Marina group dissolves; Village to take over facility

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The Village of Nakusp may soon be getting into the marina business.

That’s after the Nakusp Launch Club Society, which currently operates the marina on the community’s waterfront, decided to dissolve itself after being unable to find replacement board members.

They intend to turn over the keys to the Village on January 18. The Village will have to take over rental of the slips on the dock, collecting fees, answering inquiries, and maintenance.

“All current assets will also be transferred to the Village,” the Village’s Chief Administrative Officer Cheryl Martens wrote in a report to council on January 11. “… We are going to explore our options regarding how to take on the workload, but it will likely be a combination of Village staff and contract work. The administrative work should be easily transitioned to the Village office staff.”

The Launch Club Society hopes to have the transition completed by February to ensure a smooth transfer of slip rentals, which happens at the end of March.

“Winter maintenance was recently completed on the marina and it should not require anything further until April/ May,” the CAO’s report says.

Martens says the Village will incur additional expenses relating to maintenance and repairs but will also receive additional revenue of approximately $30,000.

“We will likely keep rates close to where they are at now for the upcoming year while we evaluate the costs of operating the marina,” Martens wrote.

The CAO said maintenance work will likely be contracted out, but the Village may consider hiring staff after they have a better idea of the equipment, training and other costs.

Council was expected to receive the report for information at last Monday’s council meeting.

The Village rescued the marina in 2020 when the aging structure began falling apart. Mayor Tom Zeleznik found the money needed to replace the western breakwater, ensuring it would be operational for at least another 20 years.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice