Public Invited to Discuss Port ED Job Qualification Packet

Steve Tucker asked we pass this along.

There will be special meeting this Wednesday, Feb 17th, at 9:30 AM at the Commission building regarding the Job Qualification Packet to be distributed for the search for the new Executive Director. This meeting is also listed in the Calendar on the Port website. Many folks have expressed interest in the criteria used for soliciting the candidates. This would be the time to provide public testimony on that.

By |2016-02-14T19:03:04-07:00February 14th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union

Bertram asked that we pass this on.

Having a bit of sticker shock from the moorage rate increase this year (eg $240.00 /year increase for a 40 footer)? This is only the beginning. You can count on an equal 3.5% increase next year and maybe 5.5% if the “friends of the Port “ get their way. Its all part of a Port plan to drive us out for out of towners on the waiting list.

Come to the meeting to learn how we can to stop this process!

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union
Tuesday !6 February
7:00 PM
Marina Room at Port Hudson (next to Shanghai)

Agenda

  1. New leadership for the MTU
  2. New Port Rate Policy
  3. New Port executive director
  4. Taxpayers subsidize moorage tenants myth. What are the facts.
By |2016-02-13T10:43:37-07:00February 13th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Moorage Increases

Having paid our first moorage bill of 2016 with the imposed increase, it might be timely to read Bertram’s thoughts from the Jefferson County Moorage Tenants Union blog, JCMTU.wordpress.com.

By now you have received in the mail notification of a moorage increase. The mailing neglected to tell you that your total increase is 3.5%. Commissioner Tucker and his inner circle pushed hard for a 5.5% increase but were blocked thanks to Cathy Langley who reminded the Commission that there was already a motion for a 3.5% increase. Cathy’s presence at the meeting shows the great value of attending Port meetings.

The push for rate increase came from the “market rates for moorage” battle cry from the Tucker reelection campaign. If you listen to the hours of audio from the 2015 budget workshops and meetings, you will hear the discussions dominated by Mr. Tucker’s inner circle who wanted the Commission to ignore the Strategic Plan and follow their own agenda. This includes: economic development as the sole commission mandate, maximize profits on port services, ignore regional pricing, define market rates on the basis of the waiting list demands, and raise rates until the waiting list is exhausted.

Two meetings ago I asked Commissioners Tucker and Hanke if indeed their policy on Port Market Rates was to raise moorage rates until there is a significant reduction in the waiting list? They refused to answer (which in my book means yes).

story continues here

By |2016-01-07T11:57:30-07:00January 7th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Thunderbird Northwest Regional Regatta – Sept 5th and 6th, 2015

 

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The Thunderbird regionals will once again be held on Port Townsend Bay.  We can look forward to two days of exciting racing and a tasty awards dinner.  This fun event will provide the opportunity for us in Port Townsend to meet some new TBird sailors and test our skills against boats from other parts of the northwest.  See the notice of race below for details.

2015 Thunderbird Regionals Notice of Race

 

By |2015-07-18T14:16:38-07:00July 18th, 2015|Port of Port Townsend, Thunderbirds|0 Comments

Current Status of Port’s Stormwater Response

Post from the Port of Port Townsend website.

Photo from Port of PT website

Photo from Port of PT website

As [the Port of PT has] communicated previously, the Port of Port Townsend is currently in the midst of a Level 3 environmental response to the WA State Department of Ecology. This is the highest level of response, and reflects the serious nature of the level of contaminants entering our stormwater system. Our continued ability to run a boatyard in Port Townsend is dependent on our ability to reduce contaminant levels.

