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Port of Bellingham Commission


May 2015

Watching Government

Port of Bellingham Commission

Compiled by Andrew S. McBride

Action Taken at March 3, 3015 Meeting

Shall the commission:

37. Authorize the executive director to sign a $69,318 contract with VPCI+Cities Digital of Hudson, WI for the installation and maintenance of electronic records management software? The port received two responses to the Request for Qualifications. A contingency fee of $6,000 brings the total contract to $75,318.(5097/Action Item 2) Approved 3-0

38. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreed order (amendment #1) with the state of Washington for interim action at the Harris Avenue shipyard site? The interim action requires demolition and reconstruction of portions of existing structures to remove contaminated sediments and remove and cap contaminated uplands soils. The Harris Avenue shipyard site includes upland and aquatic land that is currently used for shipyard and boat manufacturing operations. The port entered into an agreement with the state of Washington at the 12/17/02 meeting, vote number 121, to complete a remedial investigation/feasibility (RI/FS) study for contaminated marine sediments under the Model Toxics Control Act. A sediments RI/FS study was completed in 2004. The state requested that the RI/FS be expanded to include upland property. At the 5/6/08 meeting, vote number 66, the commission approved a $359,458 contract with Floyd/Snider LLC of Seattle to complete a RI/FS study at the Harris Avenue shipyard. At the 2/16/2010 meeting, vote #37, the commission approved an agreed order with the state of Washington to complete a site-wide RI/FS at the Harris Avenue shipyard site. (5100/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0

39. Authorize the executive director to sign a $26,318 contract with Wilson Engineering of Bellingham to provide surveying services at the Waterfront District? The former Georgia Pacific Corporation property will be divided into sellable parcels with dedicated roadways and parks. The state of Washington and city of Bellingham require this work to be done by a professional land surveyor. A contingency fee of $2,682 brings the total contract to $29,000. (5098/Action Item 4) Approved 3-0

40. Award 2015 Small City Economical Development Fund grants totaling $80,000 to Blaine, Everson, Ferndale and Lynden? The port started the small cities grant program in 2004. The city of Blaine will receive $20,000 ($45,000 cash match) to complete a study to determine the local consumer profile and assess the Canadian market. The city of Everson will receive $20,000 ($20,000 cash match) for phase one of the Lincoln Street expansion from Washington Avenue to W. Main Street. The city of Ferndale will receive $20,000 ($80,000 cash match) to pay for phase 2 of the Thornton Road extension. The city of Lynden will receive $20,000 ($20,000 cash match) to complete plans and permits for a sanitary sewer system south of Kok Road and Bay Lyn Drive. (5099/Action Item 5) Approved 3-0

41. Authorize the executive director to sign a notice of intent for the Whatcom Waterway? The port is required to submit the notice with the state before filing a stormwater construction application for the Whatcom Waterway. (New Business 1) Approved 3-0

42. Request the city of Bellingham repeal all rules governing facilities in Bellingham Harbor operated by the Port of Bellingham? State law allows the Port of Bellingham to request that the city repeal the rules. The Bellingham Municipal Code contains operating rules for facilities the port operates in Bellingham Harbor. These rules have not been amended since 1985, are out of date, and are enforced by the port rather than the city. The The Bellingham City Council repealed the rules at the 3/23/2015 meeting, vote #59. New Business 2 (Resolution 1339) Approved 3-0

Action Taken at March 17, 2015 Meeting

Shall the commission

43. Authorize the executive director to close and re-new nine remedial action grant agreements with the state of Washington? The port has agreements for the following Model Toxics Control Act sites: Blaine Marine Tank Farm, central Waterfront, Cornwall Avenue landfill, G-P Mill, Harris Avenue Shipyard, I & J Waterway, Weldcraft Steel and Marine, Westman Marine and Whatcom Waterway. The old state grant system is being phased out and new on-line grant management system implemented. Funding for each site will remain unchanged with 50 percent of the cleanup eligible for reimbursement. (5120/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0

44. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with SPIE — International Society for Optics and Photonics ­— for a light-based artwork exhibition? SPIE is an organization that supports scientists and engineers working with light based technologies. The exhibit called “Light: Beyond the Bulb” it will be presented for two weeks at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on a date to be determined. (5121/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0

45. Authorize the executive director to sign a $25,413 contract (amendment #13) with URS Corporation of San Francisco, CA, to perform grant reimbursement analysis for the Bellingham airport? The analysis will determine what parts of the airport terminal expansion may be eligible for approximately $9.3 million in federal FAA grants. This is part one, a second will be needed. A contingency fee of $2,500 brings the amended contract to a total of $6,084,313. (5122/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0

46. Authorize the executive director to sign a $272,538 contract (amendment #1) with Puget Sound Executive Services of Seattle to provide security at the Bellingham airport? The company will provide law officers at screening checkpoints. Whatcom County deputies will only be used when Washington State Patrol troopers are unavailable. The federal government will reimburse the port for approximately 45 percent of the total cost with the remaining balance reimbursed by the airlines. The contract runs from 3/1/2015 through 2/29/2016. (5123/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0

47. Reaffirm the request that the city of Bellingham repeal all rules governing facilities in Bellingham Harbor operated by the Port of Bellingham? The original Port Commission request was approved at the 3/3/2015 meeting, vote # 42. State law allows the Port of Bellingham to request that the city repeal the rules. The Bellingham Municipal Code contains operating rules for facilities the port operates in Bellingham Harbor. These rules have not been amended since 1985 and are out of date, and are enforced by the port rather than the city. The Bellingham City Council repealed the rules at the 3/23/2015 meeting, vote #59. (Resolution 1339) 5129/Action Item 1 Approved 3-0

48. Authorize the executive director to sign a $37,531 contract with Bennett Engineering of Bellingham to perform monitoring and permitting support services at the Bellingham airport woodwaste landfill? Georgia-Pacific operated the landfill from 1984 to 1992; the port acquired the property in 2005. The Whatcom County Health Department issued the permit for the closure of the woodwaste landfill site in 2010, see the 12/7/2010 meeting, vote #165. It is anticipated that woodwaste post-closure monitoring, water sampling and reporting will be required for 15 to 20 years. Bennett Engineering will conduct monthly landfill cover inspections, perform quarterly water sampling, gas monitoring and file quarterly reports. Bennett will also do sampling and reporting as required by the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. A contingency fee of $3,754 brings the total contract to $41,285. (5113/Action Item 2) (Resolution 1339) Approved 3-0

49. Authorize the executive director to sign a $40,000 contract (amendment #2) with Strider Construction Company of Bellingham for four utility improvement projects? The projects are: add storage capacity to the Alderwood stormwater retention pond; replace the four-inch Mitchell Way sewer main with an eight-inch line; replace the “C” Street sewer line between Roeder Avenue and Maple Street and complete Phase 2 replacing water mains and service lines at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park. The entire amendment is going for cost overruns at the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park. This amendment brings the total contract to $1,009,234. (5114/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0

50. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement with the city of Bellingham to install fencing along a public trail connecting the Bellwether Peninsula with the former GP treatment lagoon? The chain link fencing will be six feet tall and 350 lineal feet. The trail has been configured to keep it on port property and not cross leased land or property owned by the state. The city is responsible for bidding the project and the port will reimburse the city for the portion of the trail fencing that is the port’s responsibility. (5119/Action Item 4) Approved 3-0

51. Authorize the executive director to sign a $30,183 contract with Carletti Architects of Mount Vernon for design and consulting services for Harris Avenue building improvements? The Arrowac Building at 207 Harris Avenue needs a new roof, painting and a backflow prevention devise. The total cost of the project is estimated at $280,838. (5116/Action Item 5) Approved 3-0


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