County updated about marina breakwater contract


Timing important to coordinate project planned for July 2022

CLINTON — County board members had further discussion on March 24 about the future of the Clinton Lake marina breakwater.  Money and durability were again at the core of the conversation.

During discussion about the pending contract with Kropf Industrial, DeWitt County State’s Attorney Dan Markwell urged caution in contracting with a foreign firm for construction of the new breakwater.  He said in any potential dispute with the company, he wasn’t sure how easy it would be to handle when the company was based in another country.

A revised version of the contract Markwell received for review contained changes.

“It may be a great company as far as doing a good job,” Markwell said.  “But, if they don’t, our ability to litigate this with a company in another country could be pretty difficult.”

In February, the board approved up to $28,000 to fund barge work that will be used for repairs at the marina.  The board also voted to hire Canadian-based company Kropf Industrial to build a new breakwater at the marina at a cost of $350,000.  Kropf specializes in building marine structures for use in areas where ice is common during cold weather.

Markwell said a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit would be required.  Marina committee chairman Dan Matthews said he was in contact with the Corps of Engineers, which suggested they saw no issue with that permit being granted.

Kropf Industrial will design, build and deliver the breakwater.  A county will hire a contractor to install the breakwater, which will require a separate contract.  Kropf also will provide a site supervisor during installation.

• See the complete story in the Friday, Apr. 1 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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