TREMONT — A public hearing for a proposed “piggyback” dredging project at the Bernard town wharf is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 1.
The town is proposing that the dredging be done at the same time as an Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge the federal channel in the harbor. The town is responsible for paying the full cost of the additional dredging. Town manager Millard Billings said he is looking into state grants to help offset the cost.
Funding for the Army Corps’ project still has not been approved at the federal level. Mr. Billings told selectmen Monday the he received an e-mail from the Army Corps requesting that an advertisement be placed in a local newspaper announcing the corps’ intent to file for a dredging permit. He said he took that as a good omen.
“It’s a pretty good sign the Army Corps is getting ready to move ahead,” he said.