Orleans Marina accepting bids for pier repair project
The Orleans Marina is in the process of re-advertising for repair service to be done on the three remaining piers on their harbor. Previous bids on the Orleans Marina pier repair project had to be rejected, due to the incorrect bid form being available online.
The Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority ( (NFPAMA) passed a motion at their last board meeting of 2016 to reject all previous bids because the wrong bid form had been sent out.
Helaine Millner, Orleans Marina dockmaster, said they originally planned to have these repairs started a a few months ago but a change in directors and their bid form has slowed things down. Although, the Orleans Marina is operating right now at “99 percent” capacity, according to Millner, and these pier repairs are a small improvement.
“It’s a constant because whenever you have high water you’re going to have some boards that will come loose, and that’s just due to the high water,” Millner said.
In some instances one or two boards on piers 4 to 6 have come loose from high water.
When asked if drainage is an issue, Milner said that drainage has never been a problem for the Orleans Marina.
“When we have a light freeze we might have a water line pop up, but that’s just general maintenance. You’re always going to have that, due to the temperatures.”
She commented that they were one of the first ones back up after Hurricane Katrina and that some of their tenants rode out the storm. Tenants are currently anticipating the improvement in the Marina’s last three piers
Pier repairs will involve a replacing of strings on boards, as well as a sleeker handrail design. The repairs have already been completed on piers 1 to 3, so piers 4 to 6 will be upgrading to the same design, once a bid is selected for the repairs.
According to Millner, repairs will likely be completed seven months to a year from the start date.
“Our tenants will greatly appreciate it.”