Upgrades to the Northport Dock electrical
system are complete, Village Trustee Damon McMullen said at a board meeting
The dock's electrical outlets were destroyed when Hurricane Sandy caused record storm surges, and had since been out of commission. The upgrade began in late May.
The new system is an upgrade from 15 amps to 30 amps. In addition, each box will operate two boats. This way, if a fuse blows, only two boats will be affected, instead of the entire row, McMullen said.
There will be 18 boxes on the dock with two plugs each.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is reimbursing 90 percent of the project’s $80,000 cost to the Village.
“The funding was well worth the wait financially for the Village,” he said.
The electrical boxes are removable, so that that if another storm hits Northport, they can be removed by undoing a clamp, which exposes the plug and allows a person to unplug the box, unscrew it and remove it entirely.In addition to replacing the electrical boxes, the Village lowered the price it charged boaters to use them from $3-per-foot to $1-per-foot since there was no dockside power for part of the season. The Village was behind $500 from what it learned last season, McMullen said at the meeting, but that may be due to rainy weather in June and heat waves in July. The $1 rate will continue for the rest of the season.