ROCKLAND, Maine — A $1 million overhaul at the city’s fish pier tops Rockland’s proposed capital improvement program for 2015-2016.
The package of recommendations was unveiled Monday night to City Council, which will review the proposed projects during its budget deliberations in the spring.
The fish pier work would consist of replacing the surface of the pier, which has deteriorated over the past few decades. New concrete will be poured, new pilings will be installed and two new cranes would be purchased to help fishermen unload their catches.
Fish Pier Manager Al Gourde said the city will apply for a federal Economic Development Administration grant in June and a state transportation department grant later this year to help pay for the work.
Harbor Master Ed Glaser said Wednesday the Rockland pier was constructed of granite about a century ago and is not built the same as the breakwater in Eastport, which had a 200-foot long section collapse in December. He said the Eastport structure was built with sheets of metal that deteriorated and resulted in the collapse.
The next largest project on the Rockland list involves repairs to the facade of the public library. If approved, that work would cost an estimated $500,000 and be financed by borrowing money.
Other big-ticket items on the capital list are a new ambulance to replace a 2006 vehicle, a new police cruiser to replace a 2009 one and a new 14-cubic yard dump truck to replace one half its size. Those vehicles — totaling $452,000 — would be leased over a five-year period, at which time the city would own them.
The package also calls for spending $50,000 to improve the audio system in the council chambers. The new system would improve the sound quality of meetings for public access television.
The total package of work is nearly $2 million. The city’s finance director said the package would increase the city’s annual debt repayment costs by $95,000.