City slowly closing in on goal of raising $1 million for additional improvements
Port Washington officials last week continued their slow but steady trek toward repairing the breakwater, accepting a $77,500 Fund for Lake Michigan grant for the entryway and applying for a $250,000 harbor assistance grant to fund work on the steel-cell portion of the structure.
The city has committed to paying $1 million for work on the steel-cell portion of the breakwater next year, and so far has raised about $600,000 in grants for the project, City Administrator Mark Grams said.
That includes $500,000 from the Waterways Commission’s recreational boating fund and $73,500 previously earmarked for a boat platform at Coal Dock Park.
The city is also applying for an additional $100,000 from the recreational boating fund, Grams said.
“If we get these, we’ll be close to that $1 million,” Grams said.
The city has several grant applications pending and should learn whether it will receive those funds next month, he added.
But the city’s efforts to pay for work on the steel-cell portion of the breakwater also suffered a blow earlier this month when the state pulled a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant it had previously awarded the city.
“They said we didn’t meet enough of their criteria,” Grams said, adding several other cities also had their grants rescinded by the state.
The city is also raising funds to improve the entry to the breakwater, including making it handicapped accessible, installing a boardwalk and fishing platform and developing a kayak launch and wetlands.
The cost of that work is estimated at $600,000, plus $100,000 for engineering, Grams said.
The city has already received a $75,000 stewardship grant for that work, he said. The Fund for Lake Michigan grant includes $75,000 for the entryway and $2,500 for the city to take part in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, he noted.