Minutes of a Meeting of
The Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission
May 12, 2009
Members present – Bob Doyen, Dave Frederiks, Bill Harris, Mike Mackey, Mike Magee, Jon Mittelman , Mark Rohrberg, Steve Ross.
Alternates present –Ned Farman.
Absent – Susan Connors, Charlie Delinks, Mike Moran, Dave Zita.
A quorum being present, Chairman Doyen called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as submitted.
Jon Mittelman presented the Treasurer’s report, which was accepted for audit. A copy of the report is on file with the minutes. After discussion, motion made by Steve Ross, seconded by Ned Farman to transfer the operating account from Essex Financial Services to Webster Bank. Motion passed unanimously. Jon will send out the details of the new account in an email to members.
Motion made by Steve Ross seconded by Jon Mittelman to amend the agenda in order to hear the guest as listed under new business. Motion passed unanimously.
Bob Doyen introduced Keith Nielson from Docko who gave a presentation on the work that is planned at the South Lyme Marina. Work will include replacement of some of the dock facilities; rebuilding the fixed piers and decrepit walkway; and placing a gravel surface on the infield area. The project has been before DEP for two years and has received tentative permitting. The project went before the Zoning Committee
on May 11, 2009 and the minutes from that meeting will be obtained by Steve Ross for the HMC. Mr. Nielson noted that any comments on the project from the HMC would be appreciated by the business owner as well as DEP.
Bill Harris was welcomed as a regular member. Bob Doyen noted that this leaves one Alternate Member position available. Members can inform people to apply for the position and Janet Cody will contact the Town Hall to have the opening posted on the Town website.
Mark Rohrberg summarized his ideas on the placement of new dinghy racks as well as gravel at Pilgrim Landing. After discussion, it was decided that Mark will speak with Ed Adanti regarding clearing and maintaining the area. Upon completion, Mark will email members with a date for a work party for the racks. Dave Frederiks will put the green and red buoys into the launch area.
Mike Mackey reported that the dinghy dock has not been placed in the water yet but will most likely go in this week.
Mike Mackey reported that Mike Moran is still receiving mooring applications. Once the dinghy dock is installed, Mike Moran will get his boat in the water and be able to put in moorings. Motion made by Steve Ross second by Jon Mittelman to authorize Mike Mackey to place a second Town mooring with lettering like the first. Motion passed unanimously.
Steve Ross reported that he received an approval letter from the DEP dated May 5, 2009 for final approval of the draft addendum. On May 11, Marylin Clarke indicated to Bob Doyen that the HMC can adopt the new dock standards as an addendum to the Harbor Management Plan and that the enforcement would have to be an ordinance which would have to go in front of a Town meeting to be accepted. Language will be pulled out of the new dock standards and put into the ordinance as to what is to be enforced, fines, etc. After discussion, members decided to have a public meeting to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed standards. Steve will confirm the date with Torrance Downes and then make arrangements for the next meeting to be a public hearing. He also reviewed conduct for HMC members as
relating to the FOIA and encouraged all members to read and be familiar with the draft addendum.
Future Locations for Projects
Steve Ross reported that he had looked at the location at Mile Creek/Buttonball Rd. and suggested that it be disqualified as a future location for a project due to its configuration.
Harbor Management Plan
No report this month.
Dredging Machine Plan
No report this month.
Army Corps of Engineers Regional Dredging Plan
Ned Farman reported that there was nothing new to report.
Bob Doyen gave members information on applications for Hawks Nest Beach (completed rebuilding of groin/jetty) and 30 Neck Rd. (approved by DEP but needs to be reviewed with an engineer).
Letter to Boards to notify HMC of Future Real Estate Plans
Steve Ross suggested that a letter be drafted stating that in the Harbor Management Plan there is a Town Ordinance requiring that the following local boards and Commissions must notify the HMC of any and all pending proposals for real property in or on contiguous Old Lyme waters: Planning Commission, Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Shellfish Commission, Flood and Erosion Control Board and Historic District Commission. The letter will state that the HMC realizes that they may not be aware of this but requests that in the future please they refer any applications to the HMC for review. Janet Cody will draft the letter and have it reviewed by Steve Ross, Dave Frederiks and Bob Doyen.
Application to Improve South Lyme Marina
A discussion of the proposal by Mr. Nielson for the improvements at the South Lyme Marina followed.
Motion made by Steve Ross seconded by Jon Mittelman to send a letter to the Zoning Commission with a copy to DEP/Cheryl Chase saying that the HMC supports the application. Motion passed unanimously. Dave Frederiks will write and send the letter.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:08 PM.
Janet S. Cody, Clerk