Port Commission Meeting Reports

Concerning these Port of Bellingham (PoB) Commission Meeting Reports:    

  • Non-public Commission Meetings dedicated to personnel and legal issues precede meetings reported on here. 

  • Commission Public Meetings are held, with exceptions, at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 

  • Agendas are available at  https://www.portofbellingham.com/agendacenter

  • Report entries below are focused on parts of the meetings that are of particular to the WWCoalition. 

Starting with the Nov. 6, 2018 report, entries will be listed under these headings:

Public Testimony 
Members of the public are invited to give testimony of up to three minutes, on any topic, at both 4:30 and a later time, loosely scheduled for 5:30.

Public Hearings  
Occasionally, part of the meeting is dedicated to public testimony on a certain topic, e.g. the 2019 draft Strategic Budget during the 11/6/18 meeting.

Reports 
These are made to the Commission, usually by Port staffers, about particular topics.

Action Items 
Motions that will be voted up or down at this meeting.

Other Business
Commissioners can raise any non-agenda topic for discussion.

 

Nov. 20, 2018 

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqcWzpj_mw

Reports
Web-locker Update, Alan Birdsall, Director of Marinas
17:30 - 29:00
Concerning current efforts to free up lockers occupied by users non-compliant with
regulations to accommodate active commercial fishers on waiting list.

Special Public Hearing on 2019 Strategic Budget 29:00 - 35:00
WWC V. P. Jim Kyle testifies on changing Port priorities, and in support of Strategic
Budget draft and the need for adequate funding of SeaFeast.

Other Business 144:00 - end
Informal discussion about Phase 2, Whatcom Waterway clean-up continues, including:
ASB lagoon planning, barge terminal possibilities, formation of a non-profit in support of
downtown Bellingham hatchery proposal, and web-lockers.

           

 November 6, 2018

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VT092_Oea0

Public Testimony
Subject: Web-lockers (YouTube 00:00 - 5:00)
A commercial fisher and moorage customer inquires about his place on the sign-up list and
asks why non-conforming uses are permitted to continue.

Commissioners agree there is a problem and to take up the subject under other business.

Special Public Hearing, on draft 2019 Strategic Budget
Subject: Bellingham SeaFeast Funding, Matt Hardin
(YouTube 14:00 - 17:00)
Matt requests strong financial support for the festival going forward.

Other Business
Subject: Web-lockers, Director of Marinas, Alan Birdsall
(YouTube 1:00:50 - 1:09:30)
There is a policy in place that gives commercial fishing priority and divides all tenants into
user groups that must meet certain use standards.

There are non-conforming users in the various groups.

An additional problem is that some tenants have refused to sign new moorage agreements
that include this policy.

Commissioners give strong support to staff to enforce current policy in order to increase
locker availability for commercial fishers and by so doing, will attract more commercial fishing
businesses to PoB harbors.

 

October 16, 2018

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB1e2UKwom8

Public Testimony: (YouTube 1:00 - 5:40)

Darren Williams, Longshoremen representative, discusses background of contract up for approval and encourages yes votes from Commissioners.

Report: (YouTube 7:00 - 35:00)

Quarterly financial report and update on the 2019 Strategic Budget process by Finance Director Tamara Sobjack. Important dates in budget process: Draft posted online Oct. 22, public hearings
at the Nov. 6 & Nov. 20 Commission meetings, Adoption Nov. 20.

Issue 1: Approval of a contract between PoB and West Coast Terminal and Stevedore, Inc.,
for specific stevedore services at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal.
(YouTube: 1:46 - 1:55)

Background: Plans to activate the Shipping Terminal are coming to fruition, and this contract would formalize a relationship with longshore workers for certain cargoes.

Discussion: All comments positive; all agree that this contract represents a milestone in
the re-activation of the Shipping Terminal.

