Port races highlight general election ballot
Joan Pringle, October 14, 2015, Go Anacortes
If elected for the District 3 seat, Judy Berentson would be the first woman to serve on the Port of Anacortes Commission.
“We’ve had a woman serve as interim executive director, but never as an elected or appointed commissioner in the history of the port, going back to its inception in 1926,” said Julie Johnson Lindsey, port executive assistant.
Berentson is running against candidate Joe Verdoes for the seat being vacated by Bob Eberle, who did not seek re-election, citing health issues earlier this year.
Port declines to buy back land where oil refinery would go
By Marissa Luck, October 14, 2015, The Daily News
Port of Longview commissioners Tuesday declined to buy back a $22.9 million private property, clearing the way for Waterside Energy Inc. to purchase the site, where it wants to build an oil refinery and propane export facility.
In 2006, the port sold 35 acres to R&R Trading Co. for about $2.3 million, according to port staff. Since then, N.A.P. Steel and Cascade Metals have been built there, adding about $14 million in improvements, Norm Krehbiel, the port’s chief operating officer, said following Tuesday’s port commission meeting.
Port advances waterfront plan amid skepticism
By Aaron Corvin, October 13, 2015, The Columbian
The Port of Vancouver on Tuesday advanced a broad plan for redeveloping 10 acres of its Terminal 1 waterfront property, with details to be hammered out later. However, the plan’s unanimous approval by commissioners came amid continuing skepticism during public comments about whether its plan conflicts with a larger adjoining waterfront redevelopment project.
The discussion was sprinkled with awkward moments and differences of opinion between port CEO Todd Coleman and some who testified. And the port made changes to its proposed plan for Terminal 1, which includes a soon-to-be-closed Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. The revisions, which allowed for flexibility in the types of buildings and amenities that could be developed at the site, came after port Commissioner Brian Wolfe said he was concerned that labeling buildings now would “box people’s minds into what ought to be there, and we don’t know that yet.”