Town won’t man campsite check-in

As a cost-savings measure to the town, the Pither’s Point campsite check-in building won’t be manned this summer after council approved a report from the Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown at its meeting Monday night.
“As council is well aware, it is estimated that it will cost $26,500 to man the check-in building similar to how it was operated in 2003,” noted Brown.
“Basically, three summer students were hired to man the facility from the long weekend in May to the Labour Day weekend in September.
“Also, in order to achieve the budgeted revenue from the campsite in 2003, the town kept the Point Park campsite operating on an honour system during the month of September.
“The Parks crew lead hand would go to the campsite twice a day [on weekends only] to collect campsite fees,” Brown added.
Brown said the exact method of collecting fees this year still has to be finalized, but he was certain the town still would take care of basic maintenance, such as cleaning bathrooms.
One possibility is tendering out the campsite to a private operator. Another option would be to use the Sorting Gap Marina staff to assist in the collection of fees.
“Administration will finalize the exact method of collecting fees and communicate this to the public prior to the campsite opening in May,” noted Brown.
He stressed he’d also like to see an “enhanced communication strategy” to inform tourists or campers how to use the campsite, as well as what activities or events are available to them in the community.
(Fort Frances Times)