Pub­lic money should not be sunk into docks

The Niagara Falls Review - - OPINION -

I just read the ar­ti­cle in The Tri­bune about Wel­land Recre­ational Canal Corp. get­ting $60,000 in fed­eral fund­ing to re­pair or re­place docks along the recre­ational wa­ter­way.

The $60,000 is es­ti­mated to cover about half of to­tal cost. This is all well and good, but I ques­tion the need for docks along the wa­ter­way when recre­ational wa­ter­craft are banned from us­ing the fa­cil­ity.

The ar­ti­cle goes on to state that the Pen Fi­nan­cial Credit Union Flat­wa­ter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre docks at the end of Thorold Road are the main con­cern, but that oth­ers along the wa­ter­way are also in need of re­place­ment or re­pair.

This is just an­other ex­am­ple of pub­lic money be­ing spent to the ben­e­fit of the en­ti­tled few. If these fa­cil­i­ties which are/can only be used by a hand­ful of peo­ple need re­pair, or re­place­ment, then let those who ben­e­fit from their ex­is­tence, or their spon­sors, pay for the main­te­nance.

Wel­land Mayor Frank Wel­land Mayor Frank Campion said “mak­ing sure these fa­cil­i­ties are ac­ces­si­ble to every­one and safe to use is a key rea­son they are re­plac­ing the docks” — but in fact, they are not ac­ces­si­ble to every­one, and pub­lic mon­eys should not be used for their up­keep.

Jim Bray

Port Col­borne

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