Officials work to fix town boat ramp

Officials are moving on to the next phase of a proposed town boat ramp project. Harbormaster Brendan Stokes explained to selectmen at a recent meeting that the ramp itself is developing “quite large” potholes, while the pier fixed on pilings will need to be redone, and a small shed will also need to be built on pilings for storage purposes. Design work has been completed, and permits have been approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers, he said. The next step is to secure bids and determine cost, as well as how the project will be paid for, and whether it will be executed in phases, he said. In other news, Stokes said that shoaling in the Parker River has “definitely increased” during the last two years. He told selectmen that at low tide, several areas in the marked channel are shallower than 2 feet.