BYC wash­rooms open through­out Celtic Colours

Com­modore Wood­ford con­cerned about fu­ture pub­lic ac­cess

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAROLYN BAR­BER

Bras d’or Yacht Club (BYC) Com­modore Eileen Wood­ford up­dated the Vil­lage of Bad­deck Com­mis­sion on Yacht Club wash­room use, and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions to wash­room main­te­nance at the Sept. 12 monthly meet­ing.

BYC closed its wash­rooms to the pub­lic May 20 - July 20 due to lack of fund­ing, open­ing only for Canada Day and Fes­tiville Bad­deck on July 9.

“I re­ally feel it's im­por­tant that we have a sus­tain­able, eq­ui­table ap­proach to meet pub­lic needs with re­spect to wash­rooms,” said Wood­ford.

An es­ti­mated 49,000 peo­ple used the BYC wash­rooms in 2017, some of the vol­ume at­trib­ut­able to the Canada 150 tourism spike. In 2018, it’s an­tic­i­pated 30,000 peo­ple will use them.

BYC mem­bers and spe­cial events visi­tors (in­clud­ing Celtic Colours, Cabot Trail Re­lay Race and Re­gatta Week) make up 23-38% of wash­room users. The gen­eral pub­lic ac­counts for 62-77% (Amoeba Sail­ing Tours cus­tomers - 29%, visi­tors and Kid­ston Is­land users – 33%).

While the pub­lic ac­counts for 62% of use at min­i­mum, BYC pays 88.4% of op­er­a­tional costs. To­tal op­er­at­ing costs for 20042017 were $112, 058. Dur­ing that time, BYC con­trib­uted $99,053, the Vil­lage con­trib­uted $10,558, the County con­trib­uted $2000 and Amoeba Sail­ing Tours con­trib­uted $447. Op­er­at­ing costs in­clude daily clean­ings, twice daily dur­ing Re­gatta Week.

In 2004, the Vil­lage of Bad­deck and BYC split the $20,000 cap­i­tal cost for con­struct­ing pub­lic wash­rooms lo­cated on the first floor of the BYC.

The BYC Board in­vited key stake­hold­ers to meet­ings Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2018 to out­line is­sues and re­quest sup­port. Stake­hold­ers in­cluded the Vil­lage, County, Amoeba Sail­ing Tours, Bad­deck Area Busi­ness and Tourist As­so­ci­a­tion (BABTA) and Bad­deck Lions Club. Un­for­tu­nately, they were not well at­tended.

Of the in­vited stake­hold­ers, the fol­low­ing have made con­tri­bu­tions this year: County - $5000 in two in­stal­ments, Amoeba Sail­ing Tours - $1000, Vil­lage – $1500 (com­mit­ment). At­lantic Cruise Lines agreed to pay $1 per use for their pas­sen­gers, Wood­ford says.

BYC has cob­bled to­gether enough fund­ing to keep the wash­rooms open to the pub­lic un­til the end of Celtic Colours Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, but is con­cerned about where money will come in the fu­ture.

Vil­lage Chair Brian Mor­ri­son stated Sept. 12 that it was un­fair for BYC to be sad­dled with most of the op­er­a­tional costs. Dis­cus­sion fol­lowed as to who should take lead­er­ship of the is­sue – gov­ern­ment, com­mu­nity com­mit­tee, etc. Mor­ri­son of­fered to seek ad­vice from other vil­lages at the Nova Sco­tia As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia Vil­lages AGM in mid-septem­ber be­fore any fur­ther ac­tion is taken.

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