Port McNeill’s harbour upgrades deferred until next year

The upgrades were deferred until 2019 budget so that council can expand the scope of the project.

Harbour upgrades are now deferred to Port McNeill’s next annual budget.

At the Dec. 3 council meeting, harbour manager Emma Bates and town treasurer Dan Rodin wrote to council requesting more funds to complete the ramp and float project, which was put into the Town of Port McNeill’s budget earlier this year.

Now, in the latest Dec. 17 meeting, acting administrator Pete Nelson-Smith gave an update on the details of the prior report, after an in-camera council meeting.

“What prompted me to write this report to council, following the open meeting and closed meeting, we did have discussion,” he said. “perhaps we could get more work done at the harbour if we were to broaden the scope of the project.”

“The basis of this report is to request that council put forward a larger project for the harbour in the 2019 budget,” Nelson-Smith added.

Mayor Gaby Wickstrom clarified what this would mean for the Town of Port McNeill. After having reviewed the report, Port McNeill council would “defer the proposed ramp and float upgrade for the Port McNeill harbour for the 2019 annual budget and expand the scope of the project,” she noted during the meeting.

A motion to accept staff recommendations was made and then approved by council.

As for the status of the harbour right now, the Port McNeill Municipal Harbour has immediate maintenance issues, which may include Float “P” and the access ramp, according to Nelson-Smith’s letter request for direction.

Float “E” is also nearing the “end of its life and the concrete approach to the harbour is being undermined,” the letter continued. Structural upgrades are needed for the wooden approach as well.

Pelagic Technologies, after providing an inspection report, suggested upgrades were better fitted in the 2019 budget, which would mean the town will “expand on the project in the spring of 2019 to complete more maintenance items providing economy of scale.” The contractors are also more available to complete these upgrades since it would occur at the tail end of their busy season, the letter concluded.

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