Kewaunee city officials have received three key grants for ongoing waterfront redevelopment projects.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has notified the City of Kewaunee that it has been funded for an electronic payment kiosk for the city boat launch. This Kiosk will allow people to pay for launching their boats via credit card, providing automated payment processing and increased compliance enforcement.

“This is a small grant ($12,000), but it will allow us to save funds and use them for other marina-related purposes,” City Administrator Fred Schnook said.

The city was also awarded a $119,000 Federal Sport Fish Restoration Grant to be used as part of the boat launch redevelopment project. The Mayor and Council have been working in recent months to develop five state and federal grants totaling $487,000, which will be used to rehabilitate the city’s boat launch facility. With this latest award, all of the anticipated state and federal funding for the project is now approved.

Finally, we received notification that a $54,000 Clean Vessel grant for the pump-out station on the new sea wall has been approved by the federal reviewers.

“This grant will help us wrap-up the Sea Wall and Harbor Park project, without spending local dollars,” Schnook said.

[Photo: Attendees review Kewaunee waterfront vision plans after a presentation Jan. 11 at the Kewaunee school.]