June 18, 2018
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Voters approve more money for dredging in Bass Harbor

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

TREMONT, Maine — Approximately 30 voters gave their approval last week to paying $126,100 more toward the town’s dredging project in Bass Harbor, according to a town official.
The money is going toward added costs caused by the presence of ledge in the 5.6-acre dredging area at the north end of the harbor, Town Manager Millard Billings said Monday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paying 80 percent of the added ledge-removal costs, or about $500,000, he said.
Billings said the additional money was approved last Thursday by a unanimous voice vote during a special town meeting held at the town office.
Overall, the town is contributing $506,100 toward the project, which has a total projected cost of more than $2 million, Billings said.
The project is expanding the existing mooring area, which last was dredged in 1962, according to the town manager. Prock Marine of Rockland, the dredging contractor, is doing maintenance dredging of the existing mooring field as part of the overall project.
Billings said the town has not decided how it will arrange moorings in the additional 5.6 acres of usable harbor it will have when the project is complete.
“We know we’re going to get more [moorings]; we just don’t know how many more,” he said.
Billings said the Army Corps and Prock Marine hope to have the project finished by mid-April.

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