Pay parking suggestion resurfaces at boat launch

With a $25,000 parking enforcement bill in hand, Coldstream has once again been offered the suggestion to make boaters pay their way.

With a $25,000 parking enforcement bill in hand, Coldstream has once again been offered the suggestion to make boaters pay their way.

The district has employed commissionaires to enforce traffic bylaw over the summer months since 2007.

Putting in 802 hours, the bill came to $25,258 – with a portion paid by Greater Vernon Parks and Recreation.

The commissionaires worked eight-hour days on the weekends from May 1 to July 1, then seven days a week, putting in 10-hour days on weekends and stat holidays.

A total of 276 tickets were issued, of which 23 were warnings and 40 were cancelled because vehicle owners agreed to move their vehicle or reconsideration was given to those launching kayaks or canoes.

So far, 45 per cent (approximately 90) of the tickets have been paid, earning Coldstream back $2,000.

Officials report that typically 85 per cent of the fees are collected, therefore the total earned back would double.

Kalavista Neighbourhood Committee member Flo Ryan applauds the work Coldstream is doing to make the busy boat launch and beach area safer.

“However, $25,000 plus was a lot to spend on commissionaires,” she said. “I think that the boating public should at least pay a portion of the costs through a parking fee.”

The suggestion has been made, and debated, in the past, but there are currently no plans to install parking meters at the Kalavista boat launch.

It has also been suggested that during the summer months when the Kalavista launch is busy, pay parking meters would only add to the congestion.