Carleton Place’s policy review committee heard on April 11 that a successful Canada150 application will assist with a program to improve the Mississippi River channel marking and install boat docks in the waterway’s downtown basin.
“I did go to the AGM of the Mississippi Lakes Association and they were excited about this,” said Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn. “They are going to be one of our biggest promoters, when you think of the number of people up on the lake during the summertime looking for a place to go. The BIA and Chamber of Commerce are also going to be supporting it, and I’m sure all the businesses on the main street will be excited about something like this. Everybody’s been talking about docks in Carleton Place forever, and it’s an obvious thing that should be there.”
While councillors debated the merits of the proposed dock location on the south side of the river – Flynn believed that the north side would be a better fit as there would be room for expansion and better visibility – they agreed on the importance of getting docks installed for this year, and then determining whether other locations should be considered for 2018.
During the summer of 2016, volunteers with the Mississippi Lakes Association surveyed the river, charting its depth. Town staff have since integrated that data with the town’s geographic information system to produce mapping that illustrates water depth related to shore features. In addition, the town’s museum has located a historical anchor removed from the Mississippi River years ago that can serve as a monument on the downtown docks.