News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, February 27, 2014
Planning board OKs Bridge End project

The Deer Isle, Maine, planning board reviews Bridge End project plans

Planning board members Eric Ziner (left) and Tom Leigh (seated) review the plans for the Bridge End project with Nelson Grindal representing Skip Eaton Paving and Construction, the contractor for the project.

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by Rich Hewitt

The Bridge End project is just about ready to begin now that the town’s planning board has given its approval.

The board approved, with conditions, plans for the project which will create water access on a 1.9-acre plot on the site of the former Sisters Restaurant at its meeting February 20. The conditions are not major hurdles and will not delay the project.

One of the issues for the board was that one of the applications for a flood plain permit was missing a signature from the town’s selectmen. Board members waded through the numerous submissions from Skip Eaton Paving and Construction, the contractor for the estimated $260,000 project, and all but one had the necessary signatures.

Nelson Grindal, the contractor’s representative, explained that the application process had been made a little more complicated than usual because the town is the owner of the property.

“It makes it a little more confusing trying to get all the signatures,” Grindal said.

He noted that he had met with selectmen prior to the planning board meeting and he thought he had all the necessary signatures. A local community effort, working with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, has raised the funds both for the purchase of the property, which was then donated to the town, and for the construction project.

The board’s approval was conditional upon that application being signed and delivered. The contractor also was missing a state erosion control plan permit from the state.

That state already has approved that permit, according to Grindal who said Department of Environmental Protection officials have not yet sent the official certificate with the project number, which the local planning board requires before work can start.

The board also required that all work must be done to meet the state flood plain standards and that the contractor provide before and after photographs of the project.

Grindal said he expected to take the photographs and have the required documents in hand soon so that they could begin work on the project as soon as possible. The first phase of the project, the work that needs to be done in the water, has to be completed by April 9.

“We’ve got a short time frame for that,” he said.

The project includes the construction of a 24-by-100-foot launch ramp and a 24-by-80-foot paved approach, a concrete abutment and four steel pilings to support four 8-by-20-foot floats, as well as a parking area, improvements to the entrance to the property and installation of a concrete, vault-style privy.

Grindal explained that all work on the entrance will be done working from the property.

“All the work will be done from the inside,” he said. “But we will still have flaggers out there.”

In response to questions from the board, Grindal said that maintenance of the privy would become the responsibility of the town once it is installed.

Once the required paperwork is in hand, work could begin prior to the estimated start date of March 1. The deadline to complete the work is June 30.