Port 1 commission goes over dock plan
July 18, 2019
Last Thursday, the Wahkiakum County Port District 1 Board of Commissioners held a quick meeting to discuss matters at the marina.
The port had been asked to submit a letter of support for the Wahkiakum Resource Action Plan and in June, Commissioners Scott Anderson and Brett Deaton opted to table a decision until fellow commissioner, Bob Kizziar was available to comment.
Kizziar said he had considered the plan and ultimately agreed with Anderson and Deaton, who had expressed reluctance.
“I’m a firm no,” Deaton added.
The port has been awarded a grant from the Marine Resources Committee to put in a viewing deck on the waterfront. Port Manager Jackie Lea is applying for permits for the planned 20’ x 40’ structure.
Last month there had been some discussion about the possible addition of a dock, which Deaton described as “nothing but trouble.”
This month, Deaton wanted to clarify his statement.
“I had a constituent ask why I was against the dock,” Deaton said. “How many months of the year will sea lions be on that dock? It’s going to be on the main fairway, boats won’t slow down, and there will be people wanting to fish on it. I’m not against docks, but sea lions will probably destroy it.”
A question about whether the port was limited to the 20’ x 40’ dimensions for the viewing deck came forward. Could they make the viewing deck bigger?
There was discussion and speculation, but nothing was determined.
The port plans to move the fence by the sewer ponds in order to utilize more of their property. And according to Lea, outside entities have shown some interest in leasing the port’s dredge.
The commissioners discussed the Farmers Market and the Trunk Sale, noting that the latter had really added vitality to the event.
The marina should be busy this weekend with three yacht clubs expected, and lodging at capacity for Bald Eagle Days.