Grand Lake looks to grants for renovation projects |

Grand Lake looks to grants for renovation projects

The East Inlet Boat Launch in Grand Lake should be renovated before long.

On Monday night the Grand Lake Board of Trustees approved the submission of a Technical Assistance Grant request to the Northwest Colorado Council of Government (NWCCOG) for the hiring of two consultants. The consultants will help the town develop a management agreement and an environmental assessment and prepare environmental permits related to work on the East Inlet Recreation Area, located southeast of Grand Lake at the end of West Portal Road.

The fee for hiring the two consultants will total a little over $9,000. The Technical Assistance Grant request is for $4,525 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match from Grand Lake.

The work the two consultants will perform are prerequisites before the Town can begin construction and renovation work on the East Inlet. According to Monday night’s Board of Trustee’s information packet, the proposed work on the East Inlet includes repairs to the existing boat ramp and the replacement of the East Inlet boat docks. The new docks will comply with the American’s With Disabilities Act criteria.

Grand Lake has an agreement with federal partners to allow the East Inlet Boat Launch to be used free of charge by the general public. The agreement also allows for the fee-less use of federal public lands within the Town limits of Grand Lake.

The project has already been budgeted by Grand Lake for $50,000. Grand Lake has already received a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Fishing is Fun Program. CPW requires a contract to use the funds as well as a 25-year management agreement for use of the East Inlet with the Bureau of Reclamation and an environmental permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

If the Technical Assistance Grant is approved, town officials hope to have the environmental permit by June and have the management agreement completed by August. They hope to begin construction work at the East Inlet by late September.

Smith Eslick Cottage Court

The Grand Lake Board of Trustees also approved a letter of support for the Grand Lake Historical Society’s grant application to History Colorado for preservation work on the Smith Eslick Cottage Court. The Smith Eslick Cottage Court, built around 1915, is thought to be the oldest motor-court in the nation. It is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.

The Grand Lake Historical Society wants to develop the property into a museum.

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