In the minutes - Port of Columbia


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

  • PROPERTY: Learned property at 120 S. First St. has a "for sale" sign posted, with information sheets available.

  • NOTEBOOKS: Received notebooks with reference materials prepared by Port staff.

  • BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION: Discussed site plan updates and intersection with U.S. Higway 12 and Wagon Road. Learned there have been some business leads. Discuss the farm lease on the site, which is currently planted in wheat. Discussed Community Supported Agriculture and grant application to the state Department of Agriculture which is due April 30.

  • INDUSTRIAL PARK: Learned the First Street property has to be maintained as it does not have a tenant while waiting to sell. Also learned the Dayton Tractor doors have been installed, and there are ongoing issues with the large garage doors on Building # 6. The doors do not work properly. Learned there have been several inquiries on the empty space available in Building 6.

  • HEARN DITCH: Discussed Hearn Ditch and its hindrance to development of some land in the Port industrial park. Port Manager Jennie Dickinson said she is researcher whether there is money to relocate the ditch.

  • RAILROAD: Discussed public right of way use requests. Recent requests include requests for sewer line, water line and overhead power lines. The Port's attorney recommended the Port develop a relation with Watco, which owns the rolling stock, to establish a policy that requires people to apply through the Port, but approval won't be given without Watco's permission.

  • TOUR: Learned a tour of the railroad will be conducted April 22. The tour will begin in Dayton and end in Walla Walla.

  • REPAIRS: Learned there will be extensive repair work done on two railroad bridges in Walla Walla County this summer, as well as tie replacement between Prescott and Walla Walla.

  • LYONS FERRY: Discuss matters related to Lyons Ferry Park and Marina, including pump-out station project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants verification that the dock meets national marine standards. Also learned the park concessionaires are applying for permission to allow long-term camping at the park. The request is for less than 25 percent than the total spots available.


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