Green Lake is planning to create a harbor master position within the city that would act as an ambassador between the city and those using public boat launches.
The Green Lake Park & Recreation Board voted unanimously to begin the process of creating a harbor master position last week Wednesday.
Board Chairman Ald. Jon McConnell said the position would be at the Deacon Mills boat launch from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays to help with congestion, answer questions and address issues at the boat launch.
McConnell noted the position would be managed by the Green Lake Police Department, which has officers on-duty each weekend.
He added that the cost of hiring the harbor master would come from boat launch fees.
“It would be a really good idea to make sure that [boaters] are draining their boats and that we don't have to worry about the invasive species,” McConnell said of the position.
City Clerk Barb Dugenske said the position needs to be advertised, the police department would be responsible for conducting interviews and then the Common Council would adopt a resolution allowing the city to pay the harbor master.
McConnell said hiring would be the biggest challenge as the position would ask someone to work weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The pay for the position would be consistent with other positions in the city, but would be dependent on qualifications and experience.
“It'd be good to have this in place this year, so we don't have to try to figure it out at the start of next year,” McConnell said.