In The Minutes - PORT OF COLUMBIA

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

  • OATH OF OFFICE: New Port commissioner Earle Marvin was sworn in. Following the ceremony Marvin read a statement outlining his work history.

  • POLICIES: Readopted Port policies. The only change in the policies was in the one related to personnel regarding vacation payout and holiday observance when the holiday is on a weekend. Policies 1-7 and 9 were adopted unanimously. Policy 8, related to personal, professional and purchased services, was approved by a vote of 2-1, with Marvin voting no. The policies are available at www.portofcolumbia.org.


  • MAINTENANCE: Discussed whether a building maintenance policy is needed. Marvin said he believes a building maintenance policy is needed based on comments made by Carla Rowe at the December meeting. Rowe listed a number of problems that she said exist in the building rented by Gimmel Machine Works. Port manager Jennie Dickinson had met with Bob Gimmel, and she went through Rowe's list with commissioners. Many of the items on the list had been addressed or were not a concern to Gimmel, she said.

  • MARINA: Learned Lyons Ferry Marina managers and Dickinson are working on the annual plan required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ron Mings of Waitsburg asked the board for support of reopening the boat launch at Lyons Ferry Park across the river in Franklin County. Commissioners told Mings he should approach the Port of Kahlotus regarding the park.


  • PCC RAILROAD: Adopted 2012 fee schedule. Unanimous.


  • BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION: Dickinson told commissioners she is working on funding, but it is very difficult in the current economic climate to find grants. There will be a presentation on marketing at the February Port meeting. She has met with the architect and discussed landscaping. They plan to work with the West End Irrigation District to utilize the water right to grow irrigated crops on a school on the Station property. Dickinson said she had received an email from researcher at Washington State University, validating the need for a small-scale flourmill for small producers in Southeast Washington.

  • INDUSTRIAL PARK: Discussed empty bay formerly occupied by David Gloor Woodworking. Also discussed Flynn Electric's lease, which is up at the end of February. Dickinson will contact him to determine what his plans are regarding continuation of the lease.


  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Learned the Port is working with Southeast Washington Economic Development Assoction on a grant for small business training.

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