Greenville gets $250,000 earmark to finish wharf

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 8:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The town will be able to finish the $725,000 Greenville Junction Wharf renovation project next spring, and the money won’t come from local property taxes.

Piscataquis County Economic Development specialist Dr. Ken Woodbury Jr. announced recently that the town had been successful in obtaining a $250,000 congressional earmark to complete the work on the wharf. “We got it,” said Woodbury, who requested the earmark on behalf of the town.

The wharf, which is used heavily by residents in the region and by tourists to gain access to Moosehead Lake, had deteriorated over the years, so the main focus of the project was to improve safety for those who use the wharf.

“We have been told yes, it’s been approved, which is tremendous because as you know we’ve struggled with the wharf project,” Greenville Town Manager John Simko said this week. “We have run into a lot of different construction issues, and the only way we could solve budget shortfalls was to shrink the scope of the project.”

As part of the project, the rotting bulkhead was dug out, filled in with concrete, compacted and covered with gravel. The sheet piles, which had to be installed six inches higher than originally designed because of the height of the lake at the time of installation, were secured, and riprap was installed on the north side of the wharf and on the Wiggins Stream side. A new boat launch was constructed.

Funding for the work done thus far was from an earlier congressional earmark, federal and state grants, a $250,000 local commitment, and $4,713 from the Unorganized Territory budget in Piscataquis County.

The latest earmark of $250,000 will allow the town to do those changes that had to be delayed or pulled from the project for lack of funding, including the installation of riprap on Wiggins Stream, repaving of the wharf area, streetlights and signs, Simko said.

Earlier in the year, the town received an $8,000 Canopy grant to plant trees on the property and a $5,600 Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant for paving and constructing a snowmobile trail from the lake to Route 15, according to Woodbury.

“Now they can finish this off making it into a first-class multipurpose recreational facility,” Woodbury said. It will help make the area more of a destination, he said.

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