Action Taken: Passed 3-0

Issue 2: Authorization of a study by Heartland LLC to analyze the Whatcom International Business Park at Cherry Point feasibility study.
Presentation by Don Goldberg, Director of Economic Development.
(YouTube 1:58 - 2:12)

Background: The Port is the lead Whatcom Co. economic development agency. If it proceeds this study would likely be financially supported by the County and the City. This authorization would commit $75,000 of Port Funds.

Discussion: All parties including major Cherry Point property owners agree it is time to take a new, comprehensive, and coordinated look and the future development possibilities. The sole source nature of the contract was questioned, but staff explained that since Heartland did the original study money would be saved by using the same consultant again.

Action Taken: Passed 3-0

Issue 3: Approval of a Harbor Land Lease between PoB and Drayton Harbor Oyster Co. (YouTube 2:11:50 - 2:23:00)

Background: Drayton Harbor Oyster Co. raises oysters in Drayton Harbor on land leased from Dept. of Natural Resources, and wishes to lease part of the end pier extension for equipment moorage.

Discussion: All positive comments.

Action Taken: Passed 3-0

Reported by Jim Kyle

 

October 2, 2018

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQbPMq67qAg

This Commission meeting was quite short and devoted mostly to airport issues.

One exception: Enthusiastic comments from Commissioners and Executive Director Fix regarding the 2018 Bellingham SeaFeast festival, it's changing leadership, and a challenge to make it the
#1 rated festival in the area in 2019.

(YouTube: 16:20 - 19:00)

Reported by Jim Kyle

 

Sept. 18, 2018

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jarcSPYwreI

Public Comments: (YouTube 1:00 - 10:00)

1. Jim Kyle (WWC) thanks the Commission and staff for their partnership on Squalicum interpretive signage and the cooperative effort to hold numerous stakeholder-staff meetings on Blaine harbor re-development.

2. Roger VanDyken, retiring from San Juan Sailing charter co. ownership, reviews his lengthy, sometimes bumpy history as a Port tenant, and ends by thanking Commissioners and Staff for their current strong support of our working waterfronts.


Issue 1: Bellingham waterfront hatchery proposal. (YouTube 27:00 - 58:20)

Background: A group of hatchery proponents including Port officials traveled to Juneau to learn about McCauley Hatchery, a producer of large numbers of salmon and a tourist destination on that waterfront.

Discussion: Mike Hogan reported on the trip and the non-profit model hatchery ownership. There is much interest in this concept on the part of Bellingham waterfront community leadership, Port Commissioners, and Staff, as it may apply to re-configuration of the ASB lagoon area.

Action Taken: None, except for enthusiastic support for the possibility going forward.

Issue 2: Blaine Marine Industrial Area Update (YouTube 1:07:30 - 1:22:30)

Background: The Blaine Marine Industrial Area is undergoing extensive cleanup and
re-development with many moving parts. The WWCoalition helped organize ongoing meetings between stakeholders and port staff for discussions about needed changes, including construction of a new building for Walsh Marine boatyard, demolition of web-locker bldg. #1,
and construction of a replacement.

Discussion: Brady Scott presentation on progress to date and future expectations.

Action Taken: Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve related Memorandums of Understanding between Port tenants and the PoB.

Report by Jim Kyle

 

September 4, 2018

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld8jzTNx0Us&t=12s

Issue 1: Dry Stack Storage (Time on YouTube: 1:59:00 - 2:07:40)

Background: In 2001 the Port sponsored a study on this issue, Commissioner Shepard commented that there is much interest in this type of boat storage and asked about the possibility of an update.

Discussion: Ex. Dir. Fix explained that Port holdings on the Bellingham waterfront are limited, but that staff will consider dry stack possibilities in conjunction with upcoming planning for the ASB lagoon area in the Marine Trades area. Sundance Yachts is planning a facility in Blaine, where space is available.

Action Taken: Commissioners expressed some doubts about the Port advancing this concept in Bellingham and agreed to wait to see about dry stack possibilities that may materialize during ASB/Marine Trades area discussions.

