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Clayton seeks bids for floating dock project


CLAYTON — The town is accepting bids for a floating dock system to grant access for local and visiting boaters to the Frink riverwalk. Sealed bids will be accepted at the town Municipal Office until 2 p.m. Jan. 7.

Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said the project will include the construction of a transient dock at the riverwalk adjacent to the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Other amenities to be included along the riverwalk include two overlooks, lighting, benches and landscaping. The additional projects were funded by the state Department of State and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The dock portion of the project will consist of 52 slips for transient boaters. It also includes a boater service building that will contain a bathroom, shower facilities, laundry room and dock master’s office.

“This will be a new facility in Clayton. The dock will be available for the use of boats 26’ and longer for no more than 10 days,” Mr. Taylor wrote in an email.

The dock purchase and construction will be paid for through the Boating Infrastructure Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, which awarded a $1,114,586 grant along with a local match of $626,956 for a total of $1,741,542. The local match was funded by the sale of the Frink property, where the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is being built, by the Clayton Local Development Corp. to the hotel developers.

The transient dock, along with the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel scheduled to open this summer, will transform the former Frink America site where snowplows were manufactured for more than 70 years. Clayton’s LDC and the town acquired the abandoned property in 2005 from Jefferson County and completed the excavation project in 2008. As much as 20,000 tons of soil contaminated with petroleum was removed from the site before the state Department of Environmental Conservation could declare it “clean” and ready for development in 2010.

Bid documents are available electronically from the project manager, Fourth Coast Inc., Clayton, at no charge or in hard copy for a nonrefundable fee of $25. For document requests, send an email to

According to the notice sent out by the town, no bidder may withdraw its bid within 90 days after the bids are opened. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid security in the amount of 5 percent of the base bid, according to instructions to bidders.

For more information, call the town at 686-3512 or Fourth Coast Inc. at 783-6384.

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