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#1 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 06:43 AM

Sidney staff report recommends maintaining current Beacon Wharf, for now


None of the options generated a majority as council considers fate of facility


Almost 43 per cent of respondents (459) favoured removal without replacement, while the P3 option received 230 responses. Another 293 responses opted for the broad category of ‘other’ with 234 of those expressing what staff call a “preference to keep, maintain, or rebuild as close to the current configuration as possible.”




The report acknowledges the potential benefits of such a pause (“a pause is likely healthy for the community”) while recommending efforts to preserve the wharf for as long as possible. But the report also raises questions about the commitment of citizens to borrow large sums of money related to the wharf. While the survey showed “slightly more support for borrowing” than opposition, the high number of those opposed (49.6 per cent of respondents) make it “unlikely” that an alternate approval process for future borrowing would be successful.



#2 spanky123

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 07:06 AM

^ Problem is nobody believes engineering reports anymore. The reports say what they are asked to say in the terms of reference which always favour some political and not practical agenda. 

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#3 Spy Black

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 07:40 AM

Having engaged large engineering firms quite a few times in the past decade or so, and being actually in the middle of what's expected to be a substantial engineering consultants report this very point in time ... I can report that the first thing that was asked at the first meeting of the engineering minds was along the lines of "what would you like to see this report result in"?


In other words, "what do you want the Executive Summary to actually say".


Take engineering reports with a grain of salt, especially if there are huge $$ involved.

Edited by Spy Black, 09 November 2021 - 07:40 AM.

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#4 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 12:29 PM

Sidney’s Beacon Wharf will stay up for now, but the fate of the aging facility will likely remain in the public spotlight as the municipality and the community-at-large wrestle with its future.


Nicole Bengtsson, who helped organize a rally last month to save and refurbish the facility, expressed relief about council’s unanimous decision Monday (Nov. 8) to accept staff’s recommendation to maintain the wharf for as long as possible without replacing it. The staff report did, however, leave the door open to replacement.


Council also voted unanimously to inform Marker Group the municipality will no longer pursue a public-private partnership to replace the facility with a floating wharf featuring a hotel and public space.





Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 November 2021 - 12:29 PM.


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