Bayside received a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant recently under the Texas Disaster Recovery Program.
“Another grant is in the works for $150,000 to finish the shoreline on the south end of the park,” said Councilman Orville Downs.
A track hoe operator with Lester Contracting, Inc. of Port Lavaca began removing the brush from the bluff and estimated that that stage of the project brush will be completed before the end of the day.
At the bottom of the bluff at the shoreline, contractors will install a concrete grid that is held together by cables to prevent erosion. Grass will grow over the grid for further protection. Dirt will also be hauled in to slope the bluff and grass will be planted.
The north end of the park was completed several years ago. Another 160 feet remains on the south end of the park.
More than four inches of rain fell in the Bayside area over the weekend, causing Downs and city to speculate that the work may be postponed.
“I was surprised to see them get started this morning,” said Mike Brown, city worker.
The state of Texas created the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Grant Program following Hurricanes Ike and Dolly in 2008.