2006-09-21 / News

Sub-committee to adjust harbor ordinance

By Sam Bari

Harbor commissioners discussed the Harbor Management Ordinance that has yet to be approved by the the Coastal Resources Management Council. At last week's meeting, Harbor Management Commission Chairman Mike de Angeli recommended that the commission form a sub-committee to review the ordinance and make adjustments as needed to be in compliance with CRMC requirements. After the Sept 13 meeting, de Angeli said that one of the issues concerned moorings that were beyond the 1,000-foot-from-shore limit, particularly in Dutch Harbor. He said that mooring holders need not be concerned about losing their mooring. "Nobody will lose anything," de Angeli said. "The mooring field will be reduced by attrition. Moorings that have been approved and are in use will remain intact," he added.

Harbor Commission Executive Director and Police Chief Thomas Tighe reported that the new harbor patrol boat ordered from Ribcraft of Gloucester, Mass., for $95,770 would be delivered in December, several months later than originally estimated. Consequently, Harbormaster Sam Paterson will continue to use the Eastern patrol boat for the remainder of the season. The police chief also said that a contract was signed for the old patrol boat, the Eastern, to be winterized for one year instead of the usual three-year maintenance contract until the town decides what to do with the vessel when the new boat arrives.

In an unrelated issue, de Angeli said that the harbor commission was no longer responsible for the Fort Getty dock since the town was collecting the dock fees. However, the revenues were still in the harbor commission budget. Chief Tighe volunteered to discuss the matter with Town Administrator Bruce Keiser and report the results at the next meeting.

In yet another matter, the police chief also suggested that the recreation department recommend to the Town Council that season parking stickers should be made available to non-resident mooring holders at Fort Getty. Planning Commission Liaison Richard Ventrone said that non-residents with moorings should be given free stickers since they are paying for moorings. Commissioner Bob Bowen opposed the suggestion, saying that "rewarding nonresident mooring holders with free season parking stickers would set yet another elitist precedent. "All other non-residents pay $15 per day to park at Fort Getty and are not eligible to buy a season sticker. Why should non-mooring holders be treated differently - just because they're rich? Do we really want to give people the impression that we are a town of elitists

by catering to the privileged?" he asked. The other commissioners did not respond to Ventrone's suggestion. De Angeli suggested that Chief Tighe discuss the matter with the recreation department and present recommendations to the Town Council.

The commissioners discussed the issue of the touch-and-go dock at the East Ferry marina. Several of the commissioners who own boats received complaints about lack of enforcement for the dock where a 30-minute time limit is posted. Boaters complained that visitors often stay for several hours and sometimes dock overnight because nobody is enforcing the 30-minute rule. De Angeli said that the Town Council should address the issue because the town is ultimately responsible for enforcement. "What they really need to do is invest in another dock and more facilities," de Angeli said. "But that is a major project and I don't know if the town is willing to do that," he added.

Town Council Liaison Julio Di Giando brought up a non-agenda issue that he said was causing a number of mooring holders

problems. "Boats being too close to each other in mooring fields during unfavorable wind conditions is causing problems for some boat owners, myself included," DiGiando said. Harbormaster Paterson said that "all that can be done is address each problem as it occurs. It is often caused by larger boats being assigned to moorings that previously held smaller vessels," he added. Commissioner Rick Anderson suggested that "a maximum be set for the amount of scope that is allowed for any vessel. A rule governing the minimum amount of scope is set, but not for the maximum," he said. The matter will be an agenda item at the next meeting.

In a telephone conversation with Harbor Clerk Paula Swistak, former harbor commission chairman Jim Archibald said that, "Boy Scouts, not Eagle Scouts, would be interested in building dinghy and kayak racks for storage as community service if the materials were provided." He also said that the Scouts would submit a plan for the project so the commission can decide if the necessary funds are in the budget.

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