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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:37

Officials earmark $5,600 to determine how much seawall repairs will cost city

   Port Washington aldermen on Tuesday hired Miller Engineers & Scientists of Sheboygan to design two fixes for the north slip parking lot for a maximum cost of $5,600.
    Aldermen last month delayed hiring the firm, saying they want more information about the cost of the potentially expensive work to repair the seawall to accommodate the Blues Factory.
    But, City Administrator Mark Grams said, the preliminary designs that will be done by Miller are needed to get that cost estimate.
    “I think he’s pretty much determined the options,” Grams said.
    In an outline to the council, Roger Miller of Miller Engineers outlined two potential ways to restore the tiebacks and deadmen that anchor the seawall at the north end of the north slip.
    One would be to install a cast in place concrete deadman wall about 18 feet north of the sheetwall as an anchor for new and existing deadmen.  
    The other would be to install Manta Ray Earth Anchors at 10 foot intervals along the north wall that would be driven into the ground.
    Miller will do a preliminary design for the options, City Administrator Mark Grams said, and the city will then talk to contractors to get cost estimates for each option.
    Grams said he expects to have the cost estimates for aldermen to consider by the council’s Oct. 3 meeting.
    To ensure that happens, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said he would alert contractors that he would have the designs and be looking for estimates in the upcoming weeks.
    After they have the cost estimates in hand, Grams said, the city will sit down with Gertjan van den Broek to talk about the costs and options.
    Van den Broek told the council Tuesday that he is prepared to move forward with the Blues Factory.
    “We’re ready to move forward with the project, with the financing of the project,” van den Broek said. “We have people interested in running the Blues Factory. We have multiple partners.
    “We look forward to resolving the dock walls.”
    That, he said, will allow him to complete the design of his building and move ahead with the project.
    The work on the seawall is needed as the city prepares to sell the north marina slip parking lot to van den Broek for the controversial Blues Factory entertainment complex.
    While doing a review of the seawall in preparation for the sale, the city discovered that the structural supports for the sheetwall — the tiebacks that hold the wall in place and the deadmen that anchor the tiebacks —are largely nonexistent and the wall is bowing in places.
    The work approved Tuesday includes $2,800 for a preliminary analysis and meetings with the city, $1,600 for the concept sketches and $1,200 for an initial precision survey of the site.
    Miller Engineering also said it expects additional work will be required in the future, including detailed design plans for $6,500, construction visits for $2,400 and annual monitoring of the seawall estimate d to cost $2,700. Daily Press