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Harbor Management Commission Minutes 06/13/2017
Meeting Minutes
The Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission
June 13, 2017


Regular Members Present: Bob Doyen, Ned Farman, Bill Harris, John MacDonald, Mike Mackey (ex-officio), Mike Magee, Jeff Meinke (alternate), Harry Plaut (ex-officio)

Absent: Robert Falaguerra, George Finley, Tom Myer, Steven Ross

Guests:  Keith Neilson (Docko), Robert Haff (Rock River Homeowners Association),
Sean Slusarz (Boy Scout)

Vice-Chairman Ned Farman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  

Jeff Meinke was seated for Robert Falaguerra.

Ned Farman moved and John MacDonald seconded a motion to move Current Business b. to this point in the agenda.  SO VOTED.

b.      Pilgrim Landing – Mike Magee
Robert Haff and Mike Magee reviewed with the Commission members what has transpired to date regarding the colaboration between the Town and Rock River Homeowners’ Association for the use of two boat racks on Pilgrim Landing.  Mr. Haff stated that the homeowners’ association needs to be assured that they would have no legal responsibility.  The next steps are for Skip Sibley and Bonnie Reemsnyder to work through the liability issues and the HMC will revisit this at a future meeting.

a.       Clerks Report:  Approval of Minutes
Bill Harris moved to accept the minutes of Regular Meeting May 9, 2017 and Mike Magee seconded the motion.  SO VOTED.

b.      Correspondence
A letter that was sent to the Public Works Department from the HMC was passed around for members to see.  This letter thanked them for doing such a fine job cleaning up Pilgrim Landing.

c.       Treasurer’s Report:  Approval of Report for May 2017  
Bill Harris presented the Treasurer’s Report for May 2017.  
Beginning Balance:  $23,248.80, Interest / Dividends: $14.83, Receipts: $125.00, Disbursements: $0.00, Ending Balance: $23,388.63. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted.

d.      Matters relevant to HMC at State level – Ned Farman
Ned Farman reported that the Port Authority had granted $4.5 million to be used to improve the State Pier in New London.

a.       Member Appointments
There are two current openings for alternate members.

b.      Pilgrim Landing – Mike Magee
This item was discussed earlier in the agenda.

c.      Dinghy Dock – Mike Mackey
Mike Mackey reported on repairs that need to be made to the dock and about his conversation with Dave Peterson.  There was a discussion.  John MacDonald moved and Mike Magee seconded, that the repairs be done by Dave Peterson with $200 coming from this present year’s budget and the remainder to come from FY budget 2017-18, with the total amount not to exceed $750.  SO VOTED.

d.      Potential Public Access Site West Bank of Lt. River and Halls Road
Foot bridge across Lt. River - John MacDonald liaison with Halls Road Improvement Committee
No updates were reported.  

Ned Farman moved to go into Executive Session at 7:44 PM.  Jeff Meinke seconded the motion.  SO VOTED.  Harry Plaut was asked to leave the room.  

The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:50 PM.

Harbor Master Report Harry Plaut and Mike Mackey
a.      Status of moorings unclaimed that were pulled in 2013-14
There are five available to sell.    

b.      Harbor Master recap of activity since last meeting – Harry Plaut

c.      Harbor Master Stipend not paid by DOT Update
Ned Farman reported that the Harbor Master stipend for 2017 has been paid, but not prior years.
This is still an open issue.

Applications for Docks, etc.
a.      Plan review of Dock Standards – 8 years since they were approved
Ned Farman reminded Commission members to review the standards - to be discussed at next month’s meeting.

b.      Kuziak COP – reconfiguration and addition of boat lift        
Keith Neilson reported that Mr. Kuziak had spoken with his neighbors.  He also stated that the height of the dingy lift will be no higher than the top rail of the dock.

Bob Doyen has a new email address:


Bob Doyen moved and Jeff Meinke seconded to adjourn the meeting at  8:11 PM.  SO VOTED.

The next meeting of the HMC will be on July 11, 2017.  

Submitted by,

Mary Ellen Garbarino

52 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371  (860) 434-1605

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