Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Andrew S. McBride

Action Taken at May 2, 2017 Meeting

Shall the commission:
56. Authorize the executive director to exercise a purchase option on the property at 801/807 Roeder Avenue? At the 10/16/2012 meeting, vote #159, the commission authorized the executive director to sign an agreement with the city of Bellingham for the exchange of waterfront property. A subsection of the agreementgranted the port an option to purchase a 54,968 square foot parcel on Roeder Avenue. The city of Bellingham offered $300,000 in exchange for the port not exercising its purchase option. The city of Bellingham has proposed the parcel as a location for a 200-bed low-barrier homeless shelter. The parcel is currently leased to five marine trades businesses with fifteen employees; these businesses support surrounding marine trades businesses and the C Street Terminal. Purchase of the property will cost $765,000; port staff estimates that this expenditure would be recovered within six to eight years through rental revenue. (6786/Action Item 1) Approved 2-1, Michael McAuley opposed.

57. Eliminate petty cash from Bellingham Cruise Terminal and the port’s administrative office and increase petty cash at Blaine and Squalicum marinas? Staff has determined that petty cash is no longer needed at the cruise terminal or the administrative office for minor purchases or making change. At each marina, change funds will be increased by $50 to $200. 6788/Consent Agenda B (Resolution 1362) Approved 3-0

58. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with the federal government to transfer $1,487,409 in airport improvement funds to the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport? The Bellingham airport does not have capital projects in the current budget year to use these funds on, and will not until FY2018. The Federal Aviation Administration allows airport sponsors to donate airport improvement funds entitlements to specified airports. (6789/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0

59. Authorize the executive director to sign a $23,480 contract (amendment # 1) with Puttman Infrastructure of Portland, Oregon for work on the Waterfront District energy piping system? Puttman was selected via the Small Works Roster pre-qualified consultant list as best qualified to assist the port with the programming and design of the energy piping system. This amendment is for system design, plan development, and bid support. The contract includes a 10 percent contingency, the total amended contract is $33,528. (6790/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

60. Approve license to operate agreements with Lyft, Inc. for the Bellingham airport and Fairhaven Terminal? Lyft operations are similar to those of Uber, a firm the commission authorized to operate at these two locations at the 2/2/2016 meeting, vote #39 and 5/3/2016 meeting, vote #76. The port will receive $1.50 per each pick-up and drop-off at each location. On 10/1/2017, each fee will increase to $2.00. (6791/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

61. Authorize the executive director to spend $34,931 to purchase a sprinkler system from Commercial Fire Protection of Mount Vernon for the All American Marine manufacturing facility? The storage racks in the shipping and receiving area are over 12 feet high which require enhanced fire protection. A contingency fee of $3,693 brings the purchase order total to $38,424. (6792/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

Action Taken at May 16, 2017 Meeting

Shall the commission:
62. Authorize the sale of one vessel for the nonpayment of moorage fees? An auction will be held on 6/9/2017 for a 60-foot purse seiner with unpaid moorage fees of $3,542. (6802/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

63. Authorize the executive director to sign a $27,635 contract with Materials Testing and Consulting of Burlington for Harris Avenue shipyard inspection services? The cleanup project includes demolition of the Carpenter Building and the timber portions of the Harris Avenue pier, removal of contaminated sediment and upland soils, and construction of a new concrete pier. Inspection services will include collection and analysis of soils, soil compaction testing, concrete testing, observation of concrete reinforcement installation, and inspection of steel fabrication facilities and procedures. A contingency fee of $2,764 brings the total contract to $30,399. (6805/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

64. Approve a permit for Pacific Coastal Ventures d/b/a Alaska Wild Fish and Chips of Blaine to operate a food truck in the Blaine Harbor parking lot? The truck will operate five days a week in the Gate 3 parking lot. It will fill a need that was created by the closure of the Harbor Cafe. The port will receive $100 per month for the use of its facilities. (6806/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

65. Approve an agreement with Elite Airways of Portland, Maine to carry passengers and freight to and from the Bellingham airport? The agreement is retoactive to 5/1/2017 and continues on a year to year basis. The airllne began operation in 2014 with 11 Bombardier aircraft purchased from Lufthansa. The port will receive aircraft rescue and fire fighting fees, landing fees, and passenger facility charge fees per the airport tariff schedule. (6807/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

66. Approve a haul route reservation for property between Hilton Avenue and the Squalicum boat launch? At the 4/5/2016 meeting, vote #65, the commission approved a harbor land lease and project development agreement for a new manufacturing facility on Hilton Avenue for All American Marine. The agreement included a provision for a haul route corridor between the manufacturing facility and the Squalicum boat launch. Leases and agreements within the reservation area will be subordinate to the reservation and the agreement terms. (6808/Consent Agenda G) Approved 3-0

67. Authorize the executive director to sign a $19,328 contract (amendment #1) with PND Engineers of Seattle for the Bellingham Shipping Terminal marine rail span repurposing project? The project is envisaged as a roll-on/roll-off barge-loading facility for oil refinery modules. At the 4/5/2016 meeting, vote #63, the commission approved a $143,000 contract with PND for the initial phase of condition assessment, structural analysis, permitting, and 30 percent of design. In September 2016, the project was put on hold due to shifting market demands. In February 2017, the port authorized PND to proceed with its technical analysis and permitting. This amendment brings the total authorized contract amount to $162,328. (6809/Consent Agenda H) Approved 3-0

68. Authorize the executive director to sign a master development agreement (amendment #3) with Harcourt Bellingham of Dublin, Ireland, modifying the development boundary? At the 3/31/2015 meeting, vote #53, the commission authorized the executive director to sign an agreement with Harcourt for the exclusive rights to develop 18.8 acres within the Waterfront District. The port, city of Bellingham and Harcourt have been working cooperatively on cleanup, parks, and redevelopment of the Granary Building. Approximately 0.46 acres of a proposed city park exist within the 18.8 acres and should be removed. This amendment proposes the addition of .49 acres in an adjacent area to preserve the 18.8 acre development site for Harcourt. (6811/Action Item 2) Approved 3-0

69. Authorize the executive director to sign memorandum of understanding (amendment #1) with Western Crossing Development? At the 6/18/2013 meeting, vote #105, the commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Western Washington University and Western Crossing Development to transfer six acres of land within the Waterfront District for a higher education facility. The initial parcel included the Boardmill Building and a portion of Laurel Street. Harcourt Bellingham (see vote #68) has expressed an interest in the Boardmill Building so this amendment will relocate the Western Crossing site to the southwest to exclude the Boardmill Building and Laurel Street and be near a proposed hotel, conference center, housing and restaurants. (6814/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0


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