March 29, 2016
Meeting was called to order by President, John Brewer, at 7:30am. Bill Feeley led the flag salute. Guests included Steve Methner who took a few minutes to talk about the future of schools in the Port Angeles area. He told about plans for bond, levies, upgrades and upkeep. Guest Mike Chapman talked about his interests and plans for running for State Legislator. Other guests included Warren Whittier and Bruce Erlwein. In introducing Bruce, PABA member Don Perry mentioned that Port Angeles was ranked fifth in the USAToday underground contest.
Chamber Director Marc Abshire thanked Young for all her work on the AfterHours which was so successful that over 200 people came. The next AfterHours will be on April 28. Marc said the next luncheon will be on Wednesday, April 13. Reservations are required.
Both Marc and Young stressed the importance of backing the April 16 Cruise In and for donations of coupons or samples for the gift baskets that will be given away.
President John Brewer read a Thank You Letter from Senator Jim Hargrove.
Mark Wiltse, Program Manager of Magnus Pacific Corporation, now part of Great Lakes Environmental, in his power point presentation reviewed the history and need for the PA Landfill Cell Stabilization Project. He said that the $15,000,000 project to stabilize the garbage dump bluff, removed over 380,000 cubic yards of stuff and then installed a gas collector, covered the cell with clay and astro-turf and grass. The MRE Wall – the tallest in the country – is a terraced wall, which barring any unforeseen disasters, should last about 100 years.
Not only did the project take longer, but it also cost more than originally planned. Mr. Wiltse said he felt it was better to take the loss and take a little longer so they could leave with a high quality job. The local impact of $12,000,000 included trucking, labor, fuel, meals, supplies, drivers and sub-contractors. He reminded PABA members to be on the lookout for jobs coming to town. Get in there with your business cards, menus and coupons.
Q & A Period
Methane capture, flares, accidents, earthquakes and asbestos removal.
Kim Clark from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition.
Meeting adjourned at 8:33am.