No cost es­ti­mate yet

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er­ates the ma­rina for the city.

The steel-framed docks are set in place with steel poles that go into the earth bed, Marinello ex­plained. The ice gets un­der the fixed docks, and as the ice comes up, it lifts the docks out of the poles.

“It’s noth­ing we can’t han­dle,” said Marinello, not­ing that dock­hold­ers would not be dis­placed.

The City of Buf­falo in 2014 awarded a five-year con­tract to Smith Boys to op­er­ate the ma­rina. Finn said the con­tract re­quires that re­pairs are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the op­er­a­tors; cap­i­tal im­prove­ments are the city’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Finn said city of­fi­cials don’t believe the ex­pense of this year’s dock re­pairs will fall to the city.

Nei­ther Finn nor Marinello has an es­ti­mate for the cost of the dock re­pairs yet.

If the work is not com­pleted this month, there will be backup docks for boaters who show up May 1 and dis­cover their slips are not ready, Finn said.

Only one of the docks at the ma­rina was de­signed to be re­moved dur­ing the win­ter, Finn said. Marinello said city of­fi­cials have in the past dis­cussed re­plac­ing the rest of the docks with re­mov­able docks. But they de­ter­mined that could be more ex­pen­sive in the long run.

“The docks have lasted, some since 1974. They’re very solid docks. We have very harsh win­ters.”

The Buf­falo Fire Depart­ment’s Ed­ward M. Cotter fire­boat was at the basin Tues­day break­ing up the ice so that Marinello could get equip­ment and boats in the ma­rina to be­gin re­pairs.

Mean­while, the docks at Safe Har­bor Ma­rina at Buf­falo Har­bor State Park fared bet­ter this win­ter, largely due to new year-round docks that were in­stalled in April 2017 as part of Safe Har­bor De­vel­op­ment’s $8 mil­lion cap­i­tal im­prove­ment in­vest­ment into Buf­falo Har­bor State Park.

“There has not been ma­jor dam­age, just all kinds of normal main­te­nance to get the season started,” said Nanette Pease, a dock worker.

“The new docks were de­signed to with­stand the area’s harsh con­di­tions,” said Dan Keefe, a spokesman for the state Of­fice of Parks, Re­cre­ation and His­toric Preser­va­tion. “We were pleased with their per­for­mance dur­ing those ex­treme weather events.”

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