The Harbor Committee shall assist in planning, development, and establishment of policy for the harbor areas.
The Harbor Committee will:
Prepare a plan for the waterfront at 121 Eden Street that may include an international ferry terminal, recreational marina, tendering facility, commercial dock, all-tide launching ramp, transportation hub, information and education center, parking facility, and recreation area.
Assist the Harbor Master in the resolution of conflicts which may arise as a result from harbor rules and regulations regarding the use of the harbor and its facilities and establish an appeals process for this purpose.
Recommend rules and regulations, including all non-cruise-ship fees, for the use of the harbor.
Review the activities of the Harbor Master.
Review the Harbor Master's assignments of mooring locations.
Provide an annual report and other reports, as requested, to the Town Council and Town Manager.
Members shall be familiar with the harbor and its activities.
A general boards and committees application is available from the Town Clerk or at barharbormaine.gov. Applications should be returned to the Town Clerk for consideration by the Town Council Appointments Committee. The Appointments Committee will contact candidates with interview times and make their recommendation to the Town Council at the next Town Council meeting. The Town Council will vote on the nominations. It is best to attend the nominating meeting, in case Councilors have questions. Approved members will need to be sworn in by the Town Clerk and take an ethics training exam. Members cannot vote in their committee until these steps have been completed.
This Committee has 11 members. All members must be Bar Harbor residents.
The term of each member shall be three years. There are no limits to the number of terms served. All appointments run from August 1 to July 31.
Vacancies occurring during the middle of a term served shall be filled by the Town Council from recommendations from the Appointments Committee. The candidate will serve out the remainder of the vacated term. Committee openings shall be filled by vote of the Town Council from recommendations from the Appointments Committee.
All absences must be excused prior to the start of the meeting, and all attendance shall be recorded in meeting minutes. If a member missed more than 75% of the regular meetings within a twelve-month period, regardless of being excused, the member forfeits their membership on the Committee.
All meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public, and notice thereof shall be given that all members shall have reasonable opportunity to make plans to attend. Notices shall be posted on the bulletin board in the Town Hall, on the Town calendar, and on social media at least three days prior to the meeting.
The Chair shall call a meeting at least once a month unless there are no agenda items; however, the Committee must meet a minimum of four times a year, including an organizational meeting. Meeting agendas shall maintain the following order:
A simple majority of appointed members is necessary to call a meeting to order as well as take a vote.
A Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary should be elected at the first meeting of the Committee after August 1. The Chair is responsible for calling meetings, the meeting agenda, and leading meetings. The Vice Chair will take over the responsibilities for the Chair if the Chair is unable to preside over a meeting. The Secretary shall take minutes at each meeting and send approved minutes to the Town Clerk. No elected official can act as an officer of this Committee.
Bylaws may be adopted and amended only by the Town Council. The Committee may suggest bylaws to the Town Council for its consideration.
The Committee shall follow Robert's Rules of Order for all other procedures.
All Committee members, voting and nonvoting, are subject to the Town-Council-approved social media policy found at barharbormaine.gov and in the Committee Handbook.