Holiday Island board considers future of marina, Yacht Club

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HOLIDAY ISLAND — Fire Chief Bob Clave told the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday that he thinks the Ladies Fire Department Auxiliary might be able to use the former Yacht Club building for its biannual White Elephant Sales that raise significant funds in support of the Fire Department. Clave said he thought the building could be made suitable for the sales by following earlier suggestions that the exterior of the building be re-sided. Cost of new siding was estimated at $17,000. Some electrical work would need to be done, along with repair work to at least one foundation footing.

Clave said he thinks a thorough cleaning, perhaps done with volunteer help, could salvage carpeting in the Yacht Club.

Then the meeting got complicated. Holiday Island Marina Operator Colin Paulk announced that he would like to buy not only the Yacht Club, but the marina as well. Paulk maintained that the district would benefit by selling both properties to him because he would be taking the legal and financial risks. Most marinas in the area are now privately owned. Paulk said his plan for the Yacht Club would be to return it to its original use as a restaurant

District Manager Lawrence Blood said that eventually the fuel line system at the marina will have to meet higher standards. Replacement of the fuel line system alone would cost an estimated $200,000. When commissioners asked if that could be done one section at a time, Paulk said it should be done all at once and should include replacing dock No. 1 and its fuel dock. Replacement of dock No. 1 with larger slips would make it much more marketable because many boats are now too large for the slips. Replacing the fuel lines, dock No. 1 and the fuel dock would cost about $500,000, according to Paulk.

Paulk said his announcement was intended only to let the BOC know that he was interested but that if the answer was going to be no then he would forego the expense of developing a professional business plan. Commissioners made no promises, but did say they would like to hear more about the idea. If the marina were to be sold it would have to be done in a bidding process.

In other business, Blood said that even though 2016 was a tough year financially Holiday Island came through it in good shape. So far this year, revenue has been up while expenses have been down according to Blood’s District Manager’s Report.

Water loss, however, remains at about 79 percent. The district received funding for a flow meter that can used to more accurately locate water leaks. The flow meter arrived but was found to be defective, requiring that it be sent back to the manufacturer in Germany for repair or replacement.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Casey Trost reported 94 calls, two non-fatal traffic accidents and two DWIs on the island itself. Trost also said she increased patrols at night and had increased speed patrols on Holiday Island Drive, Stateline Drive and Woodsdale Drive.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Dan Kees proclaimed Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, 2017. Holiday Island was named a 2016 Tree City throughout the 11-year-long leadership of Dottie Hill. She turned over stewardship of the program to Suzanne Childers during a ceremony Monday. Hill was presented a plaque and thanks from Arkansas Forestry Commission representative Patti Irwin for her service during a ceremony at the BOC meeting.

The BOC also passed a resolution to rename the handicapped accessible fishing pier near the marina in honor of physician John L. Dolce, who died on Jan. 2. A dedication ceremony for the Dr. John L. Dolce Handicapped Fishing Pier is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 21. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the District Office.

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