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Beline Obeid
February 07, 2013
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The dredging project for the Grosse Pointe Woods city marina received final approval Monday night when the city council awarded the contract to Malcolm Marine, Inc. of St. Clair.

The cost of the project, set at $217,354 including engineering fees and contingencies, will be paid for out of the city’s Boat Dock Enterprise Fund, which is funded entirely through boat well rental fees.

Faced with declining lake levels that have dropped marina levels as much as 18 inches, city officials felt they had no choice but to dredge the harbor before the start of the 2013 boating season.

Council member Todd McConaghy, who keeps a boat at the marina and is the council representative to the city’s recreation commission, told fellow council members dredging was a necessity, and it had to be done “sooner rather than later.”

Three contractors submitted bids, which ranged from Malcolm Marine’s low of $197,354 to a high of $235,640. The project includes dredging the channel leading from the marina to the lake and individual boat wells.

“We have previously worked with Malcolm Marine on similar projects in Grosse Pointe Woods and other communities and are satisfied with their performance,” said Scott Lockwood of the city’s engineering firm, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, recommending Malcolm for the project.

Permits for the project must be obtained from the Water Resource Board in St. Clair Shores, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

City Administrator Skip Fincham said the city has applied for the necessary permits and once the permits are in hand and the ice clears, dredging can begin.

Additional marina improvements were also approved by the council, but will be done using city employees. The estimated $70,000 includes new electrical lines, water lines, repair of the seawall and several painting projects. Payment is from the city’s Boat Dock Enterprise fund.

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