Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes September 16, 2008

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2008
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Richard Howland, Chairman, Harbor Committee
Phil Whitney, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, JR, Harbor Committee
Bruce Fernald, Harbormaster
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
I. Call to Order: 4:11 P.M. by Chairman Richard Howland.
II. Review / Approval of August 19, 2008 Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
Phil Whitney moves to accept the minutes as written for the August 19, 2008 Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes. Richard Howland seconds the motion. (4-0) Motion passes.
III. LCI Dock
• Lights have been repaired at the Islesford Dock.
• It is reported that the American Flag at the Dock has been hanging by one hook. The Facilities Supervisor will be asked to check it and fix if still necessary.
• The Harbormaster has spoken with the owner of a zodiac tied to the stern of a larger boat which was blocking traffic at the main float. It is also reported that the same vessel also has crates suspended from the stern at times which make navigation hazardous due to the close proximity of the boat’s mooring to the main float.
IV. GCI Dock
• It is reported that the float that was replaced this year at Great Cranberry Dock is a great improvement over the old one. Three finger floats worked well and were not overly jammed as in the past.
• Cleats on the new float seem to be of poor quality and one or more have broken off with summer use. The Float Contractor will replace the cleats with sturdier ones before spring launching.
• Except for the main float and ramp at each location, floats shall be removed between October 1 and October 15 of each year. Remaining floats and ramps shall be taken up between November 1 and November 15 of each year. Reasonable allowance of two weeks will be made for adverse weather conditions in the launching or hauling out of floats.
• Great Cranberry Island Dock Repair work has been postponed until Spring 2009 due to:
o Lead times of 6-8 weeks for construction materials
o Unavailability of the major marine contractor (Prock Marine) to complete a fall project
o A longer timeframe for contractors reduces risk and uncertainty, an in turn project costs
o The project involves work that is best done in one phase, making a split season unrealistic
A tentative date of June 01, 2009 is set for completion date for the project, which gives ample time for construction but also ensures little conflict with seasonal uses.
V. Sutton Dock
Nothing to report at this time.
VI. Manset Dock
• The new lighting at the Manset Cranberry Dock is working out very well.
• John Goodwin, JR Construction has been awarded the contract for the Manset Seawall Repair by the Board of Selectmen at their September 02, 2008 meeting.
• The Harbor Committee wishes to follow up with the Facilities Supervisor on the status of TCI moorings at Manset. There is currently one mooring in place, and up until last year there were two moorings in place. It is recommended that the Facilities Supervisor contact the new Harbormaster for Southwest Harbor to inquire of the status of the third mooring that came with the property purchase.
• It is asked if Ron Axelrod of the Transportation Committee ever came up with a drawing for proposed 80 foot gangway at the Manset Facility. The Facilities Supervisor will be asked if the drawing has been submitted by Mr. Axelrod.
VII. Other Business
• In reference to a permit held by Acadia Whale Watch Company for a floating dock at Baker Island, there is concern shown for the amount of fishing area that would be taken up if the dock were to be constructed. The permit for this floating dock is good until 2010, and was permitted prior to the approval of the TCI Harbor Management Ordinance.
• There have been reports of a barge owned by Acadia Fuel which has frequently been observed running over lobster gear at and near Islesford. The owner of the barge has received various calls from local fishermen. It appears that the barge is using a route to the left of the bell buoy, which is opposite of the route used by other barging companies who use the ramp at Islesford.
• Harbor mapping is finished except for Cranberry Harbor. Chairman Howland has tried unsuccessfully to reach Norman Sanborn, GCI Harbormaster, to see if he would be willing to accompany Ms. Rowan to help finish the mapping at Great Cranberry.
VIII. Adjournment: 4:55 P.M.
Richard Howland moves to adjourn the meeting. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. (4-0) Motion passes.

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