Yeah, here’s what we need

Greenwich Harbor Master attends his appointed rounds

Last year Peter Tesei  appointed one Jonathan Asch our official Harbor Master and that gentleman returned the favor by zooming around our 5 – mph coves at 30 miles per hour, lights flashing, quadrupling mooring fees and, in general, being a complete pain in the ass.

Not satisfied with that success, someone on Tesei’s Waterways Committee now wants to appoint deputy harbor inspectors to further harass boaters. We need to get rid of Asch, not create little replicas, so this is a lousy idea. I’ll be rebuilding my potato cannon in the next few weeks and the first town employee to come down my creek, Asch or an officious deputy, is going to experience the fruits of Maine upside his head.

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  1. Island Surveyor

    I think you just made a threat against a state official, the one whose salary was $3 per day. But you can re-load your weapon at Food Mart. I’ll bring you 50 lbs of Long Island culls.

    BTW Shelter Island used its Indian land rights to opt out of salt-water fishing licenses (under federal law.)

    Connecticut Law from http://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/pub/Chap263.htm

    Sec. 22a-113r. Mooring or anchorage permit. Enforcement of ordinances implementing plan. Upon adoption of the plan, no mooring or anchorage shall be placed in the harbor without a permit from the harbor master or deputy harbor master for the municipality. Any permit granted by the harbor master or deputy harbor master shall be consistent with the plan and shall expire on the thirty-first day of December next following its issuance. The harbor master or deputy harbor master shall keep a record of the location of each mooring and anchorage for which a permit has been issued, the name and address of the owner and a description of the vessel to be moored. Such information shall be made available to any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of chapter 268. The harbor master or deputy harbor master shall enforce any ordinance adopted by a municipality to implement the plan.
    (P.A. 84-247, S. 8.)

    Sec. 15-2. Compensation of harbor masters. Harbor masters shall receive a salary to be determined by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, subject to the provisions of section 4-40 and shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

    (1949 Rev., S. 3634; 1969, P.A. 760, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 122, 610.)

    History: 1969 act replaced provision granting harbor masters payment of three dollars per day plus recovered fees with general provision re salary and reimbursement for expenses; P.A. 77-614 replaced personnel policy board with commissioner of administrative services and made salaries subject to provisions of Sec. 4-40.

  2. Nick

    What’s your propellant of choice?

    I’m a AquaNet guy, myself…

  3. RivDiv

    APRIL 8, 2010
    Bet there aren’t many contractors in town ready for this one
    Reader Island Surveyor sends along this new federal regulation governing contractors:

    Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 4:12 PM CDT

    Beginning next month, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and follow specific work practices to reduce human exposures to lead. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can crate hazardous dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. All contractors must be trained and certified by April 22, 2010.

    There goes your thousand dollar bathroom re-do.

    UPDATE: Oooh, this is going to be fun. The rules, including mandatory training, apply to plumbers, electricians – anyone who works on your house, basically.

    4 CommentsFiled under UncategorizedTags: lead paint rem

    Chris,…off topic…BUT….
    I would like you to follow up on this. ….please. I have a house which is older than 1978. I hired a well known painter to strip my house last fall, but because of the weather, the project was postponed until the spring. He showed up, did some work and then wanted to walk off the project, because he had heard for the first time(?) about this ‘new’ Federal regulation. None of his crew has taken the test; he hasn’t purchased the equipment; and basically said that he would only work on projects where the house is 1978 and newer. I called a Realtor friend of mine who said she was unaware of all of this, but it would have a substantial impact on the market.
    Thoughts? HELP!!!!

  4. Anonymous

    That is the final straw! I’m sick of patching up my old place anyway.

    Starting next week I’m selling it as a teardown, getting out of this death, income and property tax hell-hole and moving to Florida.

    Buh bye!

  5. Island Surveyor

    More Harbor Law-

    Perhaps some other person has knowledge of a Greenwich Harbor Management Plan or Commission under Chapter 444a. I do not. So it appears that the mooring registration revolt underway at the Byram Shore Boat Club may be lawful after all.

    As as for speeding on the water, the law has that covered too. $100 to Hartford, each offense. Tough to pay that on a $3/day salary.