Report by Jim Kyle

 

August 14, 2018       

YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l

 Issue 1:  Waterfront District Update 

(Time on YouTube:  7:08)

            Background:  The City has received from the Port a proposed Sub-Area Plan Amendment, with the primary purpose of adjusting the alignment of streets and view corridors in the redevelopment area near the Granary building east of Whatcom Waterway.  This proposal is a lengthy document that focuses on layout and does not propose usage changes.  It will be subject
to public input and then action by the City in early 2019. 

            Discussion:  No action taken, presentation only by Brian Gouran, Director of Environmental Services.  This presentation is a comprehensive summary of the status of the project and explains progress towards three more proposed construction projects: the Granary Annex, the Gateway Office Building, and the 1.7 acre residential units. 

The Sub-Area Plan also addresses some relatively minor infrastructure plans in other parts of the Waterfront District, including the C. St. Marine Trades Area.

 Issue 2:  Harbor (Log Pond) Land Lease with TYR Port Logistics  (Time on YouTube:  1:17:30)

            Background:  Tyr Port Logistics Co. requested a land lease in order to pursue the restoration of the rail link between the Burlington Northern mainline and the log pond and shipping terminal areas    If successful, Tyr would build the link and establish
a container shipping terminal, focused on export/import of containers to and from Asia.  The terminal would be expected to attract smaller companies that are not well-served by the larger container ports.  The rail link would be built on Tyr's dime, saving the Port millions of dollars. 

Action Taken:  Approved 3-0, with much enthusiasm

Report Submitted by Jim Kyle

 

                                                                                                                                        

July 10, 2018

Youtube Link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbnR3s59vW4     

Issue 1:   Environmental Compliance Assessment Program (ECAP) Consulting Services

         Discussion:   Authorization to hire DH Environmental, Inc. to consult on Port’s ECAP program ($44,000).  This is an elective program by the Port to monitor stormwater compliance and environmental best practices by the Port and its tenants.  It may involve periodic site visits to Port and tenant operations.  Commissioners felt that Port staff might perform these duties in-house and save funds for other uses and asked staff to consider this in the future.

         Action:   Commission voted 3-0 to authorize.

 

Issue 2:   Contract with Summit Construction for C Street Terminal Project – Phase 2

         Discussion:   Staff outlined various improvements to be accomplished west of Colony Wharf complex including water and power pedestals for vessel mooring, grading, stormwater mitigation, water and power service.  Three responsive bids ranged from approx. $500,000 to $750,000, which was an abnormal spread. Commission discussed possibility of delaying this bid acceptance or terminating it while staff explored bid $ differences with each bidder. 

         Action:   Commission voted 3-0 to terminate bid process and to begin again.

 

Issue 3:   Renewal and Modification of Harbor Land Lease between the Port and Walsh Marine and increase Capital Improvement Budget for new building on this site in Blaine Harbor.

         Discussion:   Various reasons for increasing building cost by $147,000 and capital improvement budget by $543,700 were discussed.

         Action:   Commission approved this Renewal and Modification 3-0.

 

Commission also passed these measures:

a.     A service contract with Port Coast Terminal and Stevedore Co for services at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal.

b.     Authorize renewal of Port’s Property and its Crime Insurance coverage through July 1, 2019. 

c.     Authorize agreement with Blues Festival event for exclusive use of Zuanich Park on Sept. 1.  Commissioner Briscoe voting No:  not agreeing with any use of the park that excludes public access.

d.    Authorize contract with IMCO to perform clean-up actions at Blaine Marina site.

Report Submitted by: Pete Granger

 

June 19, 2018

YouTube linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFHy9HWrEFg

Issue 1:   Interpretive Signage at Squalicum Harbor   (17:10 on YouTube)

Background:  Previously, the Commission had given approval to the concept of interpretive signage near Fishermen's Memorial and Gate 5 at Squalicum Harbor.  This action item proposed an Open Spaces 2018 Capital Improvement Project Budget line item for installation of seven signs. The budget addition would allow completion of this portion of the project by allocating $9,000 of Port funds to add to $11,000 from the Dave Hansen Memorial Fund, which has been collected and administered by the Working Waterfront Coalition. A Coalition Committee has been working with harbormaster, Kyle Randolph to complete the signage design. 

