Council has supported multi-million dollar repairs to the harbour – the East Pier and harbour walls need to be fixed and engineering design work for this will be done this year. But along the way some “options” were mentioned which implied that there would be provision for a Travel Lift which many residents oppose. This is primarily because it’s associated with expansion of boat slips into the West Harbour. But at last Monday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting, there was discussion of a motion to pay for pricing several “options”. These included “Detailed Design of reinforced Concrete Boat Lift Platform”. However, it was clarified that this is not intended for a Travel lift but instead to support the crane as has been traditionally used for seasonal boat lift in/out. Further, Councillor Chorley moved that other options should also be considered – see motion below.
The “other options” do not include a Travel Lift. In recent conversations with consultant Shoreplan Engineering, it was learned that for Marinas the size of Cobourg’s, common practice is to use a crane and not a Travel Lift. These are mostly used for larger, private marinas which offer more services. But the weight of a crane could be a problem with the harbour walls hence the suggestion for a concrete platform. An option to this would be to strengthen the (new) harbour walls so that the crane would not be a problem.
Here is the (modified) motion as passed:
THAT Council approve the costs associated with the following provisional items as submitted by Shoreplan Engineering in the amount of $45,700 plus HST, being:
A. Detailed Design of Reinforced Concrete Boat Lift Platform ($16,500);
B. (i) Pedestrian Walkway to Lighthouse – Construction Cost Estimate ($16,700);
C. Condition Assessment of Remaining Harbour Structures ($7,000); and
D. Monitoring of Existing Infrastructure Prior to Completion of Repairs ($22,000).
AND FURTHER THAT Council will decide at a later date whether to authorize provisional item B(ii); Detailed Design and Tender Documents for a Pedestrian Walkway to the Lighthouse ($28,800): this option will be considered upon receipt of B(i): Construction Cost Estimate;
AND FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to request a quotation from Shoreplan Engineering to identify and compare feasible boat-lifting options including high-level cost estimates for Council’s consideration.
This motion was passed unanimously.
Given the sensitivity of the Travel Lift issue, it’s surprising that this clarification was not previously provided although I note that staff (Director Laurie Wills and Deputy Director Teresa Behan) did not describe what was “learned” as a “clarification”.