It doesn't appear that anyone else wants to report this, so Port Reporter will do it ...
The renovation project for the waste water treatment facility is getting out of hand. Everyone wants to dip into the proverbial pie (that means our money).
I did write a story for last week's Current, that I guess is being held for this week, about how the Planning Board wants a 'fancy' sidewalk to go in at 115 Water St. and as part of the project so people can walk from Water St. down to the river on a nice wide paved sidewalk.
OK, fair enough, I guess. We do need public access to the river and the part of the rail trail that's down there.
Oh, and they want the project to fund burying power lines to the American Yacht Club's docks (the overhead lines have to be moved anyway, according to the Planning Office).
I think this one is a foul. Burying power lines, especially on a contaminated piece of property, is going to be pricey.
So now I'm hearing about the coastal trail (which I gather will be part of the rail trail) being enhanced with lights and whatnot, as part of the project. This may or may not jeopardize the state and/or federal loans and loan forgiveness the city got for the project. You know, because in the proposals and site plans sent to the state, no mention was made of rail trails.
And who is paying off the loans? We the ratepayers, that's who ... were we consulted about our money going to the rail trail? Not that it isn't already, but geesh ... the Sewer Commission, I hear, is not too happy about this.
2 weeks ago