CONNECTICUT HARBOR MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
March 27, 2006
called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
Joel Severance (Chester), Lou Allyn (Mystic), Mike
Griffin (Norwalk), Peter Holecz (Bridgeport), John
Pinto (Norwalk), Bob Sammis (Stratford), Geoff
Steadman (Associate), Mary VonConta (Executive
I. Previous Minutes
A motion to accept
the minutes of the September 20, 2005 Board meeting
was made, seconded and approved unanimously.
Treasure Bob Sammis
reported a balance of $9,814.20 as of 12/31/2005 and
$9,614.38 as of 2/28/2005. A motion to accept the
Report was made, seconded and approved unanimously.
Election of Officers
Severance announced that due to term limits he is no
longer eligible to run for President. Bob Sammis
moved that there be an election of officers to serve
until an affirmation vote at the Annual Meeting. The
motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
A motion was made,
seconded and approved to elect Mary VonConta to the
Board of Directors.
A motion was made,
seconded and approved to elect the following
President – Dr. John
Vice President –
Treasurer – Bob
Secretary – Lou
Pinto then assumed the chair.
IV. Reports of
Annual Banquet – Bob
Sammis recommended booking “significant” speakers
for future banquets. General discussion recommended
focusing on the Coastal Management Program this
year. Bob will confirm with the Woodwinds October 12th
or 19th as preliminary dates for the 2006
Dredging Task Force
- Norwalk dredging Phase I is nearly complete except
under some of the bridges.
reported that the ACOE is working on the New England
Dredging Team meeting in Boston; perhaps in May
2006. He and John Pinto are planning to attend and
make a presentation.
Geoff also reported
on the February meeting in New Haven of the Maritime
Coalition. His table recommended that the
Connecticut Coastal Management Plan be readdressed.
There was a general discussion by the Board that the
DEP needs be an advocate rather than just a
regulator. The problem is that the DEP believes that
doing both is a conflict of interest. Geoff will
write a letter to this effect to the Maritime
Coalition with a copy to the Maritime Commission.
John Pinto will arrange a meeting with DEP
Commissioner Gina McCarthy to discuss.
Lou Allyn reported
that Mystic has submitted their Maintenance Dredging
request to the ACOE.
reported that Bridgeport will receive $1,350,000 for
management of dredged materials from Bridgeport
There was a
discussion of Raised Bill HR662 An Act Concerning
Dredging. A letter will be written to put the CHMA
on record that we do not want another study.
Long Island Stewardship. No action taken.
Lou Allyn reported
that Mystic River Harbor Commission David Carreau
had testified at a hearing March 6 on Raised Bill
No. 5658 – Removal of Abandoned Sunken Vessels.
Boat Taxes –
a discussion about increasing the share of
Connecticut boat taxes to Towns with the intent that
some of the increase will be earmarked for Harbor
Management. John Pinto will file a Freedom of
Information request for a report on the status of
the Boating Fund.
Stamford would like
to join as an Associate Member.
IV. HARBOR MASTER’S
discussed the advisability of holding further
Harbormaster training sessions until outstanding
questions re job description and liability coverage
on use of personal boats were resolved. Training
will be on the agenda of the next Board meeting.
There was a
discussion of the Harbormaster’s stipend: maximum is
$750. Local Harbor Management Commissions have the
authority to add to that amount and to pay expenses.
Nothing further to
VI. OLD BUSINESS
further to report.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
John Pinto will
write a letter to Gina McCarthy with copy to
Attorney General Blumenthal that the proposal should
be subject to a Coastal Management Plan compliance
B. Geoff Stedman
reported on the Appeals Court decision re Pietro vs.
Zoning board of Appeals. (See attachment below.)
C. A motion was
made, seconded and approved to purchase America’s
Changing Coast for the CHMA library.
D. A motion was
made, seconded and unanimously approved that “The
Board of Directors of the Connecticut Harbor
Management Association recognize the significant
contributions of Joel Severance to advance the goals
of the Association during his term as President and
express its appreciation for his efforts on behalf
of the Association, and look forward to his
continued participating on the Board of Directors in
the work of the Association.”
VIII. NEXT MEETING
Annual Meeting for
2005 to be held in June at a date to be determined.
meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
PETER DIPIETRO v.
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS OF THE CITY OF MILFORD
and Gruendel, Js.
25, 2005—officially released January 24, 2006
Superior Court, judicial district of
Ansonia-Milford, Hon. Hugh C. Curran, judge trial
Brian A. Lema,
for the appellant (plaintiff).
Matthew B. Woods,
with whom, on the brief, was Cynthia C. Anger,
assistant city attorney, for the appellee
GRUENDEL, J. The
plaintiff, Peter DiPietro, appeals from the judgment
of the trial court affirming the decision of the
defendant, the zoning board of appeals of the city
of Milford, upholding the cease and desist order
issued by the assistant city planner. The plaintiff
claims that the court improperly found that (1) (a)
the city of Milford (city) had statutory
jurisdiction to regulate use of the plaintiff’s
docks, (b) zoning regulation of the docks is not
preempted by the state and (c) enforcement of the
regulation did not exceed the city’s police power,
and (2) there was an adequate and legal basis in the
record for the defendant’s decision.1
conclude that the defendant acted within its
authority to enforce regulations concerning the
plaintiff’s use of the docks and that its action was
supported by the record, we affirm the judgment of
the trial court.