AP NEWS

Greenwich OKs budget for harbor commission, sets office hours

March 1, 2019

GREENWICH — Residents with questions about boat moorings and the town’s harbor management policies can get routinely answers at Greenwich Town Hall now that official business hours have been put in place.

The harbor management office — located inside the first selectman’s office on the first floor — will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“People can come in and renew their mooring or apply for one,” said former Selectwoman Penny Monahan, who will work in the office. “We can go over everything with them and make sure they have all the information and can show proof of insurance and proof of the mooring location being inspected.”

Frank Mazza, a former selectman and a member of the town’s Harbor Management Commission, said there has not been a huge demand for the service, but there has been occasional need for in-person assistance. Walks-in are welcome; the office will not make appointments. The office has been open for some time, but the business hours have only recently been formalized.

“Most of our applications are processed by mail,” said Monahan, who has worked for years on mooring applications. “We get some online, but most are by mail.”

Information about the mooring applications is online at www.greenwichct.gov, including renewal and new applicant forms and a frequently asked questions section.

The announcement of the office hours came as the Board of Selectmen gave its unanimous approval Thursday to the Harbor Management Commission’s budget for 2019-20. By law, the commission’s budget is handled differently than other town departments, which are part of the overall $442.3 million 2019-20 municipal budget that is up for a vote Friday by the Board of Estimate and Taxation’s Budget Committee.

During the budget discussion, Selectman John Toner brought up the office hours to determine how the commission was using its budget for temporary salaries. Toner wondered whether “all the hours that were being put in there were being put in there productively.” Mazza said he would take the issue to the commission to “see if we can do it more efficiently.”

The commission’s budget, which was approved quickly and without debate, remains at $59,250, the same amount allocated for this fiscal year.

The budget includes an increase for temporary salaries from $10,000 to $15,000 because the commission has “become more aggressive” in determining that all applications are in order and that the town moorings are used properly, Mazza said. The increase for salaries covers both office work and moorings work, he said.

To make up for that increase, Mazza said offsets were made in other areas.

“Our budget is pretty simple,” he said. “There’s not much to it, but we are required by law to have it approved by the Board of Selectmen.”

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com