Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes April 04, 2011

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
April 04, 2011
Islesford Neighborhood House

Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
William Dowling, Harbor Committee
Nick Hadlock, Harbor Committee Alternate
Bruce Fernald, Harbormaster
Norman Sanborn, II, Harbormaster
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
Phil Whitney, BOS – (by Teleconference)
Jeff Berzinis, MAC – (by Teleconference)

I. Call to Order: 5:42 P.M. by Richard Howland.
II. Election of Harbor Committee Chairman
2010 Harbor Committee Chairman Richard Howland is declining nomination as Chairman for 2011.
Roy Hadlock nominates Ted Spurling as Chairman of the Harbor Committee. Ted Spurling declines the nomination.
Richard Howland nominates Bill Dowling as Chairman for the Harbor Committee. Bill reports that during the summer months his schedule may make it so he cannot attend all scheduled meetings. Mr. Dowling is willing to act as Chairman if Roy Hadlock will be back up Chairman. Roy Hadlock agrees to act as Chairman in the absence of Bill Dowling.
Richard Howland moves to nominate Bill Dowling as Chairman of the Harbor Committee with Roy Hadlock as alternate Chairman. Ted Spurling seconds the motion, with Roy Hadlock and Bill Dowling abstaining. Motion passes.
III. Review / Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes (11/23/10)
In reference to the Harbor mapping project from the November 23, 2010 Harbor Committee meeting minutes, Great Cranberry Harbor has been mapped by Matt Knox. The Harbor Committee requests that the Administrative Assistant check with Matt Knox to see if the Town has received GIS readings for the moorings.
In reference to nominations for a vacant position on the Harbor Committee, the Harbor Committee recommends Cory Alley and Nick Hadlock.
Richard Howland moves to accept the November 23, 2010 meeting minutes as written. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. (4-0) Motion passes.
IV. Request by tour boat operator Andrew Keblinsky to use Manset Dock for Downeast Sailing Adventures, LLC – Recommendations
A request came to the Selectmen via email from Andrew Keblinsky of Downeast Sailing Adventures on March 04, 2011, requesting permission to rent float space at TCI Manset Dock. The request included to pick up and drop off passengers for all their boats from Manset, the Friendship Sloop “Surprise”, the M/V Hurricane, their water taxi, and their Schooner Rachel B. Jackson.

