Coupeville Wharf Rehabilitation Project
It has been almost three years since our Island County Commissioners awarded the Port a grant to repair the piles/caps, as well as when the Port submitted the JARPA permit. The Port submitted the JARPA December 28th 2019 and received confirmation on January 4th, 2020, this has been a tiring and challenging process, but we are very excited to share with you that we are in the final stages of the process and have signed off on our nearshore mitigation credit, which means a permit for the repairs can be awarded within weeks!
This is an exciting time for the wharf, as well as our community. We have already started the wharf re-roof project, which is now in the final permitting stages. We anticipate the roof repair and new metal shingle roof to be completed in March. We are hoping to be executing the pile project around that timeframe as well.
We are also in the process of working with our engineers for the seismic stabilization of the walls, and hope to execute that Spring. If you visit our wharf building you will notice considerable movement on our West and East facing walls. Though some of this movement is normal, we want to shore up those walls increasing their abilities to handle movement. Part of the pile replacement project is to add eight (8) stainless steal piles to the West and East side of the wharf structure. This will allow for a more stabilized foundation.
We are finalizing the process of purchasing three new sets of double doors (front, back entryway and Penn Cove Outfitters), which should be completed by January. This is the first phase in a total rehabilitation of all doors and windows for the building. Along with this is the rehabilitation and/or replacement of the building siding, which will remain true to spec when it was first built…8″ shiplap siding was used originally and will be the replacement material where needed. We will begin a complete restoration of the siding, windows, and remaining doors in 2024.
We are planning that by the end of 2024, beginning of 2025, the wharf building will have been completely rehabilitated to the highest standards for historic structures, from its shiny new roof, gutters and trim, down through the walls, windows, doors onto the new piles and caps, possibly complete with new deck planking as well.
We will also be starting the permitting process for the replacement of the boat dock in 2023.
It is a joy to be sharing this information with you, as you have been so supportive in this endeavor.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you!
Port of Coupeville Fiber Optic Broadband Project
The Port of Coupeville conducted a Broadband feasibility study, through an awarded CERB Grant in 2020, to determine the need for high speed internet in Central Whidbey. The study clearly showed sections of homes that were vastly underserved. In 2021, the Island County Board of Commissioners and Port of Coupeville partnered on a grant, utilizing .09 RCED Funds, to conduct the grant application, project management, and partnership with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to build a fiber optic Internet system cover approximately 1000 homes. A grant application was submitted to the Public Works Board to build such a system and the Port of Coupeville was awarded Coupeville $4,842,933.41 in grant funding to build last mile fiber located south and outside the incorporated area of Coupeville.
The system being built is called a Lit System, and this means that after it is constructed, even though the management and maintenance contract is with one ISP, other Internet Service Providers may also compete over the same system. This is called an Open Access Network and is a requirement of the PWB grant. This produces competition between ISP’s and insures a competitive rate and speed offering for the communities the system serves.
The Port of Coupeville hired Petrichor LLC, as consultants to guide the us through the project phases.
This fall the port completed the additional paperwork requested by PWB and executed the contract for this project. The port is ready to move forward.
- Port and Petrichor staff to drive out the project area with Astound staff to determine the preliminary design and updated construction cost estimate.
- Commitment by Port and an ISP to draft an agreement for a 20-year management and maintenance of the system.
- Port to issue Request for Proposal (RFP) for design based on construction drive out. RFP process takes a minimum of four weeks.
We look forward to updating this project in the months to come. If you would like to learn more about the areas of coverage, please contact the Executive Director, Chris Michalopoulos.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you!
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