Port McNeill council votes against building shelter at waterfront park

Estimates suggest the structure would have cost taxpayers $15,000

Port McNeill town council has decided against

building a structure in Legacy Park.

Council heard a report from town staff about

expanding the scope of the park.

The town had previously obtained a grant

from the Western Economic Diversification to

partially fund an open shelter adjacent to the

existing park.

The shelter would have been a post-and-beam

structure comprised primarily of cedar beams.

A cedar shake roof would have completed the

structure. The cost of the entire project broke

down as follows:

• Site preparation — $3,500;

• Lumber (delivered to site) — $8,000;

• Shakes (delivered to site) — $3,000;

• Assembly — $8,000;

• Garden materials — $1,500;

Total cost — $24,000.

The town would have had to spend $15,000 of

taxpayer money in order to complete the project.

Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland said the

reason the project was rejected by council was

due to there not being enough time to finish the

work, which would have had to be completed

by March 31 to meet the grant specifications.

Ackland also said council was not happy with

the location of the proposed structure.