Boybe City marina project additions

marina webBenjamin Gohs

News Editor

Boyne City Harbormaster Barb Brooks updated the Boyne City Commission on the city’s F. Grant Moore Municipal Marina project.
Brooks told commissioners, during their Tuesday June 10 meeting, that—while phase one of the marina renovation is underway and going smoothly—it would require some additional work.

“After some of the removals of the abutments and looking at the new docks, the contractor and the engineer have had some discussion about additional bracing that they feel would be helpful—not necessarily right now with the new dock but as the dock ages,” Brooks said. “When we actually decide that, because they are fixed-adjustable, when we do have to move them those have to be picked up to be able to put the pins in the placements for the right height and they felt this additional bracing would save us money in the long run and make the docks last longer.”
The city had originally budgeted a little over $210,000 to work on the shopper docks and the fixed-finger piers. However, the project prices were reduced to around $205,000. Brooks said the additional work, which would also include a 10-square-foot section of sidewalk in need of replacement, could be mostly paid for by the leftover project funds.
• Additional bracing cost – $7,260
• Sidewalk replacement cost – $140
• Amount of funds requested to be added to the marina budget – $2,084.68
“We need to do the project right,” said Boyne City Commissioner Laura Sansom. “And, for that little amount difference from what was originally budgeted, I think it is well worth it.”
Boyne City Commissioner Derek Gaylord concurred with Sansom, adding that there was no way to know about the issues until the renovations were underway.
“We’re going to take care of what we have and make it last as long as we can,” he said.
The commission unanimously approved the measure.
Brooks then briefed the commission on the need for new power pedestals at a total cost of $6,670.
According to Brooks, during the city’s spring inspection of the marina facility, they found several pedestals that supply power, water and night lights to the docks on the main floating pier to be in poor shape.
“My guess is that they’re original, from the late-’70s or so,” she said.
Brooks said some of the pedestals are in such disrepair that replacement is imminent.
The city attempted to order replacement parts for the pedestals but had difficulty in locating them.
The city has received an offer for new power pedestals from Advance Electric at a cost of $395 for 30-amp circuits and $495 for 50-amp circuits. The city could also have the pedestal lights converted to LED at a cost of $23 each.
According to Brooks, purchasing new units from a manufacturer could cost between $550 and $1,200 each.
Brooks proposed the city purchase 15 new pedestals from Advance Electric. This would replace the city’s current 13 pedestals and give it two spares for future use.
Gaylord asked if the units in question were contemporary. Brooks said the company that made them is still in business and similar pedestals are still available for purchase.
The commission approved the purchase and then discussed how much it might cost to have the pedestals installed.
Brooks said it might cost as low as $4,000, but that the electrician would know better once the old pedestals are removed and the wiring can be inspected.
Sansom suggested purchasing up to 23 new pedestals, if Brooks’ budget allows for it, because Advance Electric has 23 pedestals available. Brooks said she would have to look at her budget and make a determination.
The commission then voted to approve Brooks to find an electrical contractor to install the new pedestals at a “reasonable” cost.