M I N U T E S
February 28, 2017 Bill Mahan Conference Room
6:00 PM Port Administration Offices
Bremerton Nat’l Airport Terminal Bldg
8850 SW State Hwy 3, Bremerton
Call to Order
President Strakeljahn called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and invited the Girl Scout Brownies in the audience to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Brownies served cookies and milk to the Board, staff, and audience.
Commissioners and Staff Present
Gordon Walgren, Atty
Jim Ryan, Atty
Approval of Agenda
It was moved by STOKES, seconded by BOZEMAN to:
Approve the Agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIES, 3-0
A. Minutes of the regular business meeting and executive session of February 14, 2017.
B. Payment of checks #102158 through #102187 and #75437 through #75442 and #75450 through #75517 from the General Fund for $173,841.95; #75443 through #75449 from the Construction Fund for $30,401.41 and the payment of payroll taxes for $17,737.26.
C. Fund Transfer Resolutions:
· Resolution 2017-09 monthly transfer to the General Fund: $92,274.63 from the Airport Fund; $301,815.08 from the Harbor Fund; $59,283.45 from the Airport-Industrial Development Fund.
· Resolution 2017-10 transferring $24,000.00 from the General Fund to the Airport Fund.
· Resolution 2017-11 transferring $100,000.00 from the General Fund to the Harbor Fund.
It was moved by BOZEMAN, seconded by STOKES to:
Approve the Consent Items as presented.
MOTION CARRIES, 3-0
Girl Scouts of Western Washington Discover Aviation Program – Dave Cisneros
Mr. Cisneros reported on the 2016 Girl Scouts Peninsula Region Discover Aviation Program that was held in partnership with Avian Flight Center and which was an unqualified success with over 75 young ladies being able to take the controls of an aircraft. They are in the planning stages for this year’s program with a goal of having even higher participation. The mission of the program is to allow the opportunity to earn an aviation badge and to get women interested in aviation and aviation-related jobs.
The Board thanked Mr. Cisneros for his presentation and the Brownies for providing and serving the milk and cookies. Commissioner Stokes commented that the best investment we can make is in our youth.
2. Legislative Update – Dylan Doty, Jensen Walgren Doty Governmental Consulting
Mr. Doty began by reminding the Board that this year’s “Day on the Hill” will be March 14 during which we will be able to connect with our local legislators. He continued with an overview of the legislative session which is in day 51 of regular session scheduled to end on or by April 23, 2017; however, it is anticipated to go into special session(s). He discussed the various cut-offs, or deadlines, throughout the session and stated that at the halfway point of the regular session attention turns to the three budgets: operating, transportation, and capital. He discussed aspects of each of the budgets including discussion with the Board on the transportation budget and highlighting that the Port has submitted a capital budget request of $1.5M for the Port Orchard Marina Breakwater which the legislators of the 26th district have made a priority request and are sponsors. He also reviewed specific bills of interest to the Port; one being SB5679 which Nelson Holmberg will address during the next information item. The Port works closely with Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) on these bills of interest. There was discussion with the Board on potential for revenue increases and the dynamics of how the legislature operates.
3. Dark Fiber Optics Infrastructure – Nelson Holmberg, Port of Ridgefield
CEO Rothlin introduced Mr. Holmberg, Vice-President of Innovation for Port of Ridgefield, who is leading the charge on fiber optic infrastructure for WPPA’s economic development committee.
Mr. Holmberg discussed SB 5679 related to Port telecommunications authority which passed on the floor today 48-1. The bill expands the geographic limits of port broadband authority to include border counties that are not considered rural and allows for ports to build fiber infrastructure for private carriers that could lease the fiber capacity from the port. He provided background on the Port of Ridgefield and why this bill is so important to the ability to attract customers/tenants and create jobs. He also discussed their interlocal agreement with Port of Whitman County who currently has fiber infrastructure in place.
Mr. Holmberg stated the Port of Ridgefield has taken the lead on a multi-port federal lobbying effort to restore some federal broadband infrastructure funding; he will discuss with CEO Rothlin the opportunity for the Port of Bremerton to participate before making any official ask for financial assistance in the federal strategy.
There was detailed discussion with the Board on this infrastructure opportunity and the return on investment. The was also discussion on the Port’s current broadband provider, Kitsap Public Utility District, with Michael Whitehead, Port IT administrator.
The Board thanked Mr. Holmberg for his presentation stating it is forward thinking with a lot of opportunity and they would like to hear more about it in the future.
Work Study Session- None
Roger Gay, South Kitsap Resident
Reported that he recently attended a Kitsap County Commissioners’ meeting in which they had a briefing on the March release of Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) public review draft. He spoke about the process and recommended that the Port stay involved in it.
Jim Posner, Bremerton Pilots Association President
· Commented that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is installing the new AWOS-C (Automated Weather Observing System) at the airport beginning this week which will include the ability for National Weather Service to tie-in and provide weather forecasting ability. He commended Fred Salisbury for his efforts in making this happen with FAA.
Jerry McDonald, Bremerton Council Member
· Reported that the USS Turner Joy returned from drydock today.
Action Items- None
· Stated that the Port is not getting true recognition for the park in Port Orchard and proposed that in the future the park be referred to as the Port of Bremerton Marina Park at Port Orchard. It was agreed that the park should be recognized as a Port of Bremerton facility. Staff stated changes would be made on the Port website, forms, media distribution, etc. Any entity using the park must include the new name on any banner advertising the event.
Jim Rothlin, Chief Executive Officer
As Council Member McDonald reported, the USS Turner Joy is back with the return being much smoother than the departure. He described the process used today and some of the upcoming work still needing to be accomplished.
Reported on the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) annual conference. He helped man the Kitsap Aerospace & Defense Alliance (KADA) booth one of the three days of the conference.
Along with Commissioners Strakeljahn and Stokes and other staff members, manned the Port booth at the West Sound Business Expo. Was disappointed in the turnout and participation. Commissioner Stokes agreed and stated that the Port may not attend next year if changes aren’t made.
Presented at the Bremerton Central Lion’s Club. Commissioner Strakeljahn was also in attendance and provided comments and answers to audience questions.
Victoria Peters, Marketing Coordinator, kicked off her first website exploration meeting with staff and designers on ideas for updates needed to the Port’s website to make it more informative, user friendly, and interactive.
Reported on the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance 1st quarter board meeting during which he discussed the need to diversify the organization and to get more strategic about the type of companies that are recruited.
Attended the Lions Club meeting and enjoyed being Jim’s “assistant”.
Presented at the Kitsap Building Association. The question of Port sewer was raised and he responded that the Port can go any direction; the system is only at 50% capacity so there is still room for growth – no decision needs to be made yet but will make an educated one when the time comes.
President Strakeljahn recessed the meeting at 7:15 p.m. and reconvened into executive session at 7:25 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes regarding: real estate issues [RCW 42.30.110(1)(c)]. At 7:45 p.m. executive session was extended for 10 minutes; at 7:55 p.m., extended for 10 minutes; at 8:05 p.m., extended for 5 minutes; and at 8:10, extended for 5 minutes.
At 8:15 p.m. the regular meeting was reconvened.
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Jim Rothlin Cary Bozeman
Chief Executive Officer Commission Secretary
March 9, 2017 March 14, 2017