Corporation Counsel John Clute said that if the decision is delayed for any significant length of time it would affect next boating season.
“If you wait on this it won’t happen in 2014, and I think it’s unfair to keep two people (developers) on a string,” Clute said.
He added that negotiating a final deal with the preferred developer and obtaining any necessary environmental or building permits will take time.
“This is not a simple or quick process,” he said.
The mayor said that if the council was going to table the item it should be tabled until after the election, otherwise they should vote. He said the council has had about a year to consider the proposals and make up their mind.
“To table it for one or two weeks is ridiculous and not fair,” he said.
Councilor James Calnon (I-Ward 4), who is also running for mayor, reminded the council that the vote was not a final decision and that whoever they chose as the preferred developer still has to fine-tune their proposal to meet the city’s needs and regulations.
“This is only starting the development process,” he said.
“It is not the final deal so we are not necessarily binding the hands of the future council.”
Calnon also said that he felt Navtours might be better at getting people from land to the lake while Plattsburgh Boat Basin might be better handling boats already on the lake.
But while the two businesses complemented each other, he said, they would still be competing, which is good for the consumer.
Councilor Timothy Carpenter (D-Ward 1) tried to offer an amendment that would allow the city to pursue a development deal with both companies, but it was struck down by a 4-to-2 vote with only George Rabideau (R-Ward 3) offering support.