Marina function dysfunctional

An open letter to the chairman of the Kitimat-Stikine regional district:

An open letter to the chairman of the

Kitimat-Stikine regional district:

Dear Mr. Nyce,

I’m writing this letter to express my profound disappointment in the performance of the RD’s function committee, the group of directors that oversees the operation of MK Bay Marina.

I am an annual moorage client at the marina and have been for the past decade.  I, along with all other clients and customers of the facility, are faced with spiraling and continuing cost increases in every aspect of operation including moorage, electricity, haul-out charges, dry land storage, vehicle parking, trailer storage, boat launching fees and even camping fees.

The 2011 budget approved by the board on February 25 shows yet another increase in moorage fees and service rates by a stunning 18 per cent.

This is on top of last year’s 10 per cent and a previous 10 per cent in 2007.  Nonetheless, the nearly $500,000 deficit incurred some years ago remains virtually unchanged.

The function committee, under the guidance of your administrator seem unable to control spending at this facility.

Litigation initiated as a last resort against the RD and the marina manager by the tug boat owner could likely have been settled with a handshake a few months ago, if not for the unyielding arrogance shown by the manager and the autocratic attitude of your administrator.

I notice from the monthly RD cheque register posted on your website that legal fees paid to date have already reached more than $50,000.

As well, the 2011 budget shows $80,000 set aside for “professional services” -up from $2,000.  Does this mean you expect to lose? Are boaters and marina clients expected to pay for this boondoggle as well?

The disregard shown by the board and members of the function committee towards your fiscal duties and responsibilities at this facility is very distressing.

Despite many requests, your function committee has refused to consult with or communicate in any way with customers.

All discussions about marina finances have been held out of the public eye “in camera”, as it seems are all other marina issues.

Imagine if the people of Terrace, Kitimat and the other villages of the region were faced with property tax increases in the order of what we are facing at the marina?

Do you think taxpayers would allow you to take the same approach?

We are the people directly affected by your decisions and bare the full impact.  As our elected representatives we deserve much more.

Michael D. Graham,

Terrace.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Fire ban back in effect for Northwest Fire Centre region

Starting May 24, both Category 2 and Category 3 prohibitions will be in place

Kelowna company wins contract for LNG Canada project in Kitimat

SK Form & Finish will work with equivalent of 4,000 fully loaded concrete trucks

U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminium scrapped

Joint effort by industry, government and unions secures deal

Rio Tinto BC Works watching Nechako reservoir levels closely

Dropping water levels could threaten power generation operations

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Nisga’a Nation tourism industry hits the road

First pilot tour to the Nass Valley is set for this summer with Indigenous Tourism BC

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

MAY 23: the first of 1,200 trailers start arriving

JFJV has a transportation plan in place to minimize impact

Most Read