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Search for New Location for Grape Island Dock

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The working group charged with bringing a resolution will now look for new sites.

The City of Orillia may be exploring locations for a new dock to accommodate Grape Island residents.

Council Committee on Monday approved a recommendation to expand the scope of the working group.

The scope of the working group will now include searching for locations within the city that can accommodate commercial barges.

The working group was established in January in response to complaints from residents living in the Forest Avenue area who say the use of a road allowance by these barges is causing noise and litter among other issues.

Councillor Sarah Valiquette-Thompson says the working group has representation from residents of Forest Avenue, Victoria Street, and Grape Island, herself, and Councillor Ted Emond.

She says the fact they are still talking at the table to try to work things out speaks volumes.

Valiquette-Thompson says they are now trying to find sites where Grape Island residents can go to and from the mainland.

She says that goes beyond the original mandate of the working group and thus needed to expand the scope.

Valiquette-Thompson says when all parties are on the same page looking to find a solution it is extremely helpful.

She says she is optimistic that the working group can come up with something that they can bring to Council.


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