Back to the drawing board for Lilly Lake boat launch project

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A process that could result in a new public boat launch at Lilly Lake is going back to the drawing board.

The Wheatland Town Board on Monday rejected two bids for the project after learning that the state Department of  Natural Resources preferred a different construction.

The town had applied for a DNR Recreational Boating Facilities Grant. Project cost was estimated at $58,050. The grant is for 50 percent or $29,025.

The actual bids received to complete the project in 2014 were:

  • Corporate Contractors, Inc. — $119,660.
  • Terra Engineering & Construction — $134,995.

Both of these bids proposed coffer dams and poured slab construction, which was preferred by board members.

However, the DNR has expressed a preference for pre-cast section construction with a turbidity barrier instead of dam since it has less environmental impact.

Besides rejecting the bids, the board decided to rebid the project with slab and precast alternatives as work to be done in 2015.

The board is planning for a 40-feet long, 14-feet wide launch.


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