Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes July 02, 2015

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
July 02, 2015
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Bill Dowling, Chair, Harbor Committee
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Nick Hadlock, Harbor Committee
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant & Harbor Committee Alternate
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee Alternate
Malcolm Fernald, Board of Selectmen
Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster
Paul Thormann
I. Call to Order: 4:08 P.M. by James Fortune.
II. Review / Approval September 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes
James Fortune moves to accept the September 14, 2014 Harbor Committee meeting minutes as written. Richard Howland seconds the motion, all in favor. Motion passes.
Bill Dowling, Nick Hadlock, and Roy Hadlock join the meeting.
III. Elect Chairman for 2015
Ted Spurling moves to nominate Bill Dowling as chairman of the Harbor Committee for 2015. Nick Hadlock seconds the motion, all in favor. Motion passes.
IV. Moving of Moorings at Hadlock Cove, Islesford
Two moorings at Hadlock Cove at Islesford have been identified as needing to be moved to aid in navigation near the Town floats. One is owned by Aaron Gray and the other is owned by Dan Fernald. Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster would like the Town to pay for having these two moorings moved.
According to the Harbor Management Ordinance, Section 6.6, “Before removing a mooring or buoy, the Harbor Master(s) shall notify the owner, if owner can be determined, by registered mail at his/her last known address, of the action desired, the fact that the mooring will be removed. If the matter is not settled within two weeks, the Harbor Master(s) may take the action provided for in this section.” Section 6.5, “Should any mooring become a hazard to navigation the state of the mooring shall be corrected to eliminate
that hazard to navigation the state of the mooring shall be corrected to eliminate that hazard at the discretion of the Harbor Master(s).” Section 5.6, “If the said owner or occupant refuses to comply with the terms of said order, he/she shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, the court may order the nuisance abated or removed at the expense of said owner or occupant.”
The Harbor Committee is recommending that a realignment of the mooring field take place soon, preferably this fall. No funds were budgeted or approved at the annual Town meeting last March for this purpose. James Fortune will approach the Selectmen to see if there are harbor funds available for moving of the two moorings that need to be moved as soon as possible, as well as any available funds for mooring field realignment. Boats are getting bigger, and mooring space is severely limited at Islesford at this time. There are at least two Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co Op members who do not own their own moorings.
Some suggestions for realignment include the following:
• Move and position privately owned float moorings, (to include the two owned by Little Cranberry Yacht club) down Sandbeach towards Clayton Brights, and put the floats all together.
• Put smaller outboard moorings all together in one area.
• Eliminate any abandoned moorings that are not being used, or are not current with required mooring inspections.
• Appoint fishing boat moorings on the inside of the mooring field, as most of these moorings are used year round and also are known to be used for emergency transportation off the island.
V. Islesford Dock
There have been many complaints of larger than fourteen foot boats tying up at the skiff floats, which is illegal according to the Harbor Management Ordinance. There have also been complaints of boats tying up at the head of the dock, which is also illegal except for load and unload purposes. James Fortune will print some courtesy notices for the Harbormaster to use for these instances.
Repairs to pilings at Islesfsord Town Dock are expected to start in August of this year. The Harbor Committee stresses that the pilings must be built so that a line can be tied around them, (for example bolted together at top and spread apart at bottom to reduce shock).
Funds were approved for design work at the annual meeting last March for a proposed extension to the dock. A $30,000 Shore and Harbor Planning grant has been applied for.
The one remaining new ladder has been built, but not installed yet by Newman & Gray.
It is reported that a green can buoy has washed ashore on the ledge near the restaurant dock.
It is recommended that the other large float needs “load and unload only” stenciled on it like the other one does.
VI. Great Cranberry Island Dock
All new ladders were installed last year. It is suggested that a cleat in the middle of the new float needs to be added, as well as some bumpers. It is reported that the 80 feet gangway is off center.
VII. Sutton Island Dock
Nothing at this time.
VIII. Manset Dock
The Town Office has received a complaint that the “Surprise” owned by the Keblinskys was causing interference with ferry operations at the Manset Dock. The Harbor Committee recommends, once again, that Mr. Keblinsky not be granted further permission for use of the TCI Manset Dock for his private business. Mr. Keblinsky is not a taxpayer or resident of Cranberry Isles, and he provides minimal, if any, passenger service to the islands. It is suggested that a letter from the Board of Selectmen be sent to Mr. Keblinsky reminding him of conditions for use of the facility, one of which is no interference with our passenger ferries to the islands.
IX. Other Business
None at this time.
X. Adjournment: 5:25 P.M.
Ted Spurling moves to adjourn the meeting. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.

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