Port of Longview approves new airport agreement, with conditions
Marissa Luck, February 9, 2017, The Daily News
A year after voting to withdraw from the Kelso airport governing board, Port of Longview wants to rejoin — but only if it is formally sheltered from future debt.
The airport has just 19 days to get last-minute approvals from Cowlitz County, City of Longview and City of Kelso for a new airport governance contract before the old one expires. If the approvals aren’t reached in time, the airport won’t cease operations, but it may be temporarily unable to pay its bills until a new agreement can be reached, said Steve Taylor, Kelso City manager.
Port of Longview formally withdrew from the airport in November, after giving nine-months’ notice, amid concerns over the airport budgeting process and contract language. The four local agencies, which have historically paid for and jointly governed the airport, hammered out terms to a new, two-year interlocal agreement over the past few months.
Bill Macrae-Smith resigns from Port of Camas-Washougal Commission
Dawn Feldhaus, February 8, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record
A Port of Camas-Washougal commissioner, who has served three terms in office, has resigned.
Bill Macrae-Smith announced his decision during the commission meeting Tuesday.
He said other commitments had become too great for him to be able to fulfill the requirements of his position on the commission, and he felt it was best for him to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.
Coupeville port sued for wrongful termination
Megan Hansen, February 8, 2017, South Whidbey Record
Citing a state whistle-blower law, the former executive director for the Port of Coupeville is seeking damages in a wrongful-termination claim.
Oak Harbor attorney Chris Skinner sent a tort claim to the port district Friday on behalf of Forrest Rambo, seeking nearly $120,000 in damages. Rambo alleges he was fired because he questioned the legality of the port’s harbormaster also being a paying tenant of the port-owned Coupeville Wharf.
“(Rambo) attempted to determine, through the port’s legal counsel and through other resources and inquiries, whether the harbormaster has a conflict of interest serving as a salaried port employee while simultaneously operating — and working regular hours — at her private gift shop business,” the claim states.