The city of Grafton continues to see growing success in local small businesses, but it currently lacks ferry service. The city purchased the ferry business over a year ago, including the landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi. However, 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 the lack of ferry service is impacting local businesses.
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. Thompson says it will probably be at least another month before bids can be put out to do the work.