Erosion control project begins along shores of Lake Erie in Perry Township – News-Herald
Construction began to fortify a badly eroded bluff behind the historic Parmly Mansion in Perry Township.
Moderalli Excavating of Poland, Ohio will complete the armor stone cladding project on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in the backyard of the mansion, also known as Lorimer House. The house is located in Perry Township Park, at the north end of Perry Park Road.
The Trustees of the Township of Perry recently awarded a contract to Moderalli for the construction of the pavement for an amount of $ 171,730.
A coating is a protective coating built along a coastal bluff, embankment, or cliff to protect it from erosion. Armor stone, which comes from quarries, is commonly used as a component in coatings.
The total cost of the project, including the separate engineering services provided by KS Associates of Elyria, is estimated to be approximately $ 200,000. The Township of Perry will cover those costs with $ 200,000 allocated to it last year for the shoreline improvement effort under the new Ohio capital budget bill.
City Council Chairman Robert Dawson thanked State Representative Jamie Callender, Senator Jerry Cirino and former lawmakers Ron Young and John Eklund for their help in securing funding for the project.
“We have been looking at solutions to this erosion and working with our public officials for years, and Representative Callender and Senator Cirino were finally able to secure this funding,” said Dawson. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time, as the erosion has continued and this mitigation will stop further erosion and even more expensive mitigation if it had lasted longer.”
The surfacing project, which is the third of its kind at Perry Township Park, will complete the protection of the shoreline west of the site’s current boat launch. Plans call for approximately 2,000 tonnes of armor stone to be placed over approximately 600 tonnes of filter stone and geotextile fabric to limit further erosion of the cliff.
It is expected that the project will take a maximum of eight weeks, with the goal of completing the business by November 30.
âWe’re very excited to start this project and put this mitigation behind us,â Dawson said.
The Township of Perry government is spearheading the project as it has owned the Parmly Mansion and 20.5 acres of surrounding land since 2002.
The trustees were unable to find a developer willing to buy and restore the house, which is now vacant and dilapidated. The house was built in 1834.