Final election results, released on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, show that Sand Point residents overwhelmingly passed a measure to give the Robert E. Galovin Small Boat Harbor a facelift. The City's voters passed Proposition A on Nov. 6th and approved the application for bond money to pay for the renovation of the small boat harbor. A Canvas Committee completed the count of absentee and question ballots last Friday. The vote was Yes: 167 to No: 24.
A $5 million grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) was awarded to the City for this project. The requirement was that the money had to be matched dollar-for-dollar with 'non-state' funding.
The Aleutians East Borough has committed $2 million to help with the match requirement. Therefore, the City requested and received approval from voters to obtain the remaining funds ($3 million) through a General Obligation (GO) bond.
The project will include new floats, pilings and an electrical system as well as a slight reconfiguration of the harbor. The City is working towards getting the project designed and expects to have it ready for construction next summer.
"I'm glad the proposition passed with such a large majority of the vote," said Sand Point City Administrator Paul Day. "It shows the citizens understand how important our harbor is and how badly it needs to be rehabilitated."