Vote on $4 million to LaSalle Marina for floating wavebreak to council tonight

City council will vote tonight on a proposal to fully pay the $4 million for a new floating wavebreak for LaSalle Marina, using Hydro Reserve funds.

The full text of the recommendation to be voted on is below.

Residents can attend and speak at the council meeting at 6:30pm, by registering before noon today: Register as a Delegation

My Take: I support the public boat ramp, sailing school and the marina, which has coexisted with the Trumpeter Swans for many years and provided a service to the community. However, I do not support the community paying 100% of the cost of the new floating wavebreak.  I proposed an alternative motion at committee (lost) that would provide the marina a loan to pay for the wavebreak over 28 years (the expected life of the new wavebreak). This time would allow ample opportunities for fundraising, fee adjustment at the marina, grant programs or other means to pay for the next wavebreak. Recouping costs from the marina would also be fair to the other sports and cultural groups in our city who have had to fundraise for significant capital projects (for example, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Joseph Brant Museum expansion).

Committee supported my motion for a stakeholder group and monitoring of the impact of the new wave floating wavebreak on the Trumpeter Swan population. These were conditions imposed by the Minister of the Environment for a permanent wavebreak, but not required for a floating wavebreak. This comes forward to council for a final vote tonight also.

MOTION ON: LaSalle Park Marina next steps (CM-07-18)

Moved by Councillor Craven

Direct the City Solicitor and Director of Finance to explore early
termination of the joint venture agreement with the LaSalle Park Marina Association and report back to Council on the legal and financial implications of an early exit and a funding source(s) to fulfill the city’s obligations; and

Direct the Director of Parks & Recreation to negotiate a revised
relationship agreement with the La Salle Park Marina Association for
managing/administering all boating activity at the marina as well as the
maintenance and replacement of all structures behind the wave break
including the docks, and any other ancillary equipment as soon as
possible; and

Direct the Director of Parks & Recreation to initiate discussions with the Hamilton Port Authority, the LaSalle Park Marina Association and the City of Hamilton regarding opportunities to secure moorage space at Hamilton Harbour for the members of LaSalle Park Marina Association if moorage space is required during the purchase and construction of the new wave break; and

Direct the Executive Director of Capital Works to initiate a request for
proposal for the design/build of a floating wave break as soon as possible; and

Approve funding for design/build of a new floating wave break at LaSalle Park Marina to an upset limit of $4,000,000 to be funded from the Hydro Reserve Fund, contingent upon the signing of a long term agreement with the LaSalle Park Marina Association; and

Direct the Director of Parks & Recreation to review the city’s current
agreements with other marina stakeholders with a view to identifying any changes that may be required as a result of this proposed course of action, and report back to Council; and

Establish a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and consider an
ongoing monitoring and mitigating plan as outlined in the Minister’s


Moved by Councillor Meed Ward

Add “including repayment” to the fifth clause after the words “upon signing of a long term agreement”.


Moved by Councillor Meed Ward

Add a new clause “Establish a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and
consider an ongoing monitoring and mitigating plan as outlined in the
Minister’s conditions.”



Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Do we only let Burlington residents swim in our pools, or use our skating rinks, or walk in our parks, or even go to our Performing Arts, etc. ?

  2. Hydro rates escalate every year, now they will need to build their reserve fund, consequently an even higher rate increase in the making!

  3. What are the priorities here? Seem odds to me that council is proposing to raid Hydro reserve funds meant for the benefit of all residents to be used for the exclusive benefit of a small group of people who can afford to be members of a yacht club?? Very bizarre behaviour exhibited by the people making decisions on behalf of the residents of Burlington.

  4. Boating is a luxury that most people don’t participate in. If the marina is owned privately they should pay for the floating wave break and any other repairs – not the citizens who don’t use it.

    • I fully concur. Not only do very few people participate, many of them are not Burlington residents. Given the location of the marina, there is little evidence of any significant economic benefits to Burlington. I view this as another example of the City considering funding another special interest group while there are significant needs for this money in this City.

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