[Adopted 2-6-1984; amended 11-18-1987; 12-4-1989; 11-4-1991; 1-6-1992; 1-3-1994; 9-8-1998]
There is hereby established an Agency to be known as the "Harbor Improvement Agency." The Agency shall consist of nine members, not more than five of whom shall be registered members of the same political party, to be appointed and to serve as follows: seven shall serve for three-year term and two shall be members of the Common Council of the City to serve during their terms on the Council and shall not be registered members of the same political party. All members of the Agency, except for the members from the Common Council, shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Common Council. The Agency shall elect its own Chairman, Secretary and subcommittees.
The Harbor Improvement Agency is hereby designated, in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-113k, to function as the City of Middletown's Harbor Management Commission. The area of City jurisdiction for harbor management purposes in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-113k shall be the tidally influenced waters of the Connecticut, Mattabasset, and Coginchaug Rivers waterward of the mean high water mark and within the corporate limits of the City. This area of jurisdiction shall be known as the "City of Middletown harbor management area."
It shall be the duty of said Agency to initiate and implement, in cooperation with appropriate City agencies, plans, specifications and estimates for the full development and beautification of the waterfront area which lies along the banks of the Connecticut River within the corporate limits of the City of Middletown. Such plans, specifications and estimates shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, a marina, crew club, docking facilities for visiting boats and the establishment of new park and recreation areas along the riverfront.
Said Agency shall have all of the powers and duties granted to municipal harbor management commissions by C.G.S. §§ 22a-113k through 22a-113s, as amended, excepting those powers and duties expressly conferred upon or reserved for the Common Council by the Charter of the City of Middletown, Middletown Code of Ordinances or state statute.
Among the powers and duties of said agency shall be the power and duty to prepare a City Harbor Management Plan for the most beneficial use of the harbor management area for recreational, commercial, industrial and other purposes. The Harbor Management Plan shall be prepared for adoption by the Common Council, review by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and approval by the Connecticut Commissioners of Environmental Protection and Transportation in accordance with C.G.S. §§ 22a-113m through 22a-113o.
It shall be the duty of said Agency to advise and assist in the coordination of all public and private agencies, departments, commissions and other organizations that provide a service or function affecting the harbor management area and adjoining waterfront.