Service truck has pass to park at Barrie Marina: owner

‘We’re really not trying to cause trouble,’ Crack Busters owner says after lakeside truck complaint

There’s an indisputable reason why a Crack Busters truck is parked so often on the grounds of the Barrie Marina.

Morgan Theriault, owner of the waterproofing company, says he has a parking pass from the city of Barrie to be there.

“I have a boat at the marina and my employee lives in the marina condo,” Thériault said. BarrieToday on Tuesday morning. “This truck is too big to fit in the parking lot downstairs, so we park it there (the Barrie marina lot) when he’s not using it.

“It’s very convenient for us, because that’s where he lives. And I have two (boat) slips at the marina,” he added.

BarrieToday received an anonymous complaint that along with paid parking on the waterfront, the Crack Busters Truck is using a parking spot to advertise its business. The truck has large, colorful letters such as “Wet Basement?” and incorporates an imitation Ghostbusters logo.

Thériault says he has been in Barrie Marina for 11 years and there have been no parking issues.

“Nobody complained, I got no mail, nobody called, but if it bothers people, I don’t want that,” he said. “So we’re going to start pulling it (the truck) out of there more often. That’s not a problem at all, because now that I think about it, he’s been there probably four days without moving over the weekend, but we’ll make sure he moves… (and) he’s there less often.

“We’re really not trying to cause trouble.”

Theriault said it’s understandable there’s a perceived problem now.

“I think someone just couldn’t find a parking space on a hot day and was frustrated,” he said. “Because I’m not the only one. The marina has 350 people. Some of these people have two or three vehicles. Most of the time when it’s a busy weekend I have to walk from the end of the street and park somewhere. I can’t even fit in my own paid parking lot most of the time.

“On weekends, it’s a problem, whether my truck is there or not,” Thériault said.

Tammy Banting, Manager of Barrie Law Enforcement Services, provided the city’s perspective on truck parking concerns.

“The city has not received any complaints through the police department for the vehicle in question,” she said. “We cannot comment on specifics, but in general vehicles with valid passes/permits are permitted to park in the parking lot in question.

“We cannot confirm or deny that the vehicle owner has a valid pass/permit, for privacy reasons,” Banting added.

Waterfront parking in Barrie costs $10 per hour or $50 per day without a valid permit or pass.

Barrie residents with residency permits can park for free.

Residents of neighboring towns Innisfil and the townships of Springwater, Oro-Medonte and Essa pay $90 for a parking permit for the calendar year. Those in non-adjacent municipalities pay $130 for a parking permit for the calendar year.

Crack Busters Water Proofing Company has phone numbers in Barrie and Durham, and an office on Moon Crescent in Oro-Medonte Township.

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