2016-04-01 / Front Page

Cape will share harbormaster with town of Scarborough

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

CAPE ELIZABETH — The Scarborough harbormaster has a new port of call.

On Tuesday, March 29, Ian Anderson was sworn in as harbormaster for Cape Elizabeth. On March 14, the Cape Elizabeth Town Council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Scarborough to share Anderson’s services.

Under the agreement, Cape Elizabeth will pay $5,500 per year for 155 hours of service from Anderson. Among his other duties, Anderson will spend 28 weeks per year performing weekly checks on the town’s 100 or so moorings. The town previously paid a $4,000 stipend to its part-time harbormaster.

Cape’s Town Manager, Michael McGovern, said the change brings the town into the 21st century, updating what he said had been a 1950s approach to policing the harbor.

"We'll now have a harbormaster that is a sworn police officer and has been also a marine patrol officer for the state of Maine,” McGovern said. “He'll have not only one boat available to him but two boats. I think it’s a real opportunity to improve the level of service that we're providing to both the commercial interests as well as to recreational interests.”

In making the change, which formalizes an appointment of Anderson by Cape Elizabeth Police Chief Neil Williams, Cape has dismissed its previous harbormaster, Dave Gibson, who worked in what McGovern called “a very part-time capacity.” Gibson held the post of harbormaster in Cape for about five years.

“For some time we don’t really feel as though we’ve been providing a level of service that we would like to,” McGovern said at a Feb. 8 town council meeting, at which the topic of a change in harbormaster was first broached.

McGovern noted that while the harbormaster falls under the Williams’ chain of command, Gibson was not qualified or authorized with an actual law enforcement powers. That changes with Anderson’s tenure.

Anderson is new to Scarborough as well. He joined the Scarborough Police Department Jan. 4 as marine resources officer and harbormaster in January, replacing David Corbeau, who retired after 37 years with the town.

Prior to joining the Scarborough Police Department, Anderson worked as a marine patrol officer with the Maine Department of Marine Resources. During his time there, his patrol area included the entire coastline from Cape Elizabeth to the Saco River, so he’s familiar with the waterfront needs of both towns he now serves. Prior to his police work, and study at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Anderson was a dock supervisor in his hometown of Port Clyde, so he’s familiar with the needs and mindset of fishermen as well as law enforcement.

“Given his life, training, and employment experiences, I think that Ian will have a very positive impact on those people who live, work, and recreate on our waterways,” said Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton.

McGovern said the new arrangement fills a town council goal to broaden the scope of its shared services with its neighbors. The town currently shares property assessing and school food services with Scarborough, as well as animal control with South Portland and emergency dispatching with Portland and South Portland.

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