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Port of Friday Harbor planning new Administrative Building on Port property near the airport.

LWVSJ Observer Corps summary Friday Harbor Port Commission May 24, 2024 meeting.

The Commission approved an Interlocal Agreement between the Port of Friday Harbor and the Town of Friday Harbor to provide each other support in engineering and public works projects at cost pricing. The Commission switched the agendas of the July meetings. The July 12th meeting will be bill pay only and July 26th will be the regular Commission meeting.

The Executive Director presented updated plans for the new Administrative Building on Port property near the airport. The building will be energy efficient and include solar panels on the roof. The ED will bring some sample materials and further plan details to a future meeting. 

The Port will apply for an $11 million federal Port Electrification Grant to cover costs to redo the electrical system in Shipyard Cove and Friday Harbor marina to accommodate the demand from electric vessels. While it is a long shot, Port will work with outside companies to present a strong project proposal. 

Rich Goodhart gave a commissioner’s report on his attendance at the Spring meeting of the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA). He will compile his notes and circulate to the Commissioners together with the presentation from the meeting. 

Rich also reported that he was very impressed with the selection of the new County Manager, Jessica Hudson. He said it would be important that the Port has a seat as a stakeholder in this in the County’s upcoming revisions to the Growth Management Act. The economic development portion of the comprehensive plan facilitates the application for certain grants and other funding sources. A plan that includes a clear path for project approval such as the one in Chehalis would be very welcome. 

Barbara Marrett reported on the success of the May 22nd celebration for the restoration of the house poles. It was well attended and a beautiful ceremonial observance for the indigenous tribes who gave blessings and showed gratitude for the acknowledgements. 

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