10 Aug Commission Meeting Minutes 7-11-22
PORT COMMISSION OF THE PORT OF EDMONDS MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
(Hybrid = in person and via Zoom) July 11, 2022
David Preston, President
Steve Johnston, Vice President
Jim Orvis, Secretary
Bob McChesney, Executive Director
Brian Menard, Director of facilities and Maintenance
Tina Drennan, Manager of Finance and Accounting
Brittany Williams, Manager of Properties and Economic Development
Karin Michaud, Office Manager
Renae Ebel, Administrative Assistant
Jordan Stephens, Port Attorney
Neil Tibbott, Edmonds City Council
CALL TO ORDER
President Preston called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
All those in attendance participated in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
COMMISSIONER ORVIS MOVED THAT THE CONSENT AGENDA BE APPROVED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
A. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
B. APPROVAL OF JUNE 13, 2022 MEETING MINUTES, AS SUBMITTED
C. APPROVAL OF PAYMENTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $654,918.96 FOR JUNE 27, 2022 AND $177,251.03 FOR JULY 11, 2022
COMMISSIONER JOHNSTON SECONDED THE MOTION, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
There were no public comments.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Mr. McChesney reported that Port staff, along with Commissioners Harris and Preston, provided a tour of the marina earlier in the day.
Mr. McChesney also reported that the Harbor Square Elevator Pit Repair Project is going well. The soils were recently tested, and no contamination was reported. Concrete will be poured on July 12th, and the elevator should be back in operation by the afternoon of July 15th. Commissioner Orvis asked if any other elevator pits will need to be repaired, and Mr. McChesney answered that it is likely. While none are scheduled at this time, he expects similar repairs will be needed in other buildings within four or five years. He reminded them that the pads that the elevators at Harbor Square sit on are only four inches thick. The pumping action of the elevators and the high ground water have caused capillary cracks in the them, resulting in water intrusion.
Commissioner Johnston asked how often the elevators are inspected, and Mr. McChesney answered that the Port has an elevator maintenance contract and inspections are done quarterly. The Department of Labor and Industries has an official inspection once a year. They are charge of elevator compliance, and the requirements continue to change.
NEW ADMINISTRATION/MAINTENANCE BUILDING GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY – ON SITE
Those in attendance at the meeting moved to the project site at 3:46pm for a groundbreaking ceremony. Commissioner Preston announced that the meeting would adjourn immediately following the groundbreaking
Mr. McChesney commented that the Port is happy to be moving forward with the new Administration/Maintenance Building. The permits have been issued, the project has been designed, and the contractor is ready to get started. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for July 13th, and it is anticipated work will begin within the next week. He reminded them that work on the North Portwalk and Seawall Reconstruction Project can’t be done from the waterside, and the current administration building will need to be demolished to allow space for the work to be done from the land side. The building is also obsolete and no amount of Port investment will rehabilitate it. They are excited to have a new building that will house the maintenance and administrative staff, as well as some commercial rentable space.
Golden shovels were given to each of the Commissioners and Mr. McChesney and photographs were taken as they broke ground on the project site.
Councilmember Tibbott commented that the Port’s commitment to serving the residents of the Port District, the City of Edmonds, and Woodway as well as all of the tourists who come into the area is admirable. He appreciates the service the Port provides to the City and all who use the Port facilities.
The Commission meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Port Commission Secretary