At last week’s Fairhope City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to enter into a partnership with the Fairhope Yacht Club to begin the process of trying to dredge portions of Fly Creek.
City staff said the Fairhope Yacht Club had already received a bid from a company willing to do the dredging, but that the city would have to put the job out to bid again to comply with state law.
“We can’t work that way,” Special Assistant Lynn Maser said. “We can’t just go into partnership and accept that bid. We’ll have to start the bidding process all over again.”
City Council President Jack Burrell said he was thankful for the partnership with the Fairhope Yacht Club to try to move the much-needed dredging project forward.
“We certainly appreciate the Yacht Club working with the City of Fairhope on this,” Burrell said. “We wish we had some other partners in that area that we were adding to this as well.”
There is no expected start date for the dredging project, according to the city, as the proper permits to begin dredging have not yet been obtained from the Corps of Engineers.