Mr. Jim Mills and Mr. Wade Coulter presented the results of the Howe Island Ratepayers Association Ferry Survey and a provided a performance comparison between the previous 9 car Howe Island Ferry and the current 15 car Howe Island Ferry. This comparison indicates that the current larger ferry moves 3 more cars per hour than the previous smaller ferry (assuming both ferries fully loaded). Mr. Paul Charbonneau, Director of Transportation Services for the County of Frontenac participated in the discussion of County operated Howe Island Ferry Service. He was very open about the deficiencies of the new ferry. Jim Mills has invited Mr. Charbonneau to a meeting of the residents of Howe Island and it is scheduled for March 27th.
After the ferry survey presentation by Jim Mills and Wade Coulter the following motion was tabled by Pat Norris to have the foot ferry operate year round:
RESOLUTION # 10 by Pat Norris and Matt Fiene
Whereas the Township of Frontenac Islands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Howe Island County Ferry Replacement with the County of Frontenac on July 21, 2003 on the understanding that both the tonnage and hourly vehicle capacity would be increased for the users of the ferry service as addressed in both the MOU with the County of Frontenac and the Ferry Operating Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation;
And whereas the MOU outlined that the ferry would be built as detailed in the KAM Technology Report dated May, 2004;
And whereas the cycle times (trip times) of the newly commissioned Frontenac Howe Islander are longer than the vessel it replaced;
And whereas the anticipated service delivery enhancement has not been delivered:
Now therefore Council directs staff to continue the operation of the Township Ferry effective January 1, 2008 (conditions permitting) and further direct staff to secure the Provincial Subsidy for the service requirement through discussions/negotiations with the County of Frontenac, the Operators of the service.
There was unanimous support for the motion. The action on the ferry is cause for congratulating Jim Mills and his committee.