By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Volunteers and contractors worked all week to upgrade the Port of Brookings Harbor fish cleaning station.

As of Thursday, a new roof was going on, new cleaning tables and cutting surfaces had been installed and the exterior had been repaired and painted.

Members of the Oregon South Coast Fisherman (OSCF) worked Friday to install new coated fencing to keep birds out and, according to Restoration and Finance Chair Richard Heap, the last part of the work to be done is plumbing.

Due the environment at the port, the pipes have to be stainless steel, he said. And they have been ordered.

He credited OSCF President Dave Kuehn and project manager Ken Range with planning and pushing the project to completion.

“The money comes from a surcharge on fishing licenses and then is available in grants from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,” Heap said. “Our grant was for $6,300.”

Port Board President Angi Christian said Heap brought the idea of restoring the station to her and then they took it to the board. Once the board approved the plan, Heap applied for the grant.

“We all use these facilities and can’t leave everything up to the port,” Heap said. “So we decided to do something for the port and the community.”

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