New boat launch on Lilly Lake takes step forward

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The construction of a new boat launch at Lilly Lake took a step forward last week when the Wheatland Town Board accepted a bid for the project.

Corporate Contractors submitted the lowest bid of $108,000, which was accepted by the Town Board by unanimous vote on Nov. 3. The figure includes engineering cost.

The Town Board in September rejected two bids for the project after learning that the state Department of  Natural Resources preferred a different construction. The bids from last week used pre-cast section construction with a turbidity barrier instead of dam. The earlier bids had specified poured concrete.

The project has already won a grant from the state of $29,000, when the project had a lower projected cost.. The board, at the advice of the town engineer, directed staff to work with the DNR on receiving additional grant funds because some funds were not expended by the state in the current year.

Supervisor Kelly Wilson expressed concern that town fire trucks would not be able to draw water at the launch during the construction. But Town of Wheatland Fire Chief Lou Denko said the department has other methods to draw water during that period.

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


One Comment

  1. rob says:

    108.000 please people its a boat launch 14ft wide cement does not cost that much and who in the hell is this engineer and how much does he get hell i can engineer this one for 100.00 tax payers money to the sneeky again

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