Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes March 02, 2016

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
March 02, 2016
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Bill Dowling, Chairman, Harbor Committee
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Nick Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Florence Joy Sprague, BOS
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Dennis Dever, Manset Dockmaster
Cory Duggan, MAC
Skip Stevens
Paul Pottle, Faye, Spoffard & Thorndike: by teleconference

I. Call to Order: 4:10 P.M. by James Fortune
II. Review / Approval Previous Meeting Minutes: 10/20/2015
James Fortune moves to table approval of the October 20, 2015 meeting minutes until the next meeting. Richard Howland seconds the motion. Motion passes.
III. Review Preliminary Design for Proposed LCI Dock Extension
The plans being reviewed today were received from Paul Pottle in mid-January 2016. Ron Axelrod of the MAC has given an email response. The south side of the dock has been bumped out a little bit from previous plans. The end is a little wider. In order to get the stairway width and lower platform that we have, trying to re-utilize the existing gangway, and have the clearances and get the wave fence and potentially a solid fill in there, it could not be squeezed in with existing width. Fendering for protecting the existing gangway added a couple more feet in. It should not hamper boat operations. On the south side where the stair platform is, what is not showing on the existing dock is the existing fender system. It should line up pretty tight. The north side will extend a foot or two, (side facing Co Op), no further than floats do in the summer time. The float line on this side will remain the same. Currently the pier with fenders is approximately 19 feet wide; the new design will be pushed to approximately 22 feet. Extension of the proposed design will go out into the harbor the same distance as a float currently does. When summer floats are placed, it will extend approximately ten feet further than the floats currently do. The new design calls for guide piles for the floats as opposed to the current method of anchors (moorings). This may alleviate having to move the mooring field. Hoists recommended by the Harbor Committee are not included in the budget for 2016. Safety and liability issues were cited as the reason for not including the hoists on both Islesford and Great Cranberry Island Docks. The proposed extension is expected to take place in 2017. Funds were budgeted for permitting and planning for 2016. Grant funds were also acquired for this purpose. The permit process may take four to five months. Once issued, the Town would have up to two years to start the project. An extension may be granted after this, or reapply may be necessary. If the Town were to apply for SHIP grant funds for the project, an application should be submitted as soon as possible for 2017 and 2018 funds. Funds for these two years have already been committed to communities; however, there may not be a solid commitment from some of those communities, so some of those funds may fall off. Paul Pottle can work with Jim Fortune on application. It is possible to apply for the SHIP funds without already having the permits. Another possibility is MPI funds for infrastructure improvements. If approved, these funds are distributed immediately. The cap on the MPI grants is $500,000 and the cap on the SHIP grants are $250,000. Both require a 50% match.
Ted Spurling suggests moving the shed towards the end of the new dock extension. Paul Pottle reports that moving the shed would not interfere with the permitting process. Mr. Pottle suggests the Harbor Committee discuss the shed location more at another time. Moving the shed could affect the construction cost estimate.
Bill Dowling moves that the Harbor Committee approves the plans as drawn and would like to proceed into the permitting portion of the project. Jim Fortune seconds the motion. Motion passes.
There are three different plans in the cost estimate for doing the wave fence under the dock. One is the wave fence with timber sheathing, one is wave fence with piles and sheathing, (similar to what we have now) and the other is solid fill behind the wave fence, solid fill with heavy rip rap or solid fill with laid up granite -laid up granite is more expensive, however the laid up granite would get us up to almost the half tide level). With the solid fill option we may need the addition of vertical rock sockets and / or batter rock sockets.
IV. Review Proposed Harbor Management Ordinance Amendments
A workshop meeting was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 to discuss proposed changes to the Harbor Management Ordinance. The proposed changes and additions are meant to be a framework in which the BOS and Harbor Committee can maintain some control over our harbors going forward. It is hoped to bring any proposed changes to the voters for the March 2017 Town meeting. The Harbor Committee plans to meet again in early April to discuss these changes. Some members had to leave before Section IV was taken up at today’s meeting.
V. Other Business
None at this time.
VI. Adjournment: 5:20 P.M.
Jim Fortune moves to adjourn the meeting. Richard Howland seconds the motion. Motion passes.

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