At their July 25 meeting, council and staff heard from two deputations opposed to banning gas-powered motorboats on Clark lake.
One of the deputations, Lorri McColgan, said she owned a campground on the lake for 19 years. She has since sold the campground but remains available to assist with the transition and her daughter and son-in-law will built on a piece of land she severed.
McColgan told council she does not understand why banning motorboats is necessary as the lake is too small for waterskiing or large boats in general and most people understand that. She said the camp has a gas-powered motorboat as a safety measure should a camper require assistance.
Council also heard from Terry and Lindsey Fisher. They also told council they do not support a ban on motorboats. They felt Clark Lake was being singled out and Terry Fisher questioned what would happen next. “Next you’re going to say no swimming…? Whose going to come out and pull me off my boat?” he questioned.
The Fishers also said said they had not been consulted on the issue.
In the end, council instructed staff to continue with the process and ensure everyone – particularly the seven First Nations communities with interests on the lake – be consulted.
The process will take longer than those seeking a ban would like, council heard.
Council also heard that a majority of residents are not required to be in favour of the ban, but they must be consulted as per the application process.
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