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Harbor fees go up, Snow Bowl offers resident discounts

By Susan Mustapich | Jan 08, 2020
Source: File photo Discussion about a new lodge at the Snow Bowl is back on the agenda for town officials.

CAMDEN — Select Board members set 2020 fees for the use of town-owned harbor facilities Jan. 7 and reinstated free skiing Wednesdays at the Snow Bowl for Camden residents.

Board members also plan to invite members of the Ragged Mountain Redevelopment Foundation to discuss plans to raise funds for a new lodge at the Snow Bowl.

During the citizen comment period, resident Nina Holland asked the town for better communication on its website and when the website upgrade will be completed. She said she is particularly interested in news about Tannery Park and is having difficulty finding information about the recent environmental testing done there.

Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell said the website upgrade should be completed within three weeks.

Harbor fees approved

The Select Board approved 2020 Harbor fees for use of town-owned facilities in Camden Harbor, making some changes to what the Harbor Committee recommended, prior to voting.

Board members decreased the winter dingy permit to $50, down from $100. They held the license for resident fishermen using the town's facilities to $400, while increasing that license fee to $500 for non-resident fishermen. They kept the October-May-only fee for fishermen unchanged at $100. Board members added a new pump-out fee of $20 for windjammer and daysailer boats.

Cruise ship dockage is doubling to $1,600 from $800. Camden Harbor accommodates smaller cruise ships that carry a maximum of 175 passengers.

Daysailer license fees increased to $500, up $100; daysailer second boat license fee $600, up $100 and windjammer license fee $4,200 up $100.

A number of fees are increasing in 2020. Finger float fees for resident and non-resident taxpayers will be $750, up from $700; for non-residents, $1,500, no change. Inner harbor float fees for transient users will be $750, up from $550; for resident and non-resident, $600 up from $400. The 24-foot float fee, for resident and non-resident, will be $400, up from $325.

Berthing and overnight dockage fees for boats 40 to 60 feet is increasing to $4 per foot, up from $3.50, and for boats over 60 feet $6.50 per foot, up from $5.50.

Mooring fees for transient users, boats under 40 feet will be $200, up $30; for 40 feet and over $250, up $20. Mooring fees for boats under 40 feet remain the same as 2019, with the exception of a $10 increase to $260 for non-resident moorings for boats less than 20 feet.

Snow Bowl discounts for Camden residents

Board members asked Snow Bowl Manager Beth Ward to clarify a prior policy of allowing Camden residents to ski at the Snow Bowl for free on Wednesdays. Ward indicated that she looked to the Board for approval of the policy annually. The Board unanimously voted to offer free skiing Wednesdays for Camden residents. The Snow Bowl has an additional low cost option for residents, a two-hour lift ticket sold for $16 dollars that can be used Thursdays and Fridays.

Snow Bowl lodge proposal

The Board agreed to invite representatives of the Ragged Mountain Redevelopment Foundation to a Select Board meeting to discuss the foundation's proposal to begin fundraising for the construction of a new lodge for the Snow Bowl. Board members met with foundation members in a workshop in October 2019. At that workshop, RMRA members asked the Board for a statement of support for a new lodge, which they require in order to resume fundraising.

Board member Taylor Benzi pointed out the difference between wanting a new lodge and making sound decisions on going forward with a new lodge. He wants more information from the foundation, including plans for financing the building.

Board member Marc Ratner wants to hear RMRA's plan for energy efficiency and a plan for how the lodge fits in with a four-season facility. He wants planning for the lodge to address four-season use of the Ragged Mountain Recreation area, and not just winter skiing.

Board Chairman Bob Falciani wants to hear more about the financial impact the lodge will have on the town budget. He suggested RMRA also raise money for an annuity that will pay for maintenance.

At the October workshop, RMRA members proposed to begin fundraising for a new 9,500- square-foot lodge. RMRA member Bob Gordon said he did not have a firm estimate of the cost at that time, but that it was around $3.8 million. The foundation's plan as stated at that time is to construct the building and then turn it over to the town of Camden for operation.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 10, 2020 13:21

And to think it all started with volunteers and a rope tow...Free!

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