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Port 2 plans work on water, electric lines


August 23, 2018

Commissioners of Port District 2 addressed infrastructures and staffing at their monthly meeting Tuesday at Skamokawa Vista Park.

Commissioners authorized Manager Janet Bryan to obtain estimates for upgrading electric and water lines at Vista park.

The electrical line serving camping loop run is no longer adequate for demand, commissioners said.

The water line is also troublesome, Bryan said, and has had significant leaks.

“It’s just a matter of time before the whole water line goes,” she said. With a new line, they could add additional faucets, she added.

Water lines at County Line Park also need some attention, she said.

She said she’d have estimates for the work at the commission’s next meeting.

Bryan also said the preliminary 2019 budget would be available next month.

Commissioner Brian O’Connor asked that Bryan include wages for two new full-time employees, an assistant manager and a maintenance manager.

O’Connor said Bryan is often on duty six days a week and needs support beyond that supplied by the port’s part-time employees.

“We’re sitting on quite a lot of money to have just a manager and part time employees,” O’Connor said. “It seems like we have a lot of stuff that never gets fixed and it waits till next year.”

Commissioner Lori Scott said she agreed with O’Connor, and Commissioner Lee Tischer pointed out that the staff have three sites to take care of.

The port commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Park office in Skamokawa.


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