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Harbor Management Commission Minutes 10/13/2010
Minutes of a Meeting of
The Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission
October 13, 2010

Members present Bob Doyen, Ned Farman, Bill Harris, Mike Magee, Mike Moran, Jon Mittelman, Steve Ross, Dave Zita.
Absent – Charlie Delinks, Robert Falaguerra, Dave Frederiks, Mike Mackey.

A quorum being present, Chairman Ross called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Clerk’s Report
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and accepted as submitted.

Steve Ross received the notice of the annual banquet of the CT Harbor Management Association to be held on Nov. 9 at The Woodwinds in Branford, CT at 6 pm. Reservation forms were emailed to all members. After discussion, members decided to cancel the November HMC meeting so that members can instead attend the CTHMA banquet. The Commission will pay for members to attend. Members were asked to send their completed reservation form as soon as possible to Jon Mittelman’s home if they are attending so that he can forward payment to the Association by October 30.  Jon will inform the clerk to email those that are attending so that a carpool can be organized.
Motion made by Bill Harris seconded by Bob Doyen to approve the renewal of the annual membership in the CT Harbor Management Association.  Motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report
Jon Mittelman presented the Treasurer’s report which was accepted for audit. A copy of the report is on file with the minutes. Discussion followed regarding the operating budget and capital requests for fiscal year 2010-2011. Motion made by Ned Farman seconded by Bob Doyen to approve the $850 expense for the dinghy dock for fiscal year 2010-2011. Motion passed unanimously.

Member Appointments
Steve Ross reported that the Board of Selectmen appointed Harry Plaut as an Alternate Member with a term to expire on January 2013. Janet Cody and Steve Ross were unable to reach Harry at his home phone but Janet will continue attempts at contacting him.
There remains one vacancy of an Alternate Member position. Bob Falaguerra forwarded information that Keith Czarnicki is interested in applying.

Pilgrim Landing/Town Mooring
Mike Magee reported that the dark gravel that Public Works placed around the parking area at Pilgrim Landing was a good improvement to the area.  Mike Moran suggested to members an idea of improving the usage of the site with some type of floating dock and walkway for kayak and dinghy users. After discussion, members formed a subcommittee of Mike Moran, Mike Magee and Jon Mittelman to formulate a dock application with the assistance of Sue Bailey of the DEP as well as input from dock engineers.  The subcommittee will explore options and report back to the Commission at the next meeting.

Dinghy Dock
No report this month.

Potential Public Access Site—East bank of Lt. River
Dave Zita reported on his many attempts at the Town Hall to determine ownership of the parcel of property on the west bank of the Lt. River. He will continue to gather definitive information.
Steve Ross noted his attempts to determine which department within the DEP has the responsibility for the parcel of land on the east side of the Lt. River. Steve will continue to follow up with the DEP.  Discussion followed regarding strategies on how to approach the development of this area as a potential public access site.

Harbor Master
Mike Moran reported that a blue barrel that he found at Pilgrim Landing was turned over to the State’s HazMat unit to dispose of properly.
He noted that OL Public Works cleaned out the brush leading up to the dinghy dock and the area is now improved.
Mike submitted a bill for the use of his boat to inspect moorings and conditions in his jurisdiction including from Calves Island, Lord Creek, and the CT River around to Point of Woods.  The bill covers usage from April to early October 2010 and was for $895 (at $45/hr).  Motion made by Dave Zita seconded by Jon Mittelman to approve the payment of the Harbormaster for his inspection time. Motion passed unanimously.
Discussion followed regarding the problem with moorings being moved by Old Lyme Marina without the approval of the Harbor Master. Members suggested that Mike write a letter stating that the Commission would like OL Marina to discontinue this practice before stronger action is necessary.
Mike showed members an article in The Day from 2007 regarding 1.5 million dollars of stimulus money to be spent on wetlands and beaches in the areas locally including Old Lyme. After discussion, it was decided to have Mike contact the reporter of the article or Jenna Cho of The Day to research a follow up to the original story.

Harbor Management Plan
Charlie Delinks was absent but had reported to Steve Ross that he has completed approximately 75 percent of the plan.  

Ned Farman had no new information to report.

Mooring Anchors
Mike Magee discussed with the members his proposed wording changes for tackle specifications in the Harbor Management Plan. The changes involve just a few words that will allow pyramid mooring anchors in addition to mushroom anchors.  Motion made by Dave Zita seconded by Jon Mittelman to accept the wording changes as stated at the meeting. Motion passed unanimously.  Mike will forward the specific changes to Charlie Delinks for inclusion in the HM Plan.  Steve Ross thanked Mike for his work on this project.

Dock Applications
Steve Ross noted that DEP has given tentative approval for the dock application for the Renault residence on Sandpiper Rd.  Tentative approval from the DEP was also received for the new fixed pier and float for the Cameron residence on Duck River.

DEP Violations
None received this month.

Meeting Dates and Time Change Proposal
Steve Ross noted once again that there will be NO NOVEMBER 9 HMC MEETING but rather members can attend the CT HMA annual banquet on November 9 instead.
After discussion, members decided that the HMC could follow its schedule of NO DECEMBER meeting. The next meeting will be on January 11, 2011.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.
Submitted by:
Janet S. Cody, Clerk