HARBOR MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
October 16, 2003 at Branford Ct.
The 2003 Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Harbor
Management Association was called to order by
President Joel Severance at 5:45 P.M. A quorum was
motion to dispense with reading of the minutes of
the 2002 Annual Meeting was, made, seconded and
approved. A motion to accept the Minutes of the 2001
Annual Meeting was made, seconded and approved.
Treasure Bob Sammis presented his report. The bank
balance on hand as of 9/30/2003 was $5,771.09 and is
projected to be about $5,000 after payments for the
banquet. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report
was made, seconded and approved.
President Joel Severance gave
Current issues are:
- Raised Bill 863 concerning boating under the
influence. A lot of time and energy was successfully
spent getting the wording of the bill corrected with
regard to Harbormasters’ authority.
- Cross-Sound utilities.
- Clarification of State Statute 15-154 regarding
- Ongoing Harbormaster training.
- Initiate a requirement by the DEP that copies of
permit applications be sent to Harbor Commissions
concurrently with submission to the DEP.
There was no Harbormasters’ Report since Mike
Griffin was chairing the harbormasters meeting.
The report on Associates activity was given by Geoff
Steadman. Most of the Associates attention has been
on improvements to the federal dredging permit
process. He later reported that the Army Corps of
Engineers will meet with representatives of the
Coastal Management Programs of the New England
States to discuss ways to improve the process.
President Severance reported that Mary Von Conta
will be stepping down from the Board of Trustees and
thanked her for her work and participation. He also
reported that Steven Hayes had resigned. A motion
was then made, seconded and approved to elect the
following Members of the Board of Directors: John
Pinto (Norwalk) and Norman Hewitt (Old Lyme). Joel
then noted that Executive Secretary Al Grunow is
retiring and that the Board is looking for a
Next was a discussion of a proposed amendment to the
By-Laws to add to the Board another harbormaster and
another Associate member. This will be voted upon at
the next Board meeting. Mike Griffin will be asked
to discuss with the harbormasters for their
The next Board meeting will be in January 2004.
The meeting adjourned at 6:05 P.M.
Louis P. Allyn, Secretary
The Annual Meeting was followed
by the Annual Banquet.
remarks by President Severance and comments by
Geoff Steadman and Mike Griffin, Joel presented a
Special Lifetime Recognition Award plaque to the
Harris Russell family which read, “Harris Russell,
the former Chairman of the Fairfield/Southport
Harbor Management Commission who passed away this
summer, served his community with distinction for
many years and was instrumental in bringing numerous
improvements and public awareness to the harbor, We
honor a good friend and dedicated public servant”.
Following dinner there was a panel of speakers who
addressed the topic, “Harbor and Shellfish
Management: Solution to Common Issues”. Panelists
Harry Yamalis – DEP Shellfish Mapping Project
Lorie Romick, CT Bureau of Aquaculture, Milford
Cori Rose, I.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bedford,
Peter Francis, DEP OLISP, Permitting, Hartford
Bill Kenny, Chairman Fairfield Shellfish Commission