RIO VISTA — The decades-old public dock outside of Rio Vista’s City Hall is slowly but surely sinking.
Short-term repairs in 2010 brought the dock back to usable status, but with the recent approval by the city council of a grant agreement, boaters and anglers will eventually see a new dock at the foot of Main Street, saving the city from frequent repairs, including some $20,000 worth needed within the next year.
“From what I hear, the boat dock has been sinking for the last 10 years,” said new City Manager Tim Chapa.
The grant is for $225,000 from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. It calls for a $75,000 city match. Per the agreement, the dock must be completed no later than June 30, 2017, but the initial grant proposal listed a seven-month construction period from March through September 2013 — which was last year. In a recent conversation, Chapa was not sure when construction would start.
Some contributions toward the $75,000 match have already been pledged by the community, Chapa said. He’s hoping the initial pledges will encourage others to chip in as well. The balance will be melded into the city’s budget through current launch ramp fees, Chapa said. City reports indicate that city staff would like to see $25,000 come from outside organizations with the city committing to the remaining $50,000.
The city is also seeking contributions toward the match from the United States Geological Survey.
“We’re trying to make sure we secure those USGS and local matches,” Chapa said.
City reports also indicate that should the city exceed the $75,000 local match, grant funds could also increase. As an example, if the city matches $100,000, then grant money could be increased to $300,000.
David Melilli, the city’s public works director, was not available for comment.
Based on how much total funding is secured, the proposed dock with a 20-year lifespan will be between 110 and 140 feet in length – the current dock is 110 feet long – 10 feet wide and provide Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, which the dock currently does not have.
According to the grant proposal, the original 110-foot dock was completed in 1950 and replaced in 1959. It had frequent overhauls and repairs simply to keep floating.
Half the dock was submerged in water and out of commission for safety reasons for several months prior to the 2010 repairs that cost $22,500. The repairs were made possible in part by an anonymous donor whose husband died. She asked that money be donated to the dock repair project in lieu of flowers, said then-city manager, Hector De La Rosa, to the Daily Republic.
At the time, De La Rosa estimated that to replace the dock could take about three years.
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