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Rockland fish pier repair costs soar

By Stephen Betts | Nov 12, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland municipal fish pier

Rockland — The estimated cost for a major overhaul to the Rockland municipal fish pier has come in $700,000 over budget.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said Nov. 10 that the engineer working with the city has estimated the cost of construction at $2,122,000. The budget for the project is $1,410,000.

"We met with the engineer today (Nov. 10) to try and fit the scope of work into the available funds but we won’t really know what we can do until we go out to bid," the manager said.

The project is expected to go out to bid either in December or January, then the work would begin in November 2021, Luttrell said. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection restricts marine work to November through April, he said.

The construction project includes new pilings, resurfacing the pier, improvements to the storage areas, and upgrades to the electrical system.

The city has received grants to help pay for the work, including an $830,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced in August 2018.

"The renovated structure will support current business needs and future economic growth," according to a news release from the federal agency in 2018.

The city estimated in that grant application that the project would retain 86 jobs.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: James York | Nov 14, 2020 01:11

Do the fish pier right. The best port ( fishing infrastructure) between Portland and Eastport if the city does this right it could operate in the black and put revenue back into the city coffers- let the tax payer(residents) appreciate the city's greatest resource- not just the yachting types.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 12, 2020 11:56

Rockland would jump over a ten dollar bill to get at a quarter. The fire station was built on a four foot frost wall instead of a full foundation which would have allowed for upward expansion. The sewer plant was located in the center of town because all the pipes discharged into the ocean. These decisions were made to keep cost down but it has probably cost us more by having police and fire in two locations and all the money spent on odor abatement. The thinking is no different now.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 12, 2020 09:23

Once again City leaders find themselves caught in a calamity of their own making.  Re-building an outdated fish pier in the center of town seems to lack a bit of common sense.  Many agree this is a construction project that just doesn't fit the place & times.  Once a fishing village, recreational marinas now sit on the very spots that once were fish packing plants.  Rockland's harbor is now more populated with mega yachts and cruise ships.  Although fishing still plays an important role here, rebuilding the antiquated pier in the middle of town creates issues  maneuvering  large fishing trawlers and recreational boaters.  The unfortunate minority feel the deep water south end of the harbor situated out of harms way would be the better placement of a fish pier where large commercial craft and trucks could operate away from in-town congestion.  Of course this just makes too much sense to be useful information.  Rockland will pony up the extra mil just because well that's always the way we've done it.

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