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Dredging work still needed to maintain function of facility at Meldrum Bar Park

COURTESY PHOTO - A new $127,448 boat dock at Meldrum Bar Park is now open to the public in Gladstone.Last month, Gladstone completed a new $127,448 public boat dock at Meldrum Bar Park.

In March, the city was successful in obtaining a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board for the fabrication and delivery of the aluminum boarding docks. Gladstone Public Works conducted a competitive bid process, and a contract was awarded to CR Fabrication to complete the work.

City Administrator Jackie Betz said Public Works staff has done a "phenomenal job" assisting with these projects.

"Thank you to our Gladstone City Council and members of the Parks & Recreation Board as we continue to enhance our beautiful natural assets along the rivers in the Gladstone community," she said.

Betz said rehabilitation of the Meldrum Bar boat launch area will be a process completed in three phases. Installing a new dock completed the second phase, and the first sediment analysis completed at the end of February.

COURTESY PHOTO - CR Fabrication completed the work to fabricate and deliver aluminum boarding docks at Meldrum Bar Park."The third phase is to dredge the boat launch area so that the dock operates properly and boaters can functionally use the launch area well into the future without the sediment buildup in the portion of the river," Betz said.

Gladstone was notified last week that it has been successful in obtaining dredging grants, $278,000 from the Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife and $70,000 from the Oregon Marine Board. Proposed work includes in-water placement of approximately 7,000 cubic yards of dredged materials from Meldrum Bar, which would have to be authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Betz said the city will need to move fast to use the dredging funds, hiring a professional project manager for support at an approximately $50,000 cost. State officials will require that the city dedicate approximately $50,000 in cash and administrative costs in order to secure the grant funds. Betz said city staff are evaluating financial costs and drafting an implementation plan for the Gladstone City Council and the Parks & Recreation Board's consideration. Gladstone needs to secure the dredging contract in January 2020, so Betz and Public Works Director Jim Whynot plan to present a proposal to City Council by Aug. 13.

"If Council accepts the grant, we would strategize with dredging the basin during the 2020 in-water work window (July 1-Oct. 31) however, we have until June 30, 2021," Betz said. "Our preferred conceptual dredge design includes the use of hydraulic or mechanical dredge to move the sediments that impact safe navigations at Meldrum Bar park to an in-water placement area to be designated nearby in the mainstream in the Willamette River."


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