The town council has approved to increase rental fees forowners and tenters. This comes after the town council’s green light for a new five-year lease agreement with Innisfail for managing the Anthony Henday ( , )
According to a report, two issues aboutwere brought to the council’s attention at their regular council meeting last December 13.
Steven Kennedy, the town’s director of operational services, told the council that the town and the, which has run the over the last ten years, have had a very good working relationship.
He also added that in 2021, thehad 3,293 available for rental and 50 tent rental between May to September.
Council was also informed that the service club wanted to bump up site rental fees for this year.
The plan was to raise the rental prices forfrom CA$15 to CA$20 per night, 15-amp power from CA$27 to CA$30 per night, and 30-amp power from CA$32 to CA$37 per night.
Coun. Janice Wing said therental hike seemed excessive for unserviced .
She wanted to find out how manywere in the and whether the increase was determined by a market rate or simply an attempt to cover the increased costs for the .
Kennedy admitted that he did not know the number ofavailable at the . He claimed that did a market analysis of and confirmed that the price hikes were made to offset costs.
He also explained to the council that the new lease agreement withwould see an increase in the annual cost between CA$15,000 to CA$17,000 with the option of extension for an additional five-year term.
The annual amount is to be reviewed by the town and theduring the annual report in November each year, council heard. The lease agreement began on January 1 and will expire on December 31, 2026.
The lease has minor modifications. Kennedy advised the council that operation times have been changed to allow for on-sitefor one manager/caretaker of the facility.
The council was also informed that it would be limited to no more than five self-contained camping units in the off-season. Additionally, thewill also host seasonal events throughout the year. The prior lease stated that the would be shut down.
Kennedy also told council that any sale of potable drinking water is not allowed by the.
Coun. Don Harrison wanted to know more about the supply of potable drinking water for guests and who pays for the utility bills at the.
Kennedy declared that utility expenses would be covered by the lease fee of CA$17,000. Regarding potable water, the council was reminded that the town has its site just outside the, accessible to RV owners.
“They (manager) were finding that on the occasion that people coming in wanted to buy water,” said Kennedy.
“They had a record last year that there was five units wanting that service, so they are trying to deter that.” Kennedy ended.
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