It’s somewhat confusing but there are two major Harbour projects being discussed at Council and they both get mentioned at next week’s CoW meeting. The first is fixing the harbour walls and breakwaters for a total of $12.8M and the second is rehabilitation of the East Pier (budget estimate for 2024 is $3.6M) – that is, to make it an attractive place. Work on the East Pier rehabilitation cannot start until at least the harbour walls and East Breakwater work is done. The two consultants involved are making presentations: Shoreplan is providing a walls and breakwaters project update which is essentially the same as provided in the Engage Cobourg Survey information and reported here on 29 January – see link below, and MBTW Group is reporting on plans to spruce up the East Pier.
Work on these projects started around the summer of 2018 when it was discovered that Harbour walls and the two breakwaters needed work. Since then, there have been multiple public engagements (surveys and meetings) and a lot of public interest. When all projects are completed (hopefully by 2024), the Harbour will be in better shape, lifting boats in and out by crane will be safe and the East Pier will be an attractive place to hang out, hold minor events and perhaps be where tour boats can be docked – but the Waterfront Festival Midway will not return here.
As a result of the most recent survey on parking and boat docking, and considering public input, MBTW recommends that limited parking be provided (10 spaces) and that provision be made for future charter and tour boat docking. See their presentation in Links below for details. (Presentation includes some great illustrations).
Based on information by Shoreplan and MBTW, the timeline shows completion by the end of 2024.
Harbour Rehabilitation Timeline
Design: 90% Completion – February 2022
Permitting: February 2022 + 3 months or more
Phase 1 Basin Walls / Centre Pier / Fuel Dock $5M
Retain Contractor: Summer 2022
Construction: Commence Fall 2022 – Duration 4 Months
Retain Contractor: Fall 2022
Phase 2A – East Breakwater $2.3M – Commence Fall 2023 – Duration 4 Months
Phase 2B – West Breakwater $5.5M – Commence Fall 2024 – Duration 4 Months
East Pier Rehabilitation may begin following completion of the East Breakwater pending Council approval. This would mean completion of East Pier rehabilitation by the Fall of 2024.
Starting with the next Council Meeting (CoW on March 7), meetings will be hybrid – a mix of Zoom and in-person. Also, members of the public will be permitted in Council chamber although at a limited capacity and wearing masks. This makes it easier to participate in the Open Forum and ask questions although you might have to email the clerk first at firstname.lastname@example.org
- MBTW Presentation – includes some great illustrations of what the East Pier would look like – one of these is shown above.
- Shoreplan Presentation
- Town wants comments on Harbour Repairs – 29 January 2022