Update on 2015 Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grant Award

As many of you are aware, it was announced on April 9, 2015 that the Crisp Point Light Historical Society was selected for a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant in the amount of $25,000 to help restore the lighthouse tower. The MLAP grants are administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority and are funded by sales of the “Save Our Lights” lighthouse preservation license plates.  These plates are also available as collector plates if you are from out of state or aren’t going to put them on your vehicle.  Contact or visit your local Secretary of State Branch Office or go to the following website for more details: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1585_1595_9026-23624–,00.html.


As we reported at our Annual Summer Conference in July 2015, we had not received the grant agreement paperwork as of that date.  On December 22, 2015, CPLHS received the grant agreement from SHPO.  We signed the paperwork and sent it back in to SHPO, who received it on January 4, 2016.  Since that time, we have updated the scope of work to be completed and are now preparing bid request documents. Our first quarterly report to SHPO was also completed and sent in by the January 15th deadline.  A big thanks to Heather Johnson, Rick Brockway, Richard Neumann, and Cameron Lovett for their work on these tasks.  Hopefully if all goes well, the tower will be worked on sometime in 2016.

One of the things that will likely be added to the original scope of work, is added ventilation for the tower.  This will help keep the bricks dryer so that when the weather turns cold they will not be as likely to freeze and break apart.  Other work items to be completed will be to remove existing paint, replace deteriorated brick, replace mortar joints, replace flashing, and paint exterior tower masonry. Also, CPLHS is responsible for covering all costs of the renovations up front.  Only after the project has been completed, and reports and grant requirements met, will the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant of $25,000 be given to CPLHS to help cover some of the costs.

That being said, we just have enough money to cover the costs of the project as long as it doesn’t go over the high end of our estimate.  As many of you may have seen on Facebook or in person, the area around the tower has been the victim of more erosion again, mainly affecting the stability of the boardwalk.  Even though we always expect erosion to be something we will have to deal with, the timing of this latest damage really couldn’t come at a worse time.  Estimates to beef up the large stone in the affected areas is around $20,000.

11/29/15 Erosion Damage on east side of lighthouse.  Photo by Rick Brockway.

We do not charge people to climb to the top of the tower or to visit the grounds, and all money generated for erosion control, maintenance, restoration, and operations comes from donations, memberships to CPLHS, and the sale of fundraiser items.  The MLAP grant is the first grant we will have received in quite a few years.  If you can make a donation, become a member, or purchase some of our fundraiser items, it is greatly appreciated.  The only way we can keep going the way we are going now is if we continue to receive your support.

To find out exactly how you can help out, check out our website at: http://www.crisppointlighthouse.org/how.html.  We would like to take this opportunity take thank everyone that have supported Crisp Point in the past.  People have really stepped up when we needed them to be generous!  However, there is still more work to be done, so please consider helping us out today!