MINUTES FROM THE REGULAR PORT COMMISSION MEETING
OF THE PORT OF HOODSPORT COMMISSION October 17, 2018
Call to Order:
Meeting Held at: Port of Hoodsport 24113 N US Hwy 101 Hoodsport, WA
Commissioner Petz – Commission Chair, Commissioner O’ Laughlin – excused absence, Commissioner Brazil
K. Wyatt, Port Operations Manager, B. Osborne – Director of Maintenance, S. Lindgren – Maintenance
Sharon Trask – Candidate for Mason County Commissioner
Approval of Agenda:
Commissioner Brazil made a motion to approve the agenda as written, Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved.
Commissioner Brazil made a motion to approve the Regular Port Commission minutes from September 26, 2018, Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved.
The following Vouchers/Warrants are for approved of payment: $6,487.18 and 3rd ¼ Commissioner Payroll in the amount of $2,342.46
Sharon Trask, candidate running for Mason County Commissioner said she enjoyed meeting business owners and Commissioner O’ Laughlin at the Hardware Distillery’s event in September held by Jan Morris as an introduction to meet and talk to Sharon about her platform as County Commissioner. Commissioner Petz said the Port of Hoodsport is a public entity with taxing authority with three elected Port Commissioners. They receive per diem for one port meeting in the winter months and two port meetings in the summer months. The port has no employees, only contracted people. The Port owns and maintains the public dock, the public restrooms and an 80 acre trail park on State Rt 119 which was deeded by the State of Washington to maintain. Commissioner Petz said the port cleaned up the park and trails and is currently building a family friendly disc golf course which will be ADA compliant and has partnered with the Shelton Disc golf association who provides all of the labor, the Port is funding the infrastructure. Commissioner Brazil pointed out the Port of Hoodsport’s district on the Mason County Port District map which mostly covers areas in the wilderness that has no tax base to contribute to the Ports budget. Commissioner Petz said the Ports biggest project is the Public Restrooms which was the dominant desire of this port districts tax payer. The Port in conjunction with the owners of the Hood Canal Grocery store installed the public restrooms. The HCG owners leased land to the port for the location of the public restrooms and septic drain field. The public restrooms have been an outrageous success to the point of having a challenge with the capacity of the septic drain field. The Port is working closely with the County and septic specialists to develop a reserve drain field which will be able to handle the incredible usage. If you talk to any business owner in Hoodsport the public restrooms have helped their business tremendously. Commissioner Petz said the Ports dock is its biggest asset and is used by quite a few people all summer long, during crabbing, shrimping, for boaters in general and the fisherman use it. In the winter we get some pretty big storms and without protection, the dock takes a beating and usually requires repairs. Sharon said the Port may be able to talk to Tim Sheldon, Dan Griffey or Drew Mc Ewan regarding a Capital budget request for state funds available to rebuild or replace the ports dock. Sharon said she likes having conversations with people regarding mental health, public housing and other community concerns. Commissioner Brazil said there are 3000 lots at Lake Cushman with 22 subdivisions and that Sharon may want to talk to them at one of their board meetings. Sharon talked about her platform and opinions on the upcoming initiatives 1631 which she does not support and 1634 which she does support. Commissioner Brazil thanked Sharon for her time and wished her well in the upcoming election.
Commissioner Reports: None
Port Maintenance Reports:
Hoodsport Trail Park: B. Osborne is coordinating with the disc golf association on mutual directional signs trail signs to be placed at trail intersections at the trail park.
Hoodsport Marina, Dock & Waterfront Park: B. Osborne said the fall application the fertilizer on the lawn has been applied and he has done the winterization of the water lines. The surveillance cameras will be mounted to see the public restrooms, the shed, boat ramp and dock.
Public Restrooms: Currently open to the public intermittently as directed by the septic system specialists and Mason County.
Port parking/maintenance shed: Household trash is regularly being left in trash receptacles at the port restroom, waterfront park area, the Hoodsport trail park and by the Port dumpster.
Port Operations Manager Report:
The Port administrator gave a copy of an email sent by the Washington Public Ports Association to the commission with the WPPA’s opinion on initiative 1631, the Carbon Fee. Their opinion was it was not beneficial, unclear as to where funds go and open ended. An email was received by the County Commission regarding a meeting that is to be held at the Fire District 1 Station, Finch Creek Road, on Tuesday, October 30 at 1 p.m. This is not a regular business meeting but a special meeting to bring information to the Hoodsport community. Attached was a draft agenda showing the topics that will be covered. They asked the Port to post/circulate this agenda on any community bulletin boards/newsletters to get the word out to the community. The agenda includes open forum for citizen input, a traffic study done by WSDOT on September 10th, community development with on-line permitting, public benefit rating system and discussion of septic systems. The Port received and email from Kristin Masteller thanking them for the Congratulations card that was sent to her on her promotion to general manager of PUD#1. The Port received an email from WSDOT showing results of a speed study done on 9-10-18 stating the average speed on Hwy 101 going through Hoodsport is 32.6 miles an hour. A tourist inquired about a lost purse on the dock, she said it was small and she put it down while taking a photo and then forgot it. When she returned to the dock, it was gone. S. Lindgren said he went out and looked and did not see anything but that it could have fell into the water, a seagull could have picked it up or someone else. The purse had her all of her documents that were needed to return home, she was very distressed. The Port administrator suggested talking to the Hood Canal Grocery store as sometimes people turn in lost and found items to them. Brian Sund, a septic specialist working on the repair of the drain field reported that he talked to Alex Paysse with the Environmental Health department at Mason County Public Health who approved his reserve drain field design and that the Port should be receiving a letter from Alex. The next step will be to get bids on clearing and installation in the spring. Brian also said a treatment tank will not be required but maybe an inline filter will be needed.
Budget: The September financial statement was reviewed
Old Business: As discussed above New Business: None
Next Meeting: November 14, 2018 to be held at the Port of Hoodsport Office after the 2019 Budget Hearing
Adjourn: Commissioner Brazil made a motion to adjourn the Regular Port Commission meeting, Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved, meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.
2018 Regular Port Commission Meetings are scheduled as follows: Wednesday’s at 9a.m. November 14, December 19, January 9, 2019