Port McNeill harbour fees increased to cover increased electrical costs

Visitors using the marina will pay a little more for electricity this year.

  • Mar. 10, 2011 6:00 a.m.

PORT McNEILL – Visitors using the marina will pay a little more for electricity this year.

The harbour fees were increased after Harbour Manager Hiltje Ramsay submitted a report to Port McNeill Council.

“I have recently completed a review of the actual cost of the daily electrical service and compared it to what is recovered in hydro charges. They are almost equal,” said Ramsay in her report. “In order to offset some of our maintenance and future electrical infrastructure replacement, I propose that we increase the current day rates …”

The increase would be felt mostly by transient summer pleasure boats, said Ramsay, and the fees are in line with those at other marinas. Most local users pay a monthly rate and would not be affected.

Council supported the recommendation, saying it was “reasonable” especially since electricity rates are expected to increase this year.

The charge for 20- and 30-amp service will increase by $1.00 each to $5.00 and $7.00 per-day rates, respectively. The charge for 50-amp service would increase $2.00 to $12.00 a day.