“Over the past week or so it’s come to our attention that the Morrisburg Dock is unfit,” said councillor Evonne Delegarde at the May 15th South Dundas council meeting.
“As a second part to this,” she continued, “there’s a boat tour that’s scheduled several different dates throughout the summer starting mid-June.”
Mayor Steven Byvelds acknowledged the situation, saying that chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald had already been in contact with the captain of the boat cruise.
“I made him aware that although it’s a public dock,” said McDonald, “it’s under the township and he shouldn’t be promoting its use without permission.”
“Captain Andy went on his own,” said Byvelds. “He didn’t inform anybody. The dock is now unsafe and there’s nothing to be done.”
“They need to realize it isn’t a free dock. We’re not here to stop commercial ventures, but they need to come work with us.”
Councillor Jim Graham said, “I think we should work with them. It’s a very good draw for tourism. I’d certainly support anything we could do.”
As for dock repairs, council is waiting on an engineer’s report before moving forward.