Midland council to consider its move on the Island Princess

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Midland council will consider adding royalty to its waters at this week's meeting.

The agenda, available online, includes a report by staff around how much it would cost the town to give the Island Princess a pier at the north wall of the town dock.

According to the report, it would cost approximately $25,000 to add a 40m x 4m wide roadway as an access road from the parking lot to the edge of the pier, including a gate/bollards at the entrance. Electrical servicing in the area, installation an extension from the existing power supply, would cost almost $7,000.

"All costs associated with the servicing and access requirements would be paid by Georgian Shores Boat Tour Inc.," says the report. "The costs provided are estimates and the actual cost of the work may vary. Staff will ensure that all reasonable steps will be taken throughout the project to mitigate these costs."

If approved, the tours will begin on July 1 this year and close on Oct. 11.

As well, council will also receive correspondence from Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North requesting relief from development charges and building permit fees associated with 808 Birchwood Dr. Staff is bringing the matter to council's attention and will prepare a detailed report outlining options to be considered at a later meeting.

The agenda also includes a letter from Olympia Sports asking the town to transfer the existing rental agreement to potential new owners.

"Your consideration and approval of my request will go a long way towards my being successful in securing a new owner and in continuing the service to the public that my father and I have provided for the past 45 years," writes Kevin Wood, current owner of the business that operates out of the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre.

Staff will also bring forward a report around that at a future meeting.

The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with a closed session. The open session begins at 7 p.m. and will be aired via Rogers TV and streamed online.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com