Davis’ absence cancels meeting; nine residents apply to fill vacant seats

Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioner Roy Davis missed the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday and the board, short of a quorum because of his absence, was unable to conduct business.

The board had planned to appoint one or two new commissioners from applications Tuesday if all three commissioners had attended. Nine applications were submitted for the two seats left vacant by the resignations of commissioners Roger Thompson and Andy Martin.

The board could not address other agenda items either, including Kathy’s Corner’s request for more space, Bounders Crab Shack’s lease or the reestablishment of port rates.

Davis said last week that he refuses to attend any board meetings until the May 29 recall vote is over.

Commissioners Angi Christian and Jan Barbas face the recall, and without Davis in attendance, the board will remain unable to vote on resolutions or appointments, according to interim Port Manager Kathy Lindley Hall.

Davis also missed the board of commissioners budget and special meeting May 4.

“I am refusing to attend meetings to protect the port,” Davis said.

He indicated he did not want a stacked board voting 2 to 1 on every issue and characterized the board as “dysfunctional.”

“Mr. Davis has chosen by his absence to stop this meeting, and I apologize for how short this was,” Christian said before adjourning the meeting after roll call.

In earlier statements, she noted her disappointment with Davis and said his actions blocked her from doing the job she was elected to do.

If either Barbas or Christian is recalled on May 29, under port board policy, the board would not have a quorum of three members and the Curry County Board of Commissioners would appoint one commissioner or more until a quorum is met.

The following people have submitted applications for Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioner:

Richard Heap

Heap said his intent is to help the port commission ensure the port is well managed, properly maintained and updated and that port staff are secure in their employment and fulfilled by their work at the port.

“I am a recreational boater and have used the port facilities continuously since 1994. I also represent Oregon recreational fishermen on several boards, councils and commissions.”

Jacob Presser

Presser said he is a senior who is dependable and conscientious and his contribution to the local community is important to him.

“What I bring is a practical approach to life and my local community. I am loyal and interested in what happens and all that matters pertaining to Harbor, Oregon.”

Sharon Hartung

Hartung claims her previous experience as a port commissioner has made her very aware of the port’s financial challenges.

“I have the required experience as a commissioner in working with the general public, the port employees and the port’s customers.”

Leroy Blodgett

Blodgett said over the next few years there appear to be some challenging and exciting opportunities for the port, including the development of the area.

“I have extensive expertise in this field and I have been involved in collaborating within communities to find the most efficient and fair way to provide services.”

Joseph Speirs

Speirs said he has run a business out of the port and paid for commercial moorage there for more than 30 years.

“We are a small community that takes pride in the port and the many people who earn their livelihood from the day to day workings of the port. I want to be a voice for those and others who care and want to see the port up and running as it should be.”

Russell Burkman

Burkman said he has been a tenant of the port for four years and wants to bring justice back to the citizens.

“In the last few months I have sat back and watched our port destroyed. Enough is enough. There comes a point when the only way to fix a problem is get involved.”

Wesley Ferraccioli

Ferraccioli began his career in residential boat dock construction and eventually became an emergency responder.

“I believe my background and experience would bring value to the port commission. I have real world experience with many of the activities necessary to the day-to day operation and maintenance of a port.”

Larry Brocker

Brocker is retired and says he is motivated to see a small community using its assets and resources to better itself and its residents.

“I am retired and have 24 hours a day and seven days a week to give to the port which I believe needs a new vision, a vision to correct poor situations and to enhance the port with a strategic plan.”

Kenneth Range

Range is a full-time resident and user of port facilities. He claims many years of experience at the port as a recreational boat owner and inspector.

“I believe we need a port commission that represents the interests of both commercial and recreational fishing and provides support and clear direction to the port manager as well as keeping the public informed regarding long-term plans for the port.”

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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