Planned improvements at Shelburne wharf pared back

Amy Woolvett
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Plans to put in an automatic gate at the wharf have for now been shoved aside.

By Amy Woolvett

Major capital investments that had been planned for the Shelburne wharf are being pared back somewhat.

It was hoped a new automatic gate system would be installed this year. The gate was hoped to be part of a solution to stop speeding on the Town Wharf and improve security.

“The gate was too expensive,” said chair of the port authority committee, Tony Mahaney.

The budgeted amount they had slated for the project was only half of what the expected cost would be.

It is also hoped in future years the port can invest in finger wharfs to accommodate a more multi-purpose clientele.

This year the wharf will see needed improvements including repairs to its pilings or wooden spiles.

“We have to take care of what we have as well as look to the future,” said Mahaney.

The committee is also looking to hook potential customers for offshore partners like Shell to help boost income in the future.

Mahaney said the port is operating in the black on day-to-day finances but added that improvements would need to eventually be made.

“It’s old but still serviceable,” he said.

They will be seeking funding investments with the provincial and federal governments to help fund future capital projects.

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