Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum

Action Taken at March 3, 2020 Meeting

Shall the commissioners:
20. Declare specified equipment as surplus and sell it at public auction? The surplus property includes: 25 light fixtures, two 1-ton electric hoists, one electric car, lift-aloft passenger lift, vehicle hoist, hydraulic crimper, A/C unit, gas detector, bench grinder and tool box. The estimated value of the surplus equipment is in excess of $10,000. (9213/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

21. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with the city of Bellingham for mutual use of public facilities? The city and the port have had a long-standing agreement for the mutual use of their facilities at no charge. The agreement allows up to three uses per agency, per year. See the following link for the facilities: https://www.portofbellinqham.com/349/Facilities-and-Parks-for-Rent. The agreement will remain in effect unless terminated by either party upon 30 days written notice. (9215/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

22. Terminate a lease set to expire on 6/30/2020, with On-Board Marine Services for premises at the Marine Square Building, suite 726? On-Board has entered into a new lease for property formerly leased by Walsh Marine at the Blaine Marine Industrial Area. (9216/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

23. Approve a lease with NW Explorations for suites 712, 714 and 730 located in Marine Square? The premises will be used for boat brokerage, sales and charter, marine fiberglass repair, light fabrication storage and general marine activities. (9216/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

24. 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 $8,441 contract to CLK Construction of Burlington to replace a fire alarm control panel. (9217/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

25. Approve 2020 moorage rates? At the 5/20/2014 meeting, vote # 72, the commission passed Resolution 1330, updating the marina model for moorage rates at Squalicum and Blaine harbors. The moorage rates were last increased at the 2/19/2019 meeting, vote #29. Effective 4/1/2020, this vote increases the recreational moorage rates by 4 percent; the rates for Blaine Harbor and active commercial fishing remain the same. (9240/Action Item 1) Approved 2-1, Bobby Briscoe opposed.

Action Taken at the March 24, 2020 Meeting

Shall the commission:
26. Reallocate $201,809 to replace carpet, baseboards and paint the interior of the former International Trade Building? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) signed a lease for 30,000 square feet of office, warehouse and parking spaces at the airport building in December of 2004. At the 6/4/2013 meeting, vote #95, the commission authorized a new 10-year lease that began on 12/15/2012 with two five-year renewal options. Every five years, the lease requires the port to replace approximately 8,000 square feet of carpet, 2,000 linear feet of vinyl baseboard and repaint the interior of the building at 3871 Airport Way. The work will be advertised on the Small Works Roster. (9274/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

27. Authorize the executive director to sign a letter of understanding (amendment #1) to change the preferred runway safety area? The runway needs to be 500-feet wide and extend 1,000 feet beyond the end of the current runway. Approximately 1,770 square feet is in the I-5 right-of-way and not owned by the port and another 3,930 square feet of slope area that does not meet congressionally mandated runway standards. At the 3/19/2019 meeting, vote #35, the commission authorized the executive director to sign a letter of understanding with the federal government and the state of Washington to achieve a runway safety area. Option 1 was selected as the preferred option: an earthen embankment with a one-way road inside the restricted access area. This amendment will modify the original letter by relocating a stream and providing offsite mitigation for a fish habitat upgrade. Option 3 with modified retaining wall construction will be re-evaluated. (9275/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0

28. Approve a five-year ground lease with Halo Holdings of Lynden for 4164 Mitchell Way? The 40,302 square feet of property at the Bellingham airport will be used for parking passenger vehicles belonging to tenant, employees, subtenant employees and customers. It cannot be used for airport customers and airport employees. Rent for five-years is $154,126. The lease expires on 3/31//2025. (9276/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

29. Modify a lease with WGR Airport LLC d/b/a/ Scotty Browns? At the 7/19/2011 meeting, vote #108, the commission approved a lease with Scotty Browns restaurant and lounge. Private funds built and outfitted the restaurant. The lease was for 1,400 square feet. It was scheduled to open on 3/1/2012; unforeseen delays resulting in the restaurant opening on 6/15/2012. At the 3/19/2013 meeting, vote #54, the lease was modified for a total of 2,502 square feet. At the 8/16/2016 meeting, vote #142, storage space was reduced by 351 feet. This modification will reduce the base rent from 5.5 percent to 3.5 percent of gross sales for the remaining 25 months of the lease. The rent is estimated at $127,856 for 25 months. (9277/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

30. Authorize the sale of three vessels for the nonpayment of moorage fees? Two auctions were held on April 9; one at the Blaine Harbor office for a 27-foot Fairliner cruiser with unpaid moorage fees of $8,419 and a 36-foot sailboat with unpaid moorage fees of $4,283. The other auction was at the Squalicum Harbor office for a 26-foot fiberglass sailboat with unpaid moorage fees of $2,379. (9278/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0

31. Renew/modify a two-year lease with Lakeside Marine for 26,434 square feet in Building #1 at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Area? At the 4/3/2018 meeting, vote #50, the commission approval a lease for 25,390 square feet in Building #1. The company had previously leased 8,400 square feet in a warehouse adjacent to the cruise terminal. The company specializes in the design, construction, maintenance and repair of dock facilities at lakeside properties. It also provides storage, detailing and winterizing services for predominately lake-going vessels. The lease expires on 3/31/2022; the two-year rent will total $231,562. (9279/Consent Agenda G) Approved 3-0

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