Board Meeting Minutes
August 8, 2016
President John Brewer called the meeting to order at 7:30am.
Board members present were: John Brewer, Jon Fager, Peggy Norris, Edna Petersen, George Bergner and Kaj Ahlberg.
Guests: Harry Bell and Jim McEntire.
Kaj moved and George seconded that PABA reimburse Edna for the gifts she purchased on behalf of the PABA, for Stephanie Noblin and for the Chattanooga Radio/TV Personality who recently flew to Port Angeles. Motion carried.
John presented three names for membership: Rev. Trisha Burson-Johnson, Rev. Clancy Blakemore and Bill Peach. Edna moved and Kaj seconded their acceptance for membership. Motion carried.
No formal report was submitted but Jon said recent membership dues are paying the bills.
PABA representative to the Chamber, Kaj Ahlburg, reported the Chamber is
- Making a good effort to clean up bookkeeping problems.
- The parking problem at the Marine Lab was discussed and unlike the PABA and PADA, the Chamber is not taking a position at this time. Several members added: Parking lot or viewpoint might be more important than the Lab. NOAA is trying to co-locate the lab. Landing structure can hold the weight of the tanks. Shoreline Master Plan stresses access to water. Cascadia Plan is slow in coming out. A local restaurant owner, with views opposite of PABA has been quite vocal about his view. Several PABA members have been meeting with Port Angeles City Council members to get them to agree on how vital the parking/viewpoint area is to the area. George said that between 700 – 800 people walk the trail daily.
DNR WHITE PAPER:
Jim McEntire said the Plan is still a work in progress. He suggested adding the words “And Trustee” to the first line of the section to read, “Among its various duties and custodian and trustee..) One of the main reasons for the paper is to alert junior taxing districts to put pressure on DNR, and Board to obtain revenues.
He said that people and organizations can do several things:
- They can testify
- Participate through their local organizations
- Get schools, libraries, hospitals, etc., to engage in discussion and, if needed, write legal briefs
- Pressure media to do articles
- Write cover letters to the 28 taxing districts in the county
- Assign members to meet with those districts to walk them through the plan and show them what revenue has been lost and / or will be lost.
It was suggested to write a half page Executive Summary of the document – maybe in laymans terms – to help explain the problem and how much money has been lacking / lost.
Jim said this is an election year, by inviting the two newest DNR Board members to meetings, they might be educated as to the problem.
George suggested that PABA join Forks Chamber and the West End Business Association.
Jim and Harry suggested that the County Trust Land Advisory Committee get the documents, as well as the Port of Port Angeles.
Jon raised concerns that Environmental groups have “trumped” any chance for change.
Edna Petersen moved and Kaj Ahlburg seconded that the Board accept the document with Harry Bell’s changes. Motion carried.
** Changes included words “as laid out in Section 1”, on page 3, section 11, line 1: “Regarding its obligations as laid out in Section 1 …”
Insert Word “maximize” in Section 3, Line 2: “The Department has an obligation to maximize…”
Page 4, last paragraph, line 1, insert words: “consistent with the fiduciary obligations of the Department” … the Board’s and the Department’s obligation to comply with consistent .. with general environmental.
Page 5, Section 4, first paragraph, line 9, insert words, “approved debt” after word “with” .. ” … for those districts with approved debt …”
Page 5, Section 5, insert word “additionally” after have .. “The Southwestern Counties in our State have additionally …”
Page 6, second paragraph, line 3: Insert words, “lack of misallocation of funds” after “Department”.
Several members talked about programs on Climate Change initiative and WIRA.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:06am.