Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Bill McCallum

Action Taken at February 2, 2021 Meeting

Shall the commission:

13. Combine three improvement projects for the Sumas property leased by Teal Jones? The roof, wood siding, exterior windows and storefront door will be replaced. Minor rot and water damage and unforeseen construction costs will increase the budget by $75,000 to $479,000. (9907/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0

14. Authorize the port’s legal counsel to sign contracts up to a total of $148,996 with Anchor QEA and other consultants to provide technical expertise in support of legal work related to the environmental department? Since 1996, legal counsel, in conjunction with the port’s environmental department, manages the claims process with AIG for the port’s cost cap insurance policy, cost recovery efforts involving former tenants and historical insurance, grant funding programs, and negotiations with the state of Washington concerning agreed orders and consent decrees for the port’s 20 state-listed Model Toxics Control Act sites. Anchor QEA has provided the bulk of technical-legal support for these legal efforts. The period covered is from 1/1 through 12/31/2021. (9908/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

15. Authorize the executive director to modify a land lease with Point Roberts Press? At the 6/7/2005 meeting, vote #72, a 40-year lease was signed with Point Roberts Press to demolish the existing building and build a two-story building at 225 Marine Drive in Blaine. The lease was modified at the 7/2/2009 meeting, vote #90, due to economic conditions: phase 2 to add 8,000 square feet to the building was delayed until 6/1/2014. At the 10/20/2015 meeting, vote #138, phase 2 was delayed to 7/1/2025. In this modification, phase 2 is removed and the original building is no longer required to be demolished. (9909/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

16. 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 $54,524 contract to the Lummi Nation Construction Company for the utility canopy project.  (9910/Consent Agenda F) 

17. Authorize the executive director to sign a lease with Aliotti Enterprises for the land and building at 1030 C Street? The Romaine Corporation operated an electrical supply business on the property it purchased in 1992. The building is currently vacant and is adjacent to port property. The commission authorized the purchase of the land and building at the 1/5/2021 meeting, vote #9. This lease limits use of the premises to a fish market and a fish and chip restaurant. The port will receive approximately $100,000 in rent during the six-year lease that commences on 4/1/2021 and terminates on 3/31/20217. (9911/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0

18. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with Washington Manufacturing Services, d/b/a Impact Washington? The agreement is with Impact Washington and the U.S. Department of Commerce (National Institute of Standards and Technology). The mission of the National Institute is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. The port performs services within the manufacturing industry in the Whatcom County region, so it is in position to assist Impact Washington with its agreement with the federal government to expand service offering and market access within the Whatcom County region. The agreement runs from 1/1/21 to 12/31/2021. The port will be reimbursed for economic development services performed. (9913/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0   

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