Goderich Council is making it clear to ratepayers that work to stabilize the beach area, and the boardwalk replacement are two individual projects which will be paid for separately.
Shoreline stabilization is seen as an urgent priority, following two high wind events in October and early November.
The boardwalk replacement project had already been approved by Council in October.
Mayor John Grace tells Country 104.9 News that neither project has anything to do with the other.
He explains that the new, $800 thousand pressed timber boardwalk will be paid for through a reserve account funded by harbour leases and rentals.
The Town's water expansion fund is paying for shoreline stabilization.
Residential, commercial and industrial water rate payments go into the water expansion fund.
The cost of the shoreline stabilization work is subject to the findings and recommendations of Goderich's Director of Operations, along with engineers and the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority.
Work on shoreline stabilization is expected to start as soon as possible, while the boardwalk project will get under way next spring.