The Thomaston City Council approved spending up to $25,000 toward a new floating dock for the Lake Thomaston Park project. The action came at their November 3 meeting.
The floating dock is the latest addition to Lake Thomaston Park. In August the council unanimously approved a bid of a bid of $935,128 from Tommy Gibson Builders of Warner Robins for the construction of an amphitheatre/boat storage building and pavilion with attached restrooms at Lake Thomaston Park, and a pavilion with attached restrooms at Park Street Playground.
At the November meeting, City Manager Patrick Comiskey asked the council to authorize the city manager to spend up to $25,000 towards the docks at Lake Thomaston.
Mayor Hays Arnold noted that the council members had the dock specifications in their packets.
Council member Gary Atwater made a motion to approve the authorization, and council member Don Greathouse seconded the motion. During the discussion prior to the vote, Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head asked what the dock will accommodate.
“What we’re hoping to do is we’ll have the building where the boats will be stored,” Comiskey replied. “We’ll probably keep some of the fishing boats out on the docks, expecting that there will be people coming out on the weekends to use them. We’ll also be able to tie up any other boats we want to put out. Anyone interested in using the canoes, the staff can put those out and tie them off. They will be readily available for anyone who wants to check them out.”
Mayor Arnold noted that the docks are marine grade.
“These are stainless steel and aluminum floating docks,” he said. “They are an extensively specified dock facility. Since it is a public use facility, there are things that are greatest specified than if you had some private dock.”
According to specifications provided to the council that The Thomaston Times requested and received through the Open Records Act, the aluminum and stainless steel docks will consist of a 35-foot gangway from the shore to the docks, four 5 x 8 sections connected together for a width of 32 feet, and three more 5 x 8 sections connected at a right angle to the long section every 8 ½ feet, which would allow up to 12 boats to be tied up at the same time. The dock would be built by Accudock, a company out of Pompano Beach, Florida. An estimate provided with the specifications lists the price of the dock at $17,289. The additional funds requested would cover installation costs.
City Attorney Joel Bentley asked if the dock will be big enough to accommodate private individuals who might want to bring their own kayaks to the lake.
Comiskey stated at the moment the city is not planning to allow private boats on the lake.
“Our current plan right now is that people will have to use the boats and boards that we have. You couldn’t bring a boat in and put it in the lake. The fishing boats we have will have electric motors and will be available for people to use to access the lake. We plan on establishing the rental costs, but we haven’t set those yet.”
Council member Patsy Perdue asked if there might be a ‘free Saturday’ sometime during the boating season for people who may not be able to afford the boat rental fees.
Comiskey replied that would be something they would try to do.
The vote was called for and was 4-0 in favor.
Comiskey said after the meeting that they are looking to purchase fishing boats, canoes, paddleboats, kayaks, and paddle boards which will be available to rent. He estimated the cost of the boats and accessories at $50,000. He added that they will also have lifeguards on duty at the lake, although there will not be a swimming area or swimming allowed. He added that they hope to have the park open for the public some time next summer.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.