Kehoe Marine Construction has been chosen to build 15 new docks at Victoria Basin in Smiths Falls.
The docks will be used by Le Boat Ltd., which is beginning its luxury houseboat rental operations on the Rideau in May of 2018.
At a special council meeting on Oct. 23, Smiths Falls town councillors voted to award the contract to Kehoe, which submitted a bid of $284,550. No other bids were received.
“The references for Kehoe Marine Construction are very strong, with projects completed in the City of Hamilton, Trent Port Marina, Ivy Lea Marina and Gananoque Municipal Marina,” Economic Development and Tourism Manager Cyril Cooper advised council.
The docks, said Cooper, will be “heavy duty docks made out of metal and galvanized.”
Fifteen 10 by 20-foot docks will be installed in Victoria Basin. Sixteen of Le Boat’s houseboats are expected to arrive in January from Poland, where they were recently built.
Councillor Lorraine Allen expressed concern that the town might be missing out on an opportunity by not installing gasoline tanks (in addition to the diesel fuel to be used by Le Boat) at this new marina so that other boats could stop in Smiths Falls to refuel.
Cooper responded that this was something economic development staff could look into. Councillor Chris Cummings expressed concern that fuel tanks, which can no longer be installed below ground due to current environmental standards, might become “an eyesore.”