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07-20-09 Minutes


July 20, 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; Stephanie Hayes Houlihan and Mike Grimshaw. Randy Minor and Bill Robinson were absent.


Chairman Grimes called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.


Previous minutes

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


Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Grimshaw made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as read.  The balance in the WFC account is $1010.00.  Ms. Hayes-Houlihan seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Old Business


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


Maintenance items –Members commented on how good the Seawell Seafood building looks with the repairs and remodel.  Mr. Medeiros reported that George Sylvestre, Dir. of Administrative Services came to the dock with regard to the fuel leak.  SNEFLA has paid $5500.00; they hope to get $4000.00 back from insurance.


Donahue Park – Nothing to report.


South Pier restoration – Members received a Project Status report as of 30-June-2009 from George Sylvestre.  Recent accomplishments include a design and probable cost submitted by CLA Engineers, Inc.  A public notice was published of intent to perform work in a Flood Plain (South Pier and Vargas Pond).  Six firms were interviewed by the QBS selection committee.  The Status report included planned activities as well.



New Business

Members briefly discussed the junction boxes, it appears that water is in there.  S&S did the work of a DOCKO design.  Members agreed that the engineer should be contacted regarding their concerns.  Mr. Grimshaw commented that SNEFLA questioned the quality of work almost immediately and foresaw possible problems.  Both Mr. Grimshaw and Mr. Medeiros stated that there is a ‘Master plan’ on file.


Ms. Hayes-Houlihan stated that she has spoken with someone with regard to the Commission’s concerns over sailing safety.  Mr. Grimshaw replied that it does appear to have improved. 



Stonington Small Boat Association submitted a certificate showing increased liability as requested.  They have also added the Town of Stonington as an additional insured.



There being no further business to come before the Commission, Mr. E. Grimes made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Grimshaw seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8.00 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Ethan Grimes

                                                                        Vice Chair/Treasurer