Board Meeting Minutes
November 14, 2016
Meeting was called to order by President Brewer at 7:32am.
Board members present were: Marc Abshire, Kaj Ahlburg, George Bergener, John Brewer and Peggy Norris.
Guests: Jim Wengler, Jack Glaubert, Bob Forsberg, Cheri Kidd, Elsie Stevenson, Debbie Spinks, Jerry Austin, Harry Bell, Jim McEntire, Kevin Hoult and special guest, Ron Allen.
Ron Allen, CEO Jamestown S’klallam Tribe presented tribal ideas and visions for the old Rayonier Mill site. He and others, such as Mike Gentry, have met from time to time to plan how to reshape the image of Port Angeles and its Harbor since Forestry and the mills are no longer the main industry.
It is hoped to balance the old village site to honor and respect the native heritage. He said several things could help:
- Expand Peninsula College to the site
- Enhance self contained property within a small city
- Bring in business, housing, restaurants and a world class heritage center/museum along Ennis Creek
Replacement of the old dock must be done. The tribes could put the area in a trust under their jurisdiction. It is a plus to have access to Federal resources for clean up purposes.
A connection with downtown is important to get people back and forth while saving the Discovery Trail. The area could become “Bar Harbor NW”. Costs will be in the hundreds of millions and while the Jamestown tribe is willing to partner, they cannot pay for it all since they now have other projects such as a Hotel-Resort in the planning stage.
Rayonier needs to be willing to talk and listen. Lower Elwha’s would like to have a cultural center at the graving site but some feel that the area is still too industrial. PABA can help sell ideas of the Rayonier site to the community and bring in City, Port, DOE, NOAA, Coast Guard, etc.
Stress must be made that this is an opportunity for Rayonier, the community and tribes to work together. Rayonier could look at it as gaining litigation credits by showing who would benefit and how much they would save by not having to pay for clean up. The Harbor lines, inner and outer are critical components.
Light industry can still be good looking. EPA, DOE standards will always have to be met but by having the community and tribes working together the costs might be cut. Bringing in Peninsula College will bring in Olympia. Upland cleanup is different than Bay cleanup. Mr. Allen feels that Mr. Peters and Ms. Charles are approachable.
Ron said a two day Peninsula wide vision meeting with representatives from Forks to Port Townsend would help expand interests.
- Ron Allen’s Presentation
- New Member: Kaj Ahlburg moved and Marc Abshire seconded accepting Bob Pensworth from CresComWifi, LLC as a member. Motion carried.
- Treasurer’s Report : John presented the report , in the absence of Jon, saying there is still $3200 in reserves. The Elwah tour will cost $75.
- Elections will be on December 6 moving the Christmas party to December 13. Six Volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office and six (6) from the Police Department will be invited guests to the party. George B. moved and Kaj A. seconded inviting twelve volunteers to the party. Motion carried.
Slate of Officers will be:
- President: Kevin Hoult
- Vice-President: Matthew Rainwater
- Treasurer- Jon Fager
- Secretary: Peggy Norris
- Board members:
- Jim McEntire
- Ted Simpson
- Debbie Spinks
- White Paper update: Jim McEntire said School Directors will be invited to a December 28th luncheon at the Red Lion Inn.
- Audit: Kaj Ahlburg, George Bergener, and Jack Glaubert will make up the Audit Committee
Young Johnson pointed out that even though the Harbor Towne Mall is for sale, the businesses therein are not.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:43am.