all of them full. When boaters want to reserve a mooring, they cal him on his cellphone.

Also discussed was getting an estimate for dredging areas where sand is building up in the harbor, and existing infrastructure that may need repair, including two narrow floats that could be used for small boat tie-ups, a short ramp with bent handrails, and an old float at Dark Harbor Boat Yard in Islesboro.

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