Discussion:  All comments favorable, with discussion about extending the signage project to Blaine Harbor in 2019.     

Action Taken:  Approved 3-0

Issue 2Modification of Grandcamp International Lease  (1:21 on YouTube)

Background:  Grandcamp has been trans-shipping logs through PoB Shipping Terminal since early this year. This lease modification would reduce the amount of leased land from eight acres to two acres. 

Discussion:  Changing conditions in the log market require adjustments to Grandcamp's business plan. Comments indicated that this has been a positive business relationship for both parties. Expectations are good for further log business for the shipping terminal.  Commissioner Briscoe expressed a concern that PoB land not become simply a log storage yard, and was assured that this is not  happening.

Action Taken:  Approved 3-0


June 5, 2018

Link to Youtube Recording of Meeting

Presentations: (no vote)

1.   Whatcom Waterway and Aeriation Stabilization Basin (ASB) Update

Staff presented an update on clean-up in the waterway and ASB and land-use options for the ASB.  Three future options exist for the ASB with a variety of possible commercial uses associated with each:

      Option 1:  Total open water ASB

      Option 2:  Partial-fill ASB with some open water

      Option 3:  Total-fill ASB

Initial thoughts from Commission favored Option 2, in concept, but much planning is needed before final decision.  Some prioritization of these options will come in the Fall.

Slides from this presentation are available on Port website>YouTube Recording of Meeting.

2.   Update on Blaine Harbor Web-locker Project

Plans going forward for construction of new web-locker buildings.  Interesting addition, which met with Commission approval, is a trail along the waterside of the project for pedestrians all the way to the boat launch area.  Stormwater swails on the backside of trail are also planned.

Issue 1:  Approval of resolution, pursuant to state law, determining the practicality of using 100% biofuels and electricity for operating Port vehicles, vessels, and equipment.

         Discussion:  Considerable savings in conventional fuel costs would be achieved.  Port cannot afford changing all equipment at once. Executive Director Fix reported that Port will make changes as equipment and vehicles are replaced, if it makes sense.

         Action:.  All three Commissioners concurred.

 

Issue 2:  Authorize Executive Director to enter into an agreement with event organizers to close  Port Parks and hold private events up to 3 times per year.

                   Discussion:  Commissioners were reluctant to pass this until the two events scheduled for this summer have occurred. Then, with an evaluation of what impacts these events had, a more long-term policy can be determined.

         Action:  All three Commissioners concurred.

                   Report Submitted by: Pete Granger


May 15, 2018

Youtube Link :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTVGowsFA9w

Issue 1:  State Audit of Port financials

Discussion: State of Washington audit team presented at this meeting outlining their operations in conducting the annual audit of the Port’s financial operations.  Cost: $39,900.

Action: The audit will be completed in May and report released in June, barring any unforeseen findings.  Will be available on State Auditor’s website.

Issue 2:  Use permit for Food Truck operations in Squalicum Harbor.

Discussion: Discussion on permits to allow mobile food trucks to operate in Squalicum Harbor area.  Commissioner Briscoe opposed as he felt current food operations there including coffee stand and restaurants should be notified first before such permits were allowed.

Action: Commissioners voted 2 in favor, 1 against to allow on a test basis for this summer.

Report by: Pete Granger


May 1, 2018

Link to Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YomoF7SHiBA 

Issue 1:  Interpretive Signage Presentation

          Discussion:  Kyle Randolph, Squalicum Harbormaster, presented mock-ups of the proposed interpretive signs to be placed along outer walk and at Gate 5 in Squalicum Harbor.  Signs include illustrations and photos of representative fishing boats and gear, maps of areas in Salish Sea and outer coast and Alaska where Whatcom county fleet fishes.  Pete Granger, WWC President, briefly summarized the impetus for starting this project.  Jim Kyle, WWC Board member, has been an inspiration for this project and worked hard to make it a reality along with WWC members, Cole Hansen and Walt Ingram.  Funding for this project comes from Port budget and Dave Hansen Memorial Fund, which WWC oversees. 

