A contractor to build a new Rhinelander boat launch has been approved. The city council this week accepted the bid of Janke General Contractors to develop the Boyce Drive landing at the site of the former DNR ranger station. The landing will be at the intersection of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.
Committee chair Sherri Belliveau says it won't cost as much as first thought...
"...I just want you to know this came in lower than expected. I'd like to thank MSA for all the hard work to move this along quickly. I will make a motion to approve..."
MSA is the firm hired to coordinate the construction. Janke's bid was for just under $300,000. Belliveau says the majority of the money to fund the project came from federal and state funds...
"...I think it's important to know that these monies came from federal and state DNR grant money. The city's contribution is about $88,000. I think we're getting a lot of bang for the buck..."
Construction is expected to begin in June, depending on the weather. The launch should be ready by 2015. The ranger station will be torn down. The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area. It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot.
There are only small landings along the river south of the Phillip Street dam.