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$20,644 Local Match Met For Peshtigo Fish Platform
The proposed Peshtigo River Fish Viewing Platform project is moving ahead, according to City of Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn. As of Friday, Oct. 14, enough contributions had been raised to meet the required $20,644 local match toward the cost of engineering and designing the structure. Mayor Cathi Malke signed the documents authorizing Zahn to submit the grant application for the remainder of the funds to the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Coastal Management Division.
Zahn said Monday that he has submitted the formal grant application to the DOA for financing of the design phase, which includes engineering and construction documents. Approval of the grant was promised by DOA people before the fund raising efforts began, and City Council at its last meeting had authorized Malke to sign the formal grant application provided the necessary matching funds were obtained.
Zahn said he will call a meeting of the Fish Viewing Platform Committee before the end of next week to decide what they want the structure to look like, and then seek engineering proposals.
Zahn said if all goes well the Fish Viewing Platform could be up and ready to use by autumn of 2018.
The structure is intended to use concrete pillars that once supported a walkway across the Peshtigo River below dam behind BPM, Inc., the former Badger Paper Mill.