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Crown Point to seek Monitor Bay bids

Retaining wall to be replaced

Crown Point officials hope to complete a Monitor Bay project this spring to avoid possible conflicts with the summer boating season. The town is ready to go to bid for work to replace a retaining wall in the bay, which is home to the town board launch and campsite.

Crown Point officials hope to complete a Monitor Bay project this spring to avoid possible conflicts with the summer boating season. The town is ready to go to bid for work to replace a retaining wall in the bay, which is home to the town board launch and campsite.

Crown Point officials hope to complete a Monitor Bay project this spring to avoid possible conflicts with the summer boating season.

The town is ready to go to bid for work to replace a retaining wall in the bay, which is home to the town board launch and campsite.

“I’d like to see this done this spring so that the heavy amount of boat traffic during the summer won’t be interrupted,” Supervisor Charlie Harrington said. “We have all our permits. We’ve been in contact with the Department of State and the county planning office; we’re all on the same page.”

The project, which will replace a deteriorating wall with a new vinyl barrier, has been approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Adirondack Park Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harrington said.

“This process started in 2009 and our permits expire in 2013, so we have to act,” the supervisor said.

When the project planning began in 2009 the estimated cost was $234,000. Harrington hopes the bids will come in at that level.

“Normally the cost of projects increase with time, so we could be looking at a greater expense,” he said, “but the economy hasn’t been good so may be the costs will still be in line with the original estimates.”

In 2010 Crown Point received a state matching grant for $117,000 for the work. The town will match that amount with labor and materials.

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