Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham Meeting Report for Oct. 2, 2018

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The public meeting was called to order at 3:30 pm and immediately recessed to a closed executive session so board members could discuss a potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and labor management bargaining/ contract negotiations. The meeting reconvened at 4:30 pm. Board President Ken Bell, Vice President Bobby Briscoe and Secretary Michael Shepard were all present. No action was taken during the closed executive session.

Video of the full October 2, 2018 Port Commission Meeting

Oct. 2, 2018 Port of Bellingham: full video

Eight items were on the consent agenda. Approvals on a 3-0 vote were the following:
  • Approve the minutes of the September 18, 2018, regular Commission meeting.
  • Authorize the Executive Director to enter into insurance contracts for the renewal of the Port’s liability and auto insurance coverage for the policy period October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019.
  • Approve a revision to the 2019 Budget production schedule.
  • Authorize the Executive Director to execute the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for the Bellingham International Airport (BLI).
  • Authorize the Executive Director to execute Amendment No.2 to the Professional Services Agreement with Pacific Surveying & Engineering, Inc. for the Hilton Avenue Vicinity Lot Line adjustment.
  • For notification purposes only; Small Works Roster pursuant to Resolution No. 1358 – A, Squalicum Webhouse 2&3 Roof Maintenance (Razz), Portable Tent Structure Demo (Western Refinery), Blaine Harbor Gates 1&2 Pumpout Floats (IMCO) and C Street Barge Ramp Solid Deck (Triple C).
  • Approve the First Modification of Lease between the Port of Bellingham and TYR Port Logistics LLC.
  • Approve the Second Amendment to the Option to Lease Real Property Agreement between Fairhaven Work Studios, LLC and the Port of Bellingham.
Presentations –

New Rules and Regulations for the Bellingham International Airport (BLI):

Aaron Collins, Training Supervisor for BLI, told the Port Commission the airport’s goal has always been to be consistent with industry standards. Collins said the process of drafting the new rules and regulations has been collaborative and transparent, taking 11-months to complete. Airport staff submitted 6-drafts for public review and held 12-public meetings. The current rules and regulations and minimum standards were adopted in 1997. The new rules and regulations were developed in accordance with FAA regulations and policies, International Fire Code, state and local codes and in cooperation with Airport tenants, local Pilots and Advisory Committees (TAAC and BIAAC) as well as the Whatcom Private Pilots and National Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (AOPA). Port Commissioners expressed concerns about why the Airport’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAAC) decided to table a vote on the new rules and regulations. Collins responded they have not received any information from the TAAC about why they wouldn’t vote on it. Among other things the new rules allow aircraft owners to do more repairs and maintenance, and allows owners to build experimental aircraft in their hangars. Commissioner Bell commented that the staff has gone “above and beyond” expectations.

Video of the presentation on New Rules and Regulations for BLI

Action Items –

First Item: Approve and Adopt the New Rules and Regulations for the Bellingham International Airport (BLI) (Resolution No. 1379). Approved 3-0.

Other Business –

Commissioner Shepard thanked the organizers of SeaFeast held Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21 & 22, saying the event was well organized and well attended.

Brian Gouran, Director of Environmental Programs, gave a quick update on the cleanup of the Blaine Marina, and stated that the project is ahead of schedule.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.

– Submitted by a Citizen Journalist for Common Threads NW