Harbor committee Meeting Minutes November 23, 2010

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
November 23, 2010
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Richard Howland, Chairman Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, JR, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Bill Dowling, Harbor Committee
Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster
Norman Sanborn, II, Great Cranberry Island Harbormaster
Eric Dyer, Facilities Supervisor
Greg Theriault
Hannah Folsom
I. Call to Order: 5:54 P.M. by Chairman Richard Howland.
II. Review / Approve July 07, 2010 Meeting Minutes
Richard Howland moves to approve the July 07, 2010 Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes as written. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. Motion passes.
III. Islesford Dock Extension
Harbor Committee Members and Harbormasters looked over the preliminary study prepared by Kleinschmidt and dated October 2010 for a proposed Islesford Dock Extension. Nine options for placement of floats, gangways, stairs and shed were included in the study. None of the options were considered to be adequate for recommendation by the Harbor Committee. The Harbor Committee has concerns with the platform for the gangway, the size of the proposed gangway, (80 ft.), placement of the second set of steps, and moving the mooring field to name a few. If state funds were to be obtained for the project, the Facilities Supervisor believes that the 80 ft. gangway would be required. If the moorings that were in the way of the extension were to be moved out, this would require moving out mostly fishing vessel moorings. The Facilities Supervisor is asked to verify the figure for the freestanding wave screen at a cost of $182,000 as presented in the summary of the study. The Harbor Committee suggests that possibly two of the designs could be adjusted to better fit needs of the island. The Facilities Supervisor will check with the Treasurer to see if there are any funds left for engineering.
Some committee members feel a breakwater coming off the point would help the harbor more than a dock extension. Year round floats were also discussed, however it would require hiring someone to remove ice and snow on a continual basis throughout the season for safety and liability reasons.
IV. Budget Requests
The Harbor Committee budget recommendations for 2011 include the following:
• Two skiff floats, one for GCI and one for Islesford
• Double rods for finger float hook up
• Manset Harbormaster (up to $2000); where this is a private dock, is the harbormaster course required for this position? If so, funds should also be budgeted for the course.
GCI Harbormaster Sanborn recommends Mandy Bracy for the position.
• Bolts sticking out on the back of the pilings at GCI need to be lagged., (do not allow tie up lines to slide up and down the pilings with tides).
• Bill Dowling recommends approximately 2” stainless steel shafts to be installed on ten pilings at Islesford Dock for easier tie up. Mr. Dowling believes the pilings are too thick to get a rope around safely, especially during adverse weather.
• Larger rock for mooring at Manset Float
V. Manset Tie-up
Currently the tie up at Manset Dock has a six hour limit, or permission from the Harbormaster for a longer tie up, as decided by the Harbor Committee. The Board of Selectmen has asked the Harbor Committee to revisit the six hour limit as that doesn’t really give anyone time to do anything off island. A new 80 ft., gangway is set to be installed at the Manset facility this spring. Floats will be shifted to a new configuration. Bridges between floats may have to be shortened up or replaced. The Harbor Committee decides to leave the tie up limit as is for now.
The Facilities Supervisor recommends that the Harbor Committee work closely with the new Administrative Assistant and to stay in touch with Chalmers Enterprises throughout the process.
VI. Recommendations for Manset Float Moorings
The Float mooring at Manset may need to have a larger rock as the existing mooring has been shifting. Chalmers should be contacted for input on this matter.
VII. GCI Dock
A. Harbor Mapping
Spurling Cove and some new moorings in Western Way at Great Cranberry still need to be mapped. The Harbor Committee recommends advertising the job and hiring someone to finish the mapping project. Grant funds are still available for this to be done.
In reference to maintenance at GCI, Bill Dowling recommends extending the pad for the gangway. Also, part of the wave fence and ladder are coming loose.
VIII. Sutton Island
The Sutton Float is still in by request of a work crew on the island.
IX. Other Business
No other business at this time.
X. Adjournment: 7:20 P.M.
Richard Howland moves to adjourn the meeting. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. Motion passes.

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