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Bay City approves campground dock replacement

The Bay City Public Works Department has placed caution tape on the deck in the Bay City campground. They advise no one go onto the dock. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia

At the Bay City Village board meeting Wednesday, April 12, the board unanimously approved the replacement and installation of a new dock at the Bay City Campground that will cost $15,750.

The current dock has been taped off, restricting entry due to concerns over its safety, according to Doug Whaley at the Public Works Department.

Whaley presented the board with three options: one, fix the current dock; two, purchase a dock that will be the same length as the current one; or three, pull the entire dock out and install a new one.

Whaley said the village can take the current bridge out of the water, fix it and sell it.

"I don't see any problem with somebody buying that old dock," Whaley said.

The current bridge is 48 feet long.

No money would come out of the General Fund, just the Campground Outlay fund. Clerk Shawnie King said there is $19,002.80 in the fund.

The entire project will be completed by River City Welding. Whaley estimated the project taking three days and could begin on May 1. Whaley said construction can't begin before May 1 because Wisconsin Department of Transportation needs to look at the dock.

Village Trustee Norman Baker called the decision to replace the dock and install a new one a "no-brainer" during the meeting.

Other business

• The board unanimously approved an agreement with Cedar Corporation to prepare and submit a grant application for the 2017 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Stewardship grant.

• The board unanimously approved an agreement with Cedar Corporation to prepare a hydraulic and hydrologic analysis and floodplain report in Lake Pepin. The cost will be $2,500 to $4,500.

• The board unanimously approved to obtain a cost-share grant from the DNR. The grant is up to 50 percent.

• The board unanimously approved an up-to-date resolution plan for the comprehensive outdoor recreation plan.

• The board was updated on the Tom Tyler Trust distribution. The attorney of the trust said the Village share will be about $180,500. The trust approved the use of funds towards new restrooms and showers at the Bay City Campground.

• The board unanimously voted to donate $100 to the Bay City Bombers.

• The board unanimously approved sending Kirk Heusinkvelt and Doug Whaley to the Pierce County MSHA Training on April 28. The cost will be $12.

• The board unanimously approved removing Kay Beder from all bank accounts and adding board President Jim Turvaville and Clerk Shawnie King to all bank accounts.

• The board tabled a discussion on blacktopping Tank Street until next month.

• The board unanimously approved a picnic license for the Bay City Bombers.

• The board unanimously approved a liquor license for the River Run Tavern.

• After a closed session the board unanimously approved going forward with eminent domain proceedings on Donald Peavey properties. The board unanimously approved sending a letter to Bay City resident David Meixner's attorney on further eminent domain proceedings.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal in December 2016 covering government, school board, and writing features about the community. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.