          Action:  Kyle’s presentation was very well received.  Commissioners felt that interpretive signs of the fishing industry were long overdue.  Commissioner Briscoe related seeing these types of signs in other ports along the West Coast and in Alaska.  Commissioner Shepard asked if signs could be mounted in Blaine harbor as well - duplicates of Bellingham so costs would be minimal.  All three nodded in favor of going ahead with the project.  Planned completion date:  early Sept. just before Bellingham SeaFeast. 

Issue 2:  Security Services for Port facilities

Discussion: Staff presented budget and bids for security services for next two years.                  Pacific Security was chosen for contract for approx. $440,000 per year. 

Action: Commission approved unanimously. 

Issue 3:  Leases for Building 7 at Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park

Discussion: Proposed to terminate LFS Inc. lease of building 7 and approve lease of same building by Bellingham Glove Co.  LFS has moved operations to F St. Warehouse. 

Action: Approved unanimously by Cmsn. 

Other:  Commissioner Briscoe, in general discussion at end of meeting, brought up idea of installing additional dolphins in Whatcom Waterway on Colony Wharf side beyond existing barge tie-ups.  This would add additional tie-up space for anticipated increase in barge traffic in that area.  He said that no one had approached him on this yet, but he would like to get “ahead of the curve” by having staff at least work up an estimate of cost of driving additional piling in that area.  Staff agreed to do that. 

Time on YouTube video: 1 hour 48 minutes

Reported by: Pete Granger


April 17, 2018

YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqVROJJEttU

Issue 1:  Presentation by Brady Scott, Real Estate Div., updating Blaine Marine Industrial Area redevelopment progress.

Background: Redevelopment including infrastructure replacement is accelerating this year, with careful planning required to coordinate work on various projects.

Discussion: Demolition of Webhouse 1 and cleanup of the ex-Blaine Marina fuel station are expected to begin late summer.

Action Taken: None, presentation only.

Time on YouTube:  41:30

Issue 2:  Authorization of execution of a $50,000 contract with BergerABAM Inc. for engineering consulting services for the Blaine Harbor Marine Industrial Peninsula Bulkhead Replacement project.  

Background: Bulkheads are in various degrees of failure and will be repaired or replaced with timing dependent on condition and coordination with other redevelopment projects.

Action Taken:  Contract approved 3-0.

Time on YouTube:  1:23:50

Issue 3:  Request for approval from Department of Ecology for cleanup actions at the Blaine Marina Inc. now closed fueling site.

Background: The project will include removal of the large building, removal of contaminated soil, and backfilling to original grade.

Discussion: Work is slated to begin in July. One small building that does not hinder the project will remain standing for now to accommodate the current tenant.

Action Taken: Passed 3-0.

Note: Blaine Marina Inc. was the owner of the now-closed fueling station that is the subject of the cleanup project.  "Blaine Marine Industrial Area" refers to the entire approximately five-acre peninsula.

Time on YouTube: 1:38:00

Reported by: Jim Kyle


April 3, 2018

YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5_TWyZhFUU

Issue 1:  C. St. Barge Terminal

Background: The Port invested considerable effort and funding over the past few years cleaning up Whatcom Waterway and rebuilding infrastructure.  There is now a flurry of barge activity there.

Discussion:  During public comment period we asked the Commissioners to check out the barging activity, at the request of Mark Lake of the Landings at Colony Wharf.

Action Taken:  Commissioners agreed to visit the terminal.

Time on YouTube:  27:00 min. 


Issue 2:  New lease for Lakeside Marine Inc. 

Background:  Staff proposes a lease with Lakeside Marine for Building 1, 801 Harris Ave., in Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, recently vacated by LFSI, which has leased space in the ex-tissue warehouse on Roeder.  Lakeside's business focuses on pier and float construction in fresh water and maintenance and storage of trailered recreational boats.

