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June 18, 2013

Harbor Advisory Committee set for reorgization

ROCKPORT — The town’s Harbor Advisory Committee will be revitalized and reorganized when members meet tomorrow night.

In the past, the committee consisted of nine members, but they are now meeting with the five that remain.

“We’re trying to work with the members we have,” former committee chairman and current member Charles Nichols said.

The committee member will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Fire House. They will discuss the future of the committee and its objectives.

Nichols said he has held a position on the committee for 16 years, but indicated Monday he was not looking to serve another year as chairman.

One committee member recognized the difficulties of having volunteers as town officials.

“There hasn’t been a lot of interest,” committee member Fred Hillier said.

Previously, there were two people representing each harbor or wharf throughout town.

Although it was not on the meeting’s agenda, Hillier said the plans for the former Cape Ann Tool Company site are sure to come up, as the project is set to displace a number of moorings, although mooring holders would be granted access through boat slips.

“It’ll be interesting to see what he (the developer) can and cannot do,” Hillier said.

“We’ve just decided to do with what we have, rather than let it go down the drain,” Nichols said.

The state’s open meeting law states there must be a majority of the members present to constitute a meeting, meaning the committee will only need to have three members present instead of five.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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