At the March 23, 2011 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting, Steve Keblinsky of Downeast Sailing Adventures requested permission to drop off and pick up passengers on the Friendship Sloop for charters out of the Cranberry Manset Dock:
Chris Hathaway moves to grant Downeast Sailing Adventures permission to drop off and pick up with the Friendship Sloop, and, that we will pass on to the Harbor Committee the issues of docking fees. We will be sure that there is no conflict with in terms of pick up and drop off with the scheduled ferry service to the Cranberry Isles. Richard Beal seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Phil Whitney. Motion passes.
An email received by the Deputy Clerk on March 28, 2011, from Andrew Keblinsky, states that he is withdrawing his request for the RJB and the Hurricane.
Some concern is voiced by the Harbor Committee that the Board of Selectmen should have sent this request to the Harbor Committee for recommendation, before making a decision. Concern is also voiced over the fact that the use of the Friendship Sloop is for sailboat tours, not passenger service that would benefit the residents of Cranberry Isles. Questions from Harbor Committee members included whether any fees are to be charged for use of our dock; how many trips per day; how will complaints be handled if there are any; should there be agreements set for all commercial operators
from Town owned docks?
Phil Whitney reports that at this time no fees are charged for use of docks; approximately three trips per day are expected to be run by the Surprise; complaints should be forwarded to the Board of Selectmen who will then make a decision of what to do. Harbor Committee members are asked by Mr. Whitney to consider regulations that could be recommended for use of our docks, moorings and harbors. Fairness would be expected across the board. Mr. Whitney asks for these recommendations in time for the May Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
The Harbor Committee chooses to moves on to item VI of the agenda at this time.
V. Manset Enforcement: scope of job responsibilities, policies, procedures, tie up limits
The Harbor Committee stresses that enforcement is top priority at the Manset Facility. In 2010 the Harbor Committee recommended Dennis Dever and Amanda Bracy for nominations for enforcement duties at Manset. The Harbor Committee also recommended that funds be budgeted for 2011 for hiring someone to do enforcement at Manset. The job of enforcement at Manset has since developed into enforcement of parking, as well as docks, by recommendation of the Board of Selectmen. The Administrative Assistant has drafted a “Manset Transit Facility Parking Lot and Dock Usage Enforcement and Monitoring Contract” for review by the Harbor Committee. In this draft contract the duration of services is set for May 27, 2011 through September 25, 2011. During this period, the Enforcement Monitor would monitor the Manset parking lot and dock twice per day, 7 days per week. Duties would include:
a. Canvassing the parking lot to make sure that only cars with TCI parking stickers are using the Manset Parking Lot.
b. Check the dock to make sure that only boats with TCI boat stickers are tying up to the dock.
c. Inform violators of unauthorized use of Town property by leaving a notice of violation with the boat or car owner if present, or with the boat or car.
d. Immediately notify the Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen of any violations, or problems that need to be addressed.
The draft contract states that the Enforcement Monitor would be paid at a rate of $10.00 per hour, (six hours each week, for a total of 120 hours for the contract period). Supplies for the Enforcement Monitor would be provided by the Town.
$1200 has been budgeted and approved for this position for 2011.
The Harbor Committee does not feel that $10.00 per hour is adequate pay for this position. The Harbor Committee does not feel that tie up limits should be strictly enforced, but that habitual offenders should be served notice. Sometimes residents go off for appointments and may go over the tie up limit occasionally. Currently the Harbor Committee has set a six hour tie up limit for the Manset Dock unless permission is given from the Harbormaster. Selectman Whitney suggests that it may be easier to monitor if no overnight docking was allowed at Manset. Some Harbor Committee members feel that fines may need to be imposed for violations. The Harbor Management Ordinance sets a fine for no more than $250 for staying at a Town Float after 7:30 AM in the morning. A question that surfaces is whether or not the enforcement monitor can write issue fines for violations. Phil Whitney will look into this matter. The Harbor Committee does recommend that boat stickers should be displayed by boats tying up at Manset. It is further recommended that moorings be checked at Manset, as we are currently down to one mooring at this time, and there has been abuse in the past by one boat tying up the mooring with a dinghy for the day. It is suggested that weekends, early mornings and evenings would be beneficial times for monitoring the lot, as no one would be in the Town Office to take complaints from residents at these times.
Ferry service is scheduled to begin at Manset on May 26, 2011.
There are no written diagrams for tie up limits at the Manset Dock as there are for Islesford and GCI. The new eighty foot gangway will cause a small loss of space for tie up at the Manset floats. The Administrative Assistant will contact Josh at Chalmers to discuss the Manset float configuration / stabilization for the new gangway. The main float at Manset needs some repair work this year.

It is reported that the eighty foot gangway works out very well at Great Cranberry Island and actually helps to stabilize the float in rough weather.
Bill Dowling proposes to table items V, VII, VIII, IX and XI until a subsequent meeting. The Administrative Assistant states that the Board of Selectmen would like to move ahead with hiring the engineer to study a proposed drive on dock at Manset.
VI. Recommendations for drive-on dock at Manset
$6000 was budgeted and approved for this study. The Islesford Harbormaster feels that dredging may need to be done for this site to ever be an all weather dock. Bill Dowling questions whether dredging is even possible, are core samples available? The Harbor Committee questions what type of dock the Selectmen are considering: will this be a dock that you drive all the way down? Will there be all weather tie up? Will it be a concrete or wood deck? The Harbor Committee agrees that more direction from the Board of Selectmen is needed on what is exactly wanted for a new dock at Manset, before making any recommendations.
Bill Dowling moves to table items V, VII, VIII, IX and XI until a subsequent meeting. Richard Howland seconds the motion. Motion passes.
XII. Other Business
• In reference to a grab bar being placed at GCI and LCI for tying up to. The pilings used now are too wide for the Cranberry Cove ferry crew to get their arms around, especially during rough weather. The Administrative Assistant has spoken with Kleinschmidt who recommends that the Town see if there is anyone who can fabricate such an item. Jeff Berzinis is recommended by the Harbor Committee for the Administrative Assistant to check with, for the possibility of fabrication of such an item.
XIII. Audience Communications
None at this time.
XIV. Adjournment: 7:04 P.M.

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