Teresa Behan, Deputy Director of Community Services, submitted a report on Monday to the CoW meeting of Council that gave an overview of the operational performance of the four waterfront “business” units: the Marina, the Campground, the Marie Dressler Dredger and the Harbour. The intent was “to enhance transparency for upcoming budget deliberations”. The report was for 2021 YTD and given their seasonal nature, this covers most of the year’s activity. Teresa notes that the Marina and Campground are funded by user fees (breakeven with any profit as a dividend to the Town), the dredger is funded by its users which includes the Harbour and external contracts and the Harbour is funded by the tax levy. I think that’s the first time I’ve heard that so clearly stated.
Given the impact of Covid-19, it was a difficult year yet in general, budget targets were met. But the details are worth looking at. Download Teresa’s full report from the link below but let’s look at highlights of both Operations and budget impacts.
Opening of the Marina and Campground were delayed 5 weeks so 5 weeks revenue was lost.
- Approx. 95% of seasonals occupied their slips in 2021 – a strong increase from 2020
- Seasonal Revenue was $203,000
- Transient Revenue was $157,000 approx. $12,000 over budget target
- Fuel Sales were $300,000, approx. $100,000 over budget target
- Lift In/Out has met budget target of $35,000
- Launch ramp exceeded budget target of $7,000
- Reservations have exceeded budget target of $5,000
- Storage will exceed budget target of $40,000
- Received almost $6,000 in student wage grants
- Overall, will meet revenue target of $767,040 and will transfer $70,000 to reserves.
Campground (previously called the Trailer Park)
- All seasonals occupied their sites for 2021.
- Seasonal Revenue met budget target of $22,500
- Transient Trailer Revenue met and exceeded target of $270,000
- Transient Tent Revenue fell approximately $2,000 below budget target
- Received $2,950.44 in student wage grants
- Hosted 6406 transient occupancy stays
- Campground will meet revenue target of $331,000 and transfer $25,000 to reserves.
Marie Dressler Dredger
- Silting in (or filling in) of the harbour basin has increased dramatically due to the high lake level events in 2017 and 2019 and the deterioration of the breakwater.
- Shoreplan Engineering have been contracted to provide coastal and infrastructure design management for the repair and redesign of the harbour walls being cognizant of the silting issue in their plans.
- The harbour mouth/entrance must be a depth of approx. 12′ and the launch ramp exit must be a max. depth of 8′ to 10′
- The Coast Guard are unable to bring their rescue vessel into her home berth annually until the spring dredging is complete.
- In 2021 the dredge worked with heavy equipment to remove a large sand bar that had formed in the west harbour basin and was successful in moving 4600 cubic meters of sand to raise the grade of the west harbour beach
- The dredge moved additional dredgeate from the harbour entrance creating a safe navigational path between the lighthouses.
- The west basin has a shallow depth of 3′ to 4′ and the sand bar and filing in of the crescent shaped inner beach area will impact the user groups that paddle in that portion of the basin.
- The harbour Budget transfers $50,000 and the Marina Budget transfers $30,000 into the Dredging Revenue Account for services rendered.
- In 2021 a contract for services was fulfilled to Port Hope for $250,000.
- 2020 was the first year the dredge account had an excess of surplus over the maintenance and set up costs. Staff applied the remaining surplus to the outstanding unfinanced capital. In December 31st of 2020, $215,947.45 was left as unfinanced for the dredge, this amount relates to the original purchase of the dredge.
- An Asset Management Study is planned for the winter of 2021/2022.
- Organized user groups were able to run programming for adults and children using a variety of equipment such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and dinghies.
- Day camps and after school programs were uninterrupted in 2021 as lab testing monitored E.coli levels – the improved E.coli counts are believed to be due to the extra dredging performed.
- Additional weekly lab testing was completed and mapped by staff at shoreline, 50′ from shore and 100′ from shore.
- The harbour pays $50,000 towards maintaining the depths for in water users. Received $11,300 in student wages
- Revenue targets were met, and expenditures were kept below proposed budget.
The provision by Town Staff of the above details is certainly a good thing and helps the public understand more about these operations and their financial management.