Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum

Action Taken at February 1, 2022 Meeting

Shall the commission:
20. Amend administrative powers and duties delegated to the executive director? The commission approved Resolution 1106-Y at the 1/4/2022 meeting, vote #10. This vote modifies, clarifies and adds administrative powers and duties to the executive director position. The administrative powers and duties expire on 1/31/2023. (11301/Consent Agenda B) Resolution 1106-Y(i) Approved 3-0

21. Authorize the executive director to sign a contract up to $100,716 with Jennifer Noveck for consultant services? Whatcom County is experiencing two emergences: the Covid-19 epidemic and the Nooksack River flood. The port memorandum explains Ms. Noveck’s knowledge regarding both disasters as irreplaceable. She will act as the research and communications manager. The contract terminates on 12/30/2022. (11303/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

22. Authorize the transfer of a lease from NTG Fabrication to Birdon America Inc.? Since 12/26/2018, NTG Fabrication ( a builder of aluminum boats) has been a tenant in building 7 at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park. Birdon America is the U.S. branch of an Australian company. Birdon has eight years remaining in the contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to retrofit 47-foot motor lifeboats. The boats are designed for rescue in high seas and surf. Birdon will be using 45 percent of building 7 to fulfill its coast guard contract. NTG will lease 55 percent of the building from Birdon. The lease expires on 1/31/2024 — rent for the next two years will be $284,577. (11304/Concent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

23. Update the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements? (Public hearing held at January 22 meeting.) At the 12/3/2013 meeting, vote #177, the commission initially approved the Squalicum Harbor Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements and it was last amended at the 12/8/2020 meeting, vote #126. Incorporated into these amendments are the 2022 strategic capital budget and the five-year forecast, correction of a scrivener’s error and a digital scoreboard format for the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements. 10305/Action Item 1 (Resolution 1401) Approved 3-0

24. Ratify emergency repair costs at the Bellingham airport? Repair costs currently total $22,724. On 12/27/2021, unseasonably cold temperatures resulted in the freezing and breaking of a water line on the second floor of the commercial terminal building at the Bellingham airport. Water reached Halibut Henry’s on the first floor, the common terminal areas and the exterior sidewalk. Drywall repair on the second floor will be completed at a later date. (11308/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0  

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