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Wood yard to be used for overflow marina parking

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Boaters launching from the Sorting Gap Marina here soon will be able to use the Shevlin wood yard for parking if there's no other place to do so.

Town council agreed Monday night to endorse an indemnity agreement with Resolute Forest Products for the Sorting Gap Marina to use the wood yard as overflow parking for boats and trailers during peak period demand time.

The proper documentation now just has to be executed and sent to Resolute prior to the town “getting the keys,” Community Services manager Jason Kabel told the Times.

He hopes to get the go-ahead in the next week or two.

In a report from Kabel received by council at its regular meeting Monday night, he noted the town's senior management team has had recent discussions regarding the increased boat traffic at the Sorting Gap Marina this summer.

“There is a record number of patrons in 2018 who have purchased boat slips at the marina and many others launching daily or for the weekend—so many, in fact, that adequate parking for trucks and trailers has become a concern,” he stressed.

“With the apparent parking congestion being experienced, the senior management team thought it prudent to reach out to Resolute Forest Products to determine if the Shevlin wood yard may be an option for overflow parking during peak parking demand times,” Kabel added.

After communicating with the local Resolute representative, it was determined the wood yard could serve as overflow parking as necessary with the signing of the attached indemnity agreement by the town.

In other news, the rate for hotel guest passes to the Memorial Sports Centre fitness facility will be brought in line with the current rate.

In a report from Kabel, he noted that for many years, the Memorial Sports Centre has honoured guest passes issued by local hotels to utilize the fitness facility.

However, the rate that was charged back to the hotels ($4 per visit) was never recognized in the user fee schedule as it was updated over the years.

As a result of not, this amount has not kept pace with the current daily attendance rate of $7.20 for resident adults.

Council agreed to endorse the hotel guest pass program at a rate equivalent to the adult resident rate in the user fee schedule and will henceforth respect annual changes approved by council.

Kabel noted only one local hotel currently offers guest passes to its patrons and that the usage is “nominal,” with just 23 being redeemed in the first half of 2018.

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