A $275,000 investment which would have allowed Pointe Des Chenes to continue campground operations, was turned down at Council February 8, 2021.
During the meeting, Susan Hamilton-Beach said they would secure the overnight camping part of the area, no further details were offered.
SaultOnline reached out for the cost to secure the site, however we were provided only with an explanation of the process.
“Approximately ½ of the site has permanent chain link fencing. For the remainder, Public Works will use agricultural fencing which is quite inexpensive. We will use roll fencing with cedar poles to apply some form of division between the two areas for now,” said Hamilton-Beach. “The buildings will be boarded up for security reasons and staff will be on-site while the day park is open. Since the site is shared with the day park and campground, until a future use is determined, permanent fencing is not planned.”
There was no mention Monday as to the future past the fencing and boarded up buildings. It was stated the city has not asked companies if they are interested in purchasing the land and no one has come forward.
The city could take the steps to sell the property, or like 85 Hudson just hold it with no further plans for the land.
How the city could spend $350,000 to buy out a strip club with no plans for the land, but not spend less than $10,000/year to fix the issue at the campground if it lasted 30-40 years as was suggested Monday, remains unknown.