Toledo resident raises concerns about marina district electricity

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The city of Toledo pays for the water and electricity at the boat docks in the marina district, but what if someone was taking advantage of the electricity by plugging in their camper?

A city representative says the electricity at the docks is meant to be used only on boats, but a concerned resident is not happy to hear about a camper being parked out front and taking advantage of the available electricity.

The city says their only concern is the voltage difference, but residents are not pleased that their money is being used in this way.

"This here is a city marina, that's coming out of our taxpayer's dollars. Who's paying for the electric going into that camper running their A/C?" the resident, who is identified only as Brad, explained.

Brad says he was walking by the docks when he came across a makeshift electricity wire coming up from the boat docks to a camper parked in the lot.

"At first I thought it was funny, but I just started thinking about it. Thinking about the kids walking through the sidewalk, where at the cord is taped together - and first thought, that's a safety hazard," Brad said.

The city of Toledo and the Toledo police say that family members of the man who owns the boat at the dock are the legal owners of the camper.

A city representative confirmed that taxpayer money pays for the electricity at the boat docks, but says their only concern with the makeshift wire is the voltage difference from the docks to the camper, and unplugged the wire from the camper.

"It's not a good situation, you know, we don't need people, living at the marina district," said City Council member Mike Craig.

Craig says he's shocked the city didn't respond differently:

"I wouldn't expect the city of Toledo to put up with somebody just living off of our dime. And you know what it's probably a very small cost but that's not the point."

A city representative says the boat docks cost Toledo about $70,000 to $80,000 per year. Councilman Craig says he believes this issue will no longer exist once the Great Lakes Shipping Museum becomes the full-time operator of the marina. That is slated to happen in 2013.

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