Trenton To Take Over Elizabeth Park Marina
The Trenton Parks and Recreation Department is set to run Elizabeth Park Marina next season.
Wayne County Parks Director Beverly Watts approached Trenton administration in March because the county was losing money on the marina.
Watts and Trenton Parks and Recreation Director Pat Hawkins created an agreement for Trenton to take over operations for the marina for one year, which allows the city to keep any revenue made by the marina.
Hawkins said the marina would more than pay for itself and anticipates the marina to be a profit making venture for the city.
Wayne County administrators anticipate the marina will bring in about $125,000 in total annual revenue next season according to City Administrator Bob Cady.
Hawkins said employment costs for the marina would likely not exceed $100,000 annually.
Any profit made from the marina would be earmarked for capitol improvements to the boat ramp at Rotary Park in Trenton.
The city is responsible for up $7,500 of capital improvements to the marina property as well as everyday maintenance like cutting the grass and keeping the marina clean and functional. The city will also pay for utilities for the building.
The cost to use the 59-slip marina will not change. The marina is open from April 1 to Oct. 31 each year.
Hawkins said he plans to hire only part-time positions for the marina and hopes to find people who currently use the marina or college students living in the area.
He said he was unsure how many people would be hired for the 63-shift, 7 days-per-week operation, but the new hires might be paid about $9 per hour for a supervisor position and about $7.50 for all other positions. However, administration approval is required before compensation rates are confirmed.
Anyone interested in applying for work at the marina should contact Trenton Parks and Recreation and fill out an application. Please be sure to indicate on the application that the position applied for is the marina.
City administrators likely won't extend the one-year contract next year if the marina requires any money from the general fund according to Cady.