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Waddington dock fee increases rescinded

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WADDINGTON — Village board members rescinded a resolution Monday to increase docking fees after the New York Power Authority said the village cannot increase its fees without the state’s approval.

In September, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved raising its seasonlong docking fees by $100 per unit, from $350 to $450. Under the new increases, the fee for mooring sites where renters can keep their own floating docks on St. Lawrence Avenue jumped from $75 to $100.

Village board members said Monday they were not aware of the clause in the agreement before they agreed to raise the docking fees.

The village has held a contract to manage the docks with NYPA since 1996. The contract, which is slated for renewal every two years, was not renewed in 2012, NYPA representative Sean Doyle said.

“I would say the first step, if you are interested in running it for us, would be to work out a new agreement,” Mr. Doyle said to the board Monday.

According to the agreement, NYPA must agree to any funding increases and any improvements to the docks.

The fees have not been increased in several years, board member William E. Dashnaw said.

“The problem we hear every year is that the village doesn’t make any improvements,” Mr. Dashnaw said.

Mr. Dashnaw said without the rate increases, the village cannot make necessary improvements to the shoreline and dockage.

“I know there is some discussion about what the Power Authority pays the village,” Mr. Dashnaw said. “But what you have to understand, that money the power authority gives the village belongs to all the people. Yet there are still 35 families that are taking advantage of this site. Still, in my mind, the fees should go up to make improvements. That is the more reasonable approach.”

The village also may want to expand its dockage to 0.24 acres on James Street.

The property, along with several others, was returned to the village by NYPA in 2006. Board members said they will await approval from the New York Power Authority before moving forward with the expansion.

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