Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes January 24, 2012

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
January 24, 2012
Great Cranberry Island Community Center

Attendance:
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Scott Bracy, Harbor Committee
Ed Gray, Harbor Committee
Phil Whitney, BOS
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
I. Call to Order: 9:00 A.M. by Richard Howland.
II. Elect Chairman for Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling nominates Ed Gray as Chairman of the Harbor Committee. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. (5-0) Motion passes.
III. Review / Approval September 29, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Richard Howland questions the Administrative Assistant in reference to a recommendation made by the Harbor Committee at the September 29, 2011 meeting.
The recommendation was to have the ladder fixed on the Co Op side of the Islesford Town Dock. The ladder is deemed unsafe for use and could pose a liability issue to the Town. The Harbor Committee recommends that a sign be posted on the ladder at Islesford, UNSAFE: DO NOT USE UNTIL REPAIRED. Ed Gray moves to recommend extending the bottom of the ladder below the low tide water line, and to raise the top up one rung. Richard Howland seconds the motion.(5-0) Motion passes.
The Administrative Assistant has asked John Snyder for an estimate for repairs at Great Cranberry Island Dock. The Harbor Committee had recommended that the inner gallows frame is loose at the bottom and needs repair, and that the ladders need to be lengthened as they don’t go all the way down at low tide. Ed Gray will follow up with Jim Fortune on repairs at Great Cranberry Island Dock.
IV. Recommendation on Charging Dock User Fees for Passenger Ferries and Charter Boats at all Town Of Cranberry Isles Docks
It has been suggested that passenger ferries and charter boats should pay a fee to the Town for use of dock facilities, as Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor do. Ed Gray suggests that island residents should not have to pay this fee. Ted Spurling suggests that we are currently trying to encourage transportation to and from the islands; we subsidize on one end and charge on the other; this seems counter productive. All five members of the Harbor Committee do not recommend charging user fees for our docks.
V. Recommendation on Requiring Boat Stickers at All Town Of Cranberry Isles Docks
In 2011 Manset boat stickers raised in price from $10 to $25 each. Parking letters will be reviewed at the January 27 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Ed Gray suggests that residents should have to pay for and display boat stickers at all Cranberry Isles docks. Richard Howland admits that enforcement is a problem, especially at the Islesford Dock during the summer season. It is also reported that boats visiting the restaurant often tend to take up the entire float space at Islesford, making the evening commuter ferry and private boat docking difficult and dangerous for passengers. The head of all floats are to be kept open for loading and unloading only, according to the Harbor Management Ordinance. There are also tie up limits for the sides of the floats. The Islesford Harbormaster has stated that he will not enforce in the evening. Ed Gray suggests that while we don’t want abuse of docks at Manset, it appears that it is ok to abuse the island docks. The Deputy Clerk points out that the island docks are considered public docks, and the Manset Dock is a private dock, owned by the inhabitants of Cranberry Isles. The Harbor Committee does not recommend requiring boat stickers at the island docks. Roy Hadlock suggests that dinghies should not have to have a boat sticker; bringing a dinghy to the Manset Dock would allow for tying up at a mooring as opposed to utilizing dock space and some residents own private moorings at Manset. In Manset the Dockmaster insisted last season that dinghies display boat stickers; no policy is known to exist on this matter. The Board of Selectmen is in the process of considering a request of Mr. Dever to cover Harbormaster duties at the island docks, as well as Manset. The Harbor Committee does not recommend eliminating local Harbormasters at the islands; it is sometimes better to personally know the people that the Harbormasters are dealing with, and the local Harbormasters also know the area better when it comes to placing or moving moorings. The suggestion is to keep the current system of local Harbormasters but hire Mr. Dever to work on a per diem basis. The local Harbormasters would call Mr. Dever in when they feel they need him for a certain situation(s), or to cover vacations if requested. Phil Whitney, BOS, recommends that stickers should be lowered to $5 each for all boats, no matter the size, and to broaden Dennis Dever’s duties to the islands, but not to do away with local Harbormasters. The Harbor Committee also recommends dropping the price of boat stickers to $5 each to cover printing costs. The Harbor Committee has previously recommended in 2011 to number the boat stickers so that the owner of a boat can be identified if necessary, much the same way the parking stickers are utilized. The Harbor Committee agrees that it would be easier to identify the owners of dinghies and larger boats if boat stickers were numbered.
Ed Gray moves to recommend lowering the price of boat stickers at Manset to five dollars each for all boats including dinghies, and to keep the discussion open about charging for stickers at all TCI docks. Ted Spurling seconds the motion. (5-0) Motion passes.
VI. Other Business
A year round float is discussed as a possibility at Great Cranberry Island and Islesford. Discussion took place over the liability of ice on the floats for passengers, the increased maintenance costs for keeping the floats clear, and the need for a different float for winter use that would hopefully withstand the elements. The Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co Op has a special float for winter use. It is quite possible that a winter float at Great Cranberry would not even be possible, considering the way it would be exposed to rough weather. Normally the winter mailboat uses the stairs at Great Cranberry all year long. No recommendations for year round floats are made at this time.
VII. Adjournment: 10:50 A.M.
Richard Howland moves to adjourn the meeting. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion.(5-0) Motion passes.

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