September 9, 2008
The Waterfront Commission held a regular meeting on this date at the Town Dock meeting room. Members present were Sandy Grimes, Chairman; Arthur Medeiros; Ethan Grimes; Randy Minor and Bill Robinson. Mike Grimshaw and Stephanie Hayes-Houlihan were absent.
Chairman Grimes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Robinson made a motion to approve the minutes of the July meeting as presented. Mr. Medeiros seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Mr. Medeiros made a motion to appoint Ethan Grimes as Vice Chair/Treasurer. Mr. Minor seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Medeiros made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as read. The balance in the WFC account is $950.00. Mr. Robinson seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Dock Area housekeeping – Mr. Medeiros reported that all is ongoing.
Maintenance items – Mr. Medeiros reported that the roof leaks at Seawell Seafood. He was given an estimated cost to fix of $4800.00 but plans to get more quotes.
Donahue Park – Mr. Robinson reported that the area is a mess; it appears the excavation is stopped. It is not useable.
Mr. Medeiros reported that the Blessing of the Fleet had low attendance this year. He believes in addition to the bad weather on Sunday it is a sign of the times. He mentioned that he has discussed briefly with the SNEFLA restructuring the event for next year. He will keep the WFC members informed.
Mr. Medeiros also informed the members that a letter was sent to all boats using the floating Lobster Dock alerting them to the plan to protect the seawall from further damage. A discussion ensued among the members as to who is responsible for insurance and liability at this location.
Mr. Grimes informed the members that no further action has been taken with regard to this dock until notification from Director of Administrative Services George Sylvestre.
Members discussed the letter from Director of Administrative Services George Sylvestre regarding the South Pier Extension grant monies. All members were in agreement that the WFC has been actively tracking the grant funding. They also agreed that a lack of staffing at the Town Hall should not be their problem and are in complete agreement that the extension be built in segments. They further agree that someone needs to administer the project and unanimously support going forward and a Project Administrator be hired by the Town.
Mr. Medeiros reported that the SNEFLA will be getting the money owed to them from the Marlees boats that left for New London. He added that no further action has taken place regarding the icemaker. The Wharfage rates for 2008-2009 have stayed the same.
There being no further business to come before the Commission, Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Medeiros seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 7:50 p.m.