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Port projects moving forward despite short staffing and the lack of a manager


Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners pushed several projects forward Tuesday night despite lacking a manager.

Board President Angi Christian dropped “interim manager” from the agenda and then forged on with the board to address bids for boarding docks, funding for a telehandler (a large, mobile, extendable forklift) and the sale of thousands of feet of pipe.

Acting Port Manager Travis Webster said a buyer was interested in buying 7,000 feet of surplus pipe. According to the surplus auction sheet, the port has 10,000 feet of 14-inch pipe.

The board voted to have Webster negotiate with the buyer for the pipe

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Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners pushed several projects forward Tuesday night despite lacking a manager.

Board President Angi Christian dropped “interim manager” from the agenda and then forged on with the board to address bids for boarding docks, funding for a telehandler (a large, mobile, extendable forklift) and the sale of thousands of feet of pipe.

Acting Port Manager Travis Webster said a buyer was interested in buying 7,000 feet of surplus pipe. According to the surplus auction sheet, the port has 10,000 feet of 14-inch pipe.

The board voted to have Webster negotiate with the buyer for the pipe and attempt to sell the additional 3,000 feet at a discount to the same buyer.

Christian said she has been working with Umpqua Bank to re-establish local funding for a telehandler.

At Umpqua’s request, she sent them the annual audit of port finances and a work-biography of Acting Manager Travis Webster.

Webster reported the port opened sealed bids for the fabrication and delivery of aluminum boarding docks.

“The bids were sent to the Oregon State Marine Board for review,” Webster said. “OSMB responded quickly and gave us direction to accept the low bidder.”

Topper Industries was low bidder at $314,607.

Speaking as a member of the subcommittee to address issues with the BC Fisheries dock, Commissioner Jan Barbas said recent testing determined the cement on the dock was poured to the prescribed thickness.

He added, other tests are being analyzed and the board is working actively with the contractor and engineer to resolve all issues.

“At this time, there is no evidence of problems with that dock,” Barbas said.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com