Even my unreliable sources are telling the same story as my reliable ones! The numbers are a little off at the Upper James St Docks. Last weekend when the docks were full and boats were rafted out 2,3, and 4 wide there were approx. 66 boats spending the night. Guess how many paid the over night fee? Approx. 20 paid the over night fee...
So who is repsonsible for this blunder? If the VB adopts their usual stance.......then the only people to blame are the dock attendants! The attendants are young adults who have been given the impossible task of keeping track of who paid and who did not, how long has the boat been docked.......and so on. There is no real system to keep track of all those boats on an extremely busy weekend. The VB are the only ones at fault. Our Board is notorious for only talking about what has been done and if it was not done, then who to blame. The board should have had a tracking system in place for accurate accountability of duration of dockage. It is not the Dock Attendants fault. All you gave them to do the job was a T-Shirt and a few verbal instructions and some envelopes. The sign is not for the boaters......it is the detailed job description that our VB gave to the attendants. I am sure the attendants were told if you forget what to do, just read the sign.
VB it is your fault for not providing a system for the attendants to use. Trustee Jarvis is the figure head in charge of the docks and the park. He reports on the activities of these areas at every board meeting. As of this week Sharon Cullen has taken charge of the docks. At the begining of the summer DPW Sup. Millett took charge of the Life Guards at the beach. Jarvis must be in charge of the Pavilion?
Here is a suggestion:
Number every cleat on the left side of the main dock as follows: A1, A2, A3, etc. Number every cleat on the right side: B1, B2, B3 etc. Repeat this till you reach the end of the dock. Then number each slip on the finger docks with a similar code. A small boat may only use cleats B1 and B2, but a larger boat may use cleats B1 through B4 [see how that works?]. Generate some kind of form that can be used to track and tally the boat activity for the day using the coded cleat system. On the form you can include boat make, length, color, reg # This way the attendants can be accountable for this activity and the proper fees can be collected. Just a suggestion, and I am sure there are flaws in it. But it is better than what you have now.....which is nothing!