The city of Grafton lacks ferry service, in part because of the financial woes of the previous owner, partly because of the slow pace at which government funding for the project is being approved, and partly because of the drought. The city purchased the ferry business over a year ago, including the landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi, but the city needs to dredge the river in order to re-open the business, thereby bringing in more visitors from Missouri.
Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says as late in the year as it is now, it might be spring before that happens.
He says state officials tell him the money is on the way to pay for the dredging, but reminds that when dealing with big government, these things can be painfully slow. The money is actually originating from the federal government.