CONNECTICUT HARBOR MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
June 14, 2005
Following a tour of
the Mystic River and Harbor President Severance
called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
Joel Severance (Chester), Lou Allyn (Mystic), Ross
Byrne (Old Saybrook), Mike Griffin (Norwalk), Bob
Sammis (Stratford), Geoff Steadman (Associate), Mary
Von Conta (Executive Secretary), John Roberge
(Stratford). Guests - David Carreau (Chairman Mystic
Harbor Management Commission) and Kevin Blount
(Chief, Marine Information Section, First Coast
Guard District Office of aids to Navigation).
Severance opened the meeting. Introductions were
I. Aid to Navigation
reported on an online form at
www.usharbormaster.com which replaces Form 2554
for aids to navigation.
- The intent is to
make it easier for the Coast Guard to keep track of
what is going on.
-When an entry is
made the Harbormaster, if registered, for that
location is notified.
- Coast Guard
approval is granted. (Any necessary state permits
must be obtained first.)
- Aids like swim
buoys will not be approved without a letter from
local law enforcement officials that the permit will
- Kevin asked that
all Connecticut Harbormasters and Harbor Commissions
list the aids in their jurisdictions.
II. A motion to
accept the minutes (as modified) of the March 29,
2005 Board meeting was made, seconded and approved
Report - Treasure Bob Sammis reported a balance of
$6,868 as of 6/14/05. A motion to accept the Report
was made, seconded and approved unanimously.
IV. Reports of
A. Dredging Task
Force – Geoff Steadman reported on a meeting with
various officials to discuss dredging issues. He
commented that the recent EPA permit re dredging in
Long Island Sound includes a condition that the Army
Corps of Engineers prepare a long range management
plan to be completed within 8 years or the permit
ceases. It is not clear as to what the process will
be or where the funding (about $15 million) will
Geoff has talked
with the Army Corps of Engineers to sponsor a
forum/workshop where coastal management people could
discuss how new England states deal with dredging
issues. ACOE will convene.
President Severance reported on the excitement of
everyone that Connecticut and New York stakeholders
have agreed on and the EPA and Governors
announced…with our Congressional Delegation the
reauthorization of the Central and Western Long
Island Sound Disposal Sites. Plus the fast track
processing of the Norwalk permit application. He
also reported that the Maritime Committee has
already met several times, though their leader has
not been selected yet. The CHMA will be invited to
their committee meetings.
Mike Griffin is to
provide Carolyn Underwood, Director of Governor’s
Appointment with our recommendations re DEP/DOP
Committee (Joel Severance, Bob Sammis, Geoff
Steadman, Mary Von Conta) will contact legislators
with a copy of the proposal. Mary will maintain a
list of who to contact, who will make the contact,
Peter Holecz is
pursuing information from the DEP.
D. Annual Banquet
The banquet will be
October 20, 2005 at the Woodwinds. Charge is $35 per
person. The DEP Commissioner will be the keynote
speaker. We are open to suggestions for exhibitors.
There will not be any Harbor of the Year award this
V. HARBOR MASTER’S
Nothing further to
VII. OLD BUSINESS
VIII. NEW BUSINESS
brochure was circulated. Mike Griffin is the CHMA
representative to meetings. It was decided to invite
a Broadwater consultant to the Annual Banquet as a
guest but not as an exhibitor.
IX. NEXT MEETING
The next meeting
will be in Bridgeport in September.
adjourned at 6:40 p.m.
Submitted By: Louis Allyn