Harbor of Refuge Light Station dock replacement work:
#1: Randive Inc. of Perth Amboy, NJ, a
commercial diving firm that specializes in underwater ship inspection,
maintenance, and repair, and its owner Kurt Erlandson donated the
services of a dive team to inspect the dock pilings and underwater dock
support beams and make photo documentation of their condition.
The inspection was an
important first step in helping the Foundation decide how to
replace the dock. Randive's generous contribution makes it
possible for the Foundation to conserve its limited resources for other
parts of the replacement project.
#2: The National Trust for Historic Preservation has
awarded the Foundation a planning grant to help pay for the cost of an
engineering review, drafting construction drawings, and obtaining
preliminary cost estimates for actual construction of a new docking
The $2,500 grant from
the Trust's Preservation Fund for Sussex County, must be matched
dollar-for-dollar by local contributions. The Trust grant -- and
its match -- will cover only about a third of the planning costs, but is
an important part of getting to the actual construction phase.
#3 The Foundation has chosen Duffield Associates
of Wilmington, DE, as the engineering firm to do the initial engineering
work for the dock repairs. In addition to having considerable
expertise in this area, Duffield has been a contractor for the U.S.
Coast Guard in the past when repairs were necessary at Harbor of Refuge
Light Station and, so, is familiar with the property and its challenges.
#4 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with monies
from emergency supplemental funding to help repair damages inflicted by
last winter's severe storms along the Delaware coast, is preparing to
stabilize portions of the Harbor of Refuge Breakwater where storms did
extensive damage in the vicinity of the Harbor of Refuge Light
Station. The Foundation hopes to be able to coordinate its dock
repairs with breakwater repairs planned by the Corps. If that is
possible, dock work could be completed sooner and with less cost than
#5 Come back to keep up to date on the status of work.