By Eric Bourque
The Municipality of Argyle is looking into what can be done about an abandoned, partially submerged boat in Eel Lake, Yarmouth County. The councillor who represents the area says people want the vessel removed.
Discussing the issue at an Aug. 14 council meeting, Argyle councillors agreed on a two-pronged motion.
They decided to try to contact the person listed as the registered owner of the abandoned boat and get them to remove it. They also plan to get estimates as to how much it would cost to remove the vessel if the municipality itself should end up having to take action.
Réal Boudreau, the Municipality of Argyle’s solicitor, suggested the owner of the vessel be given 30 days to remove the boat. If the owner doesn’t comply and the municipality proceeds to have the vessel removed, he said, the municipality would have the option of pursuing legal action with the owner to get reimbursed.
Boudreau acknowledged that the person listed as the registered owner may no longer own the boat, but, if this is the case, he said this person might be able to shed light on who owns the vessel now.
The wooden boat is 11.3 metres long, according to information provided at the council meeting.
Councillor Nicole Albright, who represents the area where the boat is located, said the vessel has been around for “years and years” and “people want it gone.”
The boat used to be on the shore, but it has been in the water since a big windstorm last December. Albright raised the issue at a council meeting not long after that, asking that the municipality look into the matter to see what could be done.
The Department of Environment looked at the boat and found it was not contaminating the water, but Albright says it’s an eyesore and she has received complaints about it.
“The community doesn’t want it there,” she said at Thursday’s meeting.
The municipality got an estimate this past winter for removing the boat of a little over $4,000. Council now wants to get more quotes.
It’s not just a matter of getting the boat out of the water, but also of disposing of the vessel once it’s removed.