Boats could be sailing into Nackawic Marina before Canada Day

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If water levels and provincial environment officials cooperate, Nackawic could welcome completing its $1.3 million marina project by June.

Regional Service Commission 11 Manager of Building and Development Lonnie Forbes delivered council a positive update and budget analysis on the marina project at the Tuesday, April 19 council session.

He said the completed dock would provide docking space for up to 32 boats unless some are exceptionally large.

Forbes cited a slight holdup surrounding the WAWA (Watercourse and Wetland Alteration) permit. The province's EIA branch asked for additional information as the project changed slightly from the original approval. As of April 19, Forbes said Jonathan Burtt of Roy Consultants is awaiting a reply from the EIA branch.

"Once the EIA Branch signs off, the town will get its revised WAWA permit and an approval to operate," Forbes told council in his report. "One of the conditions will be for the town to take some monthly water samples for about a year."

Forbes said a representative from E. Cumming Contractors told him that if the WAWA permit comes through and water levels cooperate, crews will be on-site by May with expectations to complete the job within a month.

"They have the sewage pump for the boats in stock and will be able to change the septic system over from the arena without any disruption now that the arena is not occupied," Forbes added.

Additionally, the plumbing and electrical contractors reported that the point-of-sale building on-site would be "fully functional" after a small amount of work.

Forbes said contractors delivered the completed gangway to public works, where it awaits installation.

He said the supply and installation of the mooring and chains are scheduled for May, adding the quote came in at half the $30,000 price tag.

Including some extras approved by council, the project's $1.291 million price tag grew slightly, explained Forbes, but noted most of the extra funding is available through separate programs, citing $187,270 from Gas Tax Funding to cover the cost of the sewage lift station system.

Forbes said $90,000 of the original budget remains unspent or allocated, plus $73,500 RPC and $75,000 Gas Tax funds provides $238,500.

He said items the town must still pay for would cost approximately $104,000, and extras council requested would total $107,531. He said that does not include the cost of the security system and cameras.

Forbes recommended that council could save more than $48,000 by cancelling plans to provide services to planned rental buildings near the docks.

"I would recommend that the town not install the water, sewer and electrical services to the two future rental sites as the buildings may never be located there," Forbes stated in his report. "This would leave the town with adequate funding to complete the project and install a security system, dock gates, new lights, topsoil and fenced compound."

Coun. Bob Simpson suggested that cancelling services to the proposed rental buildings could create problems later. He noted it could mean excavating the finished dock area if they needed to supply the services in the future.

Council agreed to put that discussion on the agenda at a future meeting.

Nackawic announced the plans for the marina in November 2020 as part of its comprehensive upgrades to the town's waterfront. Under the original agreement, ACOA committed almost $700,000, with the province investing approximately $230,000 and the town contributing $130,000.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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