It’s not just the East Pier that needs fixing, it’s the whole harbour. Teresa Behan Deputy Director, Community Services, estimates that “repairs to all aspects of the waterfront area may be upwards of $12M including all fees (see table below). This does not include any ‘enhanced features’ and landscaping that will be proposed for the final design of the east pier project.” Major Repairs are required for both the east and west breakwaters, the basin east and north walls and minor work on the centre pier. In addition, the estimate for rehabilitation of the East Pier has been revised upwards. The project will also include assessments of the Fuel Dock and Coast Guard Wharf. The amounts shown are still estimates but will be better known once construction tendering takes place.
Before 2004, the Harbour belonged to the Federal Government but in October 2004 ownership was transferred to the Town. The problem seems to be that the harbour’s infrastructure is now either at or nearing its end of life.
|Location||Work required||Cost||Remaining structure Life|
|East Breakwater||Remove concrete cap, fill voids, place armour stone (130 meters)||$1,750,000||Less than 5 years|
|West Breakwater||Place additional armour stones, and bring entire west breakwater to a higher level of stability (180 meters)||$975,000 (temporary) and/or $3,250,000 (permanent)||Less than 5 years|
|Centre Pier||Failed concrete section for 6 meters||$75,000||End of life at section noted and 10 years for rest of pier|
|Basin north wall||Repair timber crib walls and install sheet piling for 210 meters||$1,950,000||End of life with restrictions put in place for pedestrians only|
|Basin East wall||Replacing sheet piles, filling voids and placing a concrete cap for 115 meters||$1,170,000||End of life with suggested monthly inspections|
Note: Add 10 – 15% for design engineering, tendering, and contract administration/ inspection of the construction.
In addition, the original cost estimate for the rehabilitation of the east pier was $792,000 for repairs and approximately $1,340,000 for enhancements. Upon further review and inspection, the current engineering consultant has advised that an additional ~$150,000 will be required to complete the desired rehabilitation of the east pier.
On a snowy December 1st, Council convened a special Committee of the Whole meeting on the East Pier to hear Teresa explain the problem (see photos). Then at a special regular Council meeting on December 3, Council was asked to approve the next step. That is, to request quotations for the design and tendering of the necessary harbour infrastructure repairs including condition assessments of the Fuel Dock and Coast Guard Wharf.
The expanded work has surfaced partly because the Town is pursuing an asset management plan as required by legislation. This requires an assessment of all Capital Assets owned by the Town.
At the Special Council Meeting, the following motion was passed:
THAT Council receive this report for information purposes;
AND FURTHER THAT Council direct Staff to request quotations from Shoreplan Engineering and Riggs Engineering for the design and tendering of the necessary harbour infrastructure repairs noted in the Shoreplan Engineering report dated July 2020;
AND FURTHER THAT Council direct Staff to include the cost of Condition Assessments for the Fuel Dock and the Coast Guard Wharf in the 2021 budget;
AND FURTHER THAT given the anticipated cost of repairing the harbour walls and breakwaters, Council reviews and reprioritizes all existing waterfront capital projects as needed during the 2021 budget deliberations;
AND FURTHER THAT Council direct Staff to provide additional Information in 2021 regarding the timeline for repairs to the harbour, potential sources of funding, and the financial implications for the Town of Cobourg.
Tendering for design work (including more detailed estimates) will now happen in time to include the expected ~$750K in the 2021 budget. This work would then be done in 2021 and tendering for construction would be in late 2021. Construction would start in 2022 and will take several years once started. Harbour operations will be maintained to some extent during construction.
There are no known upper tier Government grants to cover these costs although staff “will pursue all areas”.
Treasurer Ian Davey said that there would be no problem with the Town borrowing the required funds and with current low interest rates the pay back would be in the range of $700K to $900K per year range depending on the pay-back period. Ian confirmed that some of the revenue from Northam Park could be used.
Until the work is done, the East and North basin walls are in danger of collapsing but they will be inspected monthly to be sure there is no immediate danger.
See the full Shoreplan report for more details.
Photos of Special “On-site” Committee of the Whole meeting
- Harbour Repairs Report by Teresa Behan
- Shoreplan Final Report
- RFP Issued for Waterfront Changes – 15 October 2020 – RFP subsequently withdrawn
- East Pier Public Meeting – 6 September 2020 – about East Pier enhancements