Jersey Shore plans to build boat launch

JERSEY SHORE – Borough council Thursday night approved engineering design plans by Larson Design Group for a public access river project.

The 6-0 vote now allows the borough to move ahead with project construction.

Voting in favor of the plan were Paul Garrett, Janet Barnhart, Marguerite Dyroff, John Pisarcik, Barbara Schmouder, and Kenneth Scheesley, Sean Simcox and Deborah Colocino were absent.

Larson Design Group’s bid of $70,745 was the lower of two bids submitted for the engineering work.

Borough engineer Joseph Hamm said council’s next step will be to seek bids for construction.

“We are finally getting everything in place,” he said. “We hope to have construction started in late July. We should be wrapping up the project in late September.”

The river access project, located just off Front Street, will offer a launch area for boats.

“The current boat launch was really never a boat launch,” Hamm said. “It was used by the fire department to get water from the river.”

Estimated construction cost for the project is $313,921 and is being funded mostly by grants, Hamm noted.

The bulk of dollars are coming through a $205,000 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant.

Other grants are from The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, $100,000, and Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, $10,000.

Local money raised through the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership amounted to $50,000.

A $75,000 National Park Service grant will help fund engineering design work.