Town finds a temporary fix for transient boaters
CHESTERTOWN — The daily fee to tie up at the town-owned marina is $10, a temporary compromise from the $20 that was initially assessed at the start of June and free passage.
“The idea of having a fee is important because some weekends we might not have space,” Town Manager Bill Ingersoll said at the June 6 meeting of the Chestertown Mayor and Council.
One Chestertown businessman used social media to sound off about the $20 fee, suggesting that it was counterproductive for a town that is trying to attract shoppers to downtown.
Jeff Carroll, owner of the Fish Whistle restaurant that is located next to the marina, attended the June 6 council meeting. He said he was seeking a “hopeful resolution for transient tie-ups.”
“Anyone who calls about dockage or bringing a boat, we tell them to call the ma- rina and that we are out of it,” Carroll told the council. “The customer has to take care of it through the marina themselves.
“I have enough to worry about. I don’t want to have to worry about that,” Carroll said.
“That’s the way to handle it,” Ingersoll told Carroll.
“It’s solved as much as it can be right now,” Ingersoll said.
“This is a good dress rehearsal for what’s going to come,” he added.
Also during the June 6 meeting, Mayor Chris Cerino gave an update on the overhaul of the marina. Phase one — which includes dredging of the basin, bulkhead replacement with 50- to 55-foot pilings, a new boat ramp, a raised pedestrian walkway and finger piers — is moving forward.
The walkway is raised by at least 18 inches.
“It’s such a huge improvement,” the mayor said.
Due to fisheries regulations to protect the spawning season, the boat ramp can’t be put in until after June 15.
Cerino said he hopes the ramp will be installed by July 4. “After that,” he said, “the finger piers will go in.”
Phase two also includes completion of the new bulkhead, raised walkway and backfill. The project will be put out to bid in July/August with the work to begin after Dowrigging Weekend in November, according to a timeframe that Cerino rolled out this spring.