Discussion:  In response to a question, Lakeside owner said the company is open to operations involving saltwater boats and construction. 

Action Taken:  Lease approved 3-0.

Time on YouTube:  32:40 min.

Issue 3:  Purchase of truck scales.      

Background: Increased activity at the Shipping Terminal has required truck scales, which have been rented until now. 

Discussion: Expected life of the scales would be twenty years, depending on use.  Fees would be charged for each use by tenants, non-tenants, and also use unrelated to port operations.  

Action Taken:  Approved 3-0

Time on YouTube:  37:00 min. 

Reported by:  Jim Kyle


March 20, 2018

 

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4_Lr6KsN4I    

Issue 1: Modification of lease between the Port and Landings at Colony Wharf for premises at C Street adjacent to the Whatcom Waterway.

Background:  Needs to be access from Roeder for emergency vehicles within boat storage area. Small triangular parcel in mind would not affect boat storage capacity.

Discussion: General

Action Taken: Approved

Time on YouTube: 48:10

Issue 2: Professional Services Agreement with Floyd/Snyder LLC for consulting support at the Harris Avenue Shipyard MTCA clean-up site.

Background:  Ongoing environmental cleanup.

Discussion: None

Action Taken: Approved

Time on YouTube: 24:30

Issue 3: Professional Services Agreement with RMC Architects to provide design, permitting, and estimating support for three projects in Blaine.

Background:  This will continue work on three projects at Blaine Harbor:  demolition of old Webhouse 1, construction of new Webhouse 1 adjacent to two existing warehouses and upgrading curbs and sidewalks on Milholland Drive, and construction of new building for Walsh Marine.

Discussion:   Briscoe was concerned that paved sidewalks and curbs near webhouses would impede fishermen and trailers of gear moving in and out of individual lockers.

Action Taken: Approved.  Staff will take Briscoe’s comments into consideration.

Time on YouTube:  37:35

Issue 4: Sandy Ward of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism gave a short presentation summarizing the impacts of tourism on the County in 2017.  This report can be found on this webite: https://www.bellingham.org/membership/whatcom-county-travel-impacts/

Reported by: Pete Granger


March 5, 2018

YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkXZEVhbYSw

Issue 1:  Approval of Project Memorandum for Harcourt Project No. 2 - Three Waterfront Residential Buildings

Background:  Approval of this Memorandum would green-light sending the proposal to the City which will have the responsibility for design specifics.

Discussion:  Commissioner Shepard expressed concerns that the building designs so far are not iconic and adapted to the site,, and for that reason requested tabling a vote on approving this memorandum to allow further design consideration.  Commissioners Bell and Briscoe argued that the ultimate design responsibility rests with the city, that further delays should be avoided, and urged approval.

Action Taken:  Memorandum was approved 2-1.

Time on YouTube:  23:40

Issue 2:  Resolution No. 1369, authorizing purchase of equipment for the Bellingham Shipping Terminal  (BST).

Background:  Part of a continuing push to put the BST to work, this Resolution would authorize the purchase of equipment enabling break-bulk goods (non-container) movement across the dock.  

Discussion:  This proposal is driven by a specific, immediate opportunity to handle steel imports.  Marine Terminal Director Chris Clark explained terminals in Vancouver, B.C. are turning toward container shipping at the expense of break-bulk facilities, creating congestion on their docks that is frustrating Canadian steel importers.  Selection of appropriate, used, high quality equipment was aided by input and market research by Bellingham Longshore Local Chapt. 7, ILWU, continuing the tradition of close stakeholder -- Port cooperation and planning.

Action Taken:  Resolution approved 3-0.

Time on YouTube: 1:13:50

Issue 3:  Regional Recreational Boating Analysis Presentation, relating to the ASB marina proposal.

Background:  Paul Sorensen of BST Associates presented a thorough analysis of recreational boating trends in this region. The Commission had requested this input to facilitate planning for future use of the ASB lagoon and surrounding area.

