A Sydney councilor is encouraging residents to share their views on Beacon Wharf’s future so that there can be a deadline for comment.
Who Terry O’Keefe said he has heard from residents who think the council has already decided to replace Beacon Wharf with Floating Wharf under a public-private partnership with the Marker Group. “So some people may get frustrated and ask, ‘What’s the point of giving an opinion?’
But it’s not, he said. It is really important to provide this opinion to the citizens and I think the council is open minded about it. This is a very important project for the community. We need to hear from them what they like and don’t like.
O’Keefe made the comments because residents have until October 15 to respond to a poll asking for feedback on Beacon Wharf’s future. The survey is part of the municipality’s public engagement process and looks forward to the future of the wharf. Members of the public also had the opportunity to participate in two public engagement sessions last month, and they also gave feedback to individual members of the municipality and council.
The municipality has offered the public two government options: removing the structure without a replacement or replacing it with a pontoon that was once part of a floating bridge in Washington State.
The information released by the municipality describes the latter option as a public-private partnership that will see the Marker Group turn the pontoon into a floating pier, with a two-story building with a restaurant and two. There will be commercial spaces (reserved for one municipality) on the main floor and eight hotel units above.
O’Keeffe, with Coun. Barbara Fallout formally voted against limiting the public consultation process to two options. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
When asked about his impressions of the engagement process, O’Keefe said it was difficult to know where the public stood. “We haven’t seen all the feedback yet,” he said. There is not much support from the public, which I have seen so far. “
O’Keefe said she personally opposes the Ponton option, but reserves the right to decide for the future. “After what we do next, I’m still not sure because I want to see what the people will bring back.”
O’Keefe said what the committee overseeing the future of the wharf did, which he called “a beautiful work,” explaining why there were some challenges with the wreckage or pile structure. “So the floating option may be the best option, but we didn’t consider other suggestions.”
Ultimately, he said, the council has a responsibility for the public to look at other options, while easily recognizing the economic, environmental and emotional aspects of finding a solution.
Who Peter van Wright, one of the committee’s three council members, agreed with O’Keeffe’s statement that the town did not ask for other suggestions. “We found out that this floating pontoon is available for sale and we contacted Marker and confirmed that it is still available (and) find out more about it,” he said. Or find suggestions.
After the discussion, the group expressed interest in making a proposal, he said, which was approved by the committee. While considering submitting a request for suggestions, the committee was reminded that Town had done so in the past, but only one was submitted by the Marker Group. “And the situation has not changed in terms of the possibility of anyone else proposing.”
Van Wright added that the option to go to tender is still open, but it will include important temporary commitments.
Regarding O’Keeffe’s comments about looking at other options, Wainwright said the two options before the public were the survivors of several options under the committee’s consideration. “It’s not like there are only two options and we definitely considered more than two,” he said.
Although Wynne Wright has not seen all of the feedback, what he has seen so far suggests that about one-third support, about one-third the floating option, and about one-third something else. Should. “And we need more than 50 percent for the same thing,” he said.
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