Minutes of a Meeting of
The Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission
January 8, 2013
Members present –Ned Farman, Dave Frederiks, Bill Harris, Mike Magee, Tom Meyer, Mike Moran, Harry Plaut, and Steven Ross.
Absent – Bob Doyen, Robert Falaguerra, and Mike Mackey.
A quorum being present, Chairman Ross called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as submitted.
Steven Ross reported that he had received a package of information from FEMA strongly urging the adoption of building standards in regards to flood elevation levels. No action is required from this correspondence.
The DEEP sent notice that they approved the dock application for the Carrolls at 258 Whippoorwill Rd.
Bill Harris presented the Treasurer’s report, which was accepted for audit. A copy of the report is on file with the minutes. Due to problems with the Town scanner, Bill stated that the reports figures for up to November 30 but that the December report would reflect the same figures only with $3.02 additional interest. He also revised and sent copies of the last 3 months reports with the re-set Fiscal year amounts. These will be submitted with the minutes by the HMC clerk.
Steven Ross announced the appointment of Tom Meyer as a Regular Member to replace Charlie Delinks. Members wished to note Charlie’s invaluable service over the many years on the Harbor Management Commission both as a Regular Member and Chairman.
Steven Ross reported that there are now three Alternate Member vacancies. Members were asked to recruit possible contacts for these vacancies.
No report—on hold during the winter.
No report—on hold during the winter.
Potential Public Access Site—West bank of Lt. River
Phase 2- Foot bridge across Lt. River—No report at this time
Phase 3- Dock application—Steven Ross and Bob Falaguerra had checked with engineers and regulations regarding the requirements for an ADA dock at the site. They did not see a way to be exempt from them due to the site being a public access and with a municipality. However, Mike Magee raised discussion among members regarding a possible exemption. Further discussion led members to propose the idea of having a ramp rather than a dock. Steven Ross will discuss this new concept with Angus MacDonald who engineered the dock across from the site on Jim Graybill’s property.
Mike Moran discussed moorings that remain in the water at Calves Island, CT River, Sound View and Point of Woods. These are most likely illegal moorings and he will put in motion of putting out to bid and removing them. Motion made by Steven Ross second by Ned Farman to authorize the Harbor Master to proceed to put out to bid to haul illegal moorings with the review of the Harbor Master and Assistant Harbor Master. Motion passed unanimously.
Mike reviewed the 2012 Mooring Permit report. After discussion, he will revise his report and put the numbers into the same categories as the 2011 report.
Mike reviewed in detail his bill that he had submitted to the HMC for the use of his boat in 2012 for purposes of Harbor Master work totaling $540. Mike was asked by Steven Ross to minimize his expenses since mooring permits have been declining. Motion made by Mike Magee second by Ned Farman to accept the bill. Motion passed unanimously.
Ned Farman reported that Coastline Consulting has been progressing with their work on the Black Hall and Four Mile River. The Historical Review Pertinent Data Collection is virtually completed and the Hydrographic Survey is to be completed very soon.
No updates have been received from DEEP regarding the Town Academy Lane Fire Dock and Romeo application. Steve Ross will continue to contact Sue Bailey about the status on these. Bob Doyen had communicated to Steven Ross that Sue Bailey plans to re-visit his site due to a possible mix-up in addresses.
There has been no update on the status of the Sedgewick’s violation so Steven Ross will contact DEEP for information.
Harry Plaut stated that he has complimentary tickets to the Harford Boat Show Jan 24-26 for anyone interested.
Bill Harris reported that the CHMA Banquet was postponed with no new date yet proposed. He will stay apprised of the situation.
Size of HMC Commission
Steven Ross reported that he had noticed that the HMC has a large number of Regular and Alternate Members as compared to other Town Commissions. He initiated discussions with members regarding decreasing the size of the Commission to 5-7 Regular Members plus several alternates. The size would decrease by natural attrition of members, not by change of status of the members. Discussion followed and the item was tabled until next meeting for further discussion. Steven Ross will check the HMC bylaws to determine whether the Commission can process any change. Members are to look at the bylaws on the website as well.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 PM.
Janet S. Cody, Clerk