Skaha Marina needs $1.85M

City taxpayers could be on the hook for $1.85 million in dock upgrades at the Skaha Lake Marina over the next two years with the cancellation of the city’s agreement with the Trio Marine Group.

The project was revealed this week as a part of the city’s draft 2018 budget.

“The docks are quite old, we are starting to see substantial issues and risks,” Chief Financial Officer Jim Bauer said.

“We are either going to have to pull them out and shrink what we are doing there, or invest some money to fix the docks so we can continue to have a marina on the lake.”

Bauer said Trio was responsible for the dock upgrades under the now-cancelled 29-year agreement with the city to operate the marina.

Trio has the rights to run the marina until the end of 2018, but after that, what happens at the facility is still to be determined.

“Given what we heard from the community and the reluctance to enter into a long term arrangement there, we are seeing that we need to fix up those docks so that when we look at how the facility is going to be operated going forward, that we’ve got a satisfactory facility there,” Bauer said.

Penticton city council will debate the project during budget talks Nov. 28 to 30.

The city is holding three public input sessions Nov. 22 to 25 for residents to view the draft 2018 budget and offer opinions.


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