North Bay Campgrounds will be hosting its sixth annual fishing derby on Lake Neahtahwanta Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Registration desk opens at 9:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Children ages 16 and under are welcome to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All children will be placed in three divisions depending on their age: Tadpole: age 6 and under; Perch: age 7-11; and Bass age 12 –16.
Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught, smallest fish caught and the most fish caught. There will also be a raffle for a new fishing rod for each age group.
Those seeking more information may call North Bay Campground at 592-2256.
by Frank Castiglia of Fulton
Here is an update on what happened when I went to the June 5 Common Council Meeting in Fulton. I told you to watch the tape of it on June 6, but that tape was bad. You couldn’t tell what was being said.
I did find out a few things about North Bay Campgrounds. The first is that the campgrounds are owned by the City of Fulton.
Therefore, we don’t lease it from Granby, we pay them taxes ($8,000). Ok, so now some of my tax dollars pay the taxes on North Bay. Still a good reason why I shouldn’t have to pay a dime to stop over there to look at the lake or walk along the lake (not into the season long camping area).
At the meeting, Barry Ostrander also spoke (a little longer than three minutes might I add) about the campgrounds and how much work his staff and volunteers have done. He also said that the campgrounds are self-sufficient. He did say a few other things and I would be able to say what they were but without the tape I couldn’t remember them all.
Now if anyone of you can remember my letter in the paper I never once said anything about the work by the parks and recreations department. Since then I have asked for the revenue generated by the North Bay Campgrounds. I believe Barry said $43,000 or $45,000; I really can’t remember which.
It doesn’t really matter to me if it’s 43 or 45 because I really feel that for the number of people that work for the Parks and Recreation Department they bring in more money per man hour then any other department.
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by Frank Castiglia of Fulton
Do you remember when we had a beautiful downtown, you could swim for free, go fishing for free and go for a walk or even drive around North Bay for free. They are all gone like yesterday.
That’s right, I did say walk around North Bay for free is gone. About two weeks ago, I was told by my wife that a notice was in The Valley News saying that for a small fee you can walk from Bullhead Point into and around North Bay campground. I checked to see what the small fee is to walk into North Bay. It is $20, but that is for the season. Now, this fee is for everyone taxpayer or not.
Let’s take a real good look at this. A few years ago, the city officials were bragging about the completion of the walking trail leading from Bullhead Point to North Bay and how nice it was. Now the last time I checked, North Bay campgrounds is leased in the City Hall of Fulton by Granby. The walking trail was made by city workers. The money for the lease comes from tax dollars. The money to make the trail came from tax dollars (be it federal or state).
So, why should I or any other homeowner taxpayer from the City of Fulton have to pay a dime to walk, fish, or ride a bike or drive a car through North Bay Campgrounds.
Now I think I know the reason why, but I will go to Tuesday, June 5 common council meeting to find out why.
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