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Posted on: February 24, 2022

Fishing Pier and Walkway are Closed Until Further Notice

In accordance with Chapter 1, Section 107 of the New York State Property Maintenance Code 2020; Section 107 - Unsafe Structures and Equipment. Click HERE to read the code.

The Building Inspector has closed the fishing pier due to winter ice damage and decay of the structure. The damage was fairly sudden and is substantial, as the ice thaw and freeze damaged and weakened most of the pier. 

The Town must follow New York State Law and requirements. There must be a design phase, which means having an engineering firm draw up the plans to remove, replace, and inspect the work. Then the Town must go out to bid on the work, which is at least a thirty-day window for contractors to submit bids. The bids must be reviewed, and then the Town Board has to pass a resolution awarding the bid. After this, the demolition is performed and must be inspected by the engineering firm. And then the new pier can be installed and inspected. 

This timeline will take all summer. Tour Town Board has been on top of this process since day one and will continue to push for a full replacement with an improved kayak/canoe launch, constructed of all aluminum and composite material, that will be a floating system to prevent future ice damage. 

The estimated cost of this project is approximately $250,000. There are enough funds in the Parkland Deposits Fund to cover this expense. 

Update: On July 12, 2022 the Town Board declared the Town of Ballston Fishing Pier a public health and safety emergency, which allows for demolition of the old pier. The project has been designed and the Town has begun the process of obtaining bids. The estimated timetable for completion is anywhere from early Fall 2022 to early Spring 2023. 

Update: On August 9, 2022, News 10 published a story on the start of demolition of the pier. Click HERE to view.

Further updates will be provided as they become available.  

Thank you all for your patience as the Town navigates this process.

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