Owls Head considering bids for harbor park project

By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 19, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The Owls Head Board of Selectmen, from left, Chairman Tom Von Malder, Linda Post, and Gordon Page, review bids received for the town's harbor park project March 18.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Board of Selectmen opened construction bids for the public landing improvements project at its March 18 meeting.

The work includes, but is not limited to, land side improvements including construction for access parking and walkways, as well as design and construction of shoreline and harbor improvements including a hand-carry launch, fixed pier, gangway, float relocation and associated work.

Three of the four bidders only bid on the construction of access parking and walkways.

Jake Barbour Inc. proposed $39,900, while Farley Inc. offered $40,600, and George C. Hall & Sons bid $49,750.

Prock Marine of Rockland bid on both portions of the construction request bid and offered $60,750 for the parking and walkways project and $329,990 for the marina improvements.

The bids will now be considered by the Owls Head Harbor Committee and reviewed by Gartley & Dorsky Engineering & Surveying to make recommendations to the board.

The board was notified last June of the awarding of a Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant from the National Parks Service to continue the Harbor Park Project.

The $200,000 grant will be used to develop the park on two town-owned parcels of land. It will have a pier, giving the general public access to all of Penobscot Bay, and a boat launch for small hand-carried boats.

The aluminum dock will be 5 feet by 210 feet with an 80-foot ADA-compliant gangway. Rough costs for the project include $40,000 for the dredging permit, $7,000 for the dock permit, $75,000 for dredging, $160,000 for the dock and $40,000 for the gangway.

Dick Carver of the Harbor Committee said the design will satisfy the fishermen's need to have the harbor dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers as well. The town must maintain its access to deep water to remain on the Corps of Engineers' list of approved harbors. That status allows for financial assistance with dredging projects.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust deeded over to the town of Owls Head an abutting property, which will remain open space with walking trails.

The vision goes hand-in-hand with a proposed matching grant MCHT received from the Partridge Foundation for a dollar-for-dollar match -- up to $150,000 -- to acquire Monroe Island, located just across Mussel Ridge Channel in Owls Head.

The 225-acre island, one of the largest undeveloped islands in the Midcoast, is owned by Monroe Island Trust, which approached MCHT to seek interest in purchasing and maintaining it.

A substantial portion of the $1,900,000 goal to purchase the island had been met by a bequest from former Spruce Head resident and artist Marilyn Cameron Noel, who asked that her gift be used to purchase an entire island and have it left forever in its natural state.

The island was deeded over to MCHT in August 2018.

The plan is to have a dock and float on Monroe Island for visitors from Owls Head Harbor Park.

The island has numerous pocket beaches and rocky ledges, along with interior trails that wind through spruce forest and open meadows, and past several ponds, and the north end offers a picnic spot with views of Penobscot Bay, the Camden Hills and Owls Head Lighthouse.

There are also two campsites on the island.

The board will hold a public workshop at 3:30 p.m. April 1 to go over the bids, prior to making a decision at its 4 p.m. regular meeting.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

An aerial view of Owls Head harbor shows the two plots of town-owned land to be developed to include a municipal pier, a recreational area and a foot path to a hand-carried boat access point. Currently, the town has an easement agreement with the owners of Ship to Shore LLC for access to a deep-water wharf. (Courtesy of: Owls Head Town Office)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 19, 2019 13:50

Kudos for the town to hold this for the people in future generations. And a shout out to Gordie who is doing good work

. I am so proud of him.

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) McKeever +:)

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