WPPA SPRING MEETING
May 14 & 15, 2008
May 14, 2008
President Bill Clark welcomed the group. President Clark then introduced the attending
WPPA Executive Committee including: Richard Marzano, WPPA Vice President and Port of
Tacoma Commissioner; Mike Ahrenius, WPPA Secretary and Port of Friday Harbor
Commissioner; Lanny Cawley, WPPA Treasurer and Port of Kalama Executive Director; Paul
Schneidmiller, WPPA Past President and Port of Walla Walla Commissioner; Jack Thompson,
WPPA Past President and Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner and Pat Jones, WPPA Executive
Fred Swanstrom, Commissioner, Port of Kalama, gave the invocation and Senator Craig
Pridemore then welcomed the Association to the community. Pat Jones thanked Senator
Pridemore for his advocacy of ports and presented him with a plaque on behalf of the
Pat Jones introduced the luncheon speaker, David Yewman of Dash Consulting who
presented, “Connecting to Your Publics: How To Improve Communications.” Mr. Yewman
discussed the importance of communicating your port’s message in a clear and concise
statement – what he termed your port’s “elevator speech.” He used a variety of humorous
and insightful techniques to relay this point, including videos of conference attendees
explaining their ports’ missions and accomplishments.
Pat Jones then expressed the Association's thanks to luncheon sponsors, Seattle-Northwest
Securities and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants; Thursday "Ports Executive" Breakfast sponsor Maul
Foster Alongi; Name Badge sponsor, Enduris Inc. (formerly Washington Governmental Entity
Pool); Program Printing sponsor, Marine Floats and Spouse Program sponsor, PND, Inc.,
The luncheon adjourned at 1:55 p.m.
WEDNESDAY GENERAL SESSION
May 14, 2008
Mike Ahrenius, WPPA Secretary and Port of Friday Harbor Commissioner, convened
Wednesday’s general session. The Session started with the 2008 Legislative Session
presentation, including a video recap of the important committee hearings and floor votes,
followed by an overview of key legislative issues
Next attendees heard from Pierce County Executive and Attorney General candidate John
Ladenburg on “Promoting Economic Development Regionally: Tips for Ports.” Mr. Ladenburg
emphasized the importance of a well-coordinated regional economic strategy. In regards
to his candidacy for Attorney General, he also addressed legal issues if importance to ports,
such as legislation requiring taped recordings of local government executive sessions.
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
May 14, 2008
After calling the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m., President Bill Clark called on Executive
Director Pat Jones for the roll call of member ports. A quorum was present. President Clark
called for introduction of new port people. Dave Ripp, Executive Director of the Port of
Camas-Washougal introduced their new commissioner Paul Cline. Greg Hertel,
Commissioner, Friday Harbor introduced their new Director Marilyn O’Connor. Port of
Longview Communications and PR Manager Ashley Opsahl-Scibelli was introduced by
Executive Director Ken O’Hollaren. Jay Hupp, Port of Shelton Commissioner and Judy Scott,
Port of Allyn Commissioner introduced themselves.
President Clark then opened the floor for committee reports, which are optional at the
Spring Meeting. Jim Darling, Port of Bellingham and chair of the Environmental Policy
Committee, advised the membership that the Committee’s last assessment was in 1996 and
that there was only $27,000 remaining in the account. The Committee was proposing a new
assessment of $121,000 for specific projects. Mr. Darling also invited the membership to
attend their annual seminar in September in Bellingham. Larry Paulson, Port of Vancouver
and chair of the Cooperative Development Committee reminded the membership that the
WPPA has commissioned a Marine Cargo Forecast every five years, the cost of which is
borne by the WPPA, through an assessment on the 12-15 ports benefitting most from the
forecast, and the Department of Transportation. The total cost of the 2009 forecast is
expected to be $200,000. Copies of both reports are made part of these minutes.
President Clark then moved to the awarding of the Lewis R. Holcomb scholarship. He
reported that this is the 21st presentation of the scholarship, named in honor of the late WPPA
Executive Director Lew Holcomb and that the scholarship continues to attract responses
from qualified individuals from a variety of areas and ports. Seven applications were
received this year and, after considering all applications the Executive Committee was
awarding this year’s scholarship to Michael Weiler, an employee of the Port of Wahkiakum
County #1. A high school senior, Michael works as a dock and yard maintenance worker for
the port and plans to attend the University of Washington with a major in mechanical
engineering. Michael was present to accept the award and thanked the membership for
the educational assistance.
WPPA Treasurer Lanny Cawley gave his treasurer’s report, stating that there has been no
material change in the association’s financial picture since the last report. A copy of this
report is made part of these minutes.
