The city of Jeffersonville announced Wednesday it has been awarded two grants by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to help build a new downtown marina.
The total amount of the grant funds awarded the city was $153,343, according to a press release.
The first grant, which totals $53,343, was awarded through the Clean Vessel Act designated for the purposes of decreasing pollutants to the environment. The grant will be used to pay for electrical connections to be run to an existing manhole at the marina on East Riverside Drive. In order to make the connection, the city will trench 325 feet from the sewer force main to the manhole, replace the driveway and purchase and install a pump at the site. The total cost of the project is $71,125. Jeffersonville’s cost for the project totals $17,782.
The second grant totals $100,000 and was awarded through the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to increasing transient slips. The grant the city received will be used to pay for the costs of the purchase and installation of 30 50-foot pilings; the purchase and installation of a 280-foot-long by 10-foot-wide floating fishing pier with a steel plate wave deflector; and the purchase and installation of lighting for new, transient docks. The total cost of the project is $391,000. Jeffersonville will pay $291,000 for the project.
“This moves us a step closer to making the new marina a reality,” said Mayor Mike Moore in the release. “It’s always fantastic to receive grant dollars to help pay for a project such as this one. While it won’t cover all of the costs, it will go a long way to replacing our existing docks on the Ohio River and making them more user friendly.”
“We are a river city,” he added in the release. “A new marina maximizes one of Jeffersonville’s great assets — the Ohio River. With a complete overhaul of our boat docks, the marina will quickly become a great attraction in our downtown.”
— News and Tribune