Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum

Action Taken at February 4, 2020 Meeting

Shall the commission:
11. Authorize the executive director to sign the 2020-2023 collective bargaining agreement with the Inlandboatmen’s Union? The 2015-2019 collective bargaining agreement was approved at the 4/18/2015 meeting, vote #113, and expired on 12/31/2019. Salary costs will increase 3 percent per year, from a total of $151,438 in 2020 to $168,497 in 2023. (9139/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0

Action Taken at February 18, 2020 Meeting

Shall the commission:
12. Authorize the sale of one vessel for the nonpayment of moorage fees? The auction was scheduled for February 28 at the Blaine Harbor office for a 28-foot bayliner cruiser with unpaid moorage fees of $3,483. (9175/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

13. Authorize the executive director to sign a $40,554 contract (amendment #9) with Aspect Consulting of Seattle for cleanup action of the pulp and tissue site? The 31-acre site falls under the Model Toxics Control Act. Contaminated soils were removed in 2016; ongoing site monitoring with groundwater sampling and inspection are required as part of the cleanup action. The total amended contract is $1,073,086. The contract expires on 1/30/2021. (9177/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

14. Authorize the executive director to sign a $162,200 contract (amendment #19) with Landau Associates of Edmonds for cleanup of the Blaine Marina site? The site falls under the Model Toxics Control Act. At the 10/4/2011 meeting, votes #148/150, the port contracted with Landau Associates to perform a remedial investigation/feasibility study and environmental remediation. This amendment will implement the bioremediation treatment program and quarterly water quality monitoring. The total amended contract is $1,612,140. (9178/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

15. Authorize the executive director to sign a $41,300 contract (amendment #15) with Landau Associates of Edmonds for cleanup of the Westman Marine site in Blaine? From 1976 until 1989, Carl Westman owned and operated a boatyard business on approximately 1.5 acres of port property in Blaine. A 2002 report on the Westman Marine site identified the release of tributyltin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals and semivolatile organic compounds in sediment at the site. The site falls under the Model Toxics Control Act. Public comment on the remedial investigation/feasibility study has been completed. This amendment is for final design and permitting of a draft cleanup plan. The total amended contract is $895,000. (7179/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

16. Terminate a lease with itek Energy Solar Testing Project LLC for the former G-P treatment lagoon? At the 8/19/2014 meeting, vote #107, the commission approved the installation of solar collectors at the treatment lagoon. The solar array covered approximately 5,000 square feet on the east bank of the lagoon and produced electrical energy for the port warehouse (the former G-P tissue warehouse) at 1000 F Street. The cost of installing the solar array was borne by itek Energy and was installed under the state’s community solar project incentive program. The lease was set to expire on 6/30/2020. The early termination of the lease is in the best interest of both parties. The solar collectors are being removed. (9181/Consent Agenda H) Approved 3-0

17. Increase recreational moorage rates by 4 percent and active commercial fishing moorage rates by 1 percent? At the 5/20/2014 meeting, vote #72, the commission passed Resolution 1330; it updated the marina model for moorage rates at Squalicum and Blaine harbors. Resolution 1330 requires the marina model to be reviewed every four years. (9171/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0

18. Authorize the executive director to sign a $181,841 contract with RMC Architects for an environmental investigation of healthy housing planning services for the former lignin warehouse? At the 10/8/2019 meeting, vote #118, the port received a $200,000 state grant for toxics cleanup. The port was selected to receive the healthy housing grant for the lignin parcel located at the corner of Cornwall and Laurel. The parcel is part of the G-P cleanup site, which requires remediation under the Model Toxics Control Act. The redevelopment is planned to include a mix of affordable housing, workforce housing, work-live spaces, a multistory mixed-use building with ground-floor commercial, a community kitchen, work force training, and public open space. This contract is for survey information, archaeological and architectural services and affordable housing analysis. (9172/Action Item 2) Approved 3-0

19. Approve a lease with Pacific Cruises Northwest d/b/a/ Salish Trading Post? Pacific Cruises will lease space in the Bellingham Cruise Terminal that has been vacant since since January 2017. The Salish Trading Post will operate a retail gift shop in approximately 825 square feet of space that was previously occupied by Inside Passage. The monthly rent does not meet the port’s rental revenue standards, but benefits the port by having the vacant space occupied. The rent is $400 per month plus a state leaseholder tax. The lease runs from 5/1/2020 through 4/30/2021. (9173/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0