MINUTES FROM THE REGULAR PORT COMMISSION MEETING
OF THE PORT OF HOODSPORT COMMISSION September 26, 2018
Call to Order:
Meeting Held at: Port of Hoodsport 24113 N US Hwy 101 Hoodsport, WA
Commissioner Petz – Commission Chair, Commissioner O’ Laughlin, Commissioner Brazil
K. Wyatt, Port Operations Manager, B. Osborne – Director of Maintenance, S. Lindgren – Maintenance
Jan Morris – Owner, Hardware Distillery, Dan Nowacki – Oceanographer, US Geogical Surveyor, Rebecca Cappelluti – property owner
Approval of Agenda:
Commissioner O’ Laughlin made a motion to approve the agenda as written, Commissioner Brazil seconded, unanimously approved.
Commissioner O’ Laughlin made a motion to approve the Regular Port Commission minutes from September 12, 2018, Commissioner Brazil seconded, unanimously approved.
The following Vouchers/Warrants are for approved of payment: No Vouchers to be approved.
Dan Nowacki, Oceanographer with the USGS in Santa Cruz, CA. is currently working on an oceanic study developing coastal impact models predicting future storm impacts currently being studied along the west coastline. The USGS is interested in installing tidal sensors in the Puget Sound area and Hood Canal. Dans work will monitor unusual water level changes in the Hood Canal throughout the winter during extreme high king tides capturing information on tidal surges as well as low tide readings. Commissioner O’ Laughlin contacted the owner of the dock next to the Port’s dock and obtained permission to affix the device to their fixed piling which was a better stable location for their device. The PVC pipe has an ultrasonic pressure sensor that will be monitored remotely and will gather critical information for their oceanic storm impact data. Dan thanked the port commission and was introduced to the dock owner by Commissioner O’ Laughlin. Jan Morris wanted to invite the Port commission to futures Fall Dinners hosted by the Distillery and the Tides restaurant called ‘Distillery Night at the Tides’. Dinners will be $39. Per person, a collaboration of set menu dinners and drinks will be offered once a month during fall and winter. Jan also wanted to talk about a Mason County Historical Society collaboration with the Hardware Distiller featuring the History of Whiskey in Hoodsport. The event will be on October 20, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Hardware Distillery. She wanted to remind everyone about Trivia nights at the Library which are fun and a learning experience. Rebecca Cappelluti wanted to talk about how she created a parking area by the Port’s maintenance shed adjacent to Port property. Rebecca showed the Port commission a document from the previous owner who sold her the property stating that if the Port commission moved the Ports kiosk from that location, the assigned kiosk area would revert to the owner and that was the reason she placed railroad ties the way she did to create more space within the enclosed parking area. Commissioner Petz thanked Rebecca and said the port commission would have someone review the document to fully understand it.
Commissioner Brazil had people comment on the Hoodsport trail and how it was overgrown. He talked about how the Port had volunteer help from the Lutheran church group, WA State University school program, residents and people who had community service work in past summers. This year was different in that there were no volunteers to help maintain the 80-acre trail park. He also said he met some disc golfers who said Phase I is a tough course. The Port is hoping the disc golf community will be planning a tournament next spring. The Port will celebrate the official opening of the disc golf course with refreshments to the public at that time. Commissioner Petz said regarding the public restrooms drain field, we are waiting to hear back from the County after soil samples were submitted. The soil samples will determine whether a treatment tank will need to be installed.
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. S. Lindgren has been working on trees that were down on the trail near the state route 119.
Hoodsport Marina, Dock & Waterfront Park:
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. Old light post ballasts on two of the light posts along the waterfront have been replaced with new LED fixtures by PUD#1.
Port Operations Manager Report:
A rough draft of the Fall Newsletter was written and submitted to the port commissin, Commissioner Petz asked to remove the paragraph regarding working with WA State Department of Transportation, the newsletter was approved and will be submitted to the Lake Cushman administration to insert into their newsletter. The commission signed a Congratulations card for Kristen Mastellar, who was appointed as the new General Manager for PUD#1. K. Wyatt presented a preliminary budget worksheet for the 2019 budget which was reviewed by the commission. A public preliminary budget hearing will be held on Wednesday November 14th to review the proposed 2019 budget. Regarding the 6-year ongoing traffic safety device discussion with the WA State Department of Transportation whereas the Port of Hoodsport, the local business community and citizens desire traffic safety devices to calm traffic along Highway 101 for pedestrian and local traffic safety, the Port feels it has exhausted all efforts. From the many public meetings held with many upper level people from WSDOT, Wa State Patrol lieutenants, City of Shelton Police Department, County Engineers, County Commissioner, local business owners and citizens, the suggested solution from WSDOT is to continue with traffic studies, transportation plans, transportation committees and community visions when in reality it is a state highway owned by WSDOT that happens to be the main street going through the town of Hoodsport. The obvious solution would be to install two driver feedback speed monitoring devices at each end of town to slow down traffic for cars driving to and from local businesses and a blinking crosswalk device making it safer for pedestrians to cross the street. These devices have been discussed and requested numerous times since 2012 prompting only additional meetings and paperwork. Commissioner O’ Laughlin will turn over the Ports information and discussion from all the meetings since 2012 to local and state government entities, more specifically to Senator Tim Sheldon and the Mason County Commissioner to deal with.
Budget: There was no financial statement to be reviewed at this time.
Old Business: As discussed above New Business: None
Next Meet: October 17, 2018 to be held at the Port of Hoodsport Office
Adjourn: Commissioner O’ Laughlin made a motion to adjourn the Regular Port Commission meeting, Commissioner Brazil seconded, unanimously approved, meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.
2018 Regular Port Commission Meetings are scheduled as follows: Wednesday’s at 9a.m. October 17, November 14, December 19, January 9, 2019