Matching funds approved for Put-In Creek boardwalk, dock during special meeting

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Sep 18, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors approved matching funds for a National Park Service grant for the old sewage treatment site on Put-In Creek during a special meeting held last Thursday night in the historic courthouse.

The board also discussed planned improvements to the historic courthouse and unanimously and without discussion approved applying for a $50,000 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries grant for building a pier for power boat access at the East River Boat Yard.

Put-In Creek grant

Planning and zoning director John Shaw told the board that, although members had already approved a resolution supporting a $118,000 National Park Service 50/50 matching grant for improvements to the site of the former sewage treatment plant, further board approval would be needed. The reduced amount now needed for the county’s half is $88,000, he said.

Shaw explained that the NPS grant had been applied for in conjunction with and as leverage for an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Main Street enhancement from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. However, the CDBG grant is on hold until the next round of grant requests is considered, and Shaw said the deadline for the NPS grant is Oct. 1, so the application would need to be submitted soon.