Nasewaupee voters attending the town’s annual meeting in April are expected to be asked to approve a land purchase that would expand the town’s Haines Park, along the shore of Green Bay.
Town Chairman Steve Sullivan said at Thursday’s Town Board meeting the owner of an approximately 100-foot-wide strip of waterfront property that adjoins the park has offered to sell it to the town at what Sullivan said would be a reasonable price. Town officials said they’re reluctant to name the price until further discussions occur.
The Haines Park beach is scheduled to undergo an estimated $120,000 rehabilitation this year to reduce the level of bacteria reaching the water from snow melt and storm run-off.
The project would replace the existing sand with a coarser-grained substance that would better filter the storm water flow. Small dunes would be formed and tall grasses planted to discourage geese and other birds from congregating on the beach in the effort to reduce bacteria-laden droppings entering the water.
Haines Park is the only beach in southern Door County included in a program overseen by Door County’s Soil and Water Conservation Department to reduce beach contamination. The effort is expected to reduce the need for summer beach closings.
Work has already been completed at beaches in Sturgeon Bay and the northern areas of the peninsula.
The full cost of the project in Nasewaupee is covered by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant. A grant condition requires the project to be completed — and paid for by the town — before the federal funds are released.
The Town Board last month voted to borrow the project costs due to a lack of sufficient money in the town’s reserve fund.
The property now offered to the town is not currently a part of the planned rehabilitation project.