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Baileys Harbor Finds Way To Afford Dredging Overrun

Posted on June 17, 2024

Baileys Harbor Treasurer Dave Smith and Town Chair David Eliot looked for ways for the town to afford an unexpected $170,000 cost that resulted from Death’s Door Marine doing extra dredging work to eliminate a sandbar that was discovered blocking the entrance to the town marina this spring.

The town eliminated three budgeted projects on Monday. The town board decided not to repave Schultz Road, which has just two houses on it. The board also opted against buying backlit signs for the town hall and marina and decided not to move a wall to expand the downstairs boardroom in the town hall. Eliot, who is also the publisher/co-owner of the Peninsula Pulse, said there’s rarely a full house for the board meetings, and if there is, the meeting could move upstairs.

Smith said increases in room-tax revenue should offset the rest of the dredging bill.

Also Monday, the board heard that the wastewater treatment plant received perfect scores from the state for operations, and the board approved paying $23,000 for fireworks for the Fourth of July, with the Baileys Harbor Community Association contributing a small portion of that through donations.


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