Granville Launches Riverfront Project

Seeking permission for boat ramp, dock

Morgantown Dominion Post
7 September 2012
By Chelsea Fuller

The town of Granville asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to construct a boat launching ramp and public dock at Granville Riverfront Park.

According to officials, the additions are part of Granville’s plans to redevelop the area once occupied by the Arkwright coal mine waterfront loading facility. Water quality certification has also been requested from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

A Sept. 4 public notice from the Army Corps of Engineers said the boat ramp will be 20 feet wide and 50 feet long and consist of 62 cubic yards of crushed rock base and 62 cubic yards of concrete. The floating dock will be built using existing mooring cells to support the gangway, which will extend 90 feet from shore, and for the dock that will extend 100 feet upstream from the gangway.

Granville Mayor Patricia Lewis said the boat ramp will be for small motor crafts only. “This ramp won’t be for anything really large. We are restricted in terms of size and depth of the water. Small fishing boats, recreational boats, Skidoos, motor crafts like that will be able to get in the water by using the ramp.”

Funding for the project will come from a portion of the town’s hotel/motel tax, which requires half of Granville’s hotel/motel revenue be given to the Morgantown Visitors Bureau, Lewis said.

“The initial estimate on the boat ramp a few years ago was $100,000; that of course we will have engineered, we can’t do that ourselves,” Lewis said. “We don’t have a price on the floating dock yet because we are going to phase that part in.”

Over the next five years, Lewis said, the town will work to improve Riverfront Park.

“We are planning to put down gravel in the parking lot to make it more usable. We are going to install portable restrooms similar to the ones at Dorsey’s Knob, and picnic tables,” she said. “Those are the kinds of things we will do ourselves. Every year for five years we will do something down there until it looks like we want it to.”

The town has planned to add the launching ramp and floating dock for several years, Lewis said, but various circumstances prevented officials from moving forward with the project.

“We just didn’t have everything in order,” she said. “But now our biggest hump will be getting the permit and getting through the public comment portion.”

Granville Municipal Manager Ron Snyder said initial planning meetings have taken place for the project, but at this time no public hearings have been scheduled by the DEP.

“There will be public hearings later on down the road to allow people the opportunity to comment, and they’ll be held by the DEP,” Snyder said.

COMMENTS can be mailed to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management 401 Certification Program, at 601 57th St. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

All comments must be received by the DEP before the close of business on Oct. 5 or they may not be considered, officials said.

Lewis said community members can also send comments to 319 Main St., Granville, WV 26534. They will be forwarded to the DEP.