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Cattaraugus County may hike fees at Onoville Marina

LITTLE VALLEY – Camping and water access may come at a higher price next year. Members of the county’s Public Works Committee heard reasons Wednesday for fee increases for several areas at Onoville Marina.

With eight docks that can accommodate around 400 vessels on the Allegheny Reservoir, an increase averaging 5 percent would bring the rate from its current price of $495 per year for a 20-foot slip (210 square feet), the smallest on the docks, to $520 a year as of January 2014.

The rate for the largest slip, 44 feet long (836 square feet), would rise from $2,106.72 to $2,215.

In addition to seasonal slip fees, the docking fees are expected to go up an average of 5 percent. Camping fees would see an increase to $27 from $25 per night.

Onoville has 72 camping sites, and that number may be expanded. A proposal will be submitted to the newest round of state funding.

If the marina is awarded the funding, more camping would be opened up, and possibly more docking facilities will be built, according to marina staff.

The camping fee would be lower than at Allegany State Park, which charges $31, and Tionesta, a federal site, at $28, but higher than Kiasutha, a U.S. Forest Service site, at $23 to $25 and Shenango at $22. Those rates are per-night charges.

The last fee increase at the marina was in 2010, when most rates went up 5 percent.

Funds for operation of the marina come from revenue generated by the marina, Joseph Pillittere, public works commissioner, said.

The proposed increases would keep the marina competitive with regional marinas, including Smith Boys and Long Point on Chautauqua Lake, and Anchor Marine on Grand Island.

Under the current rates, Onoville Marina has collected $359,200, with anticipation of hitting $400,00 before the year ends.

For the rate increase to be ratified, marina staff must have approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Public Works Committee of the County Legislature. Corps of Engineers approval had been granted.

Approval of the increase is pending on projection of increased revenue from marina management.