Anoka to lease dock slips for summer

Plans are going ahead for city-owned boat slips in Anoka along the Rum River.

Earlier this spring the Anoka City Council directed city staff to investigate the possibility of offering city-owned slip space for season-long lease.

“This is part of the city council’s goal to improve river recreation opportunities and increase revenues for the park department,” said Public Services Director Greg Lee.

The city plans to make six slips available near the Second Avenue boat launch that can be rented for the entire summer boating season.

The city is looking at charging a rental fee of $1,800  – an amount that will be finalized when the slip rental agreement comes before the council for its approval May 7.

If boaters are interested in leasing a slip this summer, they should call the city’s public works department at 763-576-2980 to be put on a list, or visit the city’s website at www.ci.anoka.mn.us for more information. Th city will be taking applications until Friday, May 11.

If more than six are interested, the city will hold a lottery to award the slips, said Recreation Supervisor Lisa LaCasse. The lottery will take place on Monday, May 14.

First preference will go to city of Anoka residents. Once boaters secure a slip, they will be guaranteed to be able to keep it for a number of summers. The council is considering a recommendation of eight years.

The city is starting with six slips because this is the maximum amount allowed before a permit is required from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“But if there is a need out there for more than six slips, we can look at getting a permit for more,” Lee told city councilmembers during a work session meeting Monday.

The council was able to review the plans for the docking system and the lease agreements during that meeting.

The slips will be limited to pleasure boats no longer than 24 feet.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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