Town of Standish, ME
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Standish 2-14-1989 by Order No. 134-88; amended in its entirety 10-13-2009 by Order No. 52-09. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Harbormaster Division of Law Enforcement Department — See Ch. 3, § 3-36C.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 202.
The name of this chapter shall be the "Sebago Lake Station Landing Regulation Ordinance" (hereinafter "chapter").
The purpose of this chapter is to establish rules and regulations for the launching of boats and parking of vehicles at the Sebago Lake Station Landing area and to establish fees in order to pay for the enforcement of those regulations.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to home rule powers as provided for in Article VIII, Part 2, of the Maine Constitution, the state law which establishes Harbormasters, 38 M.R.S.A. §§ 1 and 7 (currently under review), and Secs. 102 and 302A of the Standish Town Charter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A person hired by the Town Manager to collect fees for launching boats at the Sebago Lake Station Landing and to ensure that the facility is utilized in an orderly, safe and expeditious manner. The "Harbormaster" shall be under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Safety and shall act to see that the laws of the Town and the State of Maine are complied with as they relate to boat launching and the proper use of the Sebago Lake Station Landing.
Putting a boat into Sebago Lake at the Sebago Lake Station Landing and returning to the landing the same day. A subsequent launch the same day will be considered a new launch. Returning to the ramp is considered part of the original launch; however, landing at the ramp without originally launching from that point is considered a launch.
Using the watercraft motor to assist in the loading of the watercraft into a trailer.
[Amended 5-10-2016 by Order No. 21-16]
A fee shall be charged any person(s) launching a boat from the Sebago Lake Station Landing and for the parking of vehicles, except for those parking slots specifically designated for one-hour viewing, and for the parking of vehicles with trailers from the dates of May 1 to September 15. Fee amounts shall be as established by Council Order. These fees will be deposited into the Town's General Fund. Fees shall be imposed only on days municipal attendants are on duty.
A Harbormaster shall be appointed by the Director of Public Safety. The Harbormaster shall have all the powers and all the duties of Harbormaster under state statutes. The Harbormaster shall ensure that all boats are launched in an expeditious fashion, that cars, trucks, vans, trailers and other vehicles are parked in a manner to maximize convenience of the ramp and that persons utilizing the public launching area conduct themselves in a safe and courteous manner.
The Harbormaster shall be under the supervision of the Director of Public Safety and shall be provided with an appropriate uniform and portable radio. The Harbormaster shall immediately report any violation or suspected violation of local, state or federal law or any situation the Harbormaster is unable to correct which interferes with the safe and orderly use of the launching area to a law enforcement agency.
The Harbormaster shall collect all fees imposed by this chapter and shall keep an accurate record of the same. The Harbormaster shall turn all monies collected and the accounting thereof over to the Finance Director at least weekly, where a receipt will be logged.
No person shall launch at the Town's boat ramp on Sebago Lake a personal watercraft as defined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, sunfish, sailfish, sailboard, kayak, wet-sailor-type boat, certain non-Coast-Guard-approved inflatable crafts or boats with a freeboard of less than seven inches, unmanned.
Loading of watercraft onto a trailer may be accomplished by floating the watercraft onto the trailer or by winching the watercraft onto the trailer. However, power loading of a watercraft at the Sebago Lake Station Landing, as defined above, is prohibited and subject to the penalties listed in § 106-9, below.
A violation of this chapter shall be a civil infraction with a penalty of not less than $50 per violation, which penalty shall inure to the benefit of the Town of Standish. Power loading or failure to pay fees within two weeks will result in loss of privileges. Flagrant violation of the rules or repeat offenses may result in vehicles removed at the owner’s expense.