Harbors Committee awaits update on Harbor Management Plan

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 5:30pm

For the Harbors Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, the committee had slated on its agenda to receive an update on the Harbor Management Plan from Kevin Cute of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. Cute did not attend the January meeting, as announced by Harbormaster Kate McConville, who has been reviewing the plan and cross referencing the plan to a checklist from CRMC.

“As far as I know, he was still going through his checklist and did not see anything that will hold it out. I’m confident it will go through - it is a working document. The [Town] council already voted and it has to go back to the CRMC,” said McConville.

Member Carl Kaufmann asked McConville if the Harbor Management Plan would be affected “by a change in the Champlin’s situation.”

“I can reach out to Kevin and see if that is an issue, but I don’t think it was,” said McConville.

Report from Harbormaster

McConville reminded the committee during her Harbormaster report that the dredging project in Old Harbor was fully complete. The dredging project was announced as being almost finished at the Dec. 10 meeting. 

“The dredging is complete. We have at least 17 feet down by the bait dock, and going along the [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] dock along Ballard’s. That will really help us,” said McConville.

“That’s at low tide?” asked member Gary Pollard.

“Yes, 17 feet at low tide,” said McConville.

New board member

The committee also welcomed a new member to the meeting, Bill Koch, who jumped right into discussions with the committee at his first meeting.