Established as a symbol of the downtown waterfront, the City of Gig Harbor is taking control of the Skansie Netshed to ensure preservation work continues.
The City Council approved a contract with the Washington State Historical Society in order to complete a grant for the Skansie Netshed at Skansie Brothers Park.
There is $29,540 remaining in grant funds to complete work on the netshed.
The city entered into a contract with the Coastal Heritage Alliance for improvements on the netshed. The alliance has asked to be released from the contract for “a variety of reasons,” the city report stated. Coastal Heritage Alliance, based in Maryland, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving the vessels, skills and stories of a proud working waterfront culture, according to its website.
The state historical society has agreed to transfer the remaining funds from the grant that was obtained by the alliance to the City of Gig Harbor. The council approved the transition contract on Monday night.
John Moist, a member of the alliance, told the city that members wanted to maintain “(the) momentum and goodwill we’ve created.”
The council also heard an update on the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s U.S. Open shuttle program that ran last week during the golf tournament at Chambers Bay.
Al Abbott, a member of the Chamber’s U.S. Open committee, said the shuttle made between $18,000 to $20,000 for the tournament. Factoring out expenses, he thinks it will bring in $8,000 to $10,000 for the Chamber.