In the minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

  • LEASE RENEWALS: Signed lease renewals with Brian Ward and Desperado Cowboy Bullets. Unanimous.
  • MARINA: Learned the Port has a new contact at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Port has not received paperwork for annual reporting, because some pesticide use issues are being discussed. Currently pesticides can't be used within 300 feet of the water.
  • PCC RAILROAD: Discussed rail service with Dave Gordon of Northwest Grain Growers and two Seneca representatives. Voted to amend the lease with the owners of Dumas Station Winery to require only three feet of the foundation of the packing shed to be removed if the packing shed were demolished. Unanimous.
  • BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION: Port Manager Jennie Dickinson reported on the Tilth Producers Washington Conference held recently in Yakima. She said there 550 organic farmers in attendance. One of the things she heard was that the area needs a small grinding mill. Commissioners said they are interested in working on the station site to make it look more attractive.
  • INDUSTRIAL PARK: Learned Hammer Down Fitness, owned by Chuck Amerein is doing well. Also learned the city approved the Cameron Street utility easement, and the Port has a vacant industrial building available.
  • PARTY: Following the meeting held a party to honor retiring commissioner Lawrence Turner, who has been a Port commissioner for 25 years. About 50 people attended the reception.

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