DECEMBER 19, 2016


Edmonds mayor, staff travel to D.C. to lobby for connector funds

December 16, 2016, Edmonds

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, Public Works Director Phil Williams and Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet members of the region’s Congressional delegation, as well as key staff from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The purpose?

To lobby for funds for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector project, what the city hopes is the solution to the blockage of pedestrian, vehicle and ferry traffic when trains get stuck at-grade railroad crossings at Main and Dayton streets.

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Most grant money ever for Port of Chehalis

Justyna Tomtas, December 17, 2016, The Daily World

The Port of Chehalis is expected to receive more than $3.8 million in grants for three projects, one of which could bring as many as 300 well-paying jobs, and another grant that could be the largest in the port’s history.

At Thursday’s port meeting, Chief Executive Officer Randy Mueller said the port is currently in discussions with a biotech company that is looking at a site along the intersection of Jackson Highway and Rush Road in Chehalis.

The port is not releasing the name of the company until a deal is finalized.

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Port of Chehalis releases proposed building plans for Wilson Oil

Justyna Tomtas, December 16, 2016, The Chronicle

The Port of Chehalis has been in discussions with Wilson Oil for a build-to-suit facility located along Maurin Road. In order to determine how much the new building would be leased to the company, also known as Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., the port has put together a preliminary design for the structure.

“The real key is we are talking about building a facility to lease to these folks, and we want to know how much to lease it for so I need to know how much it costs (to build),” Mueller said.

The port retained consulting firm Mackenzie to do the preliminary site design and cost estimates.

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PRO:  Port of Olympia required by law to ship legal cargo

Clydia Cuykendall, December 17, 2016, The Olympian

Until recently, the export of crude oil from the United States was banned by the federal government, and, if it wanted to, the federal government could ban the import of fracking sand.

Why is that? The U.S .Constitution’s Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) gives Congress the exclusive power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the states and with Indian Tribes.

How would we like it if some South Dakota citizens told us to ban salmon fishing so the Puget Sound orcas would have more to eat? While climate change mitigation and orca preservation are important, neither Olympia nor the Port of Olympia has any jurisdiction over international or interstate commerce or over salmon fishing under federal Indian treaties. We are a nation ruled by law at the local, state and national level, such laws enacted by our elected representatives.

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