There are two primary issues we are addressing:

  • Cleaning up contamination that has built up over the years
  • Preventing present and future contamination

Cleaning up contamination that has built up over the years

Over the many years of operations at the Port’s Boat Haven facility, contamination has built up to levels that now exceed state standards. The Port has an underground water retention system that stores up to 50,000 gallons of water, in various vaults, in much the same way as a septic tank. When stormwater runs into that tank, solids settle to the bottom. After nearly 20 years of accumulation, that sludge needs to be cleaned. That sounds easy, but it is far from it. Finding a home for the water (which is not free of contaminants) is a complex issue, as is the actual removal of the sludge.

story continues here

By |2015-05-01T11:49:02-07:00May 1st, 2015|In the Yard, Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Crockette Warns of More Rate Hikes Ahead

From the Director’s Message on the Port of PT website:

…Put bluntly, our current revenue streams and tax receipts are wholly inadequate to fund the long-term maintenance, repair, and replacement of the suite of facilities and equipment we presently operate.

This suggests that we will be required to undertake management responses that may include a combination of all of the following:

– Significantly increasing rates and fees to recoup costs
– Critically evaluating, and where possible cutting, administrative and overhead expenses
– Surplusing non-performing assets that do not advance our central mission of economic development
– Aligning expectations with fiscal realities – be prepared for lower levels of service, and facilities that are functional, not necessarily beautiful.

You can read the entire message here.

By |2014-12-04T15:06:36-07:00December 4th, 2014|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Port Proposes Significant Moorage Increases for 2015

Thanks to Bertram and the Jefferson County Moorage Tenants Union for making this information public on their website.

Port Administration Moorage Rate increase Proposal for 2015

The following is the rate proposal presented to the Commissioners by the Administration (see chart). They want to raise our base rate from $40.00 a month to $58.25 per month. Add Leasehold taxes of 12.84% and that comes to a whopping $20.59 increase in the base rate. This means your rates will go up anywhere from 4.7 to 11.3%, depending on your boat’s size, yet the Administration claims that this rate increase is only 2%. The only way they could possibly justify this would be to make the electric rate of $8.25 MANDATORY, which they are proposing. Evidently, the Port assumes most of us already pay that. However,there are a number of people who do not use electricity, especially in the warmer weather. Plus, in most ports in Western Washington, electricity is an optional deal. Why should we be forced to pay for what we don’t use?

Commissioner Tucker had promised to remove the environmental fee, but the Port is simply converting the $10.00 fee that you are currently paying to part of the permanent moorage fee. It appears that they have been operating as if this surcharge was part of the base rate structure all along. Renaming it and continuing to charge it plus leasehold tax is nothing more than a shell game.

So if you don’t want to be forced to pay the electric fee, or you feel the environmental fee should be eliminated and not hidden in the new fee structure, it’s time to voice your objection to the Commissioners NOW, because they will be voting on this in the next few weeks. Your silence could cost you an extra $247.08 next year.

Port Administration Moorage Rate increase Proposal for 2015

Information thanks to the Jefferson County Moorage Tenants Union
Slip size2014 with taxProposed 2015Annual rate% increase
25 foot182.67203.262439.1211.3%
27 foot199.60220.192642.4210.3%
30 foot224.09244.682936.169.1%
35 foot283.88304.473653.647.3%
40 foot326.78347.374168.446.3%
45 foot381.79402.384828.565.3%
50 foot441.20461.795541.484.7%
By |2014-10-19T21:13:26-07:00October 19th, 2014|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Update on Port of Port Townsend Future Plans

We received the following update from Phil Andrus of the PT Moorage Tennants Union with additional comments from Bertram Levy. Note the proposed rate increases in monthly moorage rates for 2013.

Meeting with Steve Tucker and Jim Pivarnik
On September 27 I [Phil Andrus] met with Steve Tucker and Jim Pivarnik, at their request.  Here’s my notes from the meeting.

Jim listed accomplished projects in the Boat Haven:

  •     New electrical transformers on several of the docks
  •     Refloating of parts of C and D docks
  •     Paved and striped parking lot
  •     New 70 ton lift dock

Projects planned for the next two years:
2013 — Repair and upgrading of the commercial dock, including some new pilings, re-floating where needed, and repair of some concrete surfaces on the floats. Cost, $450,000. The work should extend the life of these docks by 15 years.
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By |2012-10-16T10:58:18-07:00October 16th, 2012|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments