Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes June 16, 2014

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Harbor Committee Meeting Minutes
June 16, 2014
Islesford Neighborhood House

Attendance:
William Dowling, Harbor Committee
Richard Howland, Harbor Committee
Ted Spurling, Harbor Committee
Roy Hadlock, Harbor Committee
Nickolas Hadlock, Harbor Committee Alternate
Bruce Fernald, Islesford Harbormaster
Dennis Dever, TCI Manset Dockmaster
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Katelyn Damon, Municipal Advisory Commission
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Town Clerk
Elliott Hadlock
I. Call to Order: 4:07 P.M. by Bill Dowling.
II. Elect Chairman 2014
Roy Hadlock nominates Bill Dowling.
Richard Howland nominates Scott Bracy. (Harbor Committee Member Scott Bracy is not present at today’s meeting.)
Roy Hadlock moves to appoint Bill Dowling as Harbor Committee Chairman for 2014. Ted Spurling seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.
Roy Hadlock proposes that Nick Hadlock be appointed as regular Harbor Committee member. Roy is willing to serve as Harbor Committee Alternate. Nick Hadlock agrees. This will appear on the July Board of Selectmen’s meeting agenda for consideration.
III. Review / Approval December 19, 2013 H.C. Minutes
In reviewing the minutes from December 19, 2013, the Harbor Committee recognizes that the dock ladders have not been replaced at the Islesford Town Dock. One is missing and the others are in rough shape and are insufficient at low tide. The Harbor Committee has recommended that new ladders be installed, and that the quality should be like those at the Fishermen’s Co Op, (taller at the top, lower at the bottom with steel rungs). The Administrative Assistant reports that Dockworks is coming to Islesford to do an estimate for proposed safety repairs and he plans to include the ladders in the estimate. The Harbor Committee suggests immediate replacement. The Harbor Committee also recognizes that nothing has taken place at the stair platform, where another piece may need to be added for safer docking in the winter season.
Ted Spurling moves to accept the December 19, 2013 Harbor Committee meeting minutes as written. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.
IV. Proposed Islesford Mooring Field Realignment
Islesford Harbormaster Bruce Fernald has spoken with Matt Knox (Alvah B Barge) in reference to shortening the chains and moving two moorings 20 to 25 feet toward the mouth of the pool. The moorings are owned by Mark Fernald and Aaron Gray and are situated close to the docking position at the Town floats. Bruce reports that both mooring owners have agreed to this move.
Bruce Fernald questions whether the whole mooring field would have to be moved in the event of a dock extension. Most Harbor Committee members agree that the extension is needed, but it is also agreed that the current wave fence is not adequate, especially in the event of an extension. Granite breakwaters, as opposed to the current wave fence, are encouraged. If the gangway were to be reconfigured to come off the side of the dock, (the side where the current skiff floats are located), might work. A grant might make this project more feasible, in light of recent tax increases. Harbormaster Bruce Fernald suggests that the example 1E sketch designed for the extension of Islesford dock may work with another set of steps or by moving the current steps further out on the dock. A granite breakwater like at the GCI Town Dock would be needed. A forty foot gangway positioned on the side would work much better than an eighty foot gangway due to limited area available.
Bill Dowling moves to recommend that the Town ask Code Enforcement Officer Kim Keene to see what permits are needed for sketch 1E with a forty foot ramp and solid breakwater. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. Ted Spurling abstains from the vote, with all others in favor. Motion passes.
V. Proposed Islesford Town Dock Extension
Previously discussed.
VI. Islesford Town Dock
The MAC has suggested applying for a grant to help pay for repairs needed at the Islesford Town Dock.
Richard Howland moves to approach the Board of Selectmen about installing a hoist at Islesford, similar to the one at Northeast Harbor, with private keys to be paid for annually for use of the hoist. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.
VII. Great Cranberry Island Town Dock
It is reported by the Administrative Assistant that one set of stairs is already completed and the other set will be done next week at GCI Town Dock. A change order was approved by the Selectmen for an upgrade for wood used for the project. A new flagpole will be installed. A new rock is suggested to be placed on the new main float.
VIII. Sutton Island
Nothing at this time.
IX. TCI Manset Dock
The recent dock safety study includes some maintenance items to do this year, and some monitoring of conditions as we go forward.
The Board of Selectmen has granted permission for Downeast Sailing Adventures to use the TCI Manset Dock for loading and unloading passengers from its 44 passenger boat "Hurricane". Mr. Keblinsky of Downeast Sailing Adventures has been using the dock for the past three to four years with no problems reported, however, this is the first year he has asked and been granted permission for the larger boat “Hurricane”.
The passengers from Downeast Sailing Adventures (D.E.S.A.) may not use TCI parking and all trash must be carried on and off the boats with the passengers. No parking signs need to go up along the roadway. James Fortune will contact the Town of Southwest Harbor. The pier will be posted with signs for “no more than twenty-five people maximum on the pier at one time”. The smaller floats will be posted fifteen maximum at one time. Downeast Sailing Adventures has provided TCI with indemnification on its insurance policy. The Town’s insurance company has Ok’d this.
Some concern from the Harbor Committee over the fact that the Board of Selectmen gave permission to Downeast Sailing Adventures to use our dock for passengers is voiced. Some concerns are the expenditure of money for safety inspections for D.E.S.A. use; the fact that D.E.S.A. rarely brings passengers to the Cranberry Isles, (except for occasional trips to the Islesford Dock Restaurant, which only benefits one island business); the fact that D.E.S.A. is an off island company, which pays no taxes to the Town Of Cranberry Isles, yet has free use of our mainland docking facilities owned by the TCI taxpayers; and the fact that there is really no place for the D.E.S.A. passengers to park. Richard Howland recommends to not letting D.E.S.A. use the 44 passenger vessel “Hurricane” at the TCI Manset Dock. Bill Dowling suggests letting D.E.S.A. continue use of the dock for a 6 pack boat, but nothing larger.
Roy Hadlock moves to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to rescind permission and that Downeast Sailing Adventures only be allowed to use the TCI Manset Dock for a six pack boat. Bill Dowling seconds the motion. Ted Spurling votes against the motion. (3-1) Motion passes.
The Administrative Assistant reports that there has been an increase in use of parking spots by residents at the Manset facility for 2014.
X. Transportation Task Force (sub-committee of the MAC)
The Municipal Advisory Commission has created a sub-committee to work on long term improvements to transportation to and from the Cranberry Isles.
XI. Other Business
None at this time.
X. Adjournment: 5:36 P.M.
Bill Dowling moves to adjourn the meeting. Roy Hadlock seconds the motion. All in favor. Motion passes.

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