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04-06-09 Minutes


April 6, 2009




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

Tucker Bragdon and Ed Dear of the Stonington Small Boat Association were also present.


Chairman Grimes called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


Previous minutes

Mr. Robinson made a motion to approve the minutes of the March meeting as presented.  Mr. Medeiros seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Medeiros made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as read.  The balance in the WFC account is $479.48.  Mr. Robinson seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


New Business

SSBA lease renewal – Mr. Dear provided for the members a 2008 financial report and a 2009 member list.  He will provide at a future date a current copy of the SSBA rules and regulations and proof of insurance.  Mr. Bragdon added that they now have a website.  Their annual meeting is scheduled for April 22, 2009.  Mr. S. Grimes asked if each member receives a reserved spot.  Mr. Bragdon explained that if you join by May 1st you will get a spot, those applying later might not.  All present briefly discussed the boat that had been sunk; no one was sure who dragged the boat out recently.  Mr. Bragdon added that they are currently getting bids from fence companies.  He added that they would come before the Commission with the final design and plan.  Mr. Robinson made a motion to approve renewal of the three year Lease between the WFC and SSBA for a fee of three dollars.  Mr. Grimshaw seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.  Mr. Bragdon and Mr. E. Grimes will meet at Town Hall to sign the lease and have it notarized.


Old Business


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


Maintenance items – Mr. Medeiros reported that work is being done on the icemaker with a new coolong tower and chain.  He is expecting an additional $14,000 from CL&P. 


Donahue Park – No change.  It was discussed that Larry Sullivan, Town Engineer would be contacted for status report.


South Dock extension – Mr. George Sylvestre provided a Project status report as 31-Mar-2009.  Members discussed the Planned activities.



A letter was received from Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) requesting permission to use the Town Dock field on Saturday mornings from May 2nd to October 24th for the Farmer’s Market.  A recent certificate of liability was also provided.

Members continued their discussion with regard to traffic safety.  It was agreed that this would be mentioned again in the approval letter to SVIA.   Mr. Medeiros made a motion to approve the SVIA use of the Town Dock field for the Farmer’s Market.  Mr. Robinson seconded and voting was unanimous.



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 7:45 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Ethan Grimes

                                                                        Acting Vice Chair/Treasurer