HARRISVILLE - The City of Harrisville will fund emergency repairs to city marina docks, and continue to seek funds for more comprehensive work.
City council members approved spending up to $24,999 to make city marina dock repairs Monday, Mayor John Dobis said. He and the harbormaster are working out an agreement with a company to fix parts of the north dock to ensure it stays structurally sound through the winter.
"The city and the harbor commission ... have agreed that we need to spend some money on getting at least the initial repairs done on that project," he said.
While these dock sections don't pose a safety threat, the north dock is showing signs of aging from being exposed to the elements, and a few pilings need repairs, Dobis said. Electrical work is needed as well.
"We want to make sure that we take appropriate actions before they get too bad," he said.
The repairs come amid an ongoing effort by the city to secure state funding for more major dock fixes, Dobis said. He and other city officials have asked the Department of Natural Resources for long-term dock repairs or replacements, something they'll continue to push for in the coming months.
Harrisville's harbor is a vital piece of infrastructure for the city, and needs to be kept in good repair, Dobis said. While the harbor has struggled recently, the 2012 boating season was a successful one.
"It wasn't outstanding by any means, but we've been able to maintain the harbor and pay the bills," he said, adding high fuel prices and a still-struggling economy kept some boaters away.
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