On Feburary 8, 2021 the city moved not to renew the lease held by the Lions Club for Pointe Des Chenes campground.
On April 12, 2021 the city passed a motion to keep the campground closed until they could find a way to fix the water issues which we have previously reported on.
The date of importance that is missing in between is March 29, 2021, but more on that shortly.
Campers have been asked to remove their property from the Campground between May 1 and May 15, 2021. However, removing trailers is not considered an essential reason to be out and about according to the current Stay-at-Home order, which currently expires May 19, 2021.
“The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.”
SaultOnline reached out to the City to see if they were still expecting individuals to proceed with removing their property, which may result in a direct violation of the Stay-at-home order. They have chosen to use a loophole in the order to have the park cleared.
“The City will be flexible with people’s needs. The Stay at Home order which is currently in place expires on May 5, 2021,” stated Tessa Vecchio, Corporation Communications Officer for the City. “The Stay at Home order allows people with multiple residences to travel to another residence if the individual intends to be at the residence for less than 24 hours, and it also allows for individuals to move residences and end a lease and deal with those steps accordingly.”
“In addition, health and safety protocols for the removal will be sent to all trailer owners in advance, and will also be provided to them upon entry to the park to retrieve their trailer. As has been stated previously, if trailer owners are concerned they are encouraged to call the City directly.”
According to the e-mail exchange, it can be surmised that they believe talking with a specific member of the “Save Pointe Des Chenes” Facebook group is sufficient for letting all the seasonal campers know what is going on, therefore speaking with the media to share the message with others is not required.
A copy of the directive shared with campers, but not the public, can be found below on how the city intends to keep everyone safe while they clear out their property during a pandemic.
All of this because the city wants to disperse of land.
According to a source inside city hall with knowledge of the situation, council went behind closed doors after the council meeting on March 29, 2021 to discuss two acquisitions and two dispersals of land. The source has been given anonymity as they are not authorized to speak with the media.
One of the dispersals in that meeting was of Pointe Des Chenes Campground. However a person with knowledge of situation confirms it was defeated by Council. Meaning the land is currently awaiting use or designation from the city.
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to unravel the real reason Pointe Des Chenes was closed.