By Jennifer Henion
Triplicate staff writer
The Crescent City Harbor Board is continuing to push ahead on its goal of cleaning up and serving the community better.
New informational signs, welcome bouquets to new businesses and the receipt of grant money to fix broken-down bathrooms were among some of the actions taken by the board last night at its regular meeting.
"Tourist season is coming and I think we need to move ahead," said board chair Garry Young.
Young announced that the decrepit fish-cleaning tables, which were declared a public health hazard last month, will be fixed with help from a local business man.
Frank Ormonde, owner of Frank's Refrigeration and Heating, agreed to provide the harbor enough stainless-steel sheeting to cover the old tables and form a hood over them to keep seagulls off, for the price of scrap metal.
"You're only talking a couple hundred dollars ... And we can keep these even after we get the new ones," Young said, referring to a grant won by the harbor to replace the old tables along with other improvements to the boat launch facilities.
That grant is not expected to arrive, however, for another two years.
To help spruce up one of the harbor's most scenic roads, Anchor Way, the board took action last night to hire Hemmingsen Construction.
The local company offered the lowest bid of three to fix a decades-old drainage problem on the corner of Anchor and Starfish ways, and to repair the road's many potholes.
General cleanliness and overall security have also been improving as the harbor's three new security guards and custodian began settling into their new jobs the past two weeks.
Harbor Commissioner John Yingst also expressed much excitement last night as the board received an $85,000 installment on an $825,000 grant that will build a new restrooms and fix the aging boat ramp.