Last December, Council had a special on-site meeting to review what should be done to repair the harbour and enhance the East pier (see photo and link below). The problem is that it’s not just the East Pier that needs fixing, it’s the whole harbour. And these repairs could cost around $12 million – without even doing the much discussed enhancements to the East Pier. In October 2020, an RFP was issued for design work to implement the Waterfront plan including enhancements to the East Pier and the harbour generally but it was withdrawn “due to staffing and funding concerns”. It seems it was premature given the need to first do repairs. East Pier enhancements are now not expected to happen for some years – maybe 2023 or 2024.
The recently approved 2021 budget includes money for Engineering design of the repairs with the intent that actual repair work would start in 2022. Given the urgency, an RFP for the design work has already been issued and bids received. At the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 16, Council will be asked to approve award of the winning bid – and make some choices on options.
The bid recommended (lowest price and also highest evaluation score) was less than the budget of $750K but as well as design work, bidders were asked to quote on several options (provisional items) with these results:
|A) Detailed Design of Reinforced Concrete Boat Lift Platform Contract Administration
|B) Pedestrian Walkway to Lighthouse
i) Construction Cost Estimate
ii) Detailed design and tender documents
|C) Condition Assessment of Remaining Harbour Structures
|D) Monitoring of Existing Infrastructure Prior to Completion of Repairs
The Staff report then states:
It is recommended that Council proceed with Provisional Items A, C and D in the amount of $45,500 and that Provisional Item B be considered by Council and direction provided to Staff whether to proceed or not.
That is, staff only want direction on whether a Pedestrian Walkway to the Lighthouse is wanted but recommend the other items.
In explaining item C, the staff memo says:
Additional Costs: Council is advised that there may be additional engineering design fees associated with any repairs that are recommended as a result of the condition assessment of the west harbor wall and Coast Guard wharf (Provisional Item C). Any additional costs for further design work will be brought back to Council for approval.
No additional details are provided about the “Boat Lift Platform” – such as why it’s included despite the inclusion in the current Strategic plan of an action to not add boat slips. However, the Waterfront Plan does include a boat lift located adjacent to the current boat launch tramp. If I recall, the business plan for the Marina discussed expansion and included provision of a boat lift – see links below. However, it is quite possible to have a boat lift without expanding the Marina.
Since the next Council election is in October 2022 and given that repair work will not start until 2022, it’s unlikely that there will be any decision on improvements to the East Pier until 2023 (or later) with implementation no sooner than 2024.
Town Documents (hosted on Cobourg News Blog)
- Staff Memo recommending award of Tender
- Waterfront Plan – Download pdf – 5.6MB
- Waterfront Plan Appendices – Business case for Marina starts on page 271 (as measured by Adobe Acrobat Reader) – 28MB
Cobourg News Blog articles
- Major Harbour Repairs required – 4 December 2020
- East Pier Public meeting (virtual) – includes details of planned upgrades – 6 September 2020.
- RFP Issued for Waterfront Changes – 15 October 2020 – includes links to Waterfront Plan.
- Another Amendment to Strategic Plan – 30 April 2019 – details of Council’s decision to not add boat slips.
Update – 17 February 2021
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on 16 February, Council were not ready to decide on the “provisional” items listed above. After debate, they voted to award the main engineering design work to the recommended contractor but to defer the provisional items to the next C.O.W. meeting on March 8.