Report of the
Harbormaster Department 1988
A smooth transition under the new
Harwich Charter for this department did not seem possible and remains
incomplete. Under the re-organization plan, maintenance, parking lot and
grounds & building are to be done by the
Harbor planning remains a top issue with this depart Unprecedented growth of the Town in the Waterfront area is resulting in conflicts in the "water sheet" usage. Voters recognizi ensuing problems supported a Waterways Commissions article waterfront planning in hand. Meetings of the Selectmen early in th resulted in the redefining of Town policy relative to boat yard moorings. The Town will continue to issue moorings to both indiu and those customers of boat yards; however, all moorings must n issued via waiting lists of either Town or boatyards on a first con serve basis. We are far from a smooth and well organized system- allocation of moorings where owners go out and buy larger somehow expecting the Town to continue to make space, conflicts are obvious. The over issuance of moorings becomes another clear problem. Round Cove as an example was issued 100 mooring permits yet only about 60 moorings were placed in the Cove this year. The other 40 issued boaters never made it to the water. As a result, this cove was under-utilized in 1988.
Due to the temporary lack of a Town engineer, Down Cape Engineering was commissioned to survey the Round Cove channel for the maintenance dredging plan. A beach nourishment/disposal plan was later drawn by our new Town engineer Jane Estey and the application package was submitted at the end of the year. Full licensing of this project will be time consuming to say the least as dredging projects can mean up to as many as ten agency approvals may have to be sought. The Round Cove permitting problem is one which plagues nearly every project the Harbormaster gets involved in as all of our maintenance is within the areas covered by the Wetlands Protection Act. No other Department must jump the hurdles with which we are often faced dealing with permitting agencies on every water-project, bulkhead or piling installation.
Permits are in the works for
Saquatucket Harbor Renovation was put back on schedule as a settlement over the decking dispute of the West dock resulted in replacing all of the decking with premium 5/4 CCA treated pine boards. A contract to replace all the east dock floats and utilities was awarded to east Coast Marine for $248,392. East Coast was also low bidder for replacing the floating docks at the Allen harbor bulkhead for $21,380.
A Saquatucket Task force
consisting of Wayne Melville, Mike Pessolano, Jane Estey and Torn Leach has
been formed to continue moving the work along. Plans for a new pile de-icing
system have been submitted by Childs Engineering and remains to be bid. The
Town Engineer is drawing the proposed bathroom-space addition in house and she
has also worked with Richard
The Board of Health gave approval
for a model microwave waste treatment system to be installed by a
More shellfish beds were closed
this year as Division of Marine Fisheries has taken over area water testing
from DEQE. The results are - not good as
180 bushels of mixed quahogs were
transplanted in our shellfish relay program to open areas in Wychmere and
A By-Law prohibiting the use of
jet-skis and "wetbikes" on
Harbor revenues this season were
at an all time high. In considering current and upcoming expenses of
Visitors, $70,020; Wychmere, $8,302; Allen, $6,705; Moorings, $7,815; Waiting Lists, $5,720; Ice/Commissions, $2,992; Offload Permits, $3,600; Ramp Fees, $3,837. Total Gross income: $303,907. Total Waterways & Natural Budget Expense: $121,835. Waterways Articles in 1988: $36,188 plus $100,000 added to Dredging Reserve.
This was the Fall for Tuna as Harwichport was visited by more than twenty sportfishman giving chase to the elusive sportfish. Hundreds of Tuna were landed over the bulkhead at Saquatucket. The fleet also boosted fuel sales keeping business in the black for our fuel vendor. These boats have been good customers for Harwich and spend a lot of money in Town for food, supplies and lodging. If the future of Tuna fishing from Harwichport increases we will be recommending Sportflshing Offloading Regulations and Permits to better manage this group.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the other departments and Harwich residents for their help and support of the harbors in 1988.1 particularly wish to thank Ronald Kendall who on more than one occasion spent time, effort and machinery to help repair parking area and roadway surfaces at the harbors at no cost to the Town.
Thomas E. Leach