Port council prioritizes road work, relies on grant, donations to cover some of harborfront safety measure
A proposed railing along the promenade in Coal Dock Park took a step forward Tuesday — but also a step back.
Aldermen said Tuesday they will install the railing along the western half of the walkway, but decided against borrowing the funds needed to install it along the entire promenade.
While officials had talked about incorporating the remaining $100,000 needed for the full railing into a proposed $4.5 million borrowing this spring, the Finance and License Committee recommended — and aldermen agreed — to instead allocate the funds for street reconstruction.
“We think the streets are more important at this time,” Ald. Doug Biggs, a member of the Finance Committee, said.
“We are going to be able to do about half the railing with the money we already have. We are listening to calls for it but we cannot afford to do it all at once.”
It will also give the city time to apply for a grant that could pay as much as $50,000 toward the cost of the railing, Biggs said.
“It would be silly to leave $50,000 on the table,” he said.
The city has already received a $50,000 grant for the railing, Biggs said, leaving him “pretty confident” it can receive the additional grant funding.
Ald. Bill Driscoll, who is also on the Finance and License Committee, noted that several community groups have raised money to help fund the railing, and said that work should continue.