Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes September 29, 2011

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
September 29, 2011
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
Bill Dowling, Chairman, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, JR, Harbor Committee
Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster
Dennis Dever, Manset Dockmaster
Phil Whitney, BOS
Jim Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
Dan Field
I. Call to Order: 4:02 P.M. by Chairman Bill Dowling.
There is a quorum at today’s meeting; James Fortune will vote as alternate member if Ted Spurling does not make today’s meeting.
II. Review / Approval 07/08/2011 Meeting Minutes
Harbor Committee Member Ted Spurling enters the meeting.
Roy Hadlock moves to approve the meeting minutes as written. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. (3-0) Motion passes.
III. Review Harbor Ordinance Amendments
A. Previously Recommended Amendments,
It is brought to the attention of the Deputy Clerk that an error was made in adding the ordinance recommendations from the July 08 Harbor Committee Meeting:
In Section 4.4.3, Obstruction of Manset Floats, a recommendation was made to delete the words “designated as bow tie up only”. This change was not reflected as a recommendation in draft # 2 as prepared after the July 08 meeting.
Section 4.4.3 in the existing ordinance reads:
In Manset, the head of the outermost float is to be used solely to load or offload passengers and cargo. The sides of the front two floats are limited to a 4-hour tie up. The inside two floats are limited to a shall be designated as bow tie up only, for a period of 12 hours and boats must be less than twenty feet in length. Dinghy, as defined in article nine, tie up will be designated on the inner most float. Because Manset Dock is a new facility, the harbor committee will have jurisdiction over implementing additional policies as deemed necessary.

As a result of the July 08 recommendations made by the Harbor Committee, Section 4.4.3 was proposed to read:
In Manset, the head of the outermost float is to be used solely to load or offload passengers and cargo. The sides of the front two floats are limited to a 6-hour tie up. The inside two floats shall be limited to twelve hour tie up and boats must be twenty feet in length. Dinghy, as defined in article nine, tie up will be designated on the inner most float. Harbor Master(s) or the Dockmaster may extend time limits on a case by case basis.

At today’s Harbor Committee meeting, it is discussed to rewrite Section 4.4.3.
Bill Dowling moves to add that: the sides of the four floats are limited to a twelve hour tie up. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. (3-0) Motion passes.
Bill Dowling moves to strike the third sentence of Section 4.4.3. Ted Spurling seconds the motion. (3-0) Motion passes.

Section 4.4.3 is proposed and recommended by the Harbor Committee to read:
In Manset, the head of the outermost float is to be used solely to load or offload passengers and cargo. The sides of the four (4) floats are limited to a twelve hour tie up. Dinghy, as defined in article nine (IX), tie up will be designated on the inner most float. Harbormaster(s) or the Dockmaster may extend time limits on a case by case basis.

Discussion takes place in regard to Manset boat stickers. At the April 28, 2011 Harbor Committee meeting the Harbor Committee made the following recommendation: “In reference to who should be eligible to buy boat stickers for use of Manset Dock, the Harbor Committee recommends that only registered voters, property taxpayers, and excise tax payers be allowed to purchase boat stickers. This year the stickers have already been offered to all parking list individuals, so this recommendation would have to be for 2012 at this point. It is also recommended that the boat stickers be numbered in the future and connected to a boat owner.” At the July 18, 2011 Harbor Committee meeting, it was recommended that: “For next year’s parking letters, the Harbor Committee recommends that the Manset boat stickers be numbered for identification of sticker owner, and that the stickers be sold only to residents as defined in the Harbor Management Ordinance, Section 9.2 Definitions: "Any person who owns property in the Town Of Cranberry Isles, or any person who rents property with their boat registered in the town and the excise tax paid in town.”
Bill Dowling suggests that boat stickers be free in the future. Selectman Whitney requests the Town Office to forward 2011 revenue figures from boat sticker sales to the Board of Selectmen. It is suggested by the Manset Dockmaster that dinghies should also receive stickers that coincide with the number of the boat sticker of the owner of the dinghy.
Ted Spurling moves to recommend charging five dollars each for a dinghy sticker and that both the boat stickers and dinghy stickers be numbered. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. (3-0) Motion passes.
B. Suggestions for amendments: Dennis Dever
An email dated September 20 to the Town Office from Dockmaster Dennis Dever outlines some of his recommendations for changes to the Harbor Ordinance:
3.2.5 VOTE (unrelated to Manset, but...)”The Committee decisions will be made by vote of a majority of the members present and voting." I remember MMA advised Southwest Harbor that legally the number of votes must be the majority of the TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, whether or not all members are present. The system of having alternates may complicate this. So if 3 of 5 members are present and voting, all 3 must vote "Yea" for the motion to pass.

