By Chris Pickup
That was the general consensus of Haldimand councillors as they voted to renew the lease for the property with Fisheries and Oceans, Small Craft Harbours Branch.
“It’s so successful it’s causing a problem,” Bernie Corbett told council committee last Tuesday. “There are issues with the boat ramp, parking, washrooms overflowing and garbage,” he said.
“People are coming from all over Ontario. We need to do something. Who’s responsible?”
Leroy Bartlett concurred. “The ramp itself could stand some work,” he said. “It’s not adequate for what it’s being used for. It’s so slippery, I landed on my backside using it,” he added.
CAO Don Boyle noted that boat ramps in general are an issue. “We want it to be a good experience.”
Rob Shirton said he has had tours from longtime residents, and he found the garbage situation is better this year. “The pavilion is not A1, it’s first come first served.” He wondered whether they could take bookings.
He also noted how this year’s torrential rains, and people parking on the grass, “rutted up really bad.”
Looks like there’s a lot of work ahead to spruce things up.