MINUTES FROM THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING
OF THE PORT OF HOODSPORT COMMISSION
June 11, 2014
Call to Order:
Meeting Held at: Hoodsport Port Commissions Office 24113 N US Hwy 101 #A Hoodsport, WA
Roll Call: Commissioner Brazil
Staff Present: K. Wyatt, Port Operations Manager
B. Osborne, Hoodsport Services
Public: Ken Graham – WA State Parks
Eric & Marie – Hoodsport Residents
Conference Call – S.T.E.P.S. Canopy Tour Developers
Approval of Agenda:
Commissioner O’Laughlin made a motion to approve the 06-11-14 meeting agenda. Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved.
Commissioner O’Laughlin made a motion to approve the minutes of May 22, 2014. Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved.
Commissioner O’Laughlin made a motion to approve the Voucher of June 2014 1of1 $6,364.73 Commissioner Petz seconded, unanimously approved.
Ken Graham from WA State Parks was here to check on the development of the Hoodsport Trail Park since it was deeded over to the Port of Hoodsport in 2009. A portion of the proceeds from the dangerous tree removal were used to reforest the Trail Park with 17,000 native trees and plants. A new trail map identifying flora & fauna and over a mile of new trails was cut in by the WA State University 4H Forestry crew, bridges were rebuilt, new park benches, trash receptacles and picnic tables were installed. Work is being scheduled to expand & enhance the trails, install interpretive trail signs, update the outhouse & kiosk, install a light post and additional parking are all planned for this summer. There was discussion on tying in a walking trail East through the Foothills Park extending all the way down to the Hoodsport post office, also outdoor recreational sports activities are being reviewed. There is a possibility that State Grants are available to help with some of these projects.
Eric H. and Marie S. were present, they are residents in the area eager to help with different community groups on projects that tie people’s skills and combine efforts. They were also interested in the Port of Hoodsport’s future projects. They discussed their idea of a breakwater at the Marina. The idea was approached with the conclusion that the predominant North winter wind is a detrimental factor and; the tribe uses the water next to the Marina to fish. Several local community groups were suggested to Eric and Marie to explore joining to share resources.
A fact finding conversation with a Canopy Tour company resulted in doing more research to consider whether the Hoodsport trail Park or other local properties are feasible to consider this type of business which would promote tourism and provide jobs locally.
A 100′ boat was moored out at the end of the Marina, launching kayaks and tourists to enjoy the Canal and shopping in Hoodsport for a day.
Commissioner O’Laughlin suggested the Food Bank research the Ford Van that Mason County Transit is offering; as Ford diesel vans have many maintenance issues. Commissioner Petz stated they may have found a better alternative.
Commissioner O’Laughlin met with the County engineer regarding possible additional Public Parking South of the Port property in town. He also discovered the Port can sign a 1 page Interlocal agreement with Mason County public works to develop the parking spaces.
Commissioner O’Laughlin went to the Chamber meeting and reported there was not much support by the Community to resurrect the Hoodsport Business Association.
Commissioner Brazil contacted the people with the sign making router and they are interested in selling it.
Commissioner Brazil was approached by a citizen asking if the Port of Hoodsport had any jurisdiction to remove a trailer full of wood for sale that sits on the easement of Hwy 101. The Port has NO authority and they were referred to the WSDOT Department of Transportation.
Port Maintenance Reports:
Hoodsport Marina: Use of the boat slips has increased. No problems to report. A float came loose under one of the slips at the dock. Public Restrooms: Usual maintenance regarding plugged toilets and toilet paper theft. Hoodsport Trail Park: The Boy Scouts will be volunteering at the Trail Park in exchange for camping at the Lake Cushman Resort. The WSU 4H Forestry Crew will be working on the trails and hiking trail map in July. Interpretive and directional signs will be made for the trail park stating difficulty of the hiking trails, names of trails, points of interest, flora & fauna. Parks Commission has some of flora & fauna signs available for purchase.
The Port will purchase a Gas powered weed eater for the Port maintenance. J. Liller will be obtaining his business license and contracted to be the backup maintenance crew.
Port Operations Manager Report:
The Annual Schedule 22 State Audit has been completed and submitted to the State Auditor.
The WA Public Port Association is hosting a ‘Commissioners Seminar’ in July; information was given to the Commissioners.
Celebrate Hoodsport preparations are underway: Signs will be posted regarding boats to clear the dock and parking of vehicles to ensure clear pathways for Port staff, Pyrotechnic staff, Sheriffs, Tow Truck, Fire department and Aide vehicles on the evening of the Fireworks event. The Public restrooms septic tanks will be pumped in preparation for the enormous amount of people who will be in Hoodsport for the annual Celebrate Hoodsport fireworks event. All arrangements are underway for Traffic Control and Public Safety.
Shellfish Regulations from the State of WA have been laminated and placed in the Kiosk at the Waterfront Park for the Public harvesting information. The Dock float will be repaired in July.
Review of Expenditures/Revenue month ending May 2014
An interest in Canopy Tours will be investigated further to determine the feasibility of this sport in this area. Disc Golf will also be examined as it has become a popular sport. Both of these sports could bring tourism and local jobs to the Hoodsport area. The Additional public parking location is being explored with the County
Next meeting date is Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 9am.
Commissioner Petz made a motion to adjourn the Regular Port meeting. Commissioner O’Laughlin seconded, unanimously approved, meeting adjourned at 11:35 am
2014 Regular Port Commission Meetings
are scheduled as follows: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.: June 18, July 9, July 23, August 13, August 27, September 10
Minutes Approved: May 22, 2014
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Commissioner O’Laughlin Commissioner Petz Commissioner Brazil