The Harbor Committee requires a quorum of the committee for voting. There are five members of the committee, and two alternates.

4.4.1 OBSTRUCTION OF CRANBERRY ISLES FLOATS Recommend removing "OBSTRUCTION OF" since the paragraph describes general use of floats, including obstruction among other things.

No recommendation from the Harbor Committee.

4.4.3 OBSTRUCTION OF MANSET FLOATS Same as above.

4.4.3 Change maximum time limit on all Manset floats to 12 hours, except dinghies. State those dinghies must have a TCI boat sticker. In summer one usually has little to no choice as to which float is open to moor at, and they are all used interchangeably, by necessity, regarding time limits. Add that Dockmaster or Harbormasters may grant exceptions on a case by case basis. Remove "bow tie up only".

Previously discussed.

Add 4.4.4 MANSET MOORINGS
Cranberry Isles residents may utilize the Town of Cranberry Isles owned moorings in Southwest Harbor for a maximum period of 48 hours. A TCI boat sticker is required. The maximum size of the boat using a mooring may be no larger than permitted in 6.7 E (mooring specifications) of this ordinance. Maximum boat size or weight will be posted on the ball. The Dockmaster or Harbormasters may grant exceptions to mooring use regulations on a case by case basis with sufficient need. (By the way, these moorings currently have hardware for a boat of about 35 ft. max. But I wouldn't specify that in the Ord. since you may decide to change the hardware and acquire other differing moorings in the future)

No recommendation by the Harbor Committee. The Administrative Assistant will check with Chalmers Enterprises for current hardware for TCI moorings at Manset.

6.7 F
Remove in its entirety since 2008 has come and gone.

No recommendation by the Harbor Committee.

6.9 MOORING RENTAL
"Mooring owners may rent their moorings." Add "with permission from the Army Corps of Engineers." (An ACE permit is required for basically any mooring other than "your mooring for your boat." including rental.)

The Administrative Assistant will check with the Army Corp of Engineers to determine the validity of this.

IV. Manset Dock
Dennis Dever suggests that there may be room for a fifth float at the TCI Manset Dock. This float may be attached to float #3 or go off the sides of the current floats. Town of Southwest Harbor Planning Board, Code Enforcement, and Harbor Committee approval would be needed.
Mr. Dever has also suggested in a September 22, 2011 update to run a hose / water to the Manset floats. The Harbor Committee does not necessarily recommend this as water usage costs money in Southwest Harbor and also it would require more seasonal maintenance. Mr. Dever also suggests that egress ladders be added to each float at Manset for safety. This and also lights for the Manset Dock have funds already allocated.
V. Islesford Dock
It is reported that the dock end ladder on the CoOp side is in need of repair. Bill Dowling requests the addition of a 2 inch shaft or pole to be attached to the pilings on Islesford and Great Cranberry Island for ease of winter tie up. The Harbor Committee recommends that this be attached somehow to avoid ripping off the piling, and also that the nuts or bolts be countersunk with none sticking through the other side of the piling. It is questioned which piling it would be put on. The Administrative Assistant will try to find someone to engineer such a device.
It is also reported that there are some spikes sticking up on the Islesford Dock where cars drive on. The Administrative Assistant will look into getting these fixed.
A few complaints have come to the Town Office Staff in regard to the slippery gangway at Islesford.
VI. GCI Dock
The ladders at Great Cranberry Dock need to be lengthened as they don’t go all the way down at low tide.
Three new lighting fixtures have been ordered and replaced for a marked improvement at night. These lights are on the shed, at the head of the ramp, and at the top of the steps.
The inner gallows frame is loose at the bottom and needs repair.
It has also been reported that the outer float is slippery. It is suggested that the float be bleached or pressure washed. The Administrative Assistant will follow through on these needed repairs.
VII. Sutton Island Dock
A new float is planned to be budgeted for in 2012 for Sutton Island. The old 45 foot gangway from Manset needs to be brought to Great Cranberry from Chalmers for storage. This gangway may end up being used at Sutton Island.
Jim Fortune reports this information for future reference: For lighting issues on Islesford and Great Cranberry Island Dock, the Town owns the fixtures and is responsible for maintenance. On Sutton Island, the lighting is owned by Bangor Hydro who is responsible for maintenance. Any issues with dock lighting should be reported to the Town Office.
VIII. Other Business
None at this time.
IX. Adjournment: 5:32 P.M.
Bill Dowling moves to adjourn the meeting. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. (3-0) Motion passes.

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