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:

SURPLUS: Following a public hearing, passed resolutions declaring two Port-owned properties as surplus. One parcel is less than an acre at Long Elevator. The other property is a house at 120 S. First St. in Dayton that is used as an office building. The bare land will be offered to the adjacent landowner, and the house will be sold by sealed bid. Unanimous.

INDUSTRIAL PARK: Learned construction began on Industrial Building No. 6. Two-thirds of the 8,750-square foot building will house Columbia County Transportation, and the remaining portion will be available for lease.

LYONS FERRY: Discussed future joint meeting with the Port of Kahlotus board of commissioners regarding operation of Lyons Ferry Park. Also learned Lyons Ferry Marina and Park had a good season.

RAILROAD: Heard report on meeting between WATCO, Northwest Grain Growers, Port of Walla Walla, Port of Columbia, Seneca Foods and the state Department of Transportation to discuss matters related to the rail line and operation of Blue Mountain Railroad.

WEST END: Learned the West End Beautification project will begin Sept. 14.

LECTURE: Discussed Sept. 24 lecture. Keynote speaker is Chad Kruger, interim director for the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture amp; Natural Resources.

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