In the minutes - Port of Columbia

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Port of Columbia commissioners are Lawrence Turner, Doug Krueger and Gene Warren. With all present Wednesday commissioners:

BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION: Heard a number of questions from neighbors regarding potential impacts of the Blue Mountain Station. Questions included concerns about truck traffic, loss of view and cost of the property.

RESOLUTIONS: Passed resolutions related to funding for the Blue Mountain Station. Unanimous.

COLUMBIA REA: Presented a proposal to provide electric service to the Blue Mountain Station, via an underground line from the REA's Patit substation. Presently Pacific Power serves the area.

CULTURAL RESOURCES SURVEY: Learned the survey conducted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation showed no observed archeological sites on the Blue Mountain Station site. CTUIR recommended the project proceed.

SEPA: Learned there were no challenges to the Blue Mountain Station project in the State Environmental Policy Act review. The state Department of Transportation made comments regarding intersections.

INDUSTRIAL PARK: Learned construction of Industrial Building 6 is progressing well. Discussed maintenance needs for the Dayton Tractor and Machine building, including replacement of a set of doors, and repair or replacement of gutters.

LYON'S FERRY: Learned 2009 season at Lyons Ferry Park and Marina went well. Concessionaires anticipate a 20 percent increase in business during the 2010 season. Discussed need for investment in infrastructure at Lyon's Ferry Park. The park is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is under the jurisdiction of the Port of Kahlotus. Boards of the Port of Columbia and Port of Kahlotus met at the park Oct. 9 to discuss how to manage the park. There is a need for electricity and water hook-ups for RVs at the park, but the Port of Columbia is reluctant to invest in a park that is in another county.

NEXT MEETING: Set next meeting for Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

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