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City seeks money for dock fixes

Two Twin Ports harbor projects could get a helping hand from the state of Wisconsin. Superior's city council Tuesday authorized the administration to seek grants from the Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program. The program assists harbor communities...

Two Twin Ports harbor projects could get a helping hand from the state of Wisconsin.

Superior's city council Tuesday authorized the administration to seek grants from the Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program.

The program assists harbor communities on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River improve and maintain waterborne commerce. The program helps pay for port projects such as dock reconstruction, mooring replacement, dredging and construction of facilities to hold dredge materials.

The city is seeking almost $2.6 million to help CLM Corp. with $3.2 million in dock wall repairs. The balance of the project costs would be paid by CLM, and would be in addition to a $36 million expansion project currently under construction at the company's waterfront lime plant.

The expansion is creating a fifth kiln for the manufacture of lime products used in paper production, power plant pollution control, water and sewage treatment, steel production and ore processing.

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The privately-funded project got underway last year to meet a growing demand for the company's product worldwide.

Cenex-Harvest States Grain Elevators near the Blatnik Bridge could get a helping hand with a $1.7 million dock wall repair project, too. The city is applying for more almost $1.4 million in Harbor Assistance Program money to support the project.

It's no different from the city seeking and receiving grants to help Burlington Northern-Santa Fe in 2005 and Hallett Dock last year, said Port and Planning Director Jason Serck.

The $1.1 million grant for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe helped maintain the viability of the General Mills Elevator, one of the oldest grain facilities in the nation. The dock was in need of repair after it had been damaged by a ship in 2001.

Last year, the Harbor Assistance Program contributed $1.4 million to a $1.7 million dock stabilization and dredging project for Hallett Dock No. 8, after the company invested more than $2 million in other improvements to its facility in Superior.

Shelley Nelson can be reached at (715) 395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com .

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