District of Sooke takes back operation of boat launch

'Decision made after reviewing the service agreement to ensure the district is being fiscally responsible.'

The District of Sooke is taking back operation of the public boat launch.

The decision was made after reviewing the service agreement to ensure the district is being fiscally responsible, said Teresa Sullivan, chief administrative officer.

The district is paying out more in expenses than it is collecting in boat launch revenues, she said.

The district loses about $6,000 a year with the agreement.

In 2015, the district had revenues from sales of boat launch fees and annual passes of $24,282.98 and boat launch related expenses of $30,397. Of expenses, $22,373.95 went to the boat launch operator. The district also pays monthly fees for rental of the ticket machine, bank processing fees, rental of portable toilets and other items such as signage.

Coun. Kevin Pearson said, although it was important for the district to look at the service agreement, now was the wrong time to cancel it.

“Fishing season is going to be on us any minute now,” he said, adding the facility is well looked after and maintained.

Public boat launch operator Terrence Martin, who has held the contract since 2014, said district staff has not discussed the operation of the facility nor witnessed the operation.

“There’s no magic to it. If it is not monitored people won’t pay,” he said. “I operate the contract on cost recovery.”

There are other tangibles too, Martin added, including the money brought into town from fishing derbies.

Sullivan pointed out it was important for council to separate the issues concerning fishing derbies as opposed to operation of the boat launch.

When the current contract expires on May 31, municipal staff will run the facility, including fee collection and bylaw enforcement.

“It makes more sense to have this worked on in-house,” Sullivan said.

The public boat launch is located at 6933 West Coast Rd.

 

Just Posted

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

Man hospitalized after early morning Sooke Road crash

Police say injuries are non life-threatening

Premier John Horgan announces improvements to Highway 14

Construction on the $10 million project is set to begin immediately

LETTERS: Sooke preschool celebrates 30th anniversary

Kingfisher Preschool to hold anniversary event May 26

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

LETTER: The sewage spiral continues in Greater Victoria

My left brain has been trying to digest the news and comments… Continue reading

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Renowned Comox Valley sasquatch researcher passes away

A renowned biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher who called the Comox… Continue reading

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read