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09-14-09 Minutes


September 14, 2009




            The Waterfront Commission held its regular meeting on this date at the Town Dock meeting room.  Members present were Sandy Grimes, Chairman; Arthur Medeiros; Ethan Grimes, Secretary/Treasurer; Stephanie Hayes Houlihan; Bill Robinson and Mike Grimshaw. Randy Minor was absent.


Chairman Grimes called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


Previous minutes

Mr. Medeiros made a motion to approve the minutes of the July meeting as presented.  Mr. E. Grimes seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Robinson made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as read.  The balance in the WFC account is $935.00.  Mr. Medeiros seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.



Old Business


Dock Area housekeeping – Mr. Medeiros reported that all is ongoing.


Maintenance items – Drains at Gambardella’s.  Mr. Grimshaw is working on this. 


Donahue Park – Mr. Robinson reported that there the fence has been completed but there is very little change. The area is all dirt and gravel with wooden barriers for safety.  It was agreed that Larry Sullivan, Town Engineer would be contacted for additional updates.


South Pier restoration – project updates –

Copy of Memo dated July 30, 2009 from George Sylvestre, Director of Administrative Services to Board of Selectmen requesting approval for use of grassy area adjacent to playground for temporary storage of equipment and material that must be moved from outermost portion of pier.  Mr. Medeiros informed the members at this time that after thinking this through he believes it safer and easier to instead use a location at the other end of the pier, he has informed all boat owners  that Sept.  23 and 24 everything must be moved.  Members also discussed the cost to the SNEFLA for those that have left.
Project status reports as of 31-July-2009 and 31-August-2009







New Business

George Sylvestre, Dir. of Administrative Services sent a memo along with copies of invoices showing total expenses of $23,150 for the above ground portion of the fuel system.  The WFC approved a transfer of $20,000 at the June meeting leaving a balance due of $3150.00.  After reviewing, members questioned the amount requested.  Mr. Robinson made a motion to approve the transfer of up to $3150 from the wharfage account to the working account for the balance due for the above ground work.  Ms. Hayes-Houlihan seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Mr. E. Grimes asked about Town owned waterfront property which led to a discussion regarding Right of Ways.  Past member Rose Raffo had done extensive work on this and it was believed she still had the maps.


Mr. Grimshaw stated that he had stopped the DEP boat about safety issues and spoke with the Boating Commissioner about the sailing regatta that was currently being held in the channel.  The DEP officer had said that a permit should have be obtained for all these types of activities on the water.  Ms. Hayes-Houlihan stated that she had also spoken with Tucker Bragdon. 



Memo from George Sylvestre regarding the Strategic Planning/Special Projects Vetting Process.  The WFC is asked to provide information as to any proposed projects.  Members discussed submitting Donahue Park and the South Pier extension.



There being no further business to come before the Commission, Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. E. Grimes seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:07 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Ethan Grimes

                                                                        Vice Chair/Treasurer