Boblo dock

Town gets update on condition of Boblo dock

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town has received an update from the federal government as it pertains to the former Boblo dock on Front Road South.

CAO John Miceli brought a report to council which stated that he was advised by William Ariss of the Real Property Division of the Central & Arctic Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada advising the Boblo dock would not be declared surplus at this time. Miceli reported that Ariss advised the town that the department is undertaking “a review of the various wharfs in the Sarnia to Amherstburg corridor” and that upon the completion of that review, “the department will determine whether the wharf is to be repaired, removed, divested or some combination thereof.”

According to Miceli’s report: “Should the Coast Guard determine that the department no longer has an interest in the wharf, then divestiture of the site will be considered. Mr. Ariss has advised that the divestiture process of the wharf requires DFO to offer a site first to other Federal Departments and then to the Province. Mr. Ariss has also advised that it would be difficult at this point (to say) whether the wharf would be transferred to the municipality with monies associated for repairs or if the Department would look to demolish it.”

Cost to repair the pier is estimated at $579,546 with the cost to demolish the pier, including the piles, estimated at $524,807. To demolish the dock, excluding the piles, would carry an estimated cost of $337,488.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council.

“It is important for council to note that the estimates were developed on a Class D level which should not to be considered final and must continue to be refined through the design process. Class D estimates are indicative of a project being considered for budget development and place holder purposes,” Miceli stated in his report.

The CAO added it “would not be unreasonable for one to conclude” that the cost to demolish and replace the dock could be in in excess of $1 million.

Miceli said a decision is not expected before late summer or fall. He added the town is continuing to negotiate with the federal government, saying $337,000 “is the floor. I just can’t tell you what the ceiling is.”

Councillor Rick Fryer believed the dock is a great location for an outlook and for birding opportunities, adding his hope would be for the town can start putting money aside for a project involving the dock so the community can use it.

“I think this is a great opportunity for tourism for the town and for eco-tourism and sports tourism,” he said.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo questioned whether the town had public access to the dock but Fryer believed access could be looked at as part of the town’s negotiations into the site. Fryer, also chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, said ERCA is looking at a possible lookout trail in that area.

Boblo dock continues to cause concern for council members

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The condition of the former Boblo Island dock on Front Road South continues to be of concern to members of town council.

Councillor Diane Pouget brought forth concerns from residents in the area, noting the decaying dock was of particular issue during recent wind storms.

“During the last wind storm, they couldn’t believe the roof didn’t come off,” said Pouget.

Pouget, also a member of the town’s parks committee, said the dock is of interest to that group as well. She said both residents were willing to come before town council with their concerns if that would be of any assistance to getting the problem resolved and that the parks committee is willing to help as well.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The town will reach out to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain the issues the town has with the dock.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The town will reach out to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain the issues the town has with the dock.

CAO John Miceli said he received an e-mail from the Department of Oceans and Fisheries prior to the April 10 council meeting but did not have time to read it prior to the meeting that night. He said he would read what was stated and report back to town council.

A meeting is needed on the subject, believed Councillor Rick Fryer, and suggested the Ministry of Natural Resources be involved as well. He said material and debris is going upstream.

“It’s circling back in the bay there and landing on people’s properties,” he said.

Fryer, also the chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), said that agency is looking to construct a “viewpoint” and also said it could make a good fishing pier for Amherstburg residents. He wondered if council would be interested in working towards such a project.

Miceli said the dock is failing due to neglect by the federal government and questioned whether using town money was a solution. He suggested consulting further with the federal government to see what they will do to repair the former Boblo dock.

Town still wanting work done on old Boblo dock

 

By Ron Giofu

The town of Amherstburg is still awaiting word from the federal government on what the future is for the former Boblo dock.

The dock, which sits in disrepair as it extends into the Detroit River just south of the Front Road South-Dalhousie St. intersection, was a topic of discussion at the Oct. 11 town council meeting. Councillor Rick Fryer said he wanted an update on the dock since the town has already sent a letter to the Department of Oceans and Fisheries.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said the federal government has “made no indication” on what it intends to do with the dock. DiCarlo said the matter has been brought up in numerous meetings with federal officials and that the town will keep reminding them about the dock until the situation is rectified.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The town will reach out to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain the issues the town has with the dock.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The town will reach out to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain the issues the town has with the dock.

CAO John Miceli said the federal government has stated it will perform a site condition assessment on the dock but the town has not heard back on how it will address the situation. Miceli pointed out the federal government doesn’t have to answer to local municipalities but indicated the town of Amherstburg will keep lobbying until the town receives an answer.

The issue came up in the early spring at town council to which Rosaleen O’Mahony, communications advisor with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said the town’s correspondence on the matter had been received.

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada has contacted the town of Amherstburg to confirm Departmental ownership of the structure and discuss their concerns with the condition of the Boblo Dock,” O’Mahony stated at the time. “The Department has no immediate plans for the Boblo Dock; however, an asset condition report is being planned for the wharf to determine the structural integrity of the site and options for the future. Should any safety concerns be identified, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will take the appropriate mitigation steps and notify the community.”

O’Mahony added: “The Department will need to complete a formal tendering process for the asset condition report. Until this process is finished, we cannot give an estimated date of completion for the report.”

Boblo dock to be subject of asset condition report

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The former Boblo dock will be the subject of an asset condition report after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans received concerns raised by the town of Amherstburg.

The dock, the subject of concern by local residents for years, returned to the public eye after it was raised at town council recently. Called an “eyesore” at the March 22 meeting by Councillor Diane Pouget, council agreed to send correspondence to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding its condition.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The town will reach out to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain the issues the town has with the dock.

The current state of the former Boblo ferry dock is of concern to town council. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans states it has no immediate plans for the dock but will conduct an asset condition report.

Dalhousie St. resident Luke Adam contacted the River Town Times shortly after the story was published in the March 23 edition. Adam said he appeared before council several years ago on the matter, and expressed concern if a child were to get on the dock and fall through into the Detroit River.

Rosaleen O’Mahony, communications advisor with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said the town’s correspondence on the matter has been received.

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada has contacted the Town of Amherstburg to confirm Departmental ownership of the structure and discuss their concerns with the condition of the Boblo Dock,” said O’Mahony. “The Department has no immediate plans for the Boblo Dock; however, an asset condition report is being planned for the wharf to determine the structural integrity of the site and options for the future. Should any safety concerns be identified, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will take the appropriate mitigation steps and notify the community.”

O’Mahony added: “The Department will need to complete a formal tendering process for the asset condition report. Until this process is finished, we cannot give an estimated date of completion for the report.”