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Repairs needed at Gores Landing wharf

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

This is the side of the Gores Landing Wharf that needs repairing because fill is slipping out and small sink holes are emerging in the green lawn area and dips in the paved centre.VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

This is the side of the Gores Landing Wharf that needs repairing because fill is slipping out and small sink holes are emerging in the green lawn area and dips in the paved centre.VALERIE MACDONALD Northumberland Today

GORES LANDING -- The good news is that the steel outer wall of the Gores Landing Wharf doesn't need replacing but the wooden inner wall of the small peninsula-like structure needs reinforcement to address sinkholes, a consultant says.

An underwater dive investigation showed the "sheet piles" that enclose the wharf on the north side, and all the way out to the historic gazebo replica at the end, are still doing a good job, Sean Decloux of Planmac Enginering Inc. told those at a public meeting Wednesday.

But the southern timber boardwalk needs repair, he explained.

The sink holes in the centre of the pier at not very deep at this point, about five inches in diameter, and scattered through an area that it kept lawn mowed, but there are also waves and depressions in the pavement that has settled indicating the interior fill of the long-time dock is escaping.

This is what has to be halted.

Fill is also being lost underneath the brick approach pathway to the wharf that draws people to fish, tie up their boats, enjoy picnics on one of the tables in the area or to sit and look out over the water from the gazebo.

The steel and wooden encasement of the huge dock is about 50 years old, Decloux said in response to a question from one citizen

In an interview, Decloux said Hamilton Township council has budgeted $420,000 for the repairs that include everything from the underwater investigation that has already been completed to final construction. Earlier this summer, council hired Planmac at a cost of about $56,000 to undertake and oversee the necessary repairs.

This will include the installation of gabion baskets (wire boxes filled with rock) to create a retaining structure that stop the fill being lost on the southern side and to create a new concrete centre deck after breaking up and removing the asphalt currently there.

The project must still be tendered and the work contracted out, Decloux said after council approval is received.

The objective is to have construction take place this winter, starting in January.

"That is the ideal time to do in-water work," he said.

Fire Chief Kelly Sorsen was at the public meeting and in an interview he said the construction work would allow for the installation of an unpressurized hydrant where firefighters can draw water from the lake during fires.

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