City taps Preble Rish to manage lighthouse move

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

However, Preble Rish would not be able to fund beyond the basics such as initial engineering, inspection and establishing a timeline and ensuring adherence.

The physical move of the lighthouse would still require funding and bidding for services.

“It would not change the need for expertise in other areas,” Magidson said.

Commissioner Bill Kennedy said he thought the idea a good one, saying that civil engineering – understanding soil, water tables, wetlands, etc. – would serve as a foundation for the relocation in any case.

Some reservations were expressed by Commissioner Rex Buzzett.

He said he did not want any contract on the lighthouse project to be “open-ended” and emphasized, as did Magidson, that the money to fund the relocation would come from fundraising efforts through an ongoing campaign spearheaded by the St. Joseph Historical Society.

“We don’t have the money to pay anybody other than with raised funds,” Buzzett said.

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