2017-06-15 / Local News

Leland Twp. says yes indeed, please send dredge funding

Leland Township is in the process of formulating a message to the Army Corps of Engineers that it does, indeed, want the $500,000 allocated by Congress to dredge its harbor.

The funds will help offset the cost of work already completed by the township to dredge the harbor mouth.

In an apparent lack of communication, the Army Corps sent out a press release last week containing news that $500,000 had been allocated to dredge the harbor.

But township officials had grown tired of having to rely on federal funds that had been drying up. A highly successful “go-fund-me” online campaign and local donations and grants allowed the township to buy its own dredge for $500,000.

“We’d like them to fund the dredging for this year,” said township trustee Michael Collins, “We’d like to have a discussion about the principle of it.”

While no action was taken in that regard Monday at the Township Board meeting, the Township Board did authorize paying five people who operated the dredge this spring. Harbor master Russell Dzuba joined Jeff Nissink, Jimmy Munoz, Mike Grosvenor and George Stevens in being compensated $1,000 each for their work.

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