    Sec. 15-1. Harbor masters. The Governor shall appoint a harbor master, and may appoint a deputy harbor master, for each of the harbors of New Haven, Norwich, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Stonington, New London and Branford, and may appoint a suitable number of harbor masters and deputy harbor masters in any town in this state which has navigable waters within its limits, provided the appointment of a harbor master or deputy harbor master for the harbor of any municipality which has adopted a harbor management plan, pursuant to chapter 444a, shall be made by the Governor from a list of not less than three nominees submitted by the municipality’s harbor management commission.

  6. Island Surveyor

    From SagHarboronline.com:

    Trustees from Southampton Town, East Hampton Town and Shelter Island filed a last minute request for a temporary restraining order yesterday afternoon, September 30, [2009] to prevent New York State from requiring for the first time anyone fishing in saltwater in these towns to start carrying a controversial new fishing license. The temporary order was approved by a judge late in the day, meaning the marine fishing license would not apply to these towns when it went into effect Thursday.
    The bill requiring the marine fishing license was passed in March as part of the state budget with the state predicting revenues of $3 million. At the end of June, the state assembly tried to postpone the effective date of the license from October 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010 by way of a resolution. The state senate, however, failed to support the resolution during a special session held in early September and it failed.
    Representatives from each town held a press conference on the steps of the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead yesterday afternoon. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr., State Senator Ken LaValle and County Legislator Jay Schneiderman attended the event. Southampton Town Trustee Eric Shultz cited Southampton Town’s “Dongan Patent” as part of the trustee’s argument against the license.
    The “Dongan Patents,” explained East Hampton Town Trustee Diane McNally on Friday, were created in the 17th century by King James II of England. The patents gave East Hampton and Southampton town trustees the authority to regulate and manage the common lands of their respective townships, including uses such as fishing and fowling.

  7. Island Surveyor

    Rick Kral from the Water Club has spent some time advocating for establishment of a duly constituted Harbor Commission. And from that fact one surmises we don’t have one already. And therefore, neither do we have a lawfully appointed Harbor Master. See above posts. Despite the Greenwich Time failure to recall their extensive and contradictory articles from last year on the same subject, the fact is that for seemingly decades, the normal Harbor Master duties were carried out by the head of the Marine Division.

    More Harbor Law from Chapter 444a
    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/pub/Chap444a.htm

    Sec. 22a-113k. Harbor management commissions. (a) Any municipality having within its limits navigable waters as defined in subsection (b) of section 15-3a may establish by ordinance one or more harbor management commissions or may designate any existing board, commission, council, committee or other agency as a harbor management commission. Any harbor management commission established under this section may include one member representing each of the following: The planning commission, the zoning commission, or the combined planning and zoning commission, the conservation commission, shellfish commission and flood control board. The harbor master or deputy harbor master for the municipality shall be a nonvoting ex-officio member of any harbor management commission. The ordinance shall designate the area within the territorial limits of the municipality and below the mean high water that shall be within the jurisdiction of a commission and shall set forth the number of members of a commission, their method of selection, terms of office and procedure for filling any vacancy.

    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of the general statutes or any special act, if an existing municipal waterfront authority, municipal shellfish commission or municipal port authority is designated as a harbor management commission, the municipality may by ordinance increase the membership of such authority, commission or agency and may include one member representing each of the following: The planning commission, the zoning commission, or the combined planning and zoning commission, the conservation commission, shellfish commission and flood control board.

    (c) Any two or more municipalities whose common boundaries lie within navigable waters as defined in subsection (b) of section 15-3a may by concurrent ordinances of their legislative bodies establish one or more harbor management commissions. Each such commission shall consist of an equal number of members from each municipality constituted pursuant to subsection (a). Any municipality that is a member of a commission may, by vote of its legislative body, elect to withdraw from a commission.

  8. polly pavel

    So, we spent the last week looking at houses in the $1.5 to 2.0 range, and every single one of them (except the house on Lockwood with the illegal basement) have gone to contract in the past 2 days. One went to contract after languishing on the market for over a year.

    Still say the market is dead CF?