BROOKLIN – Town officials are seeking bids for the construction of the town dock planned for Naskeag Point.
Planning has been under way for more than a year for the project that will provide a tie-up dock for fishermen and other boaters, according to Selectman Robert Tapley.
“We’ve had a committee working on this and we had a marine architect draw up the plans,” Tapley said Tuesday. “We revamped them a little and now we’re ready for bids.”
The bid deadline is Saturday, he said.
The plans call for a 30-by-70-foot, rock crib-work dock with a cement roadway, Tapley said. The dock will extend from the existing parking area and will provide a landing from which fishermen can load and unload their vessels.
The town’s commercial fishermen now have to bring their gear down to the point by truck and then take it by small boats out to their fishing vessels.
“There’s no public landing with any facilities at all,” Tapley said. “This is the largest area in town so we decided to put the pier at Naskeag. This will aid the fishermen and any other boaters as well.”
Plans do not include any type of float system. Tapley said the town also will develop a plan for the use of the facility as well as a way to police it.
Voters at the annual town meeting in April approved the project and authorized the selectmen to borrow up to $150,000 over five years for the construction. They also voted to appropriate $30,000 this year as the first payment on that loan.
All the necessary permits are in place, according to Tapley. No date has been set for the start of construction, but selectmen hope to have the project completed by early June 2005.
“We should have it done in time for the summer,” he said.