What the Norgoma Board Wants The City To Do

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Norgoma

The following letter was issued to SaultOnline.com from the President of the Board of Directors of the SMRMHC

Mayor/City Council,

It is with a grave heart that I compose this e-mail, imploring the Mayor and City Council to consider the following.

The Board of the MS Norgoma (SMRMHC) received an e-mail issued, Friday, 15 March 2019,  by The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie to the Board of Directors of the MS Norgoma.

The City of Sault Ste Marie intends to relocate the vessel to a temporary location at the Algoma Steel Properties, the cost of which is approx. $50,000.00 and a daily fee of $40.00 ($1,200.00/mon).

This location does not allow the operation of the MS Norgoma as a Museum Ship, therefore denying us the ability to:

 

1)      Employ the usual eleven (11) students for summer maintenance and operations.

2)      Filming of the movie, “Search Out The Land”,  scheduled for this summer.

3)      Scheduled Events such as:

Community Partnerships to develop gardens on Board the Norgoma.

Pay what you can Night Markets.

Open Mic Night’s allowing youth to showcase their talents.

Partnerships with Navy League and Sea Cadets to do restoration, training, drills and events on board the Norgoma. A venue for their 100th Anniversary including an exhibit and ongoing exhibit development.

Fundraisers and events showcasing local small businesses and emerging artists, providing space for them to show, sell their work.

Provide a Connection to Marine History. Bondar Marina is part of the North Shore Marina Tourism Council and mandated to bring tourism to the marina.

The Norgoma has also been recently used for Wedding Parties, Retirement Parties and similar events.

The Board would like to propose the following:

We understand the City’s position regarding reconstruction of the marina.  We will agree to a relocation however in honouring the 1981 agreement with the City to deliver a museum attraction venue, we are requesting a new berthing site that being the west side pier of RB Park, former site of Lock Tours Canada Chief Shingwaulk tour boat. This could be done at no cost to the City, and continue to be operated without investment from the City.

It should be noted that the Norgoma has been operating for the past five (5) years without any Financial support from the City of Sault Ste, Marie.

Additionally there would be  potential for a lease agreement, at this new location, for the operating season, which would benefit the City.

Please consider the above with all the positives we have seen in the past 2-3 years of operation. Increase Revenue, Engagement, Partnerships.

Please note I will not be available to attend the upcoming Council meeting, Monday, 18 March 2019,  as I will be out of the Country for several weeks.

In light of the short notice re: being made aware this matter would be on the City Council agenda March 18, I am asking that City Council defer the staff recommendation in the report at this time and consider our request for relocation and leasing of the west side pier of Roberta Bondar Park.  With notice, we would be happy to make a more fulsome presentation to Council at an agreed upon time.

Respectfully.

Louis Muio

President of the Board of Directors of the SMRMHC, representing the Board.

17 COMMENTS

  1. The ones that say ” Get rid of it ” ,, ” it’s a money pit ” ,, and anyone else with a negative opinion about this ship ,, you are morons!!,,, You are obviously not historians or give a shit about marine history and have now idea what this ship has meant to the people that rode on it when it was in operation as a ferry. You type of people make me sick. The ship has proven that it can make money without the help of the city ,, but wouldn’t it be nice if the city could help for a change ?? ,, I am appalled by negative comments and by the way the city council is treating the foundation that is trying to save this vessel and keep the marine heritage going,,, You nah sayers need to grab a brain ,,,

  2. I am surprised that this matter has gone on for so many years.

    I did not know that until I heard during last evening’s meeting.

  3. This is larger than the boat. Those who support it need to be contained and discouraged from further political activism after it is scrapped. Maybe they will leave town for greener pastures elsewhere, or be encouraged to stay put and not get involved in social events. This is how they handled the losing political side over the historic courthouse demolished in Tiffin, Ohio. Never show the vanquished mercy.

  4. I have always felt that the Sault is great a promoting local exhibits and history. Getting rid of the Norgoma not only takes away from history but serves no purpose sitting and going to rot. The idea of turning the ship into a floating classroom for learning about aquaponics and food growth would be a great asset. It would be able to sustain itself with grants for being an educational and unique form of local food sustainability and also serve as a great inspirational, teaching tool for future generations. You could charge admission to tour and view as a classroom tool, and charge a fee for seedlings, etc. once it is established. Just saying…

  5. In all honesty I think if it is to be saved and put anywhere, I think they need to find a place to dry dock it, possibly get some year round use out of it. If it does not cost taxpayer money then why get rid of it?

  6. The proposal makes to much sense, the Sault politicos will not bend, we are witnessing the death of the Norgoma, the next stop will be the scrapyard after they have bankrupted SMRMHC.

    • It will be done discretely, perhaps without news coverage. They learned the lessons of the Norsile.

  7. I admit I was one of the ones to sink the Norgoma in the past. But last 2 years I saw the ingenuity taking place in re- purposing the Norgoma. Much of it was done by young people. I enjoyed visiting the Norgoma to hear music and visit the market . In addition the Norgoma volunteers supported the endeavours to have a haunted house and Halloween run from the Norgoma. I can only see more activities taking place now over the years if kept in a central location.

  8. That’s not happening. The boat has proven to be a huge money pit that would take hundreds of thousands to restore and nobody has that kind of money to put towards it. If they couldn’t make a go of it in the many years that it’s been there it’s time for it to be gone and forgotten.
    If it were to stay the only suitable place for it would be the old SunCor site where it should be dry docked, but apparently that chemically polluted property is not an option either.

  9. That’s not happening. The boat has proven to be a money money pit that would take hundreds of thousands to restore and nobody has that kind of money to put towards it. If they couldn’t make a go of it in the many years that it’s been there it’s time for it to be gone and forgotten.
    If it were to stay the only suitable place for it would be the old SunCor site where it should be dry docked, but apparently that chemically polluted property is not an option either.

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