In an ongoing effort to safe a profitable 2021 spring launch of the Sistersville Ferry Boat, the ferry board met through Zoom Thursday, February 11, 2021, in a particular assembly. These attending have been members Gary Bowden, Janet Conn, Greg Goodfellow and Mary Ann Rutherford. Additionally attending was Ferry Boat Captain Bo Hause. The minutes of the January 24, 2021 assembly have been reviewed and authorized.
Captain Bo Hause gave updates to the board regarding upkeep of the ferry and employment of deckhands. Repairs are wanted on a rusted space of the ahead flooring part of the boat. After the rust elimination is full and earlier than paint is utilized, Captain Hause prompt including cinders to the paint which might give the ground floor higher foot traction. Gary Bowden prompt a portray contractor could possibly be secured for the job, as an alternative of Bo doing the work. There are some rust areas on the bow that want mitigated as effectively. It was agreed by the board Gary will examine discovering a contractor to finish the job.
Captain Bo gave an replace on seasonal staff for the ferry to the board. Returning Deckhand Bryan Day is able to start working; seasoned Deckhand Spencer Corley’s standing remains to be in query. Spencer is within the strategy of becoming a member of the Coast Guard, but when obtainable he want to return to work for so long as potential throughout the summer season season. Each younger males might want to full profitable drug screenings. As soon as accomplished the deckhands can be prepared to affix Captain Bo for the beginning of the season.
New necessities for masks sporting for each deckhands and passengers have been shared with the board members by Captain Bo. He defined the necessities come from the US Coast Guard in an effort to assist management Covid-19. Issues and questions concerning the expectation of patrons in vehicles sporting masks have been expressed by a number of members. Mary Ann Rutherford proposed a potential decision. She prompt including a coverage the place deckhands and any passengers getting out of their autos should put on a facemask when strolling on deck.
Deckhands will alert passengers of the face masks coverage when boarding. Gary proposed the creation of an indication stating the brand new Coast Guard necessities as effectively.
The board briefly mentioned the necessity to set up an accounting mechanism to venture and mixture bills for wages, insurance coverage and gas. Utilizing funds awarded lately by the Barth Charitable Belief to pay these bills will allow us to submit the funds for 50% reimbursement from a Federal Highways Administration grant administered by the WV Division of Highways. The board can thereby double the financial affect of the Barth grant.
The opening of Cruise Season for the ferry will start Monday, April 12th climate allowing.
The worth for cruises stays the identical as final 12 months: three Hours, $350 and a couple of Hours, $250. Please name Captain Bo at 304-482-4954 to order your cruise date in the present day. Thursday, Could sixth has been set to start transit service for the general public.
On Saturday, Could eighth at 2:00 p.m. new proprietor of the Joshua Russell Home, Terry Wiley, has graciously provided to host a reception at this historic constructing as a kickoff to the 2021 ferry season. Plans are at the moment underway for stay music, an artwork show and light-weight refreshments can be supplied. The general public is cordially invited to attend. Sistersville Metropolis Council members, together with county, regional and state dignitaries, together with Governor Justice, can be invited. The ferry board encourages everybody to save lots of the date and plan on stopping by the reception for a tour of the Joshua Russell Home and a journey on the ferry. Any questions concerning the occasion could be answered by calling the Sistersville Emporium at 304-652-1707.
Additionally new this 12 months, the board authorized providing vacation weekend Monday service, together with Could 31st Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and September sixth Labor Day. Historically the ferry is closed on Monday, however in an effort to raised serve our communities the ferry can be open.
The following ferry board assembly can be through Zoom on Thursday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m