Compiled by Bill McCallum
Action Taken at July 12, 2022 Meeting
Shall the commission
86. Authorize the executive director to administer state grant funds as they become available to purchase NoFoam retrofit equipment? The federal government will fully fund the purchase through the federal CARES Act. At the 5/17/2022 meeting, vote #63, the commission approved an emergency contract to dispose of aqueous film-forming foam at the Bellingham airport? The form has been designed as hazardous due to perfluoroalkyl found in the foam. The form was removed from three firefighting trucks and was disposed of by Clean Harbors of Norwell, Mass. At the 6/16/2022 meeting, vote #52, the commission approved a bid from NoFoam Systems of La Jolla, California, for a no-foam testing system for fighting fires. The port is eligible for 90 percent reimbursement for the NoFoam retro kit. (11671/Consent Agenda D) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
87. Renew a lease with Rainier Petroleum Corporation of Seattle, d/b/a PLT Marine? The port owns the fueling facility that supplies fuel to the Alaska ferry fleet and other ocean-going vessels at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Since 1999, the lease has been with Rainier Petroleum. At the 6/18/2019 meeting, vote #79, a three-year lease was approved ending on 6/30/2022. This renewal will be for five-years, ending on 6/30/2027. The base rent will be $78,358 plus fuel flowage fees. (11672/Consent Agenda E) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
88. Modify the lease with APP Impex Inc. of Bellingham d/b/a Advanced Performance Parts for premises at the Bellingham airport? The composite manufacturing company occupies the former Washington Air National Guard building at 3928 Williamson Way. The company designs, manufactures and distributes carbon fiber parts for high-end cars and motorcycles. APP Impex has a similar facility in Shanghai, China. The original rental space of 12,673 square feet will be increase to 14,768 square feet. The base rent will be $500,888 and expire on 2/28/2026. (11673/Consent Agenda F) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
89. Authorize the executive director to sign an $33,808 amendment to the reimbursable agreement with the federal government? At the 4/19/2022 meeting, vote #44, the commission approved a $5,304,848 contract for the relocation of the Foxtrot taxiway. The amendment will cover on-site inspections, reports and construction support for the construction of taxiway Foxtrot, the runway safety area construction and runway shutdowns. The total amended amount is $53,832. (11674/Consent Agenda G) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
90. Renew the lease with Dockmeister Marine Sales d/b/a/ Lakeside Marine for building #1 at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park? The company specializes in the design, construction, maintenance and repair of dock facilities. At the 4/3/2018 meeting, vote #50, its storage facilities, floats and docks were increased from 8,400 to 25,390 square feet. Rent will increase from $186,600 to $241,776; the lease will expire on 3/31/2024. (11675/Consent Agenda H) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
91. Authorize the executive director to sign amendment #1 to the state grant for Little Squalicum beach? At the 8/9/2021 meeting, vote #102, the port received a $1,500,000 state grant for Little Squalicum beach. The project will improve the existing filled tidelands and degraded shoreline by providing a more natural shoreline. Not all final design elements were included in the 2021 grant agreement. This amendment reallocates the budget between tasks. Blue Coast Engineering of Bellingham was selected as the most qualified firm to provide final design and permitting services for this habitat restoration project. (11676/Consent Agenda I) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
92. Authorize the executive director to negotiate and sign a purchase agreement for industrial property not to exceed $6,200,000 and for due diligence not to exceed $250,000? (22677/Consent Agenda J) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
93. Authorize the executive director to renew the port’s property, cyber and crime insurance coverage? The total insured value of the property is $556 million. Alliant Insurance Services of Newport Beach, California, serves as port’s broker of record. Included is $50 million in earthquake, flood and terrorism insurance. The property premium is increasing 20 percent to $1,490,596. The coverage is for the period 7/1/2022 through 7/1/2023. Major losses for property insurance carriers is a major reason for premium increases. (11678/Action Item 1) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
94. Authorize the executive director to accept $90,000 in state funding to compete a Brownfield affordable housing survey? The inventory will identify properties throughout Whatcom County that may be eligible for state affordable housing grants. At the 6/18/2019 meeting, vote #80, the commission approved the original I-5 corridor infrastructure study. At the 6/7/2022 meeting, vote #76, the commission authorized the executive director to sign a contract with FLO Analytics to update a study of buildable land and existing infrastructure. The survey must be completed by 6/31/2023. (11679/Action Item 2) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
95. Authorize the sale of two vessels for the nonpayment of moorage fees? An auction was held for a 31-foot fiberglass outboard with unpaid moorage fees of $3,765 and a 25-foot sailboat with unpaid fees of $3,202. The date for the unpaid fees is 7/15/2022. The port contacted the two owners about the unpaid fees a total of nine times between October 2021 and March 2022. (11682/Consent Agenda C) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.
96. Change the lease at the Bellingham airport site from RespLabs Medical USA to A8 Growth LLC of Bellingham? At the September 3, 2019, vote #107, the airport buiding was transfered from Sofie’s Properties to RespLabs Medical USA. The headquarters for RespLabs Medical USA is located in Ferndale and sells CPAP (continous positive airway pressure) products for people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. (11683/Consent Agenda K) Approved 2-0, Bobby Briscoe absent.