CONNECTICUT HARBOR MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
January 16, 2004
called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M.
Joel Severance (Chester), Lou Allyn (Mystic), Ross
Byrne (Old Saybrook), Mike Griffin (Norwalk), Norm
Hewitt (Old Lyme), John Pinto (Norwalk), Bob Sammis
(Stratford), Geoff Steadman (Associate), Mary
VonConta (Fairfield), Guest - Terrance Downes (CRERPA).
The President opened
the meeting and reported that Old Saybrook and
Middletown are now regular commissions. Deep River
residents rejected the formation there.
I. A motion to
accept the minutes of the previous meeting was made,
seconded and approved unanimously.
II. Treasure Bob
Sammis reported a balance of $4,842.42 as of
12/31/03. The Webster Bank account is effective
1/17/2004. A question regarding what travel expenses
would be reimbursed by CHMA will be placed on the
agenda for the February meeting. A motion to accept
the Report was made, seconded and approved
III. Terrance Downes,
Senior Planner of CRERPA (Connecticut River Estuary
Regional Planning Agency), presented the results of
his project and report, Implementation Phase Lower
Connecticut River Dock Impact Study: Creation of a
General Plan. A draft copy of the executive Summary
is attached. It, and related detailed reports will
be posted on the CHMA website after all sign-offs
have been obtained. He also handed out a
recommendation (attached) proposing a legislative
change to Harbor Management statutes.
IV. REPORTS OF
A) Annual Meeting
Wrap-up. A motion was made and approved to separate
the Annual Business Meeting from the Annual Dinner
Meeting with the intent if making the Dinner meeting
Tags/Business Cards. Bob Sammis is adding telephone
numbers to the cards and is developing name tags to
be worn at various meetings.
C) Dredging Task
Force. Geoff Steadman reported that the ACE and EPA
held final public hearings on the LIS Environmental
Impact Statement which will now be revised and sent
to the State of New York for sign-off. A motion was
made, seconded and approved to join the National
Harbor Association: dues $50 per year.
Authority. Joel reviewed the history of the BUI
Raised Bill last year and CHMA’s successful efforts
to prevent a reduction in the authority of the
Harbormasters. Mike Griffin reported that he and
Geoff have retained a lawyer to explain/guide the
process to introduce state legislation to better
define Harbormasters’ roles, responsibilities and
authority. They are preparing a white paper on why
these changes are needed. One thought is to exempt
Harbormasters from POST training as is the case with
lake patrol people.
V. HARBOR MASTER’S
expressed his concern that the DEP is not
supporting the Harbormasters and reported that the
memorandum of understanding relating to
Harbormasters between the DOT and the DEP is not
forthcoming because the DEP is now saying that they
are not authorized to sign such memoranda. He will
meet with Eleanor Mariani for her ideas on how to
proceed. Mike also expressed his concern that after
9/11 the Coast Guard is not making any effort to
work with the Harbormasters.
Joel is meeting with
the Connecticut Director of Homeland Security to
request grant money from FEMA to train Harbormasters
on being security “eyes on the water”.
Mike Griffin to query the other HMs re their
distributed David Dunanvan’s obituary from The Hour
and talked about his contributions to CHMA.
VII. OLD BUSINESS
HMC notification of
permit applications. Joel reported that only the
Certificate of Permission form has been changed by
the DEP. Contrary to
the Commissioner’s opinion OLISP Management refuses
to change any more forms. The Chm to continue his
efforts only at a higher level. Geoff suggested that
this issue be pursued with other changes to the
Harbor Management act.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS
Severance said that there are two openings on the
Board of Directors and the Board discussed possible
candidates. It is preferable that the new member be
from the Branford to Milford area. There were
several suggestions but no recommendations made.
Members to think about it and bring suggestions to
next Board Meeting.
B) February 21st
Workshop. It was recommended the Chm send out a
follow-up letter to our mailing list reminding them
of the Meeting.
IX. NEXT MEETING
amendment to By-Laws re adding two new seats.
The next meeting
will be: TBD
adjourned at 6PM
Submitted By: Louis Allyn and Joel Severance