The 2022 budget included provision for work to start on repairing the harbour breakwaters and walls but when tenders were called for phase one, the lowest bid was “far over budget” ($7M vs a budget of $5M). Staff then re-tendered for just part of Phase one (the East wall) but “delays of the Coast Guard building reconstruction project on the East Pier would significantly impact the east wall repair project” so at the recent Committee of the Whole council meeting, another adjustment of the sequence was recommended by staff. The new plan is to repair the West Breakwater first using the approved Phase one budget of $4.9M. But Director Geerts said that a decision to proceed was needed now or we would miss next summer’s construction season.
Mayor Cleveland said that the project should be deferred until a provincial or federal grant was available. In response to a question from Councillor Burchat, Director Geerts said that “nothing prevents us from seeking funding from other levels of Government … We continue to apply as they become available”. Further in applying for grants, “we need to show we are committed to it … We need to show we have skin in the game”. Councillor Darling asked if implementing the West Breakwater would stop sand infiltration into the harbour so maintenance costs (dredging) would be reduced – the answer was yes. The motion to approve proceeding with repairing the west wall breakwater passed unanimously.
Here are some more details.
Due to the uncertain timing of the completion of the Coast Guard structure, staff recommend a flexible approach for now regarding the timing of the east breakwater and east pier. To repair the east breakwater, frequent access by heavy equipment is required via the east pier. Until there is some certainty to the completion of the Coast Guard building, staff recommend not proceeding with a permanent repair to the east breakwater. The best timing and contract approach for the east breakwater can be confirmed at a later date; it is possible to effectively stage the east breakwater with the basin wall repairs, east pier repairs, or as a stand-alone project. The East breakwater is recommended to be completed before the east pier so that damage is not inflicted on the newly repaired east pier with the transportation of heavy machinery and materials out to the breakwater.
Revised sequence of Repair work
1. Basin Walls
1. Breakwater – West
To recap the work:
1. Basin walls: Rehabilitation of the walls on the north and east side of marina basin as well as the fuel dock.
- Replace old walls with new steel sheet pile walls with a concrete cap along the water’s edge.
- Restoration and proper backfilling behind the new walls to eliminate the need for maintenance due to sink holes and will include replacement of the paver stone walkway with a new concrete walkway
- Work will ensure a safe place for load in/ load out of boats
2. Breakwaters: Rehabilitation of the breakwaters that form the entrance to the harbour (Photo is West Breakwater in July 2013).
- Existing concrete cap modified where required
- Additional stone material will be placed to build up the structures to provide additional protection and increase stability of the failed sections
3. East Pier: A third phase is contemplated for repair, redesign, and construction of the East Pier to reactivate this space as a public amenity.
Director Geerts commented that the whole project is now expected to cost $15M to $20M.
Apart from moving ahead with the West Breakwater in 2023 and that other phases are subject to approval in the 2023 budget, there is no indication of when all the work will be completed.
Cobourg News Blog Reports
- Harbour repair cost problem – 21 Sept 2022
- Major Harbour Repairs required – 4 December 2020
- East Pier Public Meeting – 6 Sept 2020