Port of Bellingham Commission
Compiled by Andrew S. McBride
Action Taken at May 5, 2015 Meeting
Shall the Commission:
65. Approve a lease with the Bellingham Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol? The Bellingham Civil Air Patrol wants to continue its month to month lease for 288 square feet of office space in the former Washington National Guard Facility at the Bellingham airport. The annual rent is $3,500. (5219/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0
66. Authorize the executive director to award the low bid of $257,459 to Pacific Security of Bellingham for security services? The security services were advertised and three bids were received. A contingency fee of $25,746 brings the total contract to $283,205. The contract runs from 6/1/2015 through 5/31/2016. (5215/Action Item 1) Approved 3-0
67. Authorize the executive director to sign an aquatic lands sediment remediation easement with the state of Washington for the Whatcom Waterway site? At the 4/3/2007 meeting, vote #52, the commission entered into an agreement for remediation of the Whatcom Waterway and other Model Toxics Control Act sites. At the 9/18/2007 meeting, vote #110, the commission president was authorized to sign a consent decree for cleanup of the Whatcom Waterway site. At that time the estimated cleanup cost was $72 million. A necessary prerequisite for implementation of the Whatcom Waterway Phase 1 cleanup on state-owned aquatic land is an easement with the state Department of Natural Resources for removal of contaminated sediment, capping of contaminated sediment left in place, and future monitoring and maintenance of the environmental cap. (5216/ Action Item 2) Approved 3-0
68. Authorize the executive director to sign an agreement (amendment #1) with the city of Blaine regarding development of the Wharf District? At the 12/18/2007 meeting, vote #137, the commission approved a master plan for improvements to Blaine Harbor. At the 8/19/2008 meeting, vote #106, the commission voted to enter into an agreement with the city of Blaine concerning phase one of development in the Gateway area of the Wharf District. This amendment addresses development in area 5d, which is the west end of Marine Drive including access to Fisherman’s Pier. It commits the port to spend up to $150,000 to fund a condition survey and identify alternative cross sections for the roadway and bank stabilization supporting Marine Drive. (5217/Action Item 3) Approved 3-0
Action Taken at May 19, 2015 Meeting
Shall the commission:
69. Modify a lease with Alaska Airlines for ticket counter space at the Bellingham airport? At the 6/2/2009 meeting, vote #93, the commission approved a lease with Alaska Airlines. The lease included exclusive and nonexclusive areas at the Bellingham airport. This modification removes the exclusive ticket counter area retroactively to 2/28/2014. A credit of about $5,805 will be applied to Alaska Airlines’ account. (5273/Consent Agenda B) Approved 3-0
70. Renew a lease with the federal government (amendment #7) for space in the international arrivals building at the Bellingham airport? The port entered into a supplemental lease agreement with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency on 3/8/2001 to conduct activities related to aircraft processing. This amendment renews the lease for three years beginning 6/1/2015 and ending on 5/31/2018. The federal government can terminate the lease by providing 30 days written notice. The rent for three years is approximately $150,807. (5274/Consent Agenda C) Approved 3-0
71. Modify a lease with Sound Pacific Seafood for property located at 285 Marine Drive in Blaine? At the 11/3/2009 meeting, vote #165, the commission approved a lease with the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe for property located at 245 Marine Drive in Blaine. At the 5/20/2014 meeting, vote #69, the commission transfered the lease from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe to Sound Pacific Seafoods, formed by three members of the tribe. This modification will adjust the rent and change the lease terms retroactively to 25 years. (5275/Consent Agenda D) Approved 3-0
72. Authorize the executive director to award the low bid of $56,524 to Henifen Construction of Bellingham to seal the exterior of the cruise terminal and paint a building? The exterior structural steel of the Bellwether Building will be painted and the brick and masonry exterior of the Bellingham Cruise Terminal will be sealed. The work was advertised and four bids were received. A contingency fee of $6,000 will bring the total contract to $62,524. (5276/Consent Agenda E) Approved 3-0
73. Refund the State of Alaska $30,086 for the overpayment of cruise terminal repairs? On July 6, 2013, the port received a report of property damage caused by an Alaska ferry at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The State of Alaska accepted responsibility and sent a payment of $59,707 based on the port’s repair estimate. Repairs were completed in April 2014 at an actual cost of $29,621. (5277/Consent Agenda F) Approved 3-0
74. Authorize the executive director to award the low bid of $30,609,756 to American Construction Co. of Tacoma for phase 1 of the Whatcom Waterway clean-up project? The project budget includes: construction, consultant’s engineering and construction support, Ecology oversight, port staff costs, and long-term environmental monitoring costs. The action meets the requirements and qualifications for 50 percent funding by the Model Toxic Control Act grant and 50 percent funding of eligible project elements for the AIG pre-funded insurance account. The engineer’s estimate was $32,513,677. The work was advertised and four bids were received. A contingency fee of $1,000,000 brings the total authorized contract to $31,609,756.(5268/Action Item 1) Approved 2-1, Mike McAuley opposed.
75. Authorize the executive director to sign a $401,345 contract (amendment #39) with Anchor QEA of Seattle for phase 1 of the Whatcom Waterway clean-up project? This amendment includes project management, additional engineering and bid support services, permitting, construction management and preconstruction support. The project will be funded by the Model Toxics Control Act and insurance. This amendment brings the total contract to $9,114,091. (5269/Action Item 2) Approved 2-1, Mike McAuley opposed.
76. Approve the Bellingham airport master plan? (Public hearing held) At the 6/21/2011 meeting, vote #99, the commission voted to retain the URS Corporation of San Francisco to update the Bellingham airport master plan. A technical advisory committee was formed; members comprised of airport tenants and users, members of residential neighborhoods, local business owners, and citizens interested in environmental issues. This committee’s input was critical in developing the update; meetings were open to the public. The port SEPA official has issued a Determination of Non-significance as part of the environmental review process. The FAA has reviewed and conditionally approved the plan. The total cost of the master plan is $528,000; federal grants will fund 90 percent. 5270/Action Item 3 (Resolution 1342) Approved 2-1, Mike McAuley opposed.
77. Incorporate the Bellingham airport master plan as an element of the port’s Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements? This master plan update included an extensive public process and was closely coordinated with preparation of the Bellingham airport planned unit development and general binding site plan completed during the same timeframe. 5271/Action Item 4 (Resolution 1343) Approved 2-1, Mike McAuley opposed.