Discussion:  Summary of points made in the presentation:  The average age of recreational boaters is increasing, the number of boats in use is decreasing, and younger boaters show signs of favoring cooperative or time-share arrangements for their boating activity.  Also, there is a trend toward covered dry storage. The successful marketing of a new marina would depend on increasing market share since the number of boaters needing in-water moorage is unlikely to increase.  

Action Taken:  Presentation only, no action taken.  

Time on YouTube:  1:27:00

Reported by:  Jim Kyle  


February 20, 2018

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4_Lr6KsN4I

Issue 1: Waterfront Redevelopment

Background: During the last several months the Port has been inviting public opinion
about a choice between two competing plans for access and layout of the Granary area
development. The two alternatives are labeled "Maple Street" and "Waypoint" and
citizens who responded in various forums preferred Waypoint.

Discussion: The three Commissioners all supported the "Waypoint" proposal which had gained the most support from the public. Commissioners Bell and Shepard
suggested that during future negotiations Harcourt be required to open an office in
Bellingham.

Action Taken: By a 3 - 0 vote, the Commissioners approved the Waypoint option and
instructed staff to execute an appropriate MOU with Harcourt and to submit a Sub Area
Plan Amendment to the City enabling the development to proceed under the
Waypoint plan.

Time on YouTube: 13:40

Reported By: Jim Kyle

 

February 6, 2018

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrc1_XLW9M 

Issue 1: Waterfront District Update  (GP Redevelopment site)

Background: Now that the Granary Building project nears completion and roadway infrastructure construction is underway, public interest is focused on a choice to be made on access and overall layout options for the larger site. 

Discussion: The Port is considering two access options, titled “Waypoint” and “Maple,” that affect the site layout.   This report focused on the various ways Port staff has been both educating the public about these two options and assessing public preferences.  This effort has involved accepting email comments, two open houses, many small community/association meetings, and an online survey.  Hundreds of comments have been received, and so far the Waypoint option is preferred.  This effort is ongoing. 

Action Taken: None.  The Feb. 20 Commission meeting agenda is expected to include the choice as an action item.

Time on YouTube: 1:08

Reported By: Jim Kyle

 

January 16, 2018

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YGry400W5c

Issue 1:  Squalicum Dry Storage (Boneyard) – fenced in area near Squalicum Boathouse Parking Lot

Discussion: Proposal to move Boneyard away from its present location - Gate 5 parking lot. At the urging of Commissioner Bobby Briscoe, the Commission authorized Staff to develop a game-plan to move the fenced commercial fishing storage yard near Gate 5, sometimes called the "boneyard," to one of two other sites off Roeder St. west of Bellingham Cold Storage.  The goal is to free up space between Gate 5 and Zuanich Pt Park for additional parking or other uses.

Action Taken: Staff was directed to consult with commercial fishermen on a moving plan that meets their needs. Commission authorized Staff to consult stakeholders

Time on YouTube: 41 min. to 52 min. 

Reported By: Jim Kyle

 

January 2, 2018

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM_WFs_6HoU

Issue 1:  Inauguration of new PoB Commissioners

Discussion: Ken Bell - replacing Mike McAuley, and Michael Shepard - replacing Dan Robbins, were sworn in by Debbie Adelstein, Whatcom County Auditor.

Action Taken: Each of the new commissioners were individually sworn in by Debbie Adelstein. Each  new commissioner took their seats at the dias with their official name plates in front of their seats. 

Time on YouTube: 0:00

Submitted By: Deborah Granger

Issue 2:  Officers elected, dates/times for meetings for 2018 calendar year,  leads selected for various agency representatives 

Discussion: Cordial discussion of selection of officers, revision of commission meeting times, and assignment of agency representation

Action Taken: Officer for 2018: Ken Bell, President; Bobby Briscoe, Vice President; Michael Shepard, Secretary. Meeting times were modified slightly. PoB Commission Meetings will begin at 4:30, no break at 5:00, 2 public comment periods (4:30 and 5:30 p.m.). 

Time on YouTube: 3:50

Reported By: Deborah Granger