Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission
October 27, 2009
Discussion regarding the Harbormaster using his personal boat and possible compensation was held at the October 13, 2009 meeting of the OLHMC. It was agreed that information regarding how other Harbormasters in area towns are handling their duties. Following are the results of contacting area Harbormasters.
Harbormasters were asked if they use a boat they own or one owned by the town (or town agency such as Police or Fire Dept.) when doing their duties. If they use their boat, they were asked if they received, or had ever requested, compensation for the use of their personal boat.
Harbormasters were also asked approximately how often a boat was required to handle their duties.
Old Lyme- former Harbormasters Brad Ficken, Richard Sagan, John Roach
Lyme- Gary Reynolds
Old Saybrook- Earl Endrich
Westbrook- Peter Johnson, former Chair of HMC
Essex- Paul Riggio
Deep River- Mark Rhyer
Chester- Gil Bartlett
The replies were the same from each of the above persons contacted regarding the use of a boat and compensation. Each one has used only his personal boat. They all replied that they had never received compensation for the use of their boat, nor had they ever requested any. Three commented that they felt that the fee they receive from the State of CT is sufficient to cover the minimal expense.
Regarding the frequency of use of a boat for their duties was similarly consistent. All indicated that the need for a boat was minimal, a few times a year. Two replied that they take care of such duties while out on the water for pleasure use so there is no additional boat use involved.
One also commented that he thinks reimbursement is part of the state statute and would come from DOT.
Steven A. Ross