Harbor, Transportation, and MAC Meeting

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Transportation Committee
Harbor Committee
Municipal Advisory Commission
Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2009
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Ron Axelrod, Transportation Committee
Kate Fernald, Transportation Committee
Barbara Myers, Transportation Committee
Skip Stevens, Transportation Committee
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee & Transportation Committee
Phil Whitney, Harbor Committee & Transportation Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Bruce Fernald, Harbormaster
Sally Rowan, Harbor Committee & Board of Selectmen
Dan Lief, Board of Selectmen & Comp. Plan Committee
Eric Dyer, Facilities Supervisor
Frank Reese, Municipal Advisory Commission
Chris White, Municipal Advisory Commission
Malcolm Donald, Municipal Advisory Commission & Comp. Plan Committee
Karin Whitney, Municipal Advisory Commission
Lise Pratt, Municipal Advisory Commission & Comp. Plan Committee
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Town Clerk

I. Call to Order: 4:20 P.M. by T.C. Co-Chairman Ron Axelrod.
II. Introduction
Members of the various committees present introduce themselves for those who are participating by teleconference (Lise and Frank).
VIII. (taken out of order) Update of each Committee on what they are doing and mutual considerations to each other
Ron Axelrod reports that the Transportation Committee has developed a list of performance specifications based on data collected from Residents. These specifications relate to safety, accessibility, expanded ferry schedule, and reliability. At this time the committee is trying to gain an understanding of rights and jurisdiction with Town owned docks and harbors. The Town Attorney will be consulted. The Transportation Committee is planning a safety study for our current passenger services and facilities.
III. (taken out of order) Review of Safety Improvement Study to be done by Transportation
At this time a site visit is being planned for early May at all harbors. It is hoped that Steve Ruell of Kleinschmidt, Gerald Morrison (marine expert), Paul Pottle of Maine Dept. of Transportation, the harbormasters, and member(s) of both the Transportation Committee and the Harbor Committee will participate in this site visit.
The course of action for the Transportation Committee is planned as follows, with estimated time frames for each step:
1) Come up with 3 to 4 Alternatives for Ferry Service
2) hold public hearings for Residents to explain alternatives (end of May, early June)
3) refine options and present to boat operators (2 weeks later)
4) Go back to Town with further information
5) Special Town Meeting (targeting September)
It is apparent that all three committees that are meeting today have responsibilities that overlap in some areas. All three committees are advisory committees to the Board of Selectmen. The Municipal Advisory Commission may be able to help with the business end of the process. The Harbor Committee will be useful for “common sense” regarding our current and / or future harbor facilities, advice on implementation of a new plan.
IV. Harbor Ordinance Changes to policy as a result of proposed new ferry service operations-including shore side operations
Any changes that may be required to the Harbor Management Ordinance must come before the voters for approval. The Harbor Committee could help to rewrite any changes that may be necessary.
V. Enforcement provisions and how to enforce
No discussion at this time.
VI. Emergency phone at each dock
Selectman Beal has requested that this item be broadly advertised to others that there is a public interest telephone at the Islesford and Great Cranberry Island Docks. The phones will dial local numbers and emergency 911 for free. The phone located in the dock waiting shed at Islesford can also be used for toll calls with a credit card. The phone at GCI is located in the dock delivery shed.
VII. Long term harbor, docks, ramps, etc. master plan for GCI, LCI, and Manset
The Transportation Committee would like to see a plan for short term goals and long term goals for harbor facilities. Ron Axelrod is willing to look into funding sources for long term projects. Lise Pratt voices that the Comprehensive Plan
Committee will meet next week to discuss capital investments for the next six years. Ted Spurling of the Harbor Committee foresees needed dock improvements for an expanded ferry schedule, particularly for winter landings after dark. Nan
Hadlock will go over the Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes and compose a list of suggestions that the Committee has discussed in the past for circulation to all interested.
IX. (taken out of order) Other Business
A lobster car that is located on Town Property near Islesford Dock appears to be abandoned and has not moved for many years.
X. Adjournment: 5:45 P.M.

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