The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 20, 2013

Marina operator seeks rental, storage fee hikes

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — Price and contract changes are on the way for the city of Clinton marina to bring the prices in line with other area marinas.  

During an Internal Operations Committee meeting Tuesday, marina operator Matt Prescott proposed the adjustments to slip rental and storage.

"We're still cheap in relation to the market," Prescott said.  

Committee members unanimously agreed to send the changes forward to the next Committee of the Whole meeting.  

Prescott asked for a 2 percent increase across the board for slips north of the floodgates, and varying changes for slips south of the gates. Rates on the south side will increase from a $515 to $3,040 range to a $600 to $3,100 range. The north side will range from $680 to $1,290 as opposed to the current range of $665 to $1,265.  

He also asked committee members to move forward with changes to the cost for removing and storing boats. While some boat owners would see decreases in the amount they pay in storage, many would see prices go up.

"When you get to the end, the city was storing a 40-foot boat for six months for $100," Prescott said. "If the city's OK with that, it's easier for me not to have to take that increase because people are going to point the finger at us and say, 'look, these new guys came in and rates went up.' Well, it's not because of us. It's not even our revenue, I just think it's the right thing for the city."  

Under the proposed contract changes, boats must be able to leave the ramp and motor to the slip under the boat's own power.  

The contracts also will now include a provision that is mandated by federal law that requires macerator pumps to be disabled so boaters cannot dispose of waste in the Mississippi River.