Algonquin Highlands wants people visiting the Dorset tower to go cashless to ease staff burden.

Council discussed the issue during its Dec. 12 meeting. They rejected a staff proposal to only take credit or debit at the tower as part of an updated fee bylaw, out of concern for legalities and international visitors. Instead, council asked staff to use signage to encourage paying by means other than cash.

Staff reported processing cash – $5 per car – can be time-consuming given the amount of traffic the tower gets each year. CAO Angie Bird said debit or credit use should help speed things up.

“Using debit or credit, many people have the tap card,” Bird said. “It certainly makes it much quicker for people to go through.”

See more on the Algonquin Highlands Council meeting in the Jan. 9 Highlander.


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