Colpoys Pier Near Wiarton To Be Modernized

South Bruce Peninsula council has agreed to fix up the Colpoys Pier near Wiarton.

Council voted to repair two failing sections of the cement pier at a cost of $360,000, which will be borrowed through a ten-year debenture.

Mayor Janice Jackson says it’s tough to spend that kind of money, but it’s an important municipal asset and they are obligated to maintain it.

“We have a duty to maintain our assets, and it’s certainly a focal point for the Colpoys Bay and Mallory Beach communities,” says Jackson. “It’s something we had a good discussion about, but we feel very comfortable about the decision.”

Jackson says once the repairs are completed, council will take a longer look at more aesthetic improvements to the area around the pier, pointing out it was recently the subject of a study by Fanshawe College architectural design students.

“We also have interest in a boat launch at the pier, and boat slips, as well, so there’s all kinds of things that we can do,” says Jackson. “We’re also interested in putting a pavilion out on the end [of the pier] and I know the Mallory Beach homeowners association has been fundraising for that purpose.”

Jackson says the repairs to the Colpoys Pier will cost the average taxpayer about $10 per year over the next ten years to repay the loan.