Pat Jones was called upon for his Executive Director’s report. He noted that the results of the
legislative session, in spite of the magnitude of anti-port legislation driven by the Port of
Seattle audit findings, was a positive comment on the part of ports and their success in
defeating the negative anti-port issues. He said that because the WPPA is small, we operate
tactically, but while we were successful in defeating the negative legislation this session, time
spent addressing the negative uses up energy and political capital and isn’t something we
can do every year. He said that the same old solutions will not continue to work and that this
must be turned around at the local level. We must find how to reposition ourselves in the
economic development community and focus on the good ideas, not expend political
capital to fight bad ideas. Mr. Jones commented on the strength of the association’s
committee structure, noting the full slate of seminars including a new one (the Facilities and
Engineering Seminar scheduled for August). Administratively, the public relations position
remains unfilled. Mr. Jones then advised the members that, after 16 years, he will resign from
WPPA at the end of the year. He stated that it has been both a privilege and a pleasure to
work for the organization and that it was now up to the Executive Committee to shape the
staff with their selection of his successor.
Bill Clark began his President’s Report by saying the Mr. Jones had told the Executive
Committee several months ago about his decision to leave and while they were sad to see
him go, this was now an opportunity for the association to shape their future. Before
proceeding with the personnel issues, President Clark noted that the association’s legislative
efforts this year were particularly successful, especially in the face of the 25+ bills targeted to
us trying to limit our authority or flexibility. The fact that nothing negative passed speaks so
highly of the work done by staff. He noted that his fellow Executive Committee members are
an outstanding group of people, participating for the right reasons and always thoroughly
thinking about the questions before them. He also thanked the committees and committee
chairs for doing the real work of the association in the forwarding of our issues.
President Clark then moved to executive session, asking staff and non-trustees to leave the
Regular session resumed at 4:55 pm with President Clark stating that no action had been
taken in executive session. Ernie Boston, Port of Pasco, moved to hire Eric Johnson as the
new WPPA Executive Director, effective January 1, 2009. Paul Schneidmiller, Port of Walla
Walla, noted that this was subject to the Executive Committee and Mr. Johnson coming to
agreement on contract terms and compensation. The motion was seconded. The members
engaged in discussion. The question was then called and passed unanimously. Mr. Johnson
told the members he was grateful for the opportunity, excited to begin and promised to
make the organization proud.
President Clark called for old business. There was none.
Under new business, Larry Paulson, Port of Vancouver, moved to authorize a voluntary
assessment for the Marine Cargo Forecast. The motion was seconded by John Mohr, Port of
Everett and passed unanimously. Bob Allen, Port of Grapeview, moved to authorize the
voluntary Environmental Committee assessment. The motion was seconded by Joe Melroy,
Port of Ridgefield, who also noted that Ridgefield should be added to the list of ports being
assessed. The motion passed unanimously.
President Clark reminded the members of the summer and fall seminar schedule and Annual
Meeting, set for November at the Hotel Murano (formerly Sheraton) in Tacoma. There being
no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
THURSDAY MORNING SESSION
May 15, 2008
Dick Marzano, WPPA Vice President and Port of Tacoma Commissioner, convened
Thursday’s general session. The Session consisted of three presentations:
The first presentation, “Industrial Real Estate: Overview and Outlook for Current Market” was
given by Gary Danklefsen, Regional Director, First Industrial Realty Trust. He discussed current
demand on industrial real estate in the greater Puget Sound area and the expansion
needed to meet expected growth.
The second presentation, “Dealing Practically with the Open Public Meetings and Public
Disclosure Acts” was given by Frank Chmelik, Principal, Chmelik Sitkin & Davis. He spoke on
the importance of protecting your port’s “political bank account” and why the OPMA and
Public Disclosure Act should be considered part of what ports do rather than a hindrance to
what ports do.
And the final presentation, “Warming Up to Climate Change: What Does It Mean for Us” was
done by Eric Johnson, Deputy Director, WPPA and Larry Paulson, Executive Director of Port of
Vancouver and Climate Action Team member. They outlined current state and multi-state
initiatives regarding climate change and how they might affect ports.
The General Session adjourned at 10:30 and was followed by the Roundtables.
Roundtable discussion and presenters were:
Communicating Better: Tools For Connecting to Our Citizens
Nancy Baker, Commissioner, Port of Vancouver
Nelson Holmberg, Communications Manager, Port of Vancouver
Port Overlay Zones: A Tool for Streamlining Your Development Plans
Don Hardy, Senior Planner, The J.D. White Company, a division of BERGER/ABAM
Recreation and Outdoor Grant Opportunities
Myra Barker, Grants Manager, WA State Recreation and Conservation Office
Addressing Requests from Community Groups for Port Support
Mike Murphy, Local Government Liaison, Office of the State Auditor
The Public Disclosure Commission Answers Your Questions
Sally Parker, Lead Filer Assistance Specialist, Public Disclosure Commission
Working with the State on Prevailing Wage Requirements
Patrick Woods, Assistant Director Specialty Compliance Services, WA State Department
of L & I
Hiring A Lobbyist: Why, Do’s and Don’ts
Pat Jones, Executive Director, WPPA
Kurt Beckett, Director of External Affairs, Port of Seattle
The roundtables adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
May 15, 2008
WPPA President Clark called Thursday’s luncheon to order. He called on Mike Conley,
Commissioner, Port of Moses Lake for the invocation. He then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Following the meal, President Clark introduced the attending WPPA Executive Committee,
including: Richard Marzano, WPPA Vice President and Port of Tacoma Commissioner; Mike
Ahrenius, WPPA Secretary and Port of Friday Harbor Commissioner; Lanny Cawley, WPPA
Treasurer and Port of Kalama Executive Director; Paul Schneidmiller, WPPA Past President
and Port of Walla Walla Commissioner; Jack Thompson, WPPA Past President and Port of
Grays Harbor Commissioner and Pat Jones, WPPA Executive Director.
Pat Jones introduced the luncheon speaker, John Lanigan of the Burlington Northern
Railways Company. Mr. Lanigan talked about demand on transportation infrastructure and
the significant investment needed to meet future growth. He emphasized that solutions will
require significant private and public contributions.
Mr. Jones then thanked sponsoring Associate Members for their support: luncheon sponsors
Berger/Abam Engineers and REID MIDDLETON, Inc.; President’s Reception sponsors David
Evans and Associates, K&L Preston Gates & Ellis, Landau Associates and URS Corporation.
The luncheon adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
May 15, 2008
Following the luncheon, the program resumed at 2:00 p.m. with the “Port Reports” which
featured the Ports of Anacortes, Chehalis and Seattle-Aviation Division.
Tim Arntzen, Executive Director, Port of Kennewick updated the audience on developments
at the port, including ongoing efforts to rejuvenate Clover Island.
Bob Hyde, Executive Director at Port of Anacortes, gave a humorous presentation on the
people and projects at the port.
Mark Reis, Acting Director, SeaTac presented the Port of Seattle’s Aviation Division report and
highlighted successful efforts to improve service and expand operations to meet growth. He
also thanked WPPA and all member ports for their support of the Port of Seattle following the
recent performance audit of construction management at the port.
May 8, 2008
To: WPPA Members
From: Jim Darling, Port of Bellingham
WPPA Environmental Policy Committee Chair
Bob Elsner, Port of Anacortes
WPPA Environmental Technical Committee Chair
Subject: WPPA Environmental Assessment
For nearly twenty years the WPPA has maintained a working account that its Environmental
Committees have used to fund legal and technical services relating to environmental and
land use issues. The funding for this account has been paid by a group of about two-dozen
ports that decided to pool funding to address common issues. Over this time these funds
have paid for legal costs for precedent-setting legal issues, scientific reviews of important
environmental regulations, and training materials such as the WPPA Environmental
Handbook and the WPPA Shoreline Manual for Ports.
The last assessment for this account occurred in 1996, and raised $95,000. The Environmental
Committees have been very judicious with these funds, and has only used them when the
Committees felt that ports had an important need. Approximately $27,000 remains in the
account at this time.
The assessment is paid by the ports with the largest stake in the outcomes of these issues, and
the amount of the assessment is scaled roughly to the size of the port. Payment of this
assessment is entirely voluntary by the affected ports. At the WPPA Spring Board of Trustees
Meeting next week our Board will approve this assessment, and invoices will follow after that.
Port districts are facing a significant series of important environmental and land use issues at
this time. The Environmental Policy Committee and the Environmental Technical Committee
have reviewed these issues, and prioritized several that we believe ports should work
collectively, through the Association, to address.
Because of the nature of these issues, the committees have identified a range of costs that
will be applied to them. These estimates are designed to capture the range of reasonable
costs, with the precise amount applied to each issue made at the discretion of the sitting
Those priority issues are:
1. Dredging and dredged material management. The federal and state regulatory
agencies that jointly regulate this activity are beginning to re-assess the standards that
regulate “how clean is clean” for sediments. Recent proposals have taken very
conservative approaches to exceedingly low levels of contaminants in sediments, and
these proposals have ramifications for both navigation and cleanup dredging.
Work Product: Technical reviews and assessments of agency proposals, as well as
communication pieces relating to the importance of dredging.
Budget range: $15 – 25 K
2. Climate Change. A number of state and regional climate change issues will be
affecting ports over the next several years. Among these will be amendments to the
SEPA regulations that will require all governmental agencies to address climate
change through the SEPA review process. This important rule change will require both
legal and policy review as it is being developed.
Work product: Legal and policy review and advice on the substance of the SEPA rule
revisions. Possibly additional technical review of selected climate change issues.
Budget range: $ 20 – 25 K
3. Local Toxics Grants. In 2007 WPPA advocated for legislation that will create a ten-year
forecasting process for local government cleanup needs across the state. We need to
hire some technical help to gather this information and help the Department of
Ecology package it for legislative budget-writers. The goal is to create a system that
makes it more difficult to transfer these funds into non-cleanup areas.
Work product: Ten-year local government cleanup budget forecast, developed
through either consulting contract or possibly a WPPA intern.
Budget range: $15 – 30 K
4. Puget Sound Initiative. The recently created Puget Sound Partnership agency is
beginning to write an “action agenda” that will affect all ports on Puget Sound. There
will be several years of intensive interactions needed by the Puget Sound ports in order
to establish the partnership agreements and plans that will implement this initiative.
Work product: Consultant help participating in and monitoring advisory processes and
engaging in interactive discussions between ports and the Puget Sound Council and
the Puget Sound Partnership.
Budget range (NOTE: this portion of the budget would be paid only by the ports
bordering Puget Sound). $40 – 50 K
5. Best available science. The GMA requires the use of this tool by local governments to
regulate development in “critical areas”, but the term is undefined. Ports have
developed quite a lot of science over the years at their facilities, but this information
has not been collected and catalogued by a science-based entity such as a
university. If it were, we would have an easier time defending what science is
appropriate within port areas.
Work product: A scientifically-defensible compilation of information and practices that
would constitute “best available science” for port properties.
Budget Range: $40 – 60 K
The attached list shows the group of twenty-two ports that we have identified, as well as a
proposed assessed amount. The general assessment would raise $74,000, with an additional
$47,000 solely from Puget Sound ports for the Puget Sound Initiative, for a total of $121,000.
General Puget Sound Total
Seattle 8 8 16
Tacoma 8 8 16
Bellingham 5 5 10
Everett 5 5 10
Olympia 5 5 10
Longview 5 5
Kalama 5 5
Vancouver 5 5
Anacortes 4 4 8
Edmonds 2 2 4
Bremerton 2 2 4
Port Townsend 2 2 4
Port Angeles 2 2 4
Grays Harbor 2 2
Camas-Washougal 2 2
Benton 2 2
Pasco 2 2
Kennewick 2 2
Walla Walla 2 2
Friday Harbor 2 2 4
Skagit 1 1 2
Shelton 1 1 2
74 47 121
TO: Members of the WPPA Board
FROM: Richard Myers, WPPA Policy Analyst (on behalf of CDC)
DATE: May 7, 2008
SUBJECT: Assessment for 2009 Marine Cargo Forecast
Since 1980 and every five years thereafter, the WPPA has commissioned a Marine Cargo Forecast. The study
has served as a resource within the port community and as an external advocacy tool, educating policy-makers
on the benefits and demands of trade through Washington ports.
The cost of the study has largely been borne by the WPPA through an assessment on the 12 to 15 ports
benefitting most from the study. In recent years, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
has shared in the cost, covering a quarter of the cost in 1994 and about half in 1999 and 2004.
Once again, it is time for an update to the previous forecast. WSDOT has agreed to split the cost of the study
evenly with WPPA. The consultant will be selected through a competitive bidding process, with the total cost
expected to increase to about $200,000. For comparison, the previous forecast cost about $150,000. A total of
15 ports contributed $75,500, with larger ports paying a greater share. The expected increase in WPPA’s share
will be distributed among the participating ports in proportion to previous rates. (Please see the table at the end
of this memo for a breakdown of port shares.)
The 2009 Marine Cargo Forecast is an opportunity for WPPA to provide a rigorous, independent analysis of
marine cargo trends. For ports along the Puget Sound and Columbia and Snake rivers, it will inform planning
decisions and shape deliberations. For all Washington ports it will add credibility to our call for infrastructure
investment and sound economic development policy.
The WPPA Cooperative Development Committee and a technical working group will work with WSDOT to
develop a contract that reflects our ports’ forecasting needs. The directors of contributing ports will be kept
informed of the study’s progress. The assessment at the rates below is critical to this effort.
Table: Port Participation Rates and Amounts
’04 Amount 04’ Percentage ’09 Amount
Port of Seattle $25,000 33% $33,000
Port of Tacoma $25,000 33% $33,000
Port of Bellingham $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Everett $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Kalama $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Longview $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Olympia $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Vancouver $3,000 4% $4,000
Port of Anacortes $1,500 2% $2,000
Port of Grays Harbor $1,500 2% $2,000
Port of Pasco $1,500 2% $2,000
Port of Whitman County $1,500 2% $2,000
Port of Clarkston $500 .7% $700
Port of Port Angeles $500 .7% $700
Port of Walla Walla $500 .7% $700
WPPA Total $75,500 100.1% $100,100
WPPA Treasurer's Report
2008 Spring Meeting
May 14, 2008
Mr. President and Board of Trustees:
It is a privilege to serve as your Association Treasurer and to present the Treasurer's report to you.
The Treasurer provides an important "checks and balances" function for the Association by reconciling bank statements to
the WPPA books.
This function has been performed through the month of March; the April financials are pending approval. There were no
material changes noted from the prior reporting period.
I am happy to report that the finances of the Association appear sound.
I thank Linda Gribble and Stu Shelby, Finance and Accounting Manager at the Port of Kalama, for the important roles they
play in the management of the Association finances and to the invaluable assistance they have provided to me.
This concludes my report.
WPPA Spring Meeting
2008 Legislative Report
May 14, 2008
The 2008 legislative session was a very successful one for WPPA. For ports and the broader
legislative community alike, last session will be remembered more for what didn’t pass than
The WPPA pre-session legislative program was substantially altered due to the attention
surrounding the Port of Seattle’s performance audit on construction management, including
an unprecedented number of port related bills introduced in the early weeks of session.
Ultimately, every port bill of serious concern died before the end of session. This was due in a
large part to a concerted effort to reach out to legislators and listen to concerns. The one
port specific bill that did pass, House Bill 3274, was drafted in cooperation with the Port of
Seattle and WPPA, and passed with broad support.
The issues listed below highlight some of the outcomes of this year’s session. Additionally, a
handful of items are listed on the last page that were not resolved this year, but will likely be
back either next year or in the near future.
Port District Contracting. 2SHB 3274 is the legislation that was signed into law based on
recommendations by the Auditor resulting from the Port of Seattle’s performance audit. The
legislation was the result of careful negotiations between port officials and legislators.
Although the measure makes a number of changes to current contracting procedures, the
requirements are achievable and reasonable. A detailed handout explaining this bill is
Electronic Devices. ESHB 1031 makes it a felony for a person to intentionally scan another
person’s identification device (RFID) remotely, without consent, for either: fraud, identity
theft, or other illegal purposes. Before it passed the Legislature, language was removed that
would have affected RFID technologies used at ports for product tracking or security
Rural County Definition Change. SSB 6195 changes the definition of “rural county” in CERB
and other related economic development statutes. The new definition added language to
include a county smaller than two hundred twenty-five square miles as determined by the
office of financial management. This change was made to allow Island County to fall within
the definition of a “rural county”.
LIFT Definition Change. SB 6196 makes a change to the Local Infrastructure Financing Tool
(LIFT) program requested by the City of Vancouver that clarifies how to determine local
excise tax allocation revenue.
Infrastructure Implementation Plan. ESHB 2765, the Supplemental Capital Budget requires
OFM, in cooperation with CTED and other state agencies and stakeholders, to develop an
infrastructure implementation plan by the end of the year. The plan must identify options for
the organization and coordination of appropriate state infrastructure assistance programs
into an improved infrastructure investment system.
Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB). 2SSB 6855 makes a number of updates to
CERB statutes. It requires that CERB loans and grants align with the priorities outlined in the
state’s economic development plan (when one is developed) and allow some rural cities
within urban counties access to loans while protecting the rural county focus by requiring
that CERB approve at least 75% of the first $20 million appropriated, and at least 50% of any
funds over and above $20 million to projects in rural counties. The measure also officially
repealed the Job Development Fund (JDF).
Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use
Aquatic Lands. SSB 6532 provides a no-cost lease to the City of Oak Harbor for its marina for
twenty years. During this time, the city is prohibited from receiving any grants from the
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction. E2SHB 2815 aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
using carbon-trading, emission-reporting, and vehicle-trip reduction. The bill directs the
Department of Ecology to develop a “cap and trade” system, creates new emission-
reporting requirements for fleets of vehicles that emit more than 2500 metric tons of GHGs
annually, and requires the state Department of Transportation to adopt broad goals for
reducing the annual vehicle miles traveled (“VMTs”) by state residents. It also adopts a goal
of creating new “Green Economy Jobs.”
Climate Change and Land Use Planning. ESSB 6580 is the other major climate change bill. This
measure relates to land use planning and climate change. It directs CTED to develop a
range of climate change response methodologies that cities and counties can use, and
creates a related grant program.
Wetland Banking. SSB 6761 places some additional limitations on the size of service areas for
wetland mitigation banks, generally limiting them to a single watershed unless a larger area
is “ecologically appropriate.” The bill also includes a requirement that the local government
be a final signatory to the banking agreement.
Cleanup Settlement Account. SB 6722 authorizes the state to create dedicated accounts for
collecting settlement money from specific cleanup sites, and then direct these funds solely
to clean up the site where liability is being settled.
Water Supply. E2SSB 6874 relates to creating new water supplies within the Columbia Basin.
The bill authorizes payments to the affected Native American Tribes in consideration for them
to not challenge a drawdown of Lake Roosevelt by 100,000 acre-feet of water per year. The
water is to be used for municipal, agricultural and in-stream flow uses.
Orca Whale Protection. 2SHB 2514 creates additional protections for orca whales from boats
and vessels. The bill creates penalties for intentionally approaching with 300 feet of an orca
whale, or for not disengaging the vessel’s transmission if the whales approach within 300 feet
of a vessel. There are exemptions for commercial fishing vessels, persons piloting a vessel
under governmental authority, unintentional actions, and actions that are unavoidable due
to weather, vessel design, safe navigational principles, and safety.
Governance & Elections
Industrial Insurance Orders. E2SHB 3139 requires industrial insurance benefits to be paid
starting at the time they are awarded, even if the order is set to be appealed. If the order is
appealed to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the benefits must be paid up to the
point that the Board issues a decision. The measure also establishes a process whereby self-
insuring employers can retain a set amount from their employees’ earnings to be deposited
into a fund to reimburse the employer if benefits are overpaid during the appeal.
Public Financing of Local Elections. E2SSB 5278 partially removes the ban on public funding
of political campaigns, and allows local jurisdictions to establish programs for public
financing of candidates’ campaigns for local office. Under the measure, a city, county, or
special district (state and school district races are excluded) may establish a program to
publicly finance local campaigns using funds derived from local sources. Voters within the
local jurisdiction must approve a proposed program before it can be implemented.
Human Remains. E2SHB 2624, clarifies the process for handling inadvertent discoveries of
skeletal human remains, requiring that an individual discovering human remains must
immediately call the county coroner or medical examiner and local law enforcement. The
bill also establishes a statewide database of graves and cemeteries, creates the position of
State Physical Anthropologist, and institutes the Skeletal Human Remains Assistant Account.
Port District Ferry Service. HB 2730 authorizes port districts to operate passenger ferries on
Puget Sound. There are no requirements for port districts to provide ferry service, but it clears
the way for port districts to offer terminal facilities for ferry use and to receive funds from the
state’s Passenger Ferry Account and Ferry Grant Program. (Ferry service authority already
exists for port districts on interstate navigable rivers of Washington and on intrastate
waters of adjoining states.)
ISSUES THAT DID NOT PASS BUT WILL BE BACK IN 2009
Taping of Executive Sessions. Although we successfully defeated this year’s bill
requiring taping of executive sessions, the issue will very likely return next session. WPPA
believes that executive sessions must retain adequate attorney/client privilege and
allow for appropriate protected conversations. The existence of audio tapes and the
potential public records issues they would raise simply doesn’t allow for those
protections. WPPA will continue to work to improve the public’s trust in insuring
executive sessions are only used for appropriate purposes and port commissions
operate as transparently as possible.
Expansion of Prevailing Wage Requirements. Prevailing wages are currently required for
all port public works projects, but recently the conversation has turned to expanding
this to include any project “tied” to public monies. WPPA supports the creation and
retention of family wage jobs throughout the state, and has a record of helping
encourage private sector investment in the industrial and manufacturing sector that
provides these high-wage jobs. WPPA would not support any legislation that would
discourage private sector investment toward creating long-term stable high-wage jobs
in our state.
Property Tax Limitations. Many bills were introduced this year regarding taxing
authority, some of which singled out the ability to “bank” unused levy capacity. Ports
have a history of working within limited taxing authority to minimize impacts on the
community while using the taxing authority only as necessary to improve the local
economy. Partnering with the state and other local governments, ports invest these
public funds in infrastructure improvements that help grow capacity, provide additional
safety and improve efficiency. Any efforts to limit or eliminate the ability of ports to
access funds for these infrastructure improvements would be detrimental to our
communities and state and damage potential for future economic growth.
Enhanced, Long-Term Funding for CERB. CERB is the state’s only Economic
Development Infrastructure funding program. CERB has a demonstrated record of
investing in projects that provide a substantial return on investment for the state, by
creating good paying jobs and incenting private sector investment. It is time for the
state to recognize the substantial economic value to the state over time of a stable
biennial investment of $50-70 million.
New Revenues for Transportation Projects. Transportation revenues have been
adversely impacted by economic conditions, with revenues down and project costs
rising dramatically. In order to fund projects critical to our state’s transportation system,
the state must look seriously at new sources of revenue. Next session all revenue options
will be on the table, including tolling and congestion pricing, as well as container taxes,
and all stakeholders including ports, will have to come to the table with viable options
for partnering to fund the current and future transportation needs of the state.
Limitations on Eminent Domain Powers. Although eminent domain did not receive
significant attention this year, it is expected to continue to be a prominent issue. WPPA
supports maintaining existing port eminent domain powers, but does not oppose
Use the of existing notification requirements.
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A SINCERE "THANK YOU"
TO THE FOLLOWING ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
FOR SPONSORING EVENTS DURING THE
2008 SPRING MEETING
For sponsoring the Wednesday Luncheon
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Nathan Graves
32001 32nd Ave. S, Suite 100 (253) 874-0555
Federal Way, WA 98001
Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation Lindsay Sovde
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4300 (206) 628-2882
Seattle, WA 98101
For sponsoring the "Ports Executive" Breakfast
Maul Foster & Alongi James Maul
7223 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Suite B (360) 694-2691
Vancouver, WA 98665
For sponsoring the Thursday Luncheon
Berger/Abam Engineers, Inc. Arnie Rusten/Elmer Ozolin
33301 9th Avenue South, Suite 300 (253) 431-2300
Federal Way, WA 98003
REID MIDDLETON, Inc. Nicole Faghin
728 134th Street SW, Suite 200 (425) 741-3800
Everett, WA 98204
For sponsoring the President's Reception
David Evans and Associates, Inc. Charles E. Burnham, PE
3700 Pacific Hwy East, Suite 311 (253) 922-9780
Tacoma, WA 98424
Landau Associates, Inc. Steve Johnston
130 2nd Avenue (425) 778-0907
Edmonds, WA 98020
K & L Preston Gates & Ellis LLP Cynthia Weed
701 Fifth Avenue (206) 623-7580
5000 Columbia Center
Seattle, WA 98104
URS Corporation Ken Forssen
1501 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1400 (206) 438-2078
Seattle, WA 98008
For sponsoring the Name Badges/Lanyards
Enduris Washington (formerly WGEP) Joanne Bisquera
PO Box 19330 (800) 462-8418
Spokane, WA 99219
For sponsoring the Program Printing
Marine Floats Rick Greenhow
1208 East D Street (253)383-2740
Tacoma, WA 98421
For sponsoring the Spouse Program
PND Engineers, Inc. Jon Keiser
811 First Avenue, Suite 570 (206) 624-1387
Seattle, WA 98104
2008 Spring Meeting
Allyn Jim Huffman, Commissioner
Jean Farmer, Commissioner Mark Spurgeon, Commissioner
Randy Neatherlin, Commissioner Pat Haley, Director
Judy Scott, Commissioner
Bonnie Knight, Executive Director Edmonds
Bruce Faires, Commissioner (Ramona)
Anacortes Fred Gouge, Commissioner
Steve Hopley, Commissioner (Gail) Jim Orvis, Commissioner
Pat Mooney, Commissioner (Betty) Chris Keuss, Executive Director (Judy)
Keith Rubin, Commissioner (Geri)
Bill Short, Commissioner (Marcia) Ephrata
Bob Hyde, Executive Director Mike Wren, Manager
Bob Elsner, Director of Engineering (Dorothy)
Chris Johnson, Dir of Finance & Admin (Lisa) Everett
Michael Hoffmann, Commissioner
Bellingham John Mohr, Executive Director
Jim Jorgensen, Commissioner Jerry Heller, CAO
Doug Smith, Commissioner (Maralee)
Scott Walker, Commissioner Friday Harbor
Jim Darling, Executive Director Mike Ahrenius, Commissioner
Lydia Bennett, Director of Real Estate Greg Hertel, Commissioner (Lunnette)
Marilyn O’Connor, Director
Jane Hagarty, Commissioner Grandview
Roy Keck, Commissioner (Becky) Ron Grow, Commissioner (Shirley)
Bob Larson, Commissioner
Scott Keller, Executive Director Grapeview
Bob Allen, Commissioner
Ken Attebery, CEO (Diane) Grays Harbor
Gordon Walgren, Attorney (Sue) Chuck Caldwell, Commissioner (Linda)
Stan Pinnick, Commissioner (Diane)
Camas-Washougal Jack Thompson, Commissioner (Trish)
Alan Hargrave, Commissioner Gary Nelson, Executive Director
Bill Ward, Commissioner
Dave Ripp, Executive Director Hoodsport
Scott Walstra, Dir of Planning & Development Frank Benavente, Commissioner
Rich McEachin, Executive Director
JC Baldwin, Commissioner Ilwaco
Dayle Rushing, Risk & Property Manager Jim Neva, Manager (Jet)
Rick Davis, Commissioner Fred Swanstrom, Commissioner
Randy Sweet, Commissioner
Douglas County Lanny Cawley, Executive Director
Mindi Linquist, Marketing and Gov’t Relations
Mark Wilson, Manager of Planning and Joe Melroy, Commissioner
Development Roy Randel, Commissioner
Bruce Wiseman, Commissioner
Brent Grening, Executive Director
Kennewick Randy Mueller, Director of Business Development
Linda Boomer, Commissioner William Eling, Attorney
David Hanson, Commissioner
Gene Wagner, Commissioner Seattle
Tim Arntzen, Executive Director Lloyd Hara, Commissioner
Tana Bader Inglima, Dir of Gov’t Relations & Linda Strout, Deputy CEO
Marketing Charlie Sheldon, Managing Director
Phil Lutes, Deputy Managing Director
Klickitat Kurt Beckett, Director of External Affairs
Marc Thornsbury, Executive Director Clare Gallagher, Gov’t Relations Mgr/State
Traci Goodwin, Senior Port Counsel
Bob Bagaason, Commissioner Shelton
Dan Buell, Commissioner Richard Byrd, Commissioner, Commissioner
Darold Dietz, Commissioner Jay Hupp, Commissioner
Ken O’Hollaren, Executive Director (Denise) Jack Miles, Commissioner
Ashley Opsahl-Scibelli, Communications/PR
Manager Skagit County
Patsy Martin, Executive Director
Jamie Stephens, Commissioner Skamania County
Tony Bolstad, Commissioner
Mattawa Judy Teitzel, Commissioner
Bob Adler, Manager (Ace) W.D. Truitt, Commissioner
John McSherry, Manager
Moses Lake Julie Mayfield, Administrative Assistant
Mike Conley, Commissioner (Carol)
Olympia Arnold Martin, Commissioner
George Barner, Commissioner St. Clair Woodworth, Commissioner
Bill McGregor, Commissioner Jay Hester, Property Development & Projects
Paul Telford, Commissioner
Othello Dick Marzano, Commissioner (Candy)
Mike Beardsley, Director John Wolfe, Deputy Executive Director
Jeannie Beckett, Sr Dir, Inland Transportation
Pasco Rod Koon, Director of Communications
Ernie Boston, Commissioner (Betty) Brian Mannelly, Planning Director
Bill Clark, Commissioner (Sandy) Sue Mauermann, Director, Environmental
Jim Toomey, Executive Director Programs
Tong Zhu, Director, Commercial Strategy
Port Angeles Sean Eagan, State Governmental Affairs
John Calhoun, Commissioner (Judy) Manager
Jim McEntire, Commissioner Tri Howard, Records Manager
Bob McChesney, Executive Director Evette Mason, Community Relations Manager
Jay Stewart, Real Estate Manager
John Collins, Commissioner Vancouver
Dave Thompson, Commissioner Nancy Baker, Commissioner
Larry Crockett, Executive Director Jerry Oliver, Commissioner
Brian Wolfe, Commissioner
Larry Paulson, Executive Director Enduris
Todd Coleman, Deputy Executive Director Scott Hanson, Director, Business Dev & Marketing
Addison Jacobs, Public Affairs Director Joanne Bisquera, Membership Services
Katy Brooks, Community Relations Manager Coordinator
Nelson Holmberg, Communications Manager
Matt Graves, Environmental Specialist First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
Gary Danklefsen, Regional Director
Wahkiakum County 1
Jackie Lea, Manager Hart Crowser, Inc.
Leon Lahiere, Senior Associate
Roger McGinnis, Senior Associate
Fred Bennett, Commissioner Jacobs
Mike Fredrickson, Commissioner Michael Marler, National Rail Practice Leader
Paul Schneidmiller, Commissioner (Jody) Jim McPherson, Project Manager
Jim Kuntz, Executive Director K & L Preston Gates Ellis LLP
Cynthia Weed, Partner
Dan Boone, Commissioner (Nancy) Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
Bob Gronholz, Commissioner (Carol) Mark Spaur, Principal
Debbie Snell, Prop & Development Manager Nathan Graves, Vice President
Larry Keller, Dir Ports & Maritime Development
Paul Cline, Commissioner Landau Associates
Erica Rainford, Executive Director Terry Hosaka, Senior Associate
MacKay & Sposito, Inc.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Andrew Young, Project Manager
Elmer Ozolin, Vice President Makers Architecture
Helen Devery, Planning Team Leader/Branch Mgr Julie Bassuk, Partner
Tom Wilcox, Portland Branch Manager Gerald Hansmire, Partner
Sam Adams, Project Manager
Don Hardy, Senior Planner Maritime Trust Company
Karyn Criswell, Senior Planner Don Fleming, Regional Director
BNSF Maul Foster & Alongi
Andrew Johnsen, Asst VP, State Government Jim Maul
Terry Finn, Director, Government Affairs Parametrix
John Malek, Senior Consultant
Paul Sorensen PND Engineers, Inc.
Brian Winningham Jon Keiser, Principal
Bill Gerken, Professional Engineer
Brown and Caldwell
Ellen Watson, Environmental Services Practice Rapid Rendering
Leader Cory Church, Principal (Ashley McWatters)
Chmelik Stikin & Davis, P.S. Reid Middleton
Frank Chmelik, Attorney Shannon Kinsella, Waterfront Director
Bill Swigart, Senior Engineer
Ecological Land Services
Francis Naglich, MES, Principal RH2 Engineering, Inc.
Andrea Aberle, Professional Biologist Karen Kornher, Structural Engineer
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt DNR
Lisa Lowe, Attorney Doug Sutherland, Lands Commissioner
Don Olmsted, Ports Program Manager
Lindsay Sovde, Senior Vice President
Tangent Services Evans School of Public Affairs, UW
Craig Levie Jim Pearman, Recruiting Manager Executive
Ann-Marie Lundberg Education
Nolan Gimpel, Principal Glenn Vanselow, Executive Director
Ken Asztalos, Associate
Mike Murphy, Local Government Liaison
Nestor Newman, Spc Asst for Emerging Iss & Reg
URS Corporation Affairs
Ken Forssen, VP Ports and Maritime Group
David Weymann, Engineer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Sheryl Carrubba, Ops Mgr, Channels & Harbors
John Fratt, Port of Kalama
Bob Hauth, WPPA WSDOT
Bob Moser, Port of Vancouver John Sibold, Director of Aviation
Elizabeth Robbins, Manager, Transportation