In September 2019, a Safety audit of the harbour resulted in a conflict between the Dragon Boat & Canoe Club (CDBCC)and Marina Management. A number of recommendations were made but the focus was on the club’s activities. In an effort to resolve the problems relating specifically to the CDBCC, a working group was established made up of Jeremy Fowlie, Kim Burgeron, and Dean Coates representing the CDBCC and Suzanne Seguin, Emily Chorley and Ian Davey representing the Town. Ian Davey will be presenting a recommendation to Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on 27 January that includes an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that spells out a number of changes plus the responsibilities of both the Town and the CDBCC.
Some of the problems were caused by high water intruding on the clubs existing space immediately to the south of part of the Yacht club’s holding area. This is resolved by moving it to the north side although that will narrow the marina parking lot exit roadway. The club will be responsible for paying for an electrical service to be provided and for construction of a small building; the Town will permit club activity participants to use the Marina washrooms and even shelter from inclement weather in the Marina Building. The MOU is quite long – especially compared to the document it replaces – but will hopefully clarify responsibilities. Based on the conflict last Fall, this is definitely needed.
The image/map below explains the changes proposed – click to enlarge
See the Links below for the relevant Documents and an article explaining the problems and why there was such a serious conflict. According to Jeremy, if all the recommendations were implemented, the club would be out of business. Some have not yet been addressed (e.g. scheduling and a motorized safety boat) – perhaps there will be some follow up on these.
Addendum – 28 January 2020
After a lot of discussion led primarily by Councillor Brian Darling who wanted it changed, Council passed the motion to approve the MOU with a number of minor changes. The most significant was that the rent is not reduced to $2/year but stays at the previous amount – around $2000/year.
- Harbour Safety Audit Concerns 25 September 2019
- Staff Report Re MOU CDBCC
- Prior Agreement – CDBCC-Town of Cobourg
- Draft MOU – CDBCC-Town of Cobourg