Douglas Approves Proposal On Looking At Ways To Fund Harbor Restoration
The first step in going after funding to improve the Kalamazoo Harbor comes in the form of a proposal by the St. Joseph-based engineering firm Edgewater Resources .
That proposal had previously been recommended by the local harbor authority and on Monday the City of Douglas approved it as well at this week’s city council meeting.
“The issue of funding is squarely in front us,” Douglas City Manager William LeFevere told council before it approved Edgewater’s proposal, which is not to exceed $12,880.
“Without funding, the work (the Kalamazoo Harbor Authority has done up to this point) will just sit there,” added LeFevere.
The engineering company will be charged with identifying funding strategies, including the creation of a Dredging Special Assessment District.
The City of Saugatuck will be voting on a similar proposal very soon, authority officials say.
More requests and proposals are expected to come before the cities’ councils as the authority moves forward with the harbor improvement project.
“The money raised (originating) in Douglas will be spent in Douglas,” LeFevere told council regarding how the harbor authority expects each city to pay for its respective dredging and all the related future harbor restoration work.
City officials and many citizens say dredging the harbors is the most serious issue facing the area.
In other City of Douglas news:
The Douglas City Council Monday approved the reappointments of William Schumacher and Michael Hurley to the Douglas Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Both of their terms on the DDA will end in January 2018.