JANUARY 9, 2017

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Seattle pushes for bond for former Hanjin terminal

Bill Mongelluzzo, January 6, 2017, JOC.com

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is attempting to block the sale of a terminal once owned by now-defunct Hanjin Shipping unless Mediterranean Shipping Co., the buyer, posts a security bond to protect the interests of the Port of Seattle.

The port authority filed an objection Friday with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey to the sale of the former Hanjin Terminal 46 in Seattle unless a bond for $1.25 million was posted.

In this latest development since Hanjin Shipping on Aug. 31 filed for bankruptcy protection in South Korea, the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, acting as the agent for the Port of Seattle, said it is not attempting to derail the proposed sale of Terminal 46 to a subsidiary of MSC, but rather the port wants to protect its financial interests in the facility.

Read more here:  http://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/seattle-pushes-bond-former-hanjin-terminal_20170106.html 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Exceeding expectations:  Sales soar for Port of Ilwaco pot store

Luke Whittaker, January 8, 2017, Coast River Business Journal

While a delay in the Dungeness crab season curbed one of the coast’s most important commodities, business is booming for another recently planted at the Port of Ilwaco.

“We had to increase our orders — it’s been nuts!” Freedom Market manager Jordyn Holcomb said in between ringing up a steady stream of customers and offering advice about current cannabis strains to those eagerly examining green buds in glass jars, “We’ve had to hire more people.” Since opening October 1, total retail sales have reached $220,515 for the Ilwaco-based dispensary through November according to Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) figures. The amount is considerably more than the total for the two other Pacific County cannabis dispensaries combined, where the Raymond-based Grower’s Outlet and Mr. Doobees earned $126,461 and $38,042 respectively during the same period.

“It’s definitely exceeded our expectations,” Holcomb said. “We kind of thought the Peninsula was more calm, kind of quiet and laid back, but it’s actually got a lot going on down here — more than we thought.”

Read more here:  http://www.dailyastorian.com/CRBJ/20170108/exceeding-expectations-sales-soar-for-port-of-ilwaco-pot-store

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

Area legislators talk 2017 session at Greater Grays Harbor legislative sendoff

January 6, 2017, The Daily World

Read more here:  http://www.thedailyworld.com/

 

 

Mediator says councilmembers overstepped their authority

Brian Soergel, January 6, 2017, Edmonds Beacon.com

An expert on parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order, both of which help to guide Edmonds City Council’s legislative action, determined that three councilmembers had improperly tried to influence a decision they opposed.

Ann Macfarlane of Jurassic Parliament on Tuesday, Jan. 3, said councilmembers Thomas Mesaros, Neil Tibbott and Dave Teitzel – all relatively new to the Edmonds City Council – erred in attempting to reverse the legislative process.

The trio had sent a letter to Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon after councilmembers voted 4-3 in September to state the city’s preference for a 110-foot buffer and 15-foot setback around the Edmonds Marsh. The three councilmembers wrote that they supported a 50-foot buffer and 15-foot setback, which both Mayor Dave Earling and the department agreed was the best option.

Read more here:  http://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/mediator-says-councilmembers-overstepped-their-authority/1612289

 

 

LAND USE

Backers of Longview coal terminal insist project will go forward despite state denial of sublease

Ted Sickinger, January 6, 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Backers of a proposed coal export terminal west of Longview are at loggerheads with Washington’s outgoing commissioner of public lands after he rejected a request to sublease state-owned land along the Columbia River necessary for a loading dock.

The aquatic lands are currently leased to a subsidiary of Alcoa, Northwest Alloys, which previously operated an aluminum smelter at the site. Commissioner Peter Goldmark rejected that company’s request to sublease the land to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which originally proposed the coal export terminal in 2010.

The controversial proposal involves upgrades at the site in order to export as much as 44 million metric tons of coal annually to buyers in Asia. That volume of coal would necessitate some 16 trains a day traveling up and down the Columbia Gorge to transport coal from Wyoming and Montana to the facility. Those local impacts, coupled with the greenhouse gas emissions from the coal being exported, have attracted intense opposition from conservation, tribal and citizen groups.  They cheered Goldmark’s decision earlier this week.

Read more here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/01/backers_of_longview_coal_expor.html

 

 

MARINAS

Work scheduled to begin on Boat Haven breakwater

January 6, 2017, PTLeader.com

Work to repair a portion of the Boat Haven breakwater is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, the Port of Port Townsend announced Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The port has given a notice to American Construction Co. of Tacoma to proceed with the project. The company plans to move a barge into position near the outside of the breakwater on Monday, and expects the project to take one week, according to a press release.

The older portion of the breakwater was built in the 1950s and has deteriorated over the years. There are large holes on the outside and the integrity of structure is at risk.

Read more here:  http://www.ptleader.com/news/work-scheduled-to-begin-on-boat-haven-breakwater/article_68c3f2e4-d430-11e6-991f-6fff6ad6aca3.html

 

 

Westport Marina bankline improvements project begins

Barb Aue, January 6, 2017, The Daily World

The Port of Grays Harbor is continuing its efforts to replace and upgrade the bank line at the Westport Marina. The first phase was installed in 1993 and included 1,320 feet in front of the walkway along Westhaven Drive, from the main dock to the Islander.

The second phase was installed in 1998 and included 230 feet from the main dock to just southeast of the fuel dock. The third phase was planned to include the remaining 1,200 feet from the end of the second phase, along the rest of Westhaven Drive and then along a portion of Patterson Street to the end of the seawall. That phase was shortened to 320 feet due to funding limitations and completed in 2006. The current work will complete the final 735 feet of the third phase.

The repairs include the replacement of the existing wooden piling/plank lower wall with polyvinyl sheet piling that will be backfilled with several grades of rock, adding to the existing seawall along Westhaven Drive.

Read more here:  http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/westport-marina-bankline-improvements-project-begins/

 

 

Emergency repair of Port Hudson breakwater to begin Monday

Cydney McFarland, January 8, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Emergency repairs of the Port Hudson Boat Haven breakwater in Port Townsend are scheduled to begin Monday.

Minimal disturbance to the marina’s day-to-day activities is expected.

The project, which was awarded to American Construction Company of Tacoma, is expected to take about a week. It is expected to cost the Port of Port Townsend $206,016, which was budgeted as a capital project for 2017.

Read more here:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/emergency-repair-of-port-hudson-breakwater-to-begin-monday/

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