May 2019

MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS

Printable pdf 2 May 2019 Minutes Of Meeting

MINUTES – Thursday, 2 May 2019, at 7.00 pm, Maldon Little Ship Club

MINUTES OF MEETING – 2 May 2019
PRESENT
:
Jim Dines (Chairman)
I Hiner (Vice Chairman)
M Gibson (Treasurer)
N Cardy
G Courtney
N Harrisson
J Howorth
D Patient
A Wiseman

77        APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from John Dines, A Fluker, D Leggett.

78        DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTEREST
There were none, other than those declared during the meeting.

79        MINUTES – MEETING 14 MARCH 2019
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 14 March 2019 were formally received.  It was AGREED that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 14 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

80        MATTERS ARISING
Minute 76 Item b – D Patient was actioning the location of the MHIC 150th Anniversary plaque at the Moot Hall.

81        CLERK’S REPORT
Item 1 Trinity House Inspection
Trinity House would be carrying out an aids to navigation inspection on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.
Item 2 Harbour Dues
All Harbour Dues had been paid.  SB Kitty had now paid the full amount owing.
Item 3 Port Marine Safety Code
The External Review was due in May and the River Bailiff had agreed to assist with this.
Item 4 Joint River Safety Meeting
Notes from the Joint River Safety Meeting, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 had been circulated and put on the web site.
Item 5 Web Site Update
The web site update would be delayed until The Clerk had mastered the new WordPress interface.

82        TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer reported the balance on the account was £17,182.74.
The Annual Accounts had been sent to the Examiner.  There were no outstanding Invoices.  There was general discussion of the Accounts and items of expenditure.

83        TO CONSIDER THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF NANCY HARRISSON WHOSE PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT ENDS ON 16 JUNE 2019
On being duly proposed and seconded, it was AGREED that Nancy Harrisson be re-appointed as a Commissioner.

84        TO CONSIDER THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF JAMES DINES WHOSE PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT ENDS ON 16 JUNE 2019
On being duly proposed and seconded, it was AGREED that James Dines be re-appointed as a Commissioner.

85        BUOY REPORT
All buoys were checked on Thursday, 2 May 2019 by I Hiner from the workboat.
S Harbour Limit, No 9, No 11, and No 13 were found to be clean.  P Harbour Limit cleaned.
No 10 cleaned and antifouling strip will need replacing.  No 12 cleaned and slight failing of numbers.  No 14 found to be very dirty with bird fouling, cleaned, antifouling failing, requires exchange.  No 15 cleaned.  No 16 cleaned.  No 17 cleaned and slight blistering of numbers.  No 19 cleaned.
Work to be Undertaken – No 10 new bird strip, No 12 new number, No 14 exchange and overhaul, No 19 sinker upside down, P Harbour Limit new centre armature.

86        DREDGING
a)  MMO – There had been no further feedback from the MMO.
b)  Siltation Steering Group Meeting, 23 April 2019 – There had been comments at the Steering Group of the limited water flow down to the Harbour.
N Cardy cannot start dredging until October.  Seven loads have been done this year.  Further to discussion at the Steering Group, D Patient commented regarding Northey Island as a possible source of mud.  There had been consideration regarding the risk and impact of the loss of Northey Island to the Harbour, local clubs and businesses.
The general history and background to siltation and erosion was discussed.
Jim Dines raised the issue of the MMO rulings and exemptions on dredging and dumping.  Further clarification was needed regarding volumes, terms and conditions.

87        DISCHARGE INTO THE HARBOUR
There was no further news.

88        DATE FOR NEXT MDC LIAISON MEETING
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 was proposed.  The Clerk would liaise with MDC.  (Post meeting note: 9 July 2019 was not suitable; Tuesday, 2 July 2019 was agreed with MDC for the Liaison meeting.)

89        HARBOUR DUES, FUTURE CHARGES
There was discussion of the possible future costs of maintaining aids to navigation and of the value of the work undertaken voluntarily by the Commissioners.  The Account balance of approximately £17,000 was considered in the light of possible need for subcontracting some of the work.  A maximum balance of £25,000 had been agreed previously, and N Harrisson stated that funds could grow gradually.
The Harbour’s manpower and expertise needs were discussed, including potential Harbour Master.  It was suggested that a list could be compiled of situations that could occur that would require this level of professional decision-making.
It was AGREED that the Harbour Dues remain unchanged this year and that they would be reconsidered next season.

90        WEB CAMS
Jim Dines would progress fitting the web cams at Maldon Little Ship Club.

91        URGENT ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Item a)            There had been no further reports of light pollution.
Item b)            I Hiner informed the meeting that changes to parking on The Quay were at discussion stage.
Item c)            I Hiner reported that there were two yachts on the marsh, between No 11 and No 13, a white one and a green one.  MDC would be removing the Jaguar 24 yacht.
Item d)            N Cardy reported that a boat had run aground and that the person in charge of it had been aggressive and had accused him of letting it go.
The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.55 pm. 

NOTE:  The next meeting (Ordinary and Annual) is scheduled for THURSDAY, 27 JUNE 2019, 7.00 pm.