Cost rises, completion delayed for Lakeview Park Marina’s new floating docks

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The cost has escalated again for Lakeview Park Marina’s new floating dock system, this time by $480,000.

Originally pegged to cost $3 million last summer, the cost rose to $5 million once tenders came in higher than expected last fall. The additional $480,000 — approved by council without discussion at a special meeting Wednesday — brings the budget to $5.48 million.

An unexpected upgrade required for the marina’s electrical system is the main reason for the extra cost. That electrical work, as well as possible delays in the delivery of materials due to coronavirus concerns, will delay completion. The marina was supposed to be ready for use again by the start of the boating season this spring, although coronavirus concerns may have kept it closed in any case.

“The exact amount of time for the delay is not yet known,” an administrative report to council says.

Record-high water levels submerged the city-owned marina’s docks last spring, making them unsafe due to electrical issues and forcing their closure for the entire boating season. The best solution to dramatically fluctuating water levels — suggested by city officials and approved by council on June 3 — was replacing the existing 39-year-old fixed dock system with a floating system.