Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes December 14, 2016

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2016
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Bill Dowling, Chairman, Harbor Committee
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee Alternate
Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
Florence Joy Sprague, Board of Selectmen
By Teleconference:
Dennis Dever, Manset Dockmaster
Rick Alley
Paul Pottle
Tom Densford, Stantec

I. Call to Order: 4:18 P.M.
II. Review / Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
Not discussed due to time constraints.
III. Review Plans for Proposed Islesford Dock Extension
A Harbor Committee meeting was called as the Committee members have some concern over the proposed plans for the Islesford Dock Extension that is planned to go before voters at the March annual Town meeting. Of particular concern is the proposed addition of three extra feet in width to the north side of the Town Dock. Members feel that it is already a tight squeeze between the Town Dock and the Co Op Dock, and widening it would make a situation that is already tight, much tighter. During the summer season, there are two main floats at each dock. Currently the Town gangway leaves some room to swing the stern of a fishing boat in when approaching the Co Op Dock. With the new plans, there is the proposed widening of the end of the dock extension, and the main floats would sit up against the dock, riding on pilings, with no space in between to swing the sterns of boats. T Bill Dowling suggests that an 80 foot gangway is needed.
The Harbor Committee has been reviewing various plans for some time now, and until the final proposed plans were viewed, the members did not realize the implication of flaring out the end of the dock extension. During this review process, the Harbor Committee has been trying to avoid realigning the mooring field, other than adjusting a few moorings closest to the dock. At this point, there does not seem to be an alternative for moving all the center moorings outward, and extending the location of the main floats at the Town Dock. An added set of stairs is also included in the plans.
James Fortune and Tom Densford explain that the permitting process appears favorable for the solid granite wave barrier if the square footage impact stays under 500 square feet. If the impact goes over 500 square feet, a larger assessment would need to take place and it involves a more elaborate permitting process.
It would appear that there is no real option of extending the dock without moving the center moorings in Hadlock Cove.
Richard Howland moves to send the plans back to Stantec, go back to the original plan, with the second set of stairs for another landing, and to extend the dock and floats out forty two feet. This design is to include the stonework, and for the whole extension to be eighteen feet wide, with no flaring. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.
IV. Other Business
None at this time.
V. Adjournment: 5:13 P.M.
Bill Dowling moves to adjourn the meeting. Richard Howland seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.

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