Docking fees not feasible: council

FORT FRANCES—A suggestion to institute docking fees for outfitters and other day users of the waterfront here was turned down by town council Monday night on account that doing so would not be economically feasible.
“One of the primary reasons for development of the waterfront was to encourage boaters and outfitters to make use of our waterfront and thus support the economic development in our community,” Community Services manager George Bell said in a report to council.
“As a result, we only charge for seasonal use at the waterfront and weekly, monthly, and overnight use at the [Sorting Gap] marina,” he added.
“The second factor would be the cost of enforcing or collecting daily use fees would outstrip any potential revenue,” Bell continued.
The suggestion for the docking fees came to council at its July 24 meeting in the form of a letter from Mark Fontana, owner of Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle.
He argued dockage fees collected could be used for dock maintenance or, if pooled with federal dollars, earmarked for future waterfront development—including possibly more dockage.
Council approved Bell’s report and authorized staff to write a letter back to Fontana thanking him for his input.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•agreed to receive the Minutes of Settlement for 838 Second St. E. and part of SW 1/4 Section 28 Plan 48R3274 Parts 3 & 4 (300 Eighth St. E.);
•approved Mayor Dan Onichuk’s purchase card expenses for May and June in the amount of $1,339.02;
•approved CAO Mark McCaig’s purchase card expenses for May 31-June 5 in the amount of $970.64;
•awarded a tender for a 2007 Chevy three-quarter ton extended cab pickup truck (Model 25000 HD) from MacDonald Motors at a net cost of $34,945.56 (less GST) for the Parks department; and
•directed administration to complete a COMRIF application submission prior to the Sept. 13 deadline.
This application is for funding to replace sanitary sewer piping and watermains along Second Street East between Central Avenue and Portage Avenue, as well as to resurface the existing roadway.
(Fort Frances Times)