Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at June 5, 2018 Meeting

Shall the commission:
80. Authorize the sale of one vessel for the nonpayment of moorage fees? An auction is scheduled to be held in the Squalicum Harbor office on June 28 for a 25-foot sailboat with unpaid moorage fees of $1,758. (7585/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

81. Small Works Roster. Contracts under $300,000 fall within the executive director’s spending authority; they only require commission notification. The executive director awarded a $177,779 contract for a public facilities rehabilition project to restore and repair aging infrastructure. (7586/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0

82. Appoint Gary Vis as the North Whatcom County representative to the Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee? He will serve a three-year term on the committee. Mr. Vis served on the Lynden City Council from 1997 through 2006. (7589/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

83. Authorize the executive director to accept a $900,000 state grant for cleanup and monitoring of the Blaine Marina, Inc. site? The site was a fueling facility from the 1950s to 2015. Previous environmental investigations have identified petroleum hydrocarbons in the soil and groundwater. The site falls under the Model Toxics Control Act. A remedial investigation/feasibility study has been completed.(7590/Consent Agenda G) Approved 3-0

84. Approve a five-year lease with Whatcom County for the building at 3720 Williamson Way? In 1981, Whatcom County constructed a 10,000 square foot building at 3720 Williamson Way on port property. It was constructed with funds that require the use by persons with disabilities or other employment barriers. The Current Industries lease ended in 2010 and Chinook Enterprises in June 2016. In late 2016, the port was contacted by the county executive staff about the port proving real estate services for the building. At the 2/21/2017 meeting, vote #23, the commission authorized the executive director to sign a real estate services agreement with Whatcom County. The port will receive 20 percent of the building rent, $1,310 per month for years one and two and $1,375 for years three through five for a total of $80,934 plus ground rent. (7596/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0

85. Determine the practicability of using 100 percent biofuels and electricity for operating the port’s vessels, vehicles and construction equipment? The Washington State Legislature requires local government to mandate the goal to the extent practicable. Resolution 1375 (7599/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0

86. Approve Bellingham Cold Storage change in ownership? Bellingham Cold Storage leases property on the Bellingham waterfront. The lease requires port approval for any change in the control of ownership for at least 25 percent. TIC Holdings, the owner of Bellingham Cold Storage, has sold 70 percent of the ownership to the Joshua Green Coportation, an investiment company based in Seattle. (7600/Consent Agenda I) Approved 3-0

Action Taken at June 19, 2018 Meeting

Shall the commission:
87. Authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Puget Sound Executive Services of Sequim to provide law enforcement officers at the Bellingham airport? The federal government requires the port to provide uniformed, armed, law enforcement officers that have arrest authority to be present at passenger screening checkpoints. This contract increases the hourly pay from $55 per hour to $64 per hour. The federal government will reimburse the port for 31 percent or $20 per hour with the remaining balance reimbursed by the airlines. The contract runs from 7/1/2018 through 6/30/2020. (7623/Consent Agenda A) Approved 3-0

88. Authorize the executive director to award the low bid of $748,163 to Wausau Equipment of New Berlin, Wisconsin, for snow removal equipment? The old equipment operated at 25 mph and had a 16-foot-wide plow. The new equipment operates at 35 mph with a 24-foot-wide plow. A federal grant will pay for 90 percent of the cost. Three bids were received, the high bid was $780,352. (7624/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

89. Authorize the executive director to spend $114,668 to to replace light fixtures and hanging arms in Blaine Harbor parking lots and along the promenade? The original purchase was in 1999 through Antique Street Lighting. The exisiting poles require fixtures to be purchased using sole source justification from the North Coast Electric Company of Seattle. The new equipment will be light-emitting diodes and dark sky compliant. (7627/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

90. Establish a policy for mobile and over-the-dock handling of petroleum products? There are three port facilities in Bellingham and Blaine with approved mobile marine fuel providers. This policy sets requirements for mobile and over-the-dock fueling at designated locations. It also addresses a new license-to-operate agreement and the actions to be taken in the event of petroleum spills. (Resolution 1374) 7629/Consent Agenda G Amended and approved 3-0

91. Renew a lease with the Marine Spill Response Corporation of Everett for 2,106 square feet on S. Harbor Loop Drive? The original lease was approved at the 6/7/2005 meeting, vote #71. Marine Spill Response recovers, stores and cleans-up oil spills for corporations and governmental bodies. The space is for the storage/maintenance of oil spill response equipment/supplies and related work activities. This renewal will run from 7/1/2018 through 6/30/2021 for a total rent of $77,500. (7630/Consent Agenda H) Approved 3-0

92. Authorize the executive director to implement the Air Service Incentive Program at the Bellingham airport? Increasingly, airlines are expecting underserved airport owners to provide financial incentives and inducements to keep their services through waivers of landing fees and office space rental, minimum revenue guarantees and matching advertising expenses for new daily service. (7636/Action Item 2) Approved 3-0

93. Authorize the executive director to sign a $543,447 contract (amendment #8) with Landau Associates for design and permitting services at the Cornwall Avenue landfill site? At the 11/15/2005 meeting, vote #111, the port sold 49 percent of the landfill to the city of Bellingham for $2,450,000. The property is located at the foot of Cornwall Avenue and requires remedial action under the Model Toxics Control Act. The contract was first approved for $658,570 at the 9/2/2014 meeting, vote #118. The state has approved the enginering design report. This amendment is for habitat-mitigtion planning and permitting support, the design of a shoreline stabilization system and detailed plans for cleanup action. Amendment #8 brings the total contract to $1,382,837. (7637/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0

94. Authorize the executive director to award the sole bid of $483,248 to RAM Construction of Bellingham for utilities in the Waterfront District? The port is responsible for constructing underground electrical, natural gas and telecommunications utilities. This is phase 2 along Granary Avenue and Laurel Street to Cornwall Avenue. A contingency fee of $96,752 brings the total contract to $580,000. (7638/Action Item 4) Approved 3-0

95. Reduce the lease area with GrandCamp International of Elma, Wash., from eight acres to approximately two acres? The orginal lease was approved at the 1/3/2017 meeting, vote #8, for the storage, handling, debarking and loading of logs for export to Asian markets. With the loading of the MV African Egret, GrandCamp will focus on hardwood shipments so space can be reduced from 350,105 square feet to 87,120 square feet. They will return to evergreen log exporting once the price moderates. (7639/Action Item 5) Approved 3-0

96. Authorize the executive director to accept a $96,333 state grant as the designated Associated Development Organization for Whatcom County? The state legislature created the organization in 1993 to support local economic development. From 1993 to 2012, the Northwest Economic Council served as the lead economic development organization in the county. Responsibilities were transferred to the Port of Bellingham at the 3/6/2012 meeting, vote #44. The grant runs from 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019. (7643/Consent Agenda K) Approved 3-0

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