The Port of Bellingham held it’s second meeting for 2018 of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM. Location was their Conference Room – Harbor Center Building, 1801 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. These meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, usually at this time and location. This meeting was preceded by an Executive Session at 2:00 PM to discuss certain administrative matters prior to those presented at the 4:30 Public Meeting.
All three Board members were in attendance, with Ken Bell presiding as President, and assorted administrative staff in attendance. The meeting as usual was live streamed on YouTube and that recording is archived on the Port’s website;
Link to Port of Bellingham website, Home Page: (Please note the calendar of upcoming meetings of Board and Advisory Committees)
There were approximately two dozen Citizens in the audience. The meeting began with a period of Public Comment for which there was no one signed up to speak. It then moved onto the list of “Consent Agenda” and “Action Items” which were mostly administrative, accounting, and “housekeeping” items. Consent Agenda item “C.” was moved to the February meeting. All other Consent Agenda and Action Items were approved unanimously.
See the two page Meeting Agenda available to the public here; https://www.portofbellingham.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_01162018-293
Prior Agendas are listed here; https://www.portofbellingham.com/agendacenter
Two Presentations were given. One was on the Waterfront District update.
The Port and City of Bellingham approved a Master Plan for the Waterfront District in 2013 which established the location of future roads, parks and view corridors, but anticipated changes as development progressed. The Port Commission is evaluating two new options for improving public access through the downtown waterfront and would like to hear from the community before making a decision. A brochure has been developed detailing the differences between these two options.
Also discussed with this was plans to relocate the Storage Area to one of three alternate locations on Port property to clear the current location for future construction.
The Second Presentation concerned current and future updates of the Waterfront District Energy (DE) project. This seeks to apply clean energy systems and is replacing the older two-pipe infrastructure with a four pipe system for a more centralized and unified building heating system. Plans are to capture through heat sinks current industrial heat byproduct as well as incorporate Green Energy where possible. A twelve page illustrated presentation boards of both these updates can be found here: http://www.portofbellingham.com/documentcenter/view/7267
Next meeting will be on February 6, 2018; 4:30 PM at the 1801 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham; Harbor Center Building