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CHASE BOTTORF/THE EXPRESS A group of dignitaries gather to cut the ribbon for the Lockport Boat Launch extended riverfront.

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Boat Launch has expanded its riverfront for boaters.

A 175-foot extension of the jetty’s riverfront was unveiled yesterday. A new sign by Mike Brownie was unveiled along with the improvement project, listing the names of everyone involved in the riverfront improvement.

A special project/sign ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the start of the 51st Annual Jaycee Labor Day Regatta.

The improvement provides boat racers with increased access to the bank and will help stabilize the river bank. Upgrading the riverbank also allows a “Soft” Kayak and canoe access for public use.

The Clinton County Economic Partnership was addressed by Dave Briesacher, President of the Valley Outboard Motorboat Association, during last year’s 50th Labor Day Regatta. The group had safety concerns about the limited space on the concrete ramp for their boats. They asked the economic partnership if they could help, according to tourism/chamber director Julie Brennan.

From there a small working committee was set up, of which Brennan was a member; Briesacher; Sean Haines, a local powerboat racer; DuWayne Kunes, the regatta organizer; Steve Bason, owner of Cedar Run Environmental Services; dr Drew Talbot, director of the Great Island Race Series, which uses the boat launch; and Kyle Coleman, a Woodward Ward supervisor and member of the Ward Recreation Committee.

“We met with the community leaders…they couldn’t have been more supportive from the start. The township crew was actually on the road before the project work, cleared the bushes and paved the way for the work to come.” said Brennan.

One energy company, The EQT Corporation, jumped into the mix and provided Woodward Township with a very generous grant for the project, according to Brennan. Bason suggested the committee contact the energy company for financial assistance. EQT’s Kelly Coppadge was present at the ceremony.

“It was Steve Bason who suggested that we approach EQT Corporation, an energy company… Without their financial support, we could not have accomplished this project and everything we have done.” said Brennan.

Haines was responsible for finalizing the project design. Bason prepared the permit application required to complete the work, which would be delivered to the Clinton County Conservation District for permitting. Susie Peters from the Conservation District was present at the ceremony.

After the project was approved, it took a lot of stone to get started. Talbot knew Mark Kendrick from Lehigh Hanson who could help with this. According to Brennan, Kendrick, along with Brent Shaffer from Hanson’s local quarry in Salona, ​​soon supplied the committee with nine truckloads of stone.

Husky Hauling, Woodward Township Warden Wayne Love’s trucking company, hauled this stone to the boat launch for free.

Jason Smith and JTS Construction and Excavating, a local contractor, donated their time, expertise and equipment to the project.

According to Brennan, Smith and his contractors spent several days on site working down the appropriate incline to the river and laying the stone.

“He made it look easy, but it was quite a project and we loved his work.” said Brennan.

After the work of Smith and JTS Construction and Excavating, Coleman’s Landscaping, consisting of Dave Coleman, Christopher Coleman, Adam Coleman and Kyle, put the finishing touches. They hydroseeded the tiered areas of the bank so the committee could grow the grass quickly, Brennan said.

“Again, just more great work – your time, expertise and equipment – donated to the project.” She added.

Kyle took the podium to thank Brennan for her dedication to the boat launch project. Because of her dedication, Kyle awarded Brennan a plaque on behalf of Woodward Township Supervisors for all she has done for the project.

“Julie was the glue that held this whole project together… We appreciate everything you (Brennan) have done